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UPCOMING EVENTS - Watch out for these!
2020Raffle

  • Group 1 Golden Slipper for 2YOs is on 10 July
  • Group 3 3YO Fillies Daintys Daughter Classic is at Pinjarra on 13 July
  • Group 3 Kerry Clarke Westbred 4YO and 5YO Westbred Final is on 31 July
  • $14,400 WASBA Allwood Stud Farm Virgil Queen Celebration Pace is at Northam on 1 August
  • Group 3 WASBA 4YO and 5YO Mares is on 14 August
  • WASBA Stallion Tender commences mid August!!!
  • The WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup have moved to the November December timeframe!!

Western Australian race stakes and bonuses are down 20% at present but will return to normal on 1 August.

Be AWARE - the racing season has been extended to 31 December. Your horse will retain its current racing age until 1 January 2021 and will be handicapped and programmed accordlingly/

As a result of the extension of the racing season, the Western Australian feature 4YO races have moved to the January February timeframe.

JUST REWARD - GREAT WIN IN MARES CLASSIC

(6 Dec 2019) What a night! A nice win by newish filly Tiffany Rose, and two excellent wins by our local horses as well as taking the spoils in the feature mares race for the year, the $125,000 Mares Classic. What a great result for a mare bred from a yearling sale purchase by the purchasers going on to breed from their race filly.

A good race for the backers of favourites with 5yo gelding Roman Aviator (Mr Aviator out of Lombo Lucida by Northern Lights) starting from the prized 1 barrier over the 1730m sprint journey and definitely going to be hard to beat. Seeing off a short lived challenge for the lead, Roman Aviator was straight to the front with Im Batman from inside the front row thanking his lucky starts that he had the second best barrier in the race. Somebody has to breeze and that was Commander Chapel from 3, with Brookies Jet in the one-one. With Roman Aviator setting a solid pace, there was no change until the back straight the last time, when As Happy As Larry moved from one out two back at the 400m to go around a struggling Brookies Jet. Roman Aviator was still untroubled in front, with Commander Chapel in close attendance, Im Batman close up and As Happy As Larry coming three wide. Into the straight Roman Aviator was still clear from As Happy As Larry and Im Batman with nowhere to go on the rails, and as they went to the line that’s how they finished in the $18,000 Westral Security Doors and Screens Pace, Roman Aviator winning by 3.6m and running a lifetime best 1:54.2 for trainer driver Aldo Cortopassi, taking his stakes to $126,185 from 14 wins and 14 places.

Bred and owned by Peter George, Roman Aviator out of the lightly raced Lombo Lucida (Northern Lights) 2:00.9, who has produced 6 winners in all including Half A Mill (Million To One) 1:57.2 11 wins $85,370, Top Flight Cruize (Mr Aviator) 1:56.6 8 wins $53,417 and Awesome Cassi (Armbro Operative) 2:01.5 9 wins $31,785, who is the dam of Illusionation (Rich And Spoilt) 1:57.8 9 wins $85,515. Lombo Lucida is out of another high class broodmare in Liberty Lombo (Hilarion) 2:02.7 $18,435 who produced 11 winners from 13 live foals including Baylan Jett (Courage Under Fire) 1:54.2 11 wins $104,176, Showstopper (Northern Luck) 1:55.5 12 wins $90,920, Dynamite Freedom (Million To One) 1:56.9 7 wins $47,190, Ezee Lombo (Whats Next) 1:58.3 9 wins $53,655, Lombo Party Doll (Troublemaker) 2:00.3 6 wins $44,058, Libertybelle Lombo (Jet Laag) 2:04.1 $6,475 and Its Karma (Million To One) 1:59.3 6 wins $37,710. Ezee Lombo is the dam of Ezee Duzit Lombo (Million To One) 1:57.5 12 wins $70,816, Lombo Party Doll is the dam of Close Shave Lombo (Mach Three) 1:56.8 16 wins $97,349, Libertybelle Lombo is the dam of Looks Like Heaven (Lombo Mandingo) 1:54.8 15 wins $127,115 and the promising Alta Engen (Alta Christiano) 1:59.3 3 starts 3 wins from 3 starts is out of Its Karma. It goes on - Liberty Lombo is a half sister to Lombo Quest (Chandon) 1:58.5 6 wins $116,085, winner of the Group 2 $50,000 2yo Filles WA Sales Classic and second in both the 2YO and 3YO legs of the APG 2yo and 3yo Fillies Finals. This is an extensive family of winners.

12 months wait, and patience certainly is a virtue but if you have faith in your horses then it is totally justified and monumentally rewarding. Tonight was the night to revisit the Group 1 2536m Mares Classic for 6yo mare Gotta Go Gabbana (Gotta Go Cullect out of Lady Gabbana by Kinney Hanover), and a worthy win for Annie Belton and family and Chris Voak. Congratulations should also go to sponsor Westral, aka Albert Walmsley, who has provided substantial support in both quality horses and sponsorship to support the industry, and particularly mares.

Resuming in November after being out of action since February, Gotta Go Gabbana, as luck would have it, drew 1 and was going into the race as favourite. Going to the front easily, Gotta Go Gabbana briefly led from Arma Indie from 3 in the breeze, with Our Alfie Romeo going forward from one out two back to take on the breeze role very early in the piece. Complicating things was Queen Shenandoah who refused to be restrained to the rear and was running 3 wide. The race was being run at a solid rate, and with a lap to go the leading 3 were Gotta Go Gabbana, Our Alfie Romeo and 3 wide Queen Shenandoah. Into the back and Queen Shenandoah dropped out, giving the other runners a chance to make runs. But Gotta Go Gabbana was still comfortably leading Our Alfie Romeo, with the pace stepping up a notch to a 28.6 3rd qtr. Coming out of the back Gotta Go Gabbana got a length clear of Our Alfie Romeo, who was running a brave race. Nothing was going to catch Gotta Go Gabbana, and she was never really under threat, going on to win the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic by 7.2m from Our Alfie Romeo and 6.2m to Arma Indie, with a victory salute from Chris Voak as she crossed the line in 1:57.3, last qtr 27.5 over the stayers 2536m journey. An excellent win for Gotta Go Gabbana whose stakes are now $228,614 from 13 wins and 19 places.

Bred and owned by Annie and Colin Belton and trained by Annie, Gotta Go Gabbana won over $52,000 last season and has already chalked up $84,000 this season. Gotta Go Gabbana is the first foal from her dam Lady Gabbana (Kinney Hanover) 2:02 $58,461, who was a $6,000 Yearling Sale purchase by the Beltons, who have a very good record at the Sales. The dam of Lady Gabbana is the unraced Whitbys Beachbabe (Beach Towel), who produced 3 winners and is a half sister to 4 winners including Whitbys Magic (Magic Fella) 1:58.2 13 win $115,939 and Shoalwater Whitby (Holmes Hanover). Shoalwater Whitby is the dam of Paid Twice (Blissfull Hall) 1:55.9 8 wins $70,243 and the family has produced a number of good horses including Bow And Arrow (Afella Rainbow) 1:58 15 wins $96,179, Ann Of Whitby (Adios Vic) 2:00.7 13 wins $51,995, Express Fire (Shipps Scorch) 1:54.8 $212,177, Henry Te Whitby (Crouch) 1:57.9 9 wins $128,415 and Commander Whitby (Crouch) 1:57 12 wins $57,710.

With 2 placings in his previous 3 starts 5yo gelding Allwood Peacemaker (Changeover out of World Peace by Blissfull Hall) was starting from barrier 3 at 100/1? Wow. How does that work! With the favourite Kiwi Bloke, for Allwood Peacemaker’s former trainer, starting in 2 and going straight to the front in the short course 2096m stand, you would think the race was over. Allwood Peacemaker landed very handily on the leaders back, with Always An Honour in the breeze. The race was being run at even time, with Always On Honour putting pressure on the leader from the 1200. With a lap to go Always An Honour was a head clear of Kiwi Bloke, with the 3rd qtr run in 28.6 and Jimmy Mach coming 3 wide from the rear to make a run. At the 400m Kiwi Bloke was back in front but under pressure, and Allwood Peacemaker looked like he just got his second wind to move up closer behind the leader. Kiwi Bloke kicked strongly on the turn out of the back straight, with Always An Honour done, and Jimmy Mach still 3 wide but close up. Straightening for the run home Allwood Peacemaker was now clear to make a run outside the leader, and he motored up to Kiwi Bloke, hit the lead with 20m to go and went on to win the $18,000 Westral Venetian and Honeycomb Blinds Pace by 1.9m from Kiwi Bloke, with Jimmy Mach in 3rd. The mile rate was 1:59 for the stand and last qtr 30.2 after the 28.1 and 28.6 middle qtrs. It was win number 6 for Allwood Peacemaker, and with 10 places he has just under $60,000 for his career and $35,000 since Deb took over as part owner and trainer in March 2019. Not bad for 9 months.!

Bred by Allwood Stud Farm, Allwood Peacemaker is one of 2 winners from his unraced dam World Peace (Blissfull Hall) who is a half sister to 2 winners including Compact Rocket (Dr Drew) 1:56.8 16 wins $114,890. Their winning dam Pipe Dreamer (Holmes Hanover) 2:04.2 is a daughter of the unraced Pasadena (Lumber Dream), the dam of 6 winners including Mainland Spur (Sokys Stom) 1:59.7 19 wins $149,963. Other members of this family include Davisons Destiny (Armbro Operative) 1:56.5 $155,859, Inter Dominion Heat winner Pats Delight (Bettors Delight) 1:52.2 $291,816, Mister Skye Rocket (Pacific Rocket) 1:56.1 $268,669 and Typhoon Tan (Live Or Die) 1:54.4 $141,722.

CLASS IN ABUNDANCE

(29 Nov 2019) Another nice night for the girls with three wins including one of our own. The very aptly named mare Live Like A Royal won an $18,000 Fillies and Mares in a slick 1:56.5 and After Lunch (Major In Art) won an open $18,000. Certainly a great opportunity for the girls to show their form before the Group 1 Mares Classic. Another of the feature 4YO races was on the card, the $125,000 4YO Classic, and a very controversial event was that. First we won it, then we didn’t. However, it was a great contest by the first two placegetters, with the race eventually being given to Sangue Reale (Art Major) ahead of first past the post Shockwave (Mach Three). One of our favourite ladies also won, and an ‘up and coming’ 7yo also had a win!

Resuming in August without much success, 6yo mare Sarah Goody (Rich And Spoilt out of Forrest Interlude by Armbro Operative) was starting in the nice backline barrier 11, and followed Bob Wheel (from 2 on the front) to settle in the one by one, with favourite Attack On Command holding the lead after starting in 1. The lead time and first qtr were easy for the leaders, and the race was set for a dash home. At the 400 Marquisard, who had been behind the leader, moved off the rails to give Sarah Goody a nice 3 wide position (didnt that turn out well!), with Parisian Partygirl moving up to be behind Attack On Command. Coming out of the back it was still Attack On Command, a nose in front of Bob Wheel and Sarah Goody further back out 3 wide. Balancing up on straightening, Sarah Goody put paid to the inside pair at the 50 and raced away to win the $18,000 Simmonds Steel Pace by 4.1m from Attack On Command, with Bob Wheel deservedly hanging on for 3rd in front of a wall of horses. The mile rate was 1:59.6 and last qtrs. 28.3 and 28.5. The win took the Ross Waddell, Kevin Keys and R Hall bred and owned mare to a tidy $208,441 from 16 wins and 12 places, with her lifetime best 1:54 set last season.

Sarah Goody is the 4th winner and last foal from her dam Forrest Interlude (Armbro Operative) 1:58.6 6 wins $22,026 with other winners including Secret Interlude (Panorama) 1:56.6 19 wins $230,348 and Nothingbutadream (Modern Art) 1:55.1 10 wins $79,792. Forrest Interlude is out of the lightly raced winner Take More Care (Butler B G) the dam of 9 winners including Co Co San (Crouch) 1:58.6 14 wins 90,991. Take More Care is a daughter of champion mare Take Care (El Patron), the 1982 NZ 4yo Pacing Mare of the Year and winner of over $300,000 in her career.

It’s always good to get the 1 draw at headquarters, and 7yo gelding Major Spoilt ( Art Major out of Rich And Sassy by Million To One) did just that and started favourite, despite only resuming in September after a 20 month absence. Driven hard out of the barrier, Major Spoilt retained the lead from Oneonthewood who had started from 2 and made a spirited challenge for the lead, before Righteous Brother came around to the breeze. Three across the track coming into the straight and Shannon Suvaljko on It Aint Royal came around to be the 3rd horse in the breeze. Settling into a moderate pace, Major Spoilt led into the back the last time with Anime from the rear leading up the 3 wide line. At the 400m Anime had got to a nose second but still 3 wide and it was 3 across the track coming out of the back. Anime was now tiring, advantaging the leading pair. Straigthening for the run home Major Spoilt now had a length to spare, with Oneonthewood sweeping home, having to move 5 wide from his one out 3 back position. Oneonthewood flashed home but the run was too late and Major Spoilt went on to win the $18,000 Etch Coatings Pace by 3.4m from Oneonthewood, with a further 2m to It Aint Royal. The win was the 15th win for the Harry Capararo bred gelding, who along with 19 places has gathered $83,808 in stakes.

Major Spoilt is one of 3 winners from his metropolitan winning dam Rich And Sassy (Million To One) 1:59.7 13 wins $77,521. Rich And Sassy is one of 7 winners from her dam Nolas Nuisance (Meadow Fella) 2:03.6 5 wins $12,438. Nolas Nuisance is also the dam of top race horse and sire Rich And Spoilt (Million To One) 1:58.2 20 wins $301,630. Nolas Nuisance is one of 5 winners out of Royal Patina (El Patron) 2:02.1, including The Last Padron (Lucky Cam) 1:58.4 $74,404. The only other filly produced by Royal Patina was the unraced but successful broodmare Black River Tina (Wellwood Hanover), 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, Flirtalicious (Rich And Spoilt) 1:58.7 $62,641 and Cams Flirt (Lucky Cam) 2:02.4 3 wins $18,605. Cams Flirt produced 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. One of Black River Tina’s unraced daughters was Miss Mystique (Mystical Prince), who is the dam of full brothers Sergeant Oats 1:56.8 10 wins $112,681, Captain Oats (Rich And Spoilt) 1:55.1 8 wins $84,241 and 3 other winners.

TRIBUTE TO NORMS DAUGHTER

(22 Nov 2019) One of our greatest race mares was honoured tonight with the $50,000 Group 2 race race named after her. Yet despite how great she was, she couldn’t win a WA Pacing Cup, an Inter Dominion or a WA Derby. She was 4th in WA Derby, 2nd in WA Pacing Cup and 2nd in the Golden Nugget, won Inter Dominion Heats and WA Pacing Cup preludes. But she did win, after starting her career as a 3yo, the WA Oaks, demolishing the visiting favourite. She won her second 4YO and 5YO Championship, defeating champion Our Sir Vancelot, in a state record for the distance. She was at that time only the second mare to win the Miracle Mile, beating champion Il Vicolo. She won the Ladyship Mile, after coming second the previous year. She raced and beat some of the greatest horses of her era. Anyone who wins the Norms Daughter should be so proud.

This year the race was won by up and coming 5yo mare Our Alfie Romeo (Washington VC), with the emergency for the race 5yo Just Makemine Diamonds (Somebeachsomewhere) winning another race on the night and promising 3yo filly Tiffany Rose (Somebeachsomewhere) was also successful. The boys stood up too!

With 2 unplaced runs following 3 in a row in August, 6yo entire Handsandwheels (Mach Three out of Benjor Maddy Lombo by Perfect Art) was a little further out in the betting than normal, not necessarily helped by starting outside the back line. Also included in the field was favourite and Golden Nugget winner Ana Malak, up for his 3rd run since resuming in October.

Working hard from 2 to get the lead was Kiwi Legend, with Speed Man from 4 waiting for the dust to settle before going to the breeze. The first qtr was a scoot at 27.8, with Handsandwheels settling one out 3 back and Ana Malak behind him. It was a solidly run race, with Ana Malak moving out 3 wide at the 600 to go forward, flushing out Handsandwheels who then made a very fast forward move on the inside of Ana Malak. At the 400m they were both in a bunch vying for 4th. Coming into the home turn it was 4 across the track, with Kiwi Legend still holding a narrow lead over Speed Man and Handsandwheels and Ana Malak out wide, along with Jimmy Johnstone coming from 3 on the rails to be right behind them. Hitting the front coming into the straight, Handsandwheels was going the better and as they went to the line, it was a good win to Handsandwheels in the $25,000 Pace by 2.4m from Ana Malak, with Our Jimmy Johnstone just pipping a valiant Speed Man for 3rd. In a very competitive race, there was only 3m covering another 5 runners, with the mile rate 1:54 and last two qtrs. 28.8 each. But the spoils go to a very good, WA bred stallion who in winning his 24th race and along with 22 places, has now gone to the next level and is in an elite club that has won over $500,000. There is no reason why this Mike Howie bred horse cant be our next millionaire.

As mentioned many times before, Handandwheels is from the maternal line of one of Australia's very best race fillies, Australian 3YO Filly of the Year Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 $245,449, who later became Australian Broodmare of the Year as the dam of Lombo Pocket Watch (Jet Laag) 1:53.6 $1,522,638,  who was jointly awarded the Australian Pacer of the Year and Australian 2YO Pacer of the Year.

A very consistent gelding, with 5 wins and 6 places from only 13 starts, 4yo Know When To Run (Rock N Roll Heaven out of Heather Mary by Modern Art) was starting as one of the shortest priced favourites in recent Gloucester Park history. Stepping out from 3, trainer driver Justin Prentice was happy to leave the inside pair battle it out for the lead, in a pretty solid opening. As soon as the leaders were settled, Know When To Run immediately went forward to take over the leaders role, with 2 laps remaining. Now the speed dropped, and Beach Skipper from 5 was up close in the breeze, with Mileys Desire behind the leader. They cruised along until a bit of a bubble in the straight had Robb Stark now three wide and moving forward with a lap to go. At the 400m Robb Stark, had moved up smoothly to be running second, but a quick look over the shoulder by Justin Prentice to measure his opposition and Know When To Run moved away coming out of the back. Still keeping a watch just in case, Justin had Know When To Run well clear coming into the straight and he went on to win the $18,000 Simmonds Steel Pace by 8.1m from Ideal Charm who had come from one out one back to just pip Robb Stark, closing qtrs. 28.2 and 28.6 and mile rate 1:57.7. This made it win number 6 for the Steve Johnson bred Know When To Run, whose stakes are just over $57,000 from his short career. 

Know When To Run is one of two winners from his unraced dam Heather Mary (Modern Art), who is out of another unraced dam in Hold Tight (Embrace Me). Hold Tight is also the dam of Fake Embrace (Fake Left) 1:53.4 37 wins $240,249, Go By Jet (Whats Next) 1:58.3 20 wins and $91,746, Like A Dame (Golden Greek) 2:02 $10,312 and non winners Prettypretty Woman (Albert Albert), Hotniten Georgia (Albert Albert), Endless Journey (Die Laughing) and Gaetana Nicole (Sutter Hanover). You don’t need to be a success on the track to be a good mother, with Like A Dame the dam of champion pacer David Hercules (Artesian) 1:52.7 $1,263,159 and 6 other winners. Endless Journey is the dam of $100,000 Pearl winner Isaiah Artois (Modern Art) 1:58.3 9 wins $117,351, and Hotniten Georgia is the dam of Supreme Royalty (Parsons Den) winner of over $93,000 in her career including the Group 2 2008 $50,000 2yo Fillies State Sires Series. Then there is Prettypretty Woman who is the dam of Our Miss Vivienne (Safe And Sound) 1:56.1 13 wins $83,960, and Gaetana Nicole is the dam of 2YO Colt/Gelding of the Year Major Martini (Art Major) 1:56.7 3 wins $152,712. Other members of the extended maternal family include Adda Paternal Suit (Rich And Spoilt) 1:53.6 $256,862 and multiple Group 1 and 1990 Inter Dominion winner Thorate (King Kallanie) 1:53.9 $1,329,345.

ON OUR WAY

(15 Nov 2019) A big night for the 4yos on the way to the Nugget in December. Top now 4yo mare Dracarys was also strutting her stuff on the way to the Mares Classic, with a win in a competitive Fillies and Mares in 1:54.9. And two Aviators “flew” on the night.

The first of the biggies for the 4YOs with the favourite going into the race being the unbeated Wildwest, with 8 wins to his credit, starting from 6. Second in the betting was Gee Jay Kay starting in 3, with next in order Patrickthepiranha in 5. Shockwave, who started outside the front line in 9 and Theo Aviator (10) were well out in the betting at 60 and 80/1. Getting out fastest was Robbie Easton in 2, with Sangue Reale in 1 choosing to surrender the lead rather than challenge. Over-racing out front, Robbie Easton was well clear after a lap, with the lead time a scintillating 35.2 and first qtr 28.9. Gee Jay Kay was in the breeze which was going to be tough, and Patrickthepiranha one-one with Theo Aviator (Mr Aviator out of Asahi by Armbro Operative) behind Sangue Reale on the rails. Into the last lap and Taroona Bromac was leading the 3 wide line followed by Wild West, leaving Shockwave last of the moving line and Robbie Easton still over-racing and clear in front. A 27.9 3rd qtr and nothing out wide was making any progress with Gee Jay Kay and Taroona Bromac both struggling. Wildwest went wider, followed by Shockwave, with both horses looking good. Coming out of the back Sangue Reale was off the rails and catching Robbie Easton, and as they rounded the home bend Theo Aviator was now running behind Sangue Reale. Into the straight Sangue Reale hit the front, with Theo Aviator chasing and Shockwave 6 wide the only one making ground. Down the straight Sangue Reale was still a length clear at the 50m, Theo Aviator 2nd and Shockwave finishing brilliantly. As they hit the line Theo Aviator grabbed the win in the $50,000 4YO Championship from Sangue Reale by a half head, with Shockwave’s brilliant run just finishing short of the line to be 1.2m back in 3rd. At odds of 80/1 it was a surprise to some but this horse has been up to the class before. It was the second Group 2 win for Theo Aviator and 13th win overall. With 9 places his stakes are now $142,927.

Bred by Nicholas Taylor and part owned by him with Peter George, Theo Aviator is the second winner from his dam Asahi (Armbro Operative) 1:59.6 $78,705, a good racemare who was second in the 2005 Diamond Classic and third in the 2006 WA Oaks. Asahi is a full sister to Ariki 1:58.5 11 wins $88,969. Their winning dam Klyna (Crouch) 2:02 $4,901 is one of 3 winners from Alfa Dyna (Crouch) 1:59.0 $95,147, who was third in her Diamond Classic, won the WA Oaks and was 4th in the Golden Nugget. Alfa Dyna is a daughter of top race filly Travis Arania (Scottish Arania), who produced 5 other winners including Bold Ruler (Maple Lanes Strike) 1:58.7 12 wins $62,374, Scanio (The Sunbird Hanover) 1:57.8 22 wins $208,495 and Alfa Courageous (Brets Courage) 2:04 $7,097 the dam of 7 winners including Champagne Classic winner Courageous Ned (Life Sign) 2:00.5 21 wins $253,750, Roadless Travelled (Panorama) 1:58 22 wins $183,666 and Mabel Rose (Christian Cullen) 1:59.7 8 wins $49,039. Mabel Rose is the dam of Alfa Queen (Art Major) 1:55.0 11 wins $93,360. Alfa Courageous is also the granddam of Adda Tak (Rich And Spoilt) 1:58.4 11 wins $83,777. Travis Arania is a daughter of one of WAs best ever broodmares in Oro Travis, with Lovers Prayer (Lis Mara) 1:58.0 $78,105 and My Prayer (Renaissance Man) 1:58.4 $74,102 belonging to this family through a daughter of Oro Travis.

With a mid week win the previous week, the second Aviator on the night, 5yo entire Naval Aviator (Mr Aviator out of Don’t Tell Hillary by Presidential Ball) was starting generously at 16/1, although there was good form in the race. The favourite Hy Leexciting started well and went straight to the front from 2, with 3rd favourite Carrera Mach from 1 happy to sit on his back. Rock Me Over scooted forward in the back to test the leader before settling for the breeze, and with the extra pace on Sweet N Fast ducked in behind Hy Leexciting on the rails. Convert Denario now took off from the back and went to the breeze and was very hard to hold for driver Chris Lewis. With all this happening the first qtr of the 2536m mobile was run in 28.4. At the 400m it had been a very hard run for Hy Leexciting, with the bigger Convert Denario over-racing on his outside and now ahead. Sweet N Fast and Carrera Mach were both manoeuvred off the rails, pushing Naval Aviator, who had been one out and three back, to a 4 wide position. Coming to the home turn the two leaders were still trying, but out wide Naval Aviator was swooping home. In front as they straightened, Naval Aviator dashed away at the 100m, going on to win the $20,000 SEFS Pace by 13m from the other good finisher in Carrera Mach, with 1.9m to Sweet N Fast just ahead of a valiant Hy Leexciting. The mile rate was super fast at 1:57, last qtrs the slowest of the race at 30 and 30.5. The win took the Peter George owned and bred gelding to $95,648 from his 14 wins 11 places, with nearly $47,000 last season.

Naval Aviator is the second foal and second winner from his dam Don’t Tell Hillary (Presidential Ball) 2:03 4 wins $28,136. Don’t Tell Hillary is one of 3 winners out of the non winning My Boyfriends Back (Holmes Hanover) including Swarovski (Courage Under Fire) 1:54.1 14 wins $89,540. Mocca Magic (Vance Hanover) 2:01.1 $5,475 the dam of My Boyfriends Back, is the dam of 4 winners including Angela Gold (In The Pocket) 1:53.1 and granddam of Gotta Bewitched (Gotta Go Cullen) 1:53.7 15 wins $106,323. Mocca Magic is a daughter of Mia Mocca (Local Light) 2:05.1 $11,282, the dam of 5 winners and from an unraced daughter, the granddam of Chariots of Fire winner Beefy T (Holmes Hanover) 1:56.7 15 wins $369,331. Mia Mocca is a daughter of 1957 mare Petulus which brings in numerous class winnersare in this maternal line including Una Bromac (Live Or Die) TR 2:03.8 $85,222 the dam of 2019 Inter Dominion Trotting Championship winner Winterfell (Majestic Son) 1:58.1 $416,730. Of note is that until Una Bromac, all the dams had only very moderate success on the track. Recent Gloucester Park winner Our Perkins is part of this family through prolific broodmare Shes Our Angel (Classic Garry) 2:03.6 4 wins $14,326, whose descendants include Sky Tower (Panorama) 1:58.5 36 wins $241,236, Nightn Georgia (Safely Kept) 2:00.4 11 wins $116,605, Rocknrolla (Grinfromeartoear) 1:57.1 12 wins $287,351 and Kasey John (Bettor Delight) 1:57.1 11 wins $104,154.  Tightrope (Art Major) 1:53.6 22 wins $204,098. Nikkibadwagon (Shadow Play) 1:53.2 $167,020, Dreams Of Heaven (Safely Kept) 1:58.9 13 wins $150,444, Group 1 winner Menin Gate (Somebeachsomewhere) 1:54.3 16 wins $574,758, Group 1 and Group 2 winner Smooth Showgirl (Art Major) 1:52.3 22 wins $342,711 are just a few others that are part of this family.

Starting first up after a win 2 starts  and 3 months ago ago in the $50,000 Gold Bracelet followed by a third in the $125,000 Golden Slipper, 3yo filly Some Copper Beach (Somebeachsomewhere out of Artistic Copper by Artistic Fella) was favourite even though the Golden Slipper winner was actually in the race. Starting in 4, trainer driver Aiden De Campo scooted her out to be in front before the first turn. With a reasonably fast lead time followed by a slow first qtr, relative newby Adda Pocket Rinse went up to the breeze. At the 600m Secret Operation made a fast 3 wide move to be second but wide at the 400m. Some Copper Beach was sprinting hard as they came to the home turn and was in very little danger of losing, going 3 lengths clear at the top of the straight to go on and coast to the win in the $18,000 SefSolutions 3YO Pace by 6.5m from Secret Operation, with Jaspervellabeach, who had followed the run of Secret Operation, finishing well for 3rd. The mile rate was 1:58.3 and last qtrs. 29 and 28.4. The win was the 6th for the Mike Howie bred and part owned filly, with $76,692 from her wins and 3 places from only 13 starts.

Bred by Mike Howie and owned by the Howie family, Some Copper Beach is the first foal out of the Mike Howie bred Artistic Copper (Artistic Fella) 1:59.1 $100,014, who was passed in at the 2012 WA Yearling Sale for a mere $10,000 and went on to win the Group 1 2YO Fillies Sales Classic. Someone missed an opportunity there. The dam of Artistic Copper was unraced but was a full sister to Dame Rainbow (Walton Hanover) 2:00.3 13 wins $73,750. Fellatina (Smooth Fella), the granddam of Artistic Copper, is a half sister to champion sire Knight Rainbow 1:57.7 $243,696. This family also includes Rainbow Knight (Kawartha Robust) 1:55.7 $417,779 and locally raced pair Better B Chevron (Bettors Delight) 1:51 $297,891 now racing successfully in the US, and half brother Speed Man (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:55.7 $163,109.

LEADING SERGEANT OATS

(8 Nov 2019) What a nice result tonight for some very hard working people, and great to see the well deserved success and the care that is evident to all. We also saw that Vampiro has returned in great form for the Bond stable, winning the J P Stratton Cup. Tonight we say goodbye to the nicely bred mare Crystal Sparkles, who is on her way to the US with her final race a good win in the $22,000 Mares FFA. The US obviously values our good mares! But lets talk about our local winners!

With a midweek win and 3 seconds in his last 5 starts since resuming in August after an absence of 6 months, 6yo much loved gelding Sergeant Oats (Rich And Spoilt out of Miss Mystique by Mystical Prince) also had barrier 1 and was installed second favourite behind Ocean Ridge. After starting in 6, Ocean Ridge burned out at the start to be the leader heading out of the home straight, with Sergeant Oats going well enough to be sitting behind the leader, and Jack William from inside the back row right behind Sergeant Oats on the rails. The result looked to be a foregone conclusion as the raced along in close to even time for the first three quarters of the 2536m event. The breeze horse Dreamy Nights kept Ocean Ridge honest going into the back the last time and a few were making runs but not having any impact. Coming into the straight Ocean Ridge was clear, but Dreamy Nights had tired, leaving room for Sergeant Oats to start the chase. Down the straight and as the caller said, Sergeant Oats got Ocean Ridge, about 30m from the line, and went on to win the $18,000 Catalano Truck & Equipment Pace by 1.1m, mile rate 1:58.3 and last half 58.2. Jack William just got 3rd 5m away, ahead of the fast finishing Dali Express. The win by the Harry Capararo bred and Courtney Burch trained and part owned gelding was his 10th, and he has 13 places with career stakes of $106,510, which includes just over $26,000 this season. A very nicely driven unassuming race by driver Shannon Suvaljko, with Clerk of Course/Catcher Courtney getting to lead in her own horse!

Bred by the late Harry Capararo, Sergeant Oats is the 6th foal and fifth winner from the unraced Miss Mystique (Mystical Prince), with other winners including full brother Captain Oats 1:55.1 8 wins and $84,241. Miss Mystique is out of the unraced but successful broodmare Black River Tina (Wellwood Hanover), 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, Flirtalicious (Rich And Spoilt) 1:58.7 $62,641 and Cams Flirt (Lucky Cam) 2:02.4 3 wins $18,605. 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. Black River Tina is out of Royal Patina (El Patron) 2:02.1 and is a half sister to the dam of Rich And Spoilt (Million To One) 1:58.2 20 wins $301,630 and Rich And Sassy (Million To One) 1:59.7 13 wins $77,521. Rich And Sassy is the dam of 3 winners including Major Spoilt (Art Major) 1:59.2 14 wins $72,827.

Two consecutive number 1 barriers and 2 wins for driver Shannon Sulvaljko was a great start to the night for him , but not so hot for the favourites. Starting in 1 was 5yo gelding Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven out of Benjor Maddy Lombo by Perfect Art) with the favourite starting right behind him in 10. Rock Me Over had done well since being taken on by new owners and with new trainer Matthew Scott in March 2019. Going fast out of the barrier and withstanding the challenge from Mon Lillies in 2, Rock Me Over went straight to the front for the 2536m mobile. The favourite Mad Robber was running mid field after electing to restrain and move off the rails. With half a lap done Stewie McDonald on Mad Robber had the favourite moving forward to take up the breeze position, with Soho Wonder from 3 settling behind the leader. A slow first quarter but better than even time second qtr was going to suit the leaders. Rock Me Over stepped up the pace to a speedy 27.7 3rd qtr, with Mad Robber still hanging on for second. Coming into the home straight, Shannon checked the opposition and new he had them covered, going for a quick sprint at the top of the straight with Mad Robber doing his best to hold on to second. At the 100m Soho Wonder was coming through into second, but has they went over the line it was Rock Me Over the winner of the $18,000 Life With Clipsal Pace by 2.1m from Soho Wonder, with Mad Robber 5.3m away in third ahead of Mon Lillies. The mile rate was 1:59 and last qtr 28.5. It was win number 13 for Rock Me Over, and along with 23 places he has stakes of $165,739, with nearly $27,000 this season.

Bred by Mike Howie, Rock Me Over is unfortunate enough to be a half brother to the more famous Handsandwheels (Mach Three). Along with WASBA King Lethbridge winner Maddy White (Lombo Mandingo) 1:56.9 11 wins $110,824, they are out of dual WASBA Broodmare of the Year Benjor Maddy Lombo (Perfect Art) 2:01.8 3 wins $21,510. Benjor Maddy Lombo is out of Magic Maddy Lombo (Classic Garry) 2:03.8 1 win $7,664. There isn’t a lot of racing fame so far in these dams but that hasn’t stopped them being a wonderful producing family. Magic Maddy Lombo produced 7 winners including Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.3 $230,312, multiple Group 1 winner and Cordina Sprint winner Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 33 wins $587,032, Sweet Maddy Lombo (Panorama) 1:59.5 11 wins $106,588 and Soho Madeleine (Bettors Delight) 1:56.8 9 wins $96,803. A full sister to Magic Maddy Lombo in Decethree Lombo is responsible for other family members including Lombo Skyrider (Panorama) 1:50 63 wins $841,611, Lord Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.6 24 wins $286,504, Soho Wonder (Jet Laag) 1:56.1 17 wins $170,049, Lady De La Renta (Well Said) 1:49.2 $208,319 and Wesley (Sportswriter) 1:55.2 15 wins $163,186. The star of the family is Australian 3yo Filly of the Year and (later) Australian Broodmare of the Year Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 $245,449, with Misty Maiden the dam of Australian 2yo and Horse of the Year Lombo Pocket Watch (Jet Laag), 1:53.6 $1,522,638 the winner of 17 successive races as a 2yo and the only 2yo to be named Australian Horse of the Year. Lombo Pocket Watch is a half brother to Magic Maddy Lombo. Extending the family just a little further we have and NZ champion Terror To Love (Western Terror) 1:51 $2,377,125.

PARLIAMENTARIANS CUP NIGHT

(1 Nov 2019) A good night to touch base with some of your local representatives and chat to them about harness racing and funding!. Two of the girls were successful, with Suzies Gem (Mach Three) and Crystal Sparkles (Rocknroll Hanover) on their way to the feature mares’ races. And a nice win by one of our former top juveniles, who has made a successful return to racing under his new trainer.

With some missteps at his previous start when he broke badly and was tailed off, 8yo gelding Bettor Reward (Bettors Delight out of Chemical Romance by Northern Luck) was still the punters tip, especially starting in 1, although the super quick starter Thereugo was drawn next to him. The two went out of the barrier very fast, but with the inside running and the intention to retain the lead over the 1730m journey, Bettor Reward kept the lead and Thereugo settled on his outside in the breeze. Chris Lewis on Bettor Reward set a super fast 27.7 1st qtr, with the second qtr better than even time. With a lap to go Carter Micheal moved 3 wide and was running 3rd at the 400. Out of the back Bettor Reward still had the race, with Therugo now 3rd just behind the wider Carter Micheal and Dominate the Dodo, who had sat behind the leader for the race, was looking for a way out. Down the straight Bettor Reward was holding the late finishers and went on to win the $20,000 Mondo Doro Pace by 1.9m from Carter Micheal, with Dominate the Dojo 3rd ahead of the valiant Thereugo, last qtrs. 28.4 and 29.4 and mile rate 1:54.6. Bred by Steve Johnson and owned by a patient Craig Lynn, this made the career tally 15 wins and $243,165, including the Group 1 3YO Westbred Classic and a dominant win in the Group 2 4YO Championship. Bettor Reward has 2 wins this season with new trainer Clinton Hall, who took over as trainer in July.

Bettor Reward is one of 3 winners from his dam Chemical Romance (Northern Luck), with recent winner Destined To Rule (Shadow Play) 1:57.5 11 wins $141,420 a half brother to the classy Bettor Reward. Chemical Romance is a half sister to 8 winners including WA Derby winner Trunkey Maseratti (Wellwood Hanover) 1:56.4, 22 wins and $273,457. Ferrari Trunkey (Tarcoola Frost) 1:56.6 $267,527, the dam of Chemical Romance was a very successful racemare with 22 wins including the WA Oaks, WASBA Breeders Stakes, Silver Bracelet and other Group races. Ferrari Trunkey is also the granddam of Trunkey Daydream (Dream Away) 1:58.6 9 wins $108,477, Fluent Style (Village Jasper) 2:00.1 $78,033 and Skewsy Newsy (Village Jasper) 1:59.1 12 wins $75,893. 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. Celevale Trunkey is out of Cele (U Scott) a NZ bred mare who was good enough to compete in the 1963 Inter Domionion against Cardigan Bay. A race fall at the top of the Wayville straight resulted in Cele carrying two drivers across the line, one of them catapulted from Smokey Eric.

WHOOPS

(25 Oct 2019) With the racing heading towards the summer features there was a lot of handy form tonight, with the Preux Chevalier and Howard Porter Memorial (both mares’ races last year) headlining the show. Just Rockon Bye put up a good show in the available mares event, the unbeaten Wildwest remained unbeaten after tonight, and our two winners tonight were sparkling.

But first a tiny bit of history about Howard Porter. Born Milson John Howard Porter, Howard was born in the 1890s and served in the 9th Light Horse, 26th Reinforcement in the first World War. On his return from the war he worked in his father’s coach building business in Fremantle, then called J W Porter Coachbuilder. In the thirties Howard Porter built the first six horse and nine horse trucks in Western Australia. He was a highly successful trainer whose 119 winners included a WA Pacing Cup, WA Derby and three Fremantle Cups. Sons Lyall and Ron ran the very successful Milson Lodge stud in Armadale. While not the only accolade, Lyall Porter is most noted as the owner/breeder of the one and only San Simeon. Howard Porter was a foundation member of the Fremantle Trotting Club, serving on the Committee for more than 30 years until his retirement, including eight years as President. He also succeeded J P Stratton as President of the WA Trotting Association in 1966 and remained President for 3 years. There are many top horses that resulted from the Porter families involvement in harness racing.

Back to our winners tonight. A win a fortnight ago and checked at his last start, 6yo entire Major Pocket (Art Major out of Elena S by In The Pocket) was a little surprisingly out to 9/1 from barrier 3, although the favourite Mighty Santana was starting in 1. And it was certainly a drop in class compared to his last start. Mighty Santana went straight to the lead from the barrier, followed by Carter Micheal from inside the back line. Major Pocket settled for the breeze, with Athabascan from 3 settling into the one out one back. A reasonable solid lead time and better than even time first half kept everyone on their toes and made sure no one was going to get the sit and sprint opportunity. No change into the last lap until Carter Micheal pushed into the one out one back position as they entered the back straight. At the 400m after a 28.4 3rd qtr it was Mighty Santana with Major Pocket in close attendance, with Carter Micheal now pocketed by Athabascan, the horse he had displaced. Into the straight Carter Michael was now clear to tackle the leaders, but Major Pocket had the nose in front as they reached the 100m. Stride for stride it was a brilliant finish, but Major Pocket got the verdict on the line to win the $20,000 Westside Auto Wholesale Pace by a nose from the fast finishing Carter Micheal, with Mighty Santana a nose away in third place, last qtr 29.6 and mile rate a solid 1:55.7 after breezing all the way. Bred and part owned by Oz-West Pacing, Major Pocket now has 13 wins and with 27 places his career stakes are just over $170,000.

Major Pocket is first foal and only foal of racing age from his dam Elena S (In The Pocket) 1:55 9 wins $97,549, who was raced in WA and won her first 4 starts here. Elena S is one of 6 winners from her dam Elena Star (Fake Left) 1:59.2 $15,850, including Dikkery (Mach Three) 1:52.8 13 wins $121,386. Elena Star is out of Speeding Star (Starship) 1:59.9 $5,882 who is a half sister to Brabham (New York Motoring) 1:56.8 $725,924, multiple Group 1 and Group 2 winner and winner of the Victoria Cup beating Our Sir Vancelot. Other members of this family through a full sister to the granddam of Elena Star are Burnaholeinmypocket (Bettors Delight) 1:52.1 $261,988 and Flash Atom (Sokys Atom) 1:55.0 $265,5213. Champion mare Elect To Live (Live Or Die) 1:55.5 $535,800 dam of Gotta Go Cullect (Christian Cullen) and Gotta Go Harmony (Christian Cullen) 1:55.5 $205,909 belong to another arm of the maternal family of Major Pocket.

An interesting short course stand, with the favourite starting inside the 10m line and our winner, 7yo gelding Batavia On Fire (Courage Under Fire out of Batavia Touchngo by Rich And Spoilt) starting 4 on the front. Taking just a moment to steady, Batavia On Fire scooted out to burst through and be race leader in front of Gangbuster. Cut Above was left in the breeze until Destined To Rule took over the breeze role with three quarters of a lap run in the 2096m stand. An even time first half saw Batavia On Fire looking comfortable in front, with the field covering 8 lengths. Full of running going into the back straight the last time, Michael Grantham on Batavia On Fire was still going comfortably at the 400m, with Atmospherical making a solid run from the back to be running second, but three wide. Scooting clear coming to the home bend, Batavia On Fire had the race in his keeping, with Gangbuster chasing and Black Magic Mara from 3 back the fence coming through for a 3rd placing in front of the tiring Atmospherical. Batavia On Fire went on to win the $18,000 Direct Trades Supply stand by 10.1m in 2:00.2, last qtrs. 28.9 and 28.3.

Bred by Ted O’Connor, Batavia On Fire has 9 wins and 17 places for lifetime stakes of just under $65,000. Batavia On Fire is one of two winners from his dam Batavia Touchngo (Rich And Spoilt) 1:58.4 8 wins and $117,878. Batavia Touchngo raced only 18 times for 8 wins and 4 places including 6 consecutive wins as a 2yo. She won the Western Crown, the Group 1 $100,000 Sires Series Final and was second in the Diamond Classic to Centrefold Angel. Batavia Touchngo is out of the unraced Lombo Rhapsody (Northern Lights) who is also the granddam of Batavia Jack (Righteous Hanover) 1:56.8 13 wins $106,135. Lombo Rhapsody is a half sister to 3 winners including Capture A Million (Million To One) 2:03.5 2 wins $15,368, the dam of 2008 Golden Nugget winner Schinzig Buller (Pacific Fella) 1:56.1 $293,497, full brother Polak 1:50.2 44 wins $756,050, Captured Delight (Bettors Delight) 1:57.5 $92,522 and 6 other winners. This is also the family of Lombo Powershot (Northern Lights) 1:50.2 $552,679, Lombo Rapida (Northern Lights) 1:57.0 $790,629 and Ballas Arockstar (Orange Sovereign) 1:58.1 $219,412. When you look under the covers, this family has class. 

 WASBA 2019 STALLION TENDER

(20 October 2019) Our Stallion Tender closed on 9 September. Thank you to all our Tenderers and later purchasers who have the stallion of their choice for a great price for the 2019/20 season.

THE MOUNT EDEN SPRINT - WHAT A SPECIAL RACE TO WIN

(18 Oct 2019) Some great racing on the night with some excellent performances. A nice win by 4yo mare Arma Indie heading towards the big mares races, and just the one WA bred winner on the night but what a biggie and what a special win in such a special race, THE $50,000 Mount Eden Sprint run in honour of a horse, and the man who made him, that was truly one of the greatest of all.

Going great guns after a win in this company 3 weeks ago, 8yo gelding Argyle Red (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Dekker Diamond by Iraklis) was one of the favourites in our best sprint race, and had the good luck to draw barrier 1. The favourite was starting in 2 on the back line which was an unusual barrier draw for a favourite in a 1730m race, and was inconvenienced when the 2 horse on the front galloped out. Meanwhile, Argyle Red with Morgan Woodley on board was going full steam ahead up front, with Speed Man from 3 keen to stay in the breeze and resist the short challenge from Major Pocket. The mare Just Rockon Bye settled 3rd along the rails following The Bucket List who had started inside the back row. Argyle Red was scooting along and the first qtr was run in a really quick 27.4. A slight breather in the second qtr if you can call it that, was good driving from Morgan as Motu Premier moved forward three wide in the straight to be 3rd with a lap to go. Into the back and the pace stepped up again to a 27.6 3rd qtr, with Speed Man looking to be a real threat to the leader. Argyle Red was still travelling well though, as the three across the track headed for the home turn. Into the straight the bigger Speed Man looked to be the winner, but Argyle Red wasn’t giving in and Motu Premier, after looking beaten, was coming back. Speed Man definitely got his nose in front, Just Rockon Bye was coming up fast on the inside, Motu Premier was gathering them in but the little red horse gave it another go and on the line it was Argyle Red by a half head from Speed Man with a short half head then a half head to Just Rockon Bye and Motu Premier in the $50,000 Mount Eden Sprint, mile rate a lifetime best 1:53.8 and last qtr 28.5. Bred and raced by Rob and Anne MacDonald, Argyle Red to his stakes to $245,279 from 17 wins and 30 places. Included in that is a win in the Group 2 Nights Of Thunder.

Metropolitan winner Dekker Diamond (Iraklis) 1:57.9 8 wins $63,249 is the dam of Argyle Red and two other winners including Davinci Diamond (Artiscape) 1:56.2 12 wins $87,244. Winner Dash Of Diamonds (Crouch), the dam of Dekker Diamond and 2 other winners, is out of the unraced April Franco (Bo Scots Blue Chip) who is also the dam of Crystal Tears (Stoneridge Scooter) 2:00.6 8 wins $52,899, and the unraced Ecstacy (Classic Garry), the granddam of Bob Wheel (Allamerican Ingot) 1:54.2 12 wins $116,219 and Elite Royalty (Jet Laag) 1:57.7 $48,038. April Franco is a half sister to former top juvenile Tempo Cavallo (Timely Knight) 1:58.9 $128,436 and to the dam of Burlington Bertie (Vance Hanover) 1:54.4 $370,401. Other quite close family members include Mon Lillies (Artesian) 1:54.7 14 wins $133,582, 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 $139,642, Magic Moment Lombo (Lombo Pocket Watch) 1:57.4 11 wins $84,182, Fours Enuf Tas (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:55.2 27 wins $170,754 and Natural Disaster (Shadow Play) 1:55.5 13 wins $158,377.

BACK TO THE ACTION

(11 Oct 2019) Well, with a week off last week (the meeting was cancelled due to track conditions) it was all systems go this week! A number of good wins and some surprises as well! Great training effort from the Bond team with Our Alfie Romeo winning her third race in a row after resuming from a 5 month absence.

With nearly $48,000 last season and 7 seconds at his previous 9 starts incl 2nds at his last two runs, it was no surprise that quality 6yo entire Major Pocket (Art Major out of Elena S by In The Pocket) was starting favourite from barrier 2. Getting away very fast from the barrier, he went straight to the front and was going to be very hard to beat over the 1730m sprint journey. Sitting behind him on the rails was Mattjestic Star from 1 and Vincenzo Peruggia from inside the back row. With a 28.4 1st qtr and 29.1 2nd qtr, the field was on the bit all the way. Coming off the back after a 28.1 3rd qtr there was a brave forward move from Carter Michael who had been sitting one one, but the flat out pace was not going to help to get past the rails horses. Into the home bend, Mattjestic Star was off the rails and chasing, but Major Pocket was well clear. Down the straight Major Pocket was untroubled to win the $18,000 Better Your Bet Tabtouch Pace by 5.4m in a lifetime best of 1:52.6, last qtr 27.4, ahead of Vincenzo Peruggia who never left the rails, and Mattjestic Star and Carter Michael. Bred and part owned by Oz-West Pacing, it was win number 12 and along with 27 places his stakes are now $158,840. 

Major Pocket is the only foal of racing age from good race mare Elena S (In The Pocket) 1:55 9 wins $97,549, puchased to race in WA by Rob Tomlinson. Elena S won her first four starts in WA. Elena S is one of 6 winners from her dam Elena Star (Fake Left) 1:59.2 $15,850, including Dikkery (Mach Three) 1:52.8 13 wins $121,386. Speeding Star (Starship) the dam of Elena Star, is a half sister to Brabham (New York Motoring) 1:56.8 $725,924, multiple Group 1 and Group 2 winner and winner of the Victoria Cup. Other members of this family through a full sister to the granddam of Elena Star are Burnaholeinmypocket (Bettors Delight) 1:52.1 $261,988 and Flash Atom (Sokys Atom) 1:55.0 $265,5213. Champion mare Elect To Live (Live Or Die) 1:55.5 $535,800 dam of Gotta Go Cullect (Christian Cullen) and Gotta Go Harmony (Christian Cullen) 1:55.5 $205,909 all belong to the extended family of Major Pocket.

With a good mid-week win at his previous start and barrier 1, 6yo gelding Our Perkins (Rocknroll Hanover out of Foxy Cleo by Grinfromeartoear) was the punters pick. Very fast out, Our Perkins withstood a challenge to hold the lead, with the field spread out over about 14 lengths. Gathering pace behind him on the rails was Change Of Address from 10 and in the hustle, Sea Me Smile from 11 got to the rails to be 3rd along the fence. Having a breather in the second qtr, Sergeant Oats moved up to the breeze, with no other changes. A better than even time second qtr was followed by a sizzling 27.8 3rd qtr. Coming off the back Our Perkins was still comfortably in the lead from Sergeant Oats. After the burn it was a slower 29 last qtr, and as they rounded the bend for the run home Our Perkins led from Change Of Address a nose ahead on the inside of Sergeant Oats. Down the straight Our Perkins shifted out slightly but was running along nicely and went on to win the $18,000 Book Your Melbourne Cup lunch from Change Of Address, with Sea Me Smile getting up on the inside of Our Perkins to run third, Sergeant Oats tiring to be 5th. The win was the 9th for Our Perkins and along with 9 places his stakes are just under $67,000.

Bred by Steve Johnson, Our Perkins is the first winner from his unraced dam Foxy Cleo (Grinfromeartoear) who is one of 18 foals from prolific broodmare Shes Our Angel (Classic Garry) 2:03.6 4 wins $14,326. Shes Our Angel produced 10 winners including Sky Tower (Panorama) 1:58.5 36 wins $241,236, Jasmin Amal (Sportswriter) 1:55 $101,511 and Nightn Georgia (Safely Kept) 2:00.4 11 wins $116,605 the dam of Rocknrolla (Grinfromeartoear) 1:57.1 12 wins $287,351 and granddam of Liftntorque (Shadow Play) 1:52.6 13 wins $92,130 and Somerocksomeroll (Somebeachsomewhere) 1:53.3 $64,540. Shes Our Angel delivered her last foal Kasey John (Bettor Delight) 1:57.1 11 wins $104,154 when she was a 22yo. Shes Our Angel is also the granddam of Reign Of Fear (Western Terror) 1:53.2 17 wins $127,525, Reign Of Pain (Armbro Operative) 1:55.3 14 wins $134,182, Tightrope (Art Major) 1:53.6 22 wins $204,098 and Somedreamsomewhere (Somebeachsomewhere) 1:56.6 12 wins $74,957. Shes Our Angel is a half sister to the dam of Nikkibadwagon (Shadow Play) 1:53.2 $167,020 and Dreams Of Heaven (Safely Kept) 1:58.9 13 wins $150,444, the dam of multiple Group 1 winner Menin Gate (Somebeachsomewhere) 1:54.3 16 wins $574,758. The family also includes Group 1 and Group 2 winner Smooth Showgirl (Art Major) 1:52.3 22 wins $342,711, and one arm of the family through Safely Kept mare Insulated is responsible for a trotting line producing Group winners Aleppo Sunrise (Sundon) TR1:58.9 $204,930, Aleppo Midas (Sundon) TR:1:56.3 $142,804 and Aleppo Jewel (Angus Hall) TR2:00.0 $107,185. This is a very prolific female line.

Following a win and a 3rd in September, 8yo gelding Hot Fraternity (Art Major out of Red Hot Date by Village Jasper) was being kept safe in the betting at just under 4/1, with the favourite Hy Leexciting starting on his outside in barrier 3. Showing keenness out of the barrier, Hot Fraternity went straight to the front, with Brookies Jet from 1 content to sit behind him and Hy Leexciting initially settling in the breeze mid field before Mad Robber from 3rd last went forward to take on that role. A not so fast lead and first quarter was suiting Hot Fraternity. The three wide line was setting up with a lap to go and into the back straight 4 lengths covered the field. A 28 second third quarter with everyone off the bit and Hot Fraternity was making them catch him if they could. A race in two coming into the home straight with Hot Fraternity in front of Mad Robber on his outside. Nothing else got closer, and going to the line it was Hot Fraternity by 2.3m from Mad Robber, with Hy Leexciting getting 3rd just ahead of Brookies Jet, mile rate 1:57.6 and last qtr 28.1. Another nice win for Hot Fraternity, making it $110,793 from 11 wins and 23 places for the Kath Rosher, A and A Sargent, P Jarvis and DS Hindle bred gelding.

Red Hot Date (Village Jasper) 1:56.5 12 wins $99,730, the dam of Hot Fraternity was a classy metropolitan winning race mare, with wins including the 2007 WASBA Breeders Stakes. She is the dam of 3 other winners including Salacious Gossip (Art Major) 1:56.5 7 wins $55,458. Her dam Boom Or Bust (Kawartha Robust) 2:03 $35,997 was also a good winner and a terrific broodmare, producing 7 other winners including Hello Boys (Crouch) 1:57.5 12 wins 17 places and $89,541, Party Date (Panorama) 1:56, 25 wins and $256,003 and 5 other winners. Hello Boys is the dam of 6 winners including Kiss Chasey (Yankee Sensation) 1:55.3 16 wins $146,358, Gangbuster (Jeremes Jet) 1:58.7 9 wins $64,275 and Group 1 winner Play The Boys (Shadow Play) 1:56.2 $78,233. Hello Boys is also the granddam of Rockin The Boys (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:51.2 $125,567. Party Date is the dam of Bettor Party (Bettors Delight) 1:53.5 38 wins $311,715, Rocknroll Whitby (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:57.2 12 wins $151,100 and 5 other winners. Boom Or Bust is a half sister to 6 other winners including Follow The Stairs (Ticket To Heaven) 1:53.0 $67,832 as well as non winners Pleasedontstop (Crouch), Longford (Torado Hanover) and unraced Queen Matilda (Mystical Prince). Their dam is 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. Longford is the dam of Village Conqueror (Village Jasper) 1:59.6 14 wins $74,313, Pleasedontstop is the dam of Nomore Forusir (Armbro Operative) 1:57.8 26 wins $198,663 and Go Some More (Badlands Hanover) 1:57.4 $93,767, while Queen Matilda is the dam of Feel The Courage (Courage Under Fire) 1:52.9 19 wins $171,324.

The class horse in the field and multiple Group 2 winner Mighty Conqueror was also the short priced favourite and was starting from 30m in the 2503m stand. the in form Space Junk was also short in the betting and was starting from the 10m line. Both horses suffered interference from each other in a competitive lead up to the first turn, with Mighty Conqueror losing considerable ground. Meanwhile at the front of the field 7yo entire Destined To Rule (Shadow Play out of Chemical Romance by Northern Luck) was more than happy to be out of any trouble. The Trilogy from 3rd last spotted an opportunity and after a brief tussle for the lead, went past Destined To Rule to take over the leaders role. Space Junk worked forward to take over in the breeze, and Mighty Conqueror caught the field with 2 laps to go. Now it was Space Junk’s turn, and he moved forward to take over as race leader with a lap and a half to go , but had used plenty of petrol by this stage. Now it was Mighty Conqueror going forward to the breeze. No rest for the wicked here. Stepping up to a 28.2 3rd quarter, Space Junk was 2 lengths clear before the effort told and although he was still in front coming into the home turn, it had been a very big effort. The sprint in the back straight had left Destined To Rule in clear running, and he was now off the rails and outside Mighty Conqueror. Attack On Command, second last with a lap to go, was also making up good ground out wide. As they straightened for the run home Destined To Rule hit the front, just in front of Mighty Conqueror and Space Junk, with Attack On Command closing. As they went to the line, Destined To Rule held up well to win the $18,000 Christmas at the Beau Rivage Pace by 2.1m from Attack On Command, with Mighty Conqueror a mighty run for third, mile rate 2:00.9 and last qtr 29.3. It was a good win to Destined To Rule, well driven by Gary Hall Jnr, and his stakes went to an impressive $140,405 from his career tally of 11 wins and 36 places.

Bred by Steve Johnson, Destined To Rule is the half brother to the classy Bettor Reward (Bettors Delight) 1:52.7 14 wins $230,955 and one other winner. Thier non winning dam Chemical Romance (Northern Luck) is a half sister to 7 winners including WA Derby winner Trunkey Maseratti (Wellwood Hanover) 1:56.4, 22 wins and $273,457. Ferrari Trunkey (Tarcoola Frost) 1:56.6 $267,527, the dam of Chemical Romance was a very successful racemare with 22 wins including the WA Oaks, WASBA Breeders Stakes, Silver Bracelet and other Group races. Ferrari Trunkey is also the granddam of juvenile Trunkey Daydream (Dream Away) 1:58.6 9 wins $108,477 and Skewsy Newsy (Village Jasper) 1:59.1 208 starts, 12 wins 34 places and $75,893. 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.

BACK AND IN CHARGE

(27 Sep 2019) Benefiting from a break from racing one of our top WA bred horses was back in the winners circle, as was another having a new lease on life after a change of scenery. How uncanny it is that both these winners are related!. In form mare Just Rockon Bye (Christian Cullen) was stating her claim for the Mares Classic with another win.

Having his second run back after a 4 month absence, 8yo gelding Argyle Red (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Dekker Diamond by Iraklis) drew the prize 1 barrier and was starting second favourite. Going out fast from the barrier, driver Morgan Woodley had no problem holding the lead, with the heavily backed odds on favourite Walkinshaw content to sit in the breeze after starting in 5. The first half was close to even time, with Walkinshaw right up to and sometimes in front of Argyle Red. The pace picked up in the back straight but an unusual event with 3rd and 4th placed horses locking wheels caused the balance of the field to be inconvenienced, with the result that Argyle Red and Walkinshaw were 100/1 on to fill the first two places. At the 400 Argyle Red was taking over again, and as they came out of the back he was a length clear. Down the straight Argyle Red was holding the favourite at bay, and went on to win the $20,000 WA Trotting Guide Leading Tipster Pace by 6.5m from Walkinshaw, with 9.5m to third, mile rate 1:56.7 and final qtrs. 28.1 and 27.9. Bred and owned by Robert and Ann MacDonald and trained by Robert, it was the 16th win for Argle Red, who also has 30 places in his $212,119 career earnings.

Argyle Red is one of 3 winners from his metropolitan winning dam Dekker Diamond (Iraklis) 1:57.9 8 wins $63,249, with another winner being Davinci Diamond (Artiscape) 1:56.2 12 wins $87,244. Dekker Diamond is a half sister to 2 winners including Bring On De Beers (Kinney Hanover) 1:58.1 $32,374 and their 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, as well as being a half sister to the unraced Ecstacy (Classic Garry), the granddam of Bob Wheel (Allamerican Ingot) 1:54.2 12 wins $116,219 and Elite Royalty (Jet Laag) 1:57.7 $48,038. April Franco (Bo Scots Blue Chip), the dam of Dash Of Diamonds, is a half sister to former top juvenile Tempo Cavallo (Timely Knight) 1:58.9 $128,436 and to the dam of Burlington Bertie (Vance Hanover) 1:54.4 $370,401. Through a full sister to Andata (Forward), the dam of April Franco, other members of the family include Mon Lillies (Artesian) 1:54.7 14 wins $133,582, 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 $139,642, Magic Moment Lombo (Lombo Pocket Watch) 1:57.4 11 wins $84,182, Fours Enuf Tas (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:55.2 27 wins $170,754 and Natural Disaster (Shadow Play) 1:55.5 13 wins $158,377.

A much improved pacer with over $50,000 last season for new connections and new trainer Craig Saligari, 6yo gelding Bob Wheel (Allamerican Ingot out of The Silver Lining by Jet Laag) was 4th in line in betting with a not so impressive starting position of 6 after the scratching of the barrier 1 horse. From the barrier Regal Ambition fought off a solid challenge from Dontstopbelievin to be the initial race leader, before Michael Grantham on Bob Wheel, who had been biding his time waiting for the sparks to stop, went forward to take over the leaders role, leaving Dontstopbelievin in the breeze, the race favourite behind him and The Arsonist on the fence behind Regal Ambition. The race steadied a little and the first half of the 2536m race was run in even time. Taking off with just over a lap to go the favourite Pierre Whitby moved up 3 wide to be 2nd at the 400 after a 28.6 3rd qtr. Coming out of the back The Arsonist followed by Art Tutor were vacating the rails in front of the tiring Dontstopbelievin, while Pierre Whitby was tackling Bob Wheel up front. Around the bend Pierre Whitby was just ahead of Bob Wheel but the inside running gave the lead back to Bob Wheel, as Pierre Whitby was still in the mix but had done his best. Down the straight the chasers were making up ground, but Bob Wheel had the break and held out the fast finishing Art Tutor and The Arsonist to win the $10,500 Ken Casellas Wayne Currall Pace by 1.3m, mile rate 1:58 and last qtr 29.7. It was the 12th win for the Kevin and Annette Charles bred Bob Wheel who also has 12 places for just over $114,000 in stakes.

Bob Wheel is the second winner from his non winning dam The Silver Lining (Jet Laag), who is a half sister to 3 winners and is out of a Ecstacy (Classic Garry) a daughter of the unraced April Franco (Bo Scots Blue Chip). As above, April Franco is a half sister to top juvenile Tempo Cavallo (Timely Knight) 1:58.9 $128,436. This is the direct family of Nights of Thunder winner Argyle Red (Dawn Ofa New Day) 1:54.2 $212,119 and Davinci Diamond (Artiscape) 1:56.2 $87,244, as well as those listed under Argyle Red including Mon Lillies (Artesian) 1:54.7 14 wins $133,582, Lombo Ranmiles (Saab) 1:52.0 20 wins $139,642, Fours Enuf Tas (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:55.2 27 wins $170,754 and Natural Disaster (Shadow Play) 1:55.5 13 wins $158,377.

NAVY NIGHT HONOURS

(20 Sep 2019) The big race tonight was the $50,000 Navy Cup, with Our Corelli, now trained by Debra Lewis, in sparkling form and taking out the big race. Heading towards the Group 1 Mares Classic in September now 4yo mare Arma Indie (Well Said) won the Fillies and Mares Pace, and two WA bred winners from the same extended family were successful.

A very unusual race, with the barrier 1 horse scratched, half the field starting at odds greater than 40/1 and the odds on favourite taking no part after being checked early. Some quality runners like Bettors Party, a winner the previous week, and Roman Aviator were at extraordinary odds of 60 and 70/1. Burning out from 2, Hot Fraternity headed straight for the lead, squeezing past the favourite Mad Robber who started in 1 then galloped out of contention. Bettor Reward from 3 took over the leaders role with 2 laps to go. The front half of the field was in single file, with Son Of A Tiger reluctantly in the breeze. Hot Fraternity was enjoying the sit behind the leader, with Bettor Party behind him. Meanwhile Roman Aviator (Mr Aviator out of Lombo Lucida by Northern Lights) had restrained into the one out one back position although he was sitting in the back half of the field behind Son Of A Tiger. With a lap to go Son Of A Tiger had moved up to be outside Bettor Reward, but at the 400m Bettor Reward was in trouble as Son Of A Tiger looked to take over, followed by Roman Aviator running strongly on his back. Off the back Roman Aviator moved 3 wide, with 3 across the track as they entered the home straight. At the 100m 5yo gelding Roman Aviator was just in front of Son Of A Tiger and Bettor Reward, with Hot Fraternity going wide and Bettor Party taking a shorter route to be in the mix. Down to the wire in an excellent finish, Roman Aviator kept the lead and the win in the $20,000 Simmonds Steel Pace, holding out fast finishers Bettor Party in second by a half neck and Hot Fraternity in third, 1.1m behind, just ahead of the unlucky Son Of A Tiger. The mile rate was 1:56.7 and final qtrs 28.5 and 28.7. Bred and owned by Peter George, Roman Aviator went to career stakes of $109,482 with 11 places and 13 wins included in the tally. Wow, hasnt this family been prominent lately.

Roman Aviator is one of 6 winners from the lightly raced Lombo Lucida (Northern Lights) 2:00.9, with other progeny including Half A Mill (Million To One) 1:57.2 11 wins $85,370, Top Flight Cruize (Mr Aviator) 1:56.6 8 wins $53,417 and Awesome Cassi (Armbro Operative) 2:01.5 9 wins $31,785, the dam of Illusionation (Rich And Spoilt) 1:57.8 9 wins $85,515. Lombo Lucida is out of prolific broodmare Liberty Lombo (Hilarion) 2:02.7 $18,435 who produced 11 winners from 13 live foals including Baylan Jett (Courage Under Fire) 1:54.2 11 wins $104,176, Showstopper (Northern Luck) 1:55.5 12 wins $90,920, Dynamite Freedom (Million To One) 1:56.9 7 wins $47,190, Ezee Lombo (Whats Next) 1:58.3 9 wins $53,655, Lombo Party Doll (Troublemaker) 2:00.3 6 wins $44,058, Libertybelle Lombo (Jet Laag) 2:04.1 $6,475 and Its Karma (Million To One) 1:59.3 6 wins $37,710. Ezee Lombo is the dam of Ezee Duzit Lombo (Million To One) 1:57.5 12 wins $70,816, Lombo Party Doll is the dam of Close Shave Lombo (Mach Three) 1:56.8 16 wins $97,349, Libertybelle Lombo is the dam of Looks Like Heaven (Lombo Mandingo) 1:54.8 15 wins $127,115 and the promising Alta Engen (Alta Christiano) 1:59.3 3 starts 3 wins from 3 starts is out of Its Karma. Liberty Lombo is a half sister to Lombo Quest (Chandon) 1:58.5 6 wins $116,085, winner of the Group 2 $50,000 2yo Filles WA Sales Classic and second in both the 2YO and 3YO legs of the APG 2yo and 3yo Fillies Finals. From the beginnings with the Springfield Globe mare Mary Wootton this is an extensive family of winners that also includes Misty Maiden, Hollys Miss Molly, Lombo Skyrider, Suave Stuey Lombo and Handsandwheels for starters.

A small field of 8 with many chances as indicated with more than half the field under 10/1, with the favourite Ardens Concord starting in 1 and expected to lead. This he duly did, with Clarenden Hustler going to the breeze and good driving behind 6yo entire Wesley (Sportswriter out of El Jay Lombo by Bettors Delight) to go forward early and get the one out one back behind Clarenden Hustler. A fair lead time and over even time first half set up a faster finish. At the 400m they had picked up the bit for a 28.4 qtr, no change to positions. Coming out of the back the leader was holding back to the field with Wesley and Smoldering Ashes, who had sat behind Wesley for the race, peeling off the back of Clarenden Hustler to make their runs. As they straightened for the run home, the threats were coming wide, but Ardens Concord was still holding sway ahead of Clarenden Hustler, Wesley and Smoldering Ashes. Wesley was finishing the better and grabbed the lead at the 50m to go on and win the $18,000 Worldwide Printing Pace by 2.1m from Smoldering Ashes, with Ardens Concord 2.2m away in 3rd, mile rate 1:58.6 over the 2130m and last qtr 28.8. The win was well deserved for the Mick Lombard bred entire, who has run 3 consecutive places over the previous month. It was also win number 15 and along with 12 places he has earnings of just under $163,000. El Jay Lombo, the dam of Wesley, was brought to WA by part owner and trainer Sarah Wall, in foal carrying Wesley, so accolades to Sarah!

Wesley is one of two winners from race winner El Jay Lombo (Bettors Delight) 2:06.6 $8,000 Her dam Lady Lara Lombo (Northern Lights) 2:00.6 $51,120 produced two other winners including the very successful Lord Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:56 24 wins $286,504. El Jay Lombo's granddam is Decethree Lombo (Classic Garry) 2:00.9 the dam of 11 winners including Lombo Skyrider (Panorama) 1:50 63 wins $841,611 and Lombo Cloud Nine (Northern Luck) $102,310 and Lombo Silhouette (Troublemaker) 1:58.4 $92,528 the dam of Soho Wonder (Jet Laag) 1:56.3 $163,902. Decethree Lombo is out of Australian 3yo Filly and later Broodmare of the Year Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 12 wins $245,449 and is therefore a half sister to one of Australia's greatest ever 2yos in Lombo Pocket Watch (Jet Laag) 1:53.6 45 wins and $1,522,638. The immediate family also includes Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.3 $230,312, Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 33 wins $587,032, Perfect Gold Lombo (Perfect Art) 1:53.2 $175,560, locally raced mare Lady De La Renta (Well Said) 1:55.1 $148,166 and dual WASBA Broodmare of the Year Benjor Maddy Lombo, the dam of 2017 Derby winner Handsandwheels (Mach Three) 1:54.0 21 wins $487,620.

AN OLDIE AND A GOODIE

(13 September 2019) A rare 9 race meeting tonight, and some excellent results to go with it. Not a Westbred, but showing that you are never too old, Our Jimmy Johnstone won the feature $50,000 James Brennan Memorial at 11 years of age. Just Rockon Bye continued her good form to win the fillies and mares race.

Also not a youngster anymore and his last win only a month ago, former star juvenile Bettor Reward (Bettors Delight out of Chemical Romance by Northern Luck) was a very short favourite from the prized 1 draw. Going straight to the lead over the 1730m with Chris Lewis on board, he was going to be hard to pass. Going for broke from the start, the first qtr was run in 28 flat while Hy Leexciting was getting to the breeze. Black Jack Zac was hanging on the the leaders back, with Wesley now one out one back. They were all off the bit, with the 2nd qtr in 28.7 and 3rd in 28.1. Past the 400m Black Jack Zac moved one wide to try his luck inside the tiring Hy Leexciting, and Wesley still looked promising for a place. Coming to the home turn, Bettor Reward was just kidding, skipping away from Black Jack Zac and next best Wesley. Bettor Reward went on to win the $20,000 Allwood Stud Farm Pace by 8.9m from Black Jack Zac, Wesley fighting on for third with the mile rate a lifetime best and scintillating 1:52.7, last qtr 28.2. This was win number 14 for stakes of $230,095, from only 52 starts including 11 places. Great to see a former champion juvenile in such good form for a very patient owner Craig Lynn.

Bred by Steve Johnson, Bettor Reward is one of 3 winners from his non winning dam Chemical Romance (Northern Luck), who also produced Destined To Rule (Shadow Play) 1:57.5 11 wins $124,500. 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. Their dam Ferrari Trunkey (Tarcoola Frost) 1:56.6 $267,527 was a top race mare, winning 22 races including the WA Oaks, Breeders Stakes, Silver Bracelet and other Group races. Ferrari Trunkey is also the granddam of quality juvenile Trunkey Daydream (Dream Away) 1:58.6 9 wins $108,477 and the super tough mare Skewsy Newsy (Village Jasper) 1:59.1 208 starts, 12 wins 34 places and $75,893. 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.

Back to WA after a very successful 2 year stint in South Australia, another oldie in 10 yo gelding Bettor Party (Bettors Delight out of Party Date by Panorama) has had some mixed results since resuming in APril, but a 4th at his last start had him safe in the betting at 9/2. Starting from barrier 1 with Mark Reed on board, Bettor Party scooted out and went straight to the leaders role, with Vincenzo Peruggia getting to the breeze after a half lap and Tanaka Eagle behind the leader for the sprint journey. Close to even time for the first half and with the three wide line forming with 1000 to go, Bettor Party led into the back and stepped up the pace to a 27.4 3rd qtr. Vincenzo got within a half length by the 400, and the leading pair were now clear of Tanaka Eagle. Almost level before they straightened, Bettor Party got a half length clear as they entered the straight for the run home. Although Vincenzoe made up some ground, Bettor Party wasnt going to given in and went on to win the $18,000 Follow The Stars At Allwood Stud Pace by a half head, with Tanaka Eagle a clear 3rd 5.9m away, mile rate 1:55.2 and last qtr 28.2. This brought up win number 38 for the 180 start veteran, who has an amazing 50 places in his tally for stakes of $307,239 as well as a lifetime best of 1:53.5.

Bred by M Sargent and D Hindle, Bettor Party is closely related to last week's winner Hot Fraternity and both have some of the same breeder/owners. Bettor Party is out of Party Date (Panorama) 1:56, 25 wins $256,003, winner of the 2005 Easter Cup over 2907m and from the back mark of 20m. She also won the Group 3 Ladyship Mile in Melbourne. She was 3rd in the 2004 4YO Classic and Golden Nugget, and won 6 metropolitan races in a row at Gloucester Park. Party Date is also the dam of Rocknroll Whitby (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:57.2 12 wins $151,100 and 5 other winners. The dam of Party Date is Boom Or Bust (Kawartha Robust) 2:03 $35,997 who was a good winner and a a terrific broodmare, producing 8 winners including dam of Hot Fraternity and 2007 WASBA Breeders Stakes winner Red Hot Date (Village Jasper) 1:56.5 12 wins $99,730, Hello Boys (Crouch) 12 wins $89,541, Party Date and 5 other winners. Hello Boys is the dam of 6 winners including Kiss Chasey (Yankee Sensation) 1:55.3 16 wins $146,358, and Group 1 winner Play The Boys (Shadow Play) 1:56.2 $78,233, and she is the granddam of Rockin The Boys (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:51.2 $125,567. Boom Or Bust is a half sister to 6 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. Other members of this family include Nomore Forusir (Armbro Operative) 1:57.8 26 wins $198,663, Go Some More (Badlands Hanover) 1:57.4 $93,767, and Feel The Courage (Courage Under Fire) 1:52.9 19 wins $171,324.

With a win the previous week, 6yo gelding Atmospherical (Major In Art out of Hemispherical by Northern Luck) was starting second favourite behind the in form Athabascan, even though he had barrier 5 against the favourite's 9 barrier. Going forward quickly out of the barrier, Atmospherical was beaten for speed by Im Batman, with Chris Voak on Atmospherical electing to restrain to take the one out one back behind Athabascan who was being driven forward to the breeze. In Batman was setting very solid quarters, and had run the race of his life with 400 to go after a 28.4 3rd qtr. Coming into the home turn Athabascan was a half length in front of Im Batman who wasnt giving in, with Atmospherical about to make a 3 wide move. At the 100m Athabascan had beaten Im Batman but Atmospherical was about to take over, going on to win the $18,000 Bettor Your Bet With TAbtouch Pace by 4.2m, with Bad Round from 3 back the rails finishing on strongly for 3rd, a half head away. The last qtr was 28.9 with a super mile rate of 1:54.2. Owned and bred by Allwood Stud Farm, the win made it two from two and 9 wins overall, with 10 places and lifetime stakes of $71,155.

Atmospherical is from the maternal line of the unraced dual Australian Broodmare of the Year Summer Honey (Romeo Hanover), who produced 8 winners including standouts 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 who produced 9 winners including listed and group winner Faking It (Fake Left) 1:56.9 17 wins $174,744, The Dalmation (Northern Lights) 1:56.1 34 wins $108,821, and group winner Iron Gloves (Safely Kept) 1:58.3 15 wins $102,912. Hemispherical (Northern Luck) 2:04.2 $4,603, the dam of Atmospherical, is a granddaughter of Summer Honey. Other members of the family include Military Master (Bettors Delight) 1:51.2 20 wins $268,574 who is out of a granddaughter of Summer Honey.

We seem to be repeating ourselves a lot lately and another winner from the Summer Honey family had a win tonight. With a nice barrier, the Chris Lewis driven 5yo gelding Joe With The Flow (Roll With Joe out of Miss Jeffies by Albert Albert) was being kept fairly safe in the betting although the extremely short priced favourite Bletchley Park looking the pick of the small field. Absolutely scooting out of the barrier, Joe With The Flow went straight to the lead. Under no pressure and with the favourite dropping back to one out one back but second last, Joe With The Flow settled into a comfortable pace. Bletchley Park moved 3 wide to make a run as the leader quickened to a 28.2 3rd qtr. Coming up to the home bend it was just between the two, with Bletchley Park a half length behind "Joe". Straightening for the run home, Bletchley Park lost ground as Joe With The Flow scooted clear, running a 27.7 final qtr to go on and win the $18,000 Christmas Sundowner Packages At GP Pace by 1.9m from Bletchley Park, mile rate 1:57.2 for the 2130m. Another Allwood Stud owned and bred, pacer, Joe With The Flow has now won 8 races and has 11 places for his $54,210 in stakes, making a great start to the season after nearly $25,000 last season.

Joe With The Flow is out of the unraced Miss Jeffries (Albert Albert) who also produced Mabel Fox (Million To One), the dam of Military Master (Bettors Delight) 1:51.2 20 wins $268,574. Miss Jeffries is a daughter of Summer Honey (Romeo Hanover) the dam of 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, and WASBA Breeders Stakes and Empress Stakes winner Sassie Brassie (Hilarion) 1:57.4 17 wins $88,985.

A NEW SEASON BEGINS

(6 September 2019) A nice start to the new season, with the aptly named mare “She Could Be Good” winning race one. Something we all say about our own WA bred horses.! Other good winners on the night made it a happy occasion, with all races named after Gloucester Park season Award winners. Wonderful recognition for Westsired Im Soxy (Rich And Spoilt), bred by the late Harry Capararo, who was named the Gloucester Park Pacer of the Year. Congratulations to his owner trainer Brian Clemens.

Good luck for some very patient connections, with 8yo gelding Hot Fraternity (Art Major out of Red Hot Date by Village Jasper) stepping back into the ring, resuming in August after a 15 month absence. There was some good winning form in the race so punters were in the know, with Hot Fraternity starting second favourite. Scooting out from 4 in a solid lead time, Hot Fraternity had the lead as they entered the home straight the first time, with Athabascan going to the breeze from 3. With Athabascan overracing, Hot Fraternity conceded the leader’s role after a lap, with all quarters in better than even time. Going into the back the last time everyone was on the bit, and the new breeze horse was dropping back rapidly, leaving the rails horses clear to make any moves if they could. At the 400m it was still Athabascan in front of Hot Fraternity. Into the straight, Hot Fraternity was about to challenge, with Baptism Of Fire coming widest after moving from 5th along the fence before the turn. Down the straight and Athabascan couldn’t quite hold on, with Hot Fraternity just grabbing the race on the line, winning the $18,000 Im Soxy GP Pacer of the Year by a half head, Baptism Of Fire 6m off in 3rd, last half 57.9. It was his 10th win overall and the first win since March 2018 for part owners Kath Rosher and the Sargent family, who also bred Hot Fraternity with P Jarvis and D Hindle. It was also a lifetime best 1:55.9 and took his career stakes to $97,029.

Hot Fraternity is one of 4 winners from his dam, top race mare and 2007 WASBA Breeders Stakes winner Red Hot Date (Village Jasper) 1:56.5 12 wins $99,730. Her dam Boom Or Bust (Kawartha Robust) 2:03 $35,997 was a good winner and a a terrific broodmare, producing 7 other winners including Hello Boys (Crouch) 12 wins 17 places and $89,541, Party Date (Panorama) 1:56, 25 wins and $256,003 and 5 other winners. Hello Boys is the dam of 6 winners including Kiss Chasey (Yankee Sensation) 1:55.3 16 wins $146,358, Gangbuster (Jeremes Jet) 1:58.7 9 wins $64,275, Group 1 winner Play The Boys (Shadow Play) 1:56.2 $78,233, and she is the granddam of Rockin The Boys (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:51.2 $125,567. Party Date is the dam of Bettor Party (Bettors Delight) 1:53.5 37 wins $294,659, Rocknroll Whitby (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:57.2 12 wins $151,100 and 5 other winners. Boom Or Bust herself is a half sister to 6 other winners as well as non winner Pleasedontstop (Crouch) and unraced Queen Matilda (Mystical Prince), 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. Pleasedontstop is the dam of Nomore Forusir (Armbro Operative) 1:57.8 26 wins $198,663 and Go Some More (Badlands Hanover) 1:57.4 $93,767, while Queen Matilda is the dam of Feel The Courage (Courage Under Fire) 1:52.9 19 wins $171,324.

Heading into his 4th run since resuming in August after a 4 month break, 6yo gelding Atmospherical (Major In Art out of Hemispherical by Northern Luck) was short in the betting despite starting from barrier 5. Over the 1730m distance its important to get going early, 3rd favourite Always On scooted to the lead from 4, with favourite Bee Seventeen on the leaders back and outsider Ideal Investment behind him. As the dust settled My Entourage from 6 settled in the breeze, with the pace better than even time. Into the back straight the last time, Atmospherical from one out two back moved forward quickly 3 wide, and at the 400m he had sprinted past Always On, and the race already looked over. Coming out of the back Bee Seventeen was chasing after moving around the previous leader, and nothing else was a chance. Having a quick look over the shoulder then getting at least 3 lengths clear in the straight, driver Chris Voak on Atmospherical coasted to the line, going on to win the $18,000 GP Trotter Of The Year Pace by 8.8m in 1:56.1, last qtr 28.4. The win was the 8th for the Allwood Stud bred and owned Atmospherical with 10 places adding up to $60,274 in stakes.

Atmospherical is one of two winners from his dam Hemispherical (Northern Luck) 2:04.2 $4,603. Her dam Starry Summer Nite (Northern Lights) 2:07.7 $1,680 produced 4 winners and is a daughter of dual Australian Broodmare of the Year Summer Honey (Romeo Hanover) who was the dam of 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, and WASBA Breeders Stakes and Empress Stakes winner Sassie Brassie (Hilarion) 1:57.4 17 wins $88,985. As well as being a terrific race mare, Sassie Brassie producing 9 winners including listed and group winner Faking It (Fake Left) 1:56.9 17 wins $174,744, The Dalmation (Northern Lights) 1:56.1 34 wins $108,821, and group winner Iron Gloves (Safely Kept) 1:58.3 15 wins $102,912. Military Master (Bettors Delight) 1:51.2 20 wins $268,574 is also a member of this family.

Recently transferred to trainer Sue Wiscombe after a 7 month absence from racing, 7yo gelding Saleahs Comand (Capricorn Comander out of Capricorn Saleah by Saab) was coming off a first up second at his previous start. Starting from barrier 3 with Donald Harper on board, Saleahs Comand took full advantage of the favourite galloping out of contention from barrier 2 and went straight to the front. First Michael Joseph, then Talkerup then Hy Leexciting went to the breeze, with the first qtr a solid 28.4 for the 1730m race. A breather in the second qtr and stepping up the pace a little in the third, there was no change to the racing positions. Out of the back and Talkerup was first to move, but the leading pair were still clear. Down the straight, Saleahs Comand had enough in reserve to hold out Hy Leexciting and he went on to win the $20,000 Thank You From York Racing Committee Pace by 1.4m in 1:57, Michael Joseph 9m away just pipping Talkerup for 3rd, last qtr a fast 27.6. The win was the 8th for Saleahs Comand who also has 21 places and stakes of $76,993.

Bred by Jason Sands and C Manns, Saleahs Command is one of two winners from 2 live foals from non winner Capricorn Saleah (Saab). This is a lightly raced maternal line that also includes Five Star Comfort (Fake Left) 1:53 $248,342 and Maretti (Sportswriter) 1:52.4 $96,088.

INFINITELY WORTHY

(30 Aug 2019) A good night all round with some very worthy WA bred winners, with the girls getting a second win when Twilight Saga (American Ideal) saluted the judge.

With a win in June in the $30,000 The Lombardo Fillies and Mares, as well as 3 places in her last 7 starts, 4yo mare Infinite Symbol (Indomitable Saab out of Never Waver Lombo by Astreos) was a short priced favourite stepping out from barrier 2 in another feature event for the girls, the $30,000 The Schrader. In a super slick lead time of 35.4 for the 2130m event, Infinite Symbol got the the lead and retained it, with Mon Lillies on her back and Just Rockon Bye settling in the breeze after testing the leader. An even time first and second quarter followed. The three wide line formed with just over a lap to go, possibly expecting the favourite and breeze mare to falter, but Infinite Symbol was looking quite comfortable going into the back the last time. At the 400m Just Rockon Bye had run her race and was dropping back, leaving the 3 rails girls Mon Lillies, Parisian Partygirl and Delightfulreaction in the clear. Coming off the back after a 29.1 3rd qtr, Infinite Symbol had skipped away, with Parisian Partygirl and Delightfulreaction chasing. A quick look over the shoulder by Ryan Warwick told him he had the race won, and Infinite Symbol scooted for home, easing down at the end to win by 3.5m from Parisian Partygirl, with the filly Delightfulreaction a good run for 3rd, mile rate solid at 1:56 flat and last qtr very quick at 27.8 given the early speed. Infinite Symbol has had a great season, with 6 wins, 7 places and nearly $76,000 for the season and $166,344 overall from her career of 14 wins and 8 places.

Bred by Joy and Rod Fletcher’s Lancaster Lodge, Infinite Symbol is a daughter of good race mare Never Waver Lombo (Astreos) 1:57.1 11 wins $109,662. She in turn is out of another very nice mare in Nevabend Lombo (Troublemaker) 1:57.8 8 wins $119,640 whose wins included the Group 1 WA Oaks. Nevabend Lombo is out of a half sister to the dams of Lombo Limmo (Saab) 1:56.4 23 wins $160,574 and Business In Motion (Courage Under Fire) 1:57.7 $161,840. 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.

It was a surreal race for the 3yos, with some fractious starters and last start winner Bettor Be Oscar (Bettors Delight out of Copper Beach Girl by Jennas Beach Boy) starting brilliantly from barrier 1 to whoosh past Camluck King from 2 and take up the leaders role. Second favourite The Bird Dance raced forward to get the breeze, the filly Rollsoffthetongue was behind Camluck King and favourite Robbie Easton was last. The first and second qtrs were run sedately as Bettor Be Oscar ambled through. At the top of the straight Robbie Easton moved three wide and was running 4th with a lap to go. At the 400 after a 28.1 3rd qtr The Bird Dance was dropping back through the field, leaving Bettor Be Oscar in front, Robbie Easton looming large and Camluck King in a sweet spot behind the leader. At the top of the straight for the run home it was just between Bettor Be Oscar and Camluck King. At the finish Bettor Be Oscar had enough in reserve to hold off Camluck King and win the $18,000 Follow Gloucester Park on Facebook 3YO Pace, with Rollsoffthetongue finishing next best for 3rd, mile rate 1:58.9 and last qtr in 28.7. It was the second consecutive win for the supper consistent Bettor Be Oscar, who has $56,000 in earnings this season from 7 wins and 15 places, career stakes of $68,117 from 8 wins and 20 places. More drama after the race with the 2 favourites being declared non runners after locking wheels pre-start.

Bred by Michael, Sharon and Ian Howie, Bettor Be Oscar is one of only two live foals from his dam Copper Beach Girl (Jennas Beach Boy) 1:56.2 $156,851, both winners. Copper Beach Girl won the Group 3 WASBA Breeders Stakes and finished her career as an M6 mare. She is a daughter of Red Hot Copper (Fake Left) and is a half sister to Copagrin (Grinfromeartoear) 1:54.7 $241,352 who was placed in both the Village Kid Sprint and the Fremantle Cup. Red Hot Copper is out of Copper Strike (Maple Lanes Strike) 1:58.8 13 wins $91,644, a very 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.

Having a great season, with 3 wins and a place before resuming in July, 5yo gelding The Midas Touch (Mister Big out of Five Tin Lids by Lotsa Clout) was starting in barrier 2 and a short priced favourite to boot. Untroubled to go to the front from the barrier, second favourite Michael Joseph settled in the breeze with Waimac Attack in the one out one back and Razor Brogden behind the leader. A good lead time and leisurely first quarter meant they were going to be stepping up the pace in the latter half. No change to the first 5 by the 400 with a 28.3 third qtr. Coming out of the back Waimac Attack made a 3 wide move and as the came into the straight was running second, with Razor Brogden just getting out in front of the tiring Michael Joseph. Down the straight Waimac Attack was closing in but the post was too near, and The Midas Touch went on to win the $20,000 Off The Track – More Than Just A Racehorse Pace by a half neck, mile rate 1:57.2 and last qtr 28.5.

Bred and owned by Georgena Navin, The Midas Touch has now won just over $98,000 from 10 wins and 22 places, with just under $70,000 for this season from 7 wins and 8 places. The Midas Touch is one of 3 winners from Five Tin Lids (Lotsa Clout) 1:58.8 7 wins $85,905, who won the Group 3 2007 3yo Fillies Sales Classic. She is a daughter of the unraced Magnolia Georgia (Northern Lights) who is out of the unraced Just Chelsea (Hilarious Way), the dam of 9 winners including Fierce Allegiance (Exotic Earl) 1:57.5 $142,308. Just Chelsea is a half sister to On Credit (Royal Dollar) 1:57.7 19 wins $62,081 the dam of top NZ race mare Pay Me Back (Sokys Atom) 1:56.8 10 wins $106,585. Pay Me Back is the granddam of Pay Me Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:57.2 18 wins $152,473, Pay Me Quick (McArdle) 1:56.7 10 wins $77,000 and Pay Me Christian (Christian Cullen) 1:52.8 12 wins $340,265.

ANOTHER GREAT REMEMBERED

(23 Aug 2019) Tonight is the night to recognise another of our greatest racehorses and Inter Dominion winners, this time it's Binshaw. This race has also been moved from its summer timeslot but is no less prestigious. Binshaw was by champion sire Bintravis and was 100% bred in WA.

Binshaw was a late starter and had some minor wins at 3 and 4. At 5 he began his incredible association with trainer Phil Coulson and they went on a  miraculous journey. He was the top point scorer in the 1967 Inter Dominion, beating champion Halwes twice in the heats. Although there was a serious incident in the final that separated the field, Binshaw made history by blitzing the field and becoming the first Western Australian bred horse ever to win an Inter Dominion.

He ran a special match race in 1968, which wrongly has never been recognised, winning in a mile rate of 1:57.3, the fastest mile rate in WA for the next 10 years. He won his 29th and final race in 1976, retiring an out and out champion at the age of 14. He died at the age of 35 and his ashes were laid to rest under the winning post at Gloucester Park. He , didnt need to, but Binshaw proved he was a great horse not just during the Inter Dominion, but by her performances long after that event.

Back to the present and the night started nicely with newly arrived 3yo filly American Delight winning the 3YO Fillies Pace for the De Campo camp, and Gary Hall Snr had 6yo mare Just Rockon Bye in top form taking out the Fillies and Mares Pace. Not to be outdone we also had 3 very impressive WA winners.

With some up and down form since his last win in July, 4yo gelding Roman Aviator (Mr Aviator out of Lombo Lucida by Northern Lights) was starting from barrier 4. In a very competitive start over the 1730m event, with several runners vying for forward positions, Roman Aviator got to the prized lead position after half a lap with a fast forward move. Waimac Attack was in the breeze shortly after. Into the back straight the last time and favourite One Off Delight led up the three wide line, with Michael Joseph right behind him. At the 400 the leading pair were still unchallenged, with One Off Delight now third but still three wide. Out of the back straight Roman Aviator was going well in front, Waimac Attack still second and Michael Joseph now moving 4 wide to make a run. Into the straight and Roman Aviator looked to have the race in his keeping but Michael Joseph was coming home strongly. The post was too close, and Roman Aviator went on to win the $20,000 On Track With Enda Brady 1730m Pace by a head from the fast finishing Michael Joseph, Waimac Attack third and mile rate 1:55.8. It was the 12th win for the Peter George bred and owned Roman Aviator, and along with 11 places his stakes are nearly $97,000 including almost $58,000 this season. 

Roman Aviator is one of 6 winners from the lightly raced Lombo Lucida (Northern Lights) 2:00.9 who has also produced Half A Mill (Million To One) 1:57.2 11 wins $85,370, Top Flight Cruize (Mr Aviator) 1:56.6 8 wins $53,417 and Awesome Cassi (Armbro Operative) 2:01.5 9 wins $31,785. Awesome Cassi is the dam of Illusionation (Rich And Spoilt) 1:57.8 9 wins $85,515. Lombo Lucida is out of the prolific broodmare Liberty Lombo (Hilarion) 2:02.7 $18,435 who produced 11 winners from 13 live foals including Showstopper (Northern Luck) 1:55.5 12 wins $90,920, Baylan Jett (Courage Under Fire) 1:54.2 11 wins $104,176, Dynamite Freedom (Million To One) 1:56.9 7 wins $47,190, Ezee Lombo (Whats Next) 1:58.3 9 wins $53,655, Lombo Party Doll (Troublemaker) 2:00.3 6 wins $44,058, Libertybelle Lombo (Jet Laag) 2:04.1 $6,475 and Its Karma (Million To One) 1:59.3 6 wins $37,710, with the last 4 being dams of Ezee Duzit Lombo (Million To One) 1:57.5 12 wins $70,816, Close Shave Lombo (Mach Three) 1:56.8 16 wins $97,349, Looks Like Heaven (Lombo Mandingo) 1:54.8 15 wins $127,115 and the promising Alta Engen (Alta Christiano) 1:59.3 3 starts 3 wins and $19,848. Liberty Lombo is a half sister to Lombo Quest (Chandon) 1:58.5 6 wins $116,085 who won the Group 2 $50,000 2yo Filles WA Sales Classic and finished second in both the 2yo and 3yo legs of the APG 2yo and 3yo Fillies Finals. This is an extensive family of winners that also includes Misty Maiden, Preux Chevalier, Say It Now, Hollys Miss Molly, Lombo Skyrider, Suave Stuey Lombo and Handsandwheels, to name just a few.

Yes, two winners on the night from the same family. Going into the race with 2 consecutive wins, 5yo entire Handsandwheels (Mach Three out of Benjor Maddy Lombo by Perfect Art) was an obvious choice for favourite. Starting in 4, Handsandwheels took no part of the early speed, with Thereugo from 3 going straight to the lead and King Of Swing from 5 on his outside, lead time 35.8. Handsandwheels was getting a beautiful run one out one back, with King Of Swing pressuring Thereugo for the journey. Into the back the last time, the smaller Thereugo was under pressure, with King Of Swing just nosing ahead. At the 550m Handsandwheels was three wide and swooping, putting paid to King Of Swing, with Vencenzo Peruggia chasing and Thereugo trying to fight on. Coming off the back Handsandwheels had broken away from the rest and although Vincenzo Perruggia made up ground to run second, Handsandwheels won the $25,000 Simon Beaumont on 6PR Pace by 4m easing down, with another 10m to third, mile rate a stunning 1:53.7 thanks to King Of Swing who finished second last 40m behind. The last qtrs were solid at 28.6 and 28.2. The win was the third consecutive for Handsandwheels who is well and truly in the mix for the summer, with stake earnings of $486,460 from 23 wins and 22 places.

Bred by Mike Howie, Handandwheels is an entire from the family champion Australian filly and broodmare Misty Maiden, with Mach Three, Perfect Art (full brother to Art Major), Classic Garry as the sire of his respective dams. On the way to half a million and perhaps a million, lets hope that if he is given a chance at stud that he is recognised for his talents, which surpass many of the imported stallions.

It's actually 3 winners on the one night from the same family! Going into the race with excellent trial credentials, first time starter Alta Engen (Alta Christiano out of Its Karma by Million To One) was starting from 1, with last start winner and favourite Remit Me Whitby in 4. Getting away very nicely and going straight to the front, Aiden De Campo slowed the race down to a leisurely lead and first half, with the favourite sitting one out one back behind Pocket The Cash. Going into the back the last time the pace picked up to a 28.9 3rd qtr, with no threats emerging. Coming out of the back Remit Me Whitby moved 3 wide for a challenge, but Alta Engen was actually moving away. Straightening for the run home and the “horse had bolted”. Alta Engen impressively won the $18,000 Chevron City To Surf Pace by 9.4m from Dissertation who had been one out two back in running. The mile rate was 2:00.5 and last qtr 28.2. One start, one win and $10,881 in stakes plus Westbred bonus and First win Bonus. About $20,000 all up – howzat! 

Bred by Trevor Lindsay, Alta Engen is the first winner from his dam Its Karma (Million To One) 1:59.3 6 wins $37,710. She is a daughter of prolific broodmare Liberty Lombo (Hilarion) 2:02.7 6 wins $18,435, who is covered in more detail under Roman Aviator (Mr Aviator) above. Along with Roman Aviator 1:55.8 12 wins $97,000, some of the class members of this family include Australian Horse of the Year Lombo Pocket Watch (Jet Laag) 1:53.6 45 wins $1,522,638 Hollys Miss Molly (Jet Laag) 1:55.3 37 wins $272,506, Lombo Skyrider (Panorama) 1:50.0 63 wins $841,611, Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 33 wins $587,032, Lady De La Renta (Well Said) 1:49.4 14 wins $208,329, Wesley (Sportswriter) 1:55.2 15 wins $163,186, Soho Wonder (Jet Laag) 1:56.1 18 wins $183,429, Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.3 15 wins $230,312 and Handsandwheels (Mach Three), to name just a few. Of course this is all the result of champion filly, Australian 3YO Pacer of the Year and later Australian Broodmare of the Year Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 12 wins $225,449.

WASBA STALLION SERVICE RAFFLE RESULTS

(16 August 2019) A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our Raffle with First Prize a choice between a free service (service fee only) to Sweet Lou USA or Rock N Roll World USA. Second prize was a free service by the remaining stallion after the First Prize winner had made their choice. WASBA members who bought a ticket also were eligible for two further prizes, both $1.000 vouchers to be used towardss any stallion available (at time of booking) at Allwood Stud or Woodlands Stud. All prizes were for use in the 2019/20 season. The winners were drawn on Friday 16 August at Gloucester Park, just after the presentation of the trophy for the $30,000 WASBA 4YO and 5YO Mares Pace. The winners were:

  • First Prize - Barry Bottams from Mildura, Victoria - ticket number 45;
  • Second Prize - Bianca Ashcroft from Collie, Western Australia - ticket number 1
  • $1000 Voucher Prizes - Jim Currie Western Australia - ticket number 123, John Coffey Western Australia - ticket number 33.

Wishing everyone the best with their breeding choices for the 2019/20 breeding season.

NEW $30,000 RACE FOR MARES

(16 Aug 2019) The first running of the $30,000 WASBA 4YO and 5YO Mares Pace, restricted to eligible mares that have not previously won a race with stakes of greater than $25,000. Thanks to RWWA for supporting this race for the mares and giving another pool of mares a chance to win a Group race. The young brigade were represented by a winner as well.

5yo mare Crystal Sparkles (Rocknroll Hanover out of Taylor Kate by Artsplace) started 3rd favourite from 5 and settled one out and 3 back after the favourite Amelias Courage went straight to the lead from 1. Delightful Mandy had to settle for the breeze after an unsuccessful challenge. The lead time was fast in the very wet conditions. Crystal Sparkles went forward 3 wide with a lap to go and was running a dogged third at the 400. With water now on the track, Crystal Sparkes was the strongest and overcame a determined Amelias Courage with 150m to go and went on to win the inaugural $30,000 WASBA 4YO and 5YO Mares Pace in 1:59.2, last half 58.9. That made it two from 2 for Crystal Sparkles and owners Merv and Margaret Butterworth and an excellent run in the tough conditions.

Crystal Sparkles is a half sister to the locally raced Mathew James (Bettors Delight) 1:56.2 the winner of 4 WA races last season. The unraced dam of Crystal Sparkles and Mathew James, Taylor Kate (Artsplace), is a half sister to Lauraella (Christian Cullen) 1:55.9 10 wins $649,946 and 5 other winners.

Following a midweek win with young Jocelyn Young on board, 2yo filly Remit Me Whitby (Mach Three out of Zerina Whitby by Kinney Hanover) stepped out as favourite from barrier 2 and went to the front after a minor tussle for the lead. Jocelyn steadied the race to a more sedate pace, with a very alert looking Aristocratic Star in the breeze. The track was also better, having improved with the rain finishing earlier in the night. With 600m to go, promising filly Star Fromthepalace went forward from last to be 6th and was making up ground rapidly. Straightening for the run home Remit Me Whitby had scooted clear, with Star Fromthepalace still running home strongly. But it was all Remit Me Whitby who went on to win the $18,000 Vale Jim Snooks 2YO Pace by 5.4m form the fast finishing pair Star Fromthepalace and Pocket The Cash, with both just nosing out Aristocratic Star for the placings. Thw win was the 2nd for the tiny Remit Me Whitby, whose stakes tally is now $18,406 from 2 wins and 3 places.

Bred by Ed Dewar and from his famous “Remit” maternal line, Remit Me Whitby is the 6th winner from the speedy metropolitan and 2004 Golden Girls Mile winner Zerina Whitby (Kinney Hanover) 1:55.6 15 wins $107,827, with other winners including full brother Our Zak Whitby (Mach Three) 1:52.6 20 wins $258,984 and Senator Whitby (Artiscape) 1:58.2 11 wins $96,094. Zerina Whitby is out of Whitbys Merit (French Chef) 2:00.3 10 wins $168,598, the winner of 10 of her first 12 starts from only 14 lifetime starts, including the Group 1 Pearl and Golden Slipper, and the Group 2 Diamond and Champagne Stakes. Whitbys Merit produced 11 winners, including Golden Girls Mile winner Zerina Whitby, Aikido Whitby (Life Sign) 1:55.2 1:55.2 21 wins and $270,328, Victorian Oaks and WA Sales Classic winner Montana Anna (Mystical Prince) 1:59 13 wins $230,863,and La Roya Whitby (Kinney Hanover) 1:59.8 $106,649. Whitbys Merit is also the granddam of Cuzin Judd 1:56.4 15 wins $120,704, Mon Poppy Mia (Kinney Hanover) 1:57.8 10 wins $114,220, and Mister Versace (Bettors Delight) 1:55.9 10 wins $94,687. Whitbys Merit is out of the exceptional broodmare Remit (Out To Win), whose descendants include Whitby Timer (Spring Run) 1:56.9 23 wins $314,899, dual Australian Broodmare of the Year Fiscal Miss (Captain Hook) 1:59.6 15 wins $53,854, 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.

SAN SIMEONS NIGHT

(9 Aug 2019) A good night for the girls, including a nice win by 6yo mare Talkerup (Changeover) and recently arrived beautifully bred Crystal Sparkles Rocknroll Hanover), on a race card which included the $50,000 San Simeon Pace. This is one of the best races on the calendar, only open to horses that have not reached open company. There were two other wins for the girls and some good follow up performances from the previous week.

Let's start with why you would run a race in honour of San Simeon, a Westsired Westbred horse. By Captain Hook, who stood at Adios Stud, out of Leyoro mare Leyoro Lass, another Westsired filly, San Simeon won 16 in a row as a 3yo, including defeating champion Victorian Gammalite in the Western Australian Derby and Australian Derby. San Simeon was voted Australian 3YO of the Year. In December 1980 he equalled the Australasian record winning streak of 24 wins held by Maoris Idol and Lucky Creed, then set the new record a week later in winning the WA 4yo Classic, all wins being in WA. He won two Heats and the Final of the WA Pacing Cup in 1981 and proceeded to win his first Heat in the Hobart Inter Dominions, taking his winning streak to 29. He lost to top horse Michael Frost at his next start, ending the greatest winning sequence in harness racing. He went on to win his last heat and the Inter Dominion Final in track record time, silencing his critics who were mainly from the east. San Simeon was voted Australian Harness Horse of the Year for season 1980/81 and was also Australian Grand Circuit Champion. Many thanks to Lou Austin for being with this great horse throughout his career and giving WA a chance to see an all time great.

Back to the current. Stepping out first of the night were the 2yos, and favourite after two previous seconds was the Gary Hall Snr trained Westsired filly Advance Your Dream (Advance Attack out of Miss Tanaka by Badlands Hanover) stepping out from 1 with young Maddison Brown on board. Beaten for speed in a breakneck lead time of 35.5, Advance Your Dreams settled behind Tenacious George after wisely giving up the tussle for the lead. Aristocratic Star settled in the breeze with Pocket The Cash in the one-one, and the first quarter was better than even time for the babies. A breather in the second qtr and Star Fromthepalace with Chris Lewis on board moved forward 3 wide at the 900m to be outside the leaders with a lap to go. The pace quickened and Tenacious George was drifting back through the field before they entered the back straight, dragging Advance Your Dream back to last. Aristocratic Star was the new leader, with Star Fromthepalace and Pocket The Cash giving chase. Meanwhile Advance Your Dream was having to almost stop before circling the field three wide in a 28.7 3rd qtr . It looked like a race in two as Pocket The Cash and the filly Star Fromthepalace tackled Aristocratic Star, with Advance Your Dream still 7 lengths away. With such a quick time early it was no surprise that the leaders were struggling, and as they entered the straight, the leading trio were about to be tackled by the 4 wide Advance Your Dream, in a super run so far. Down the straight Advance Your Dream raced up and hit the lead at the 50m, going on to win the $18,000 Wake Up With Sunrise 2YO Pace by 2.3m easing down, from Pocket The Cash, a further 6m to Star Fromthepalace, last qtr 30.9 and mile rate1:58.0. Although it was her first win from 9 starts, the winner Advance Your Dream is going to be a very good filly!. Along with 4 places her total stakes are $22,229.

Bred by Mal and Tanya Hancock and Tracey Massimini, Advance Your Dream is the second winner from the unraced Miss Tanaka (Badlands Hanover), with her other winner being Tanaka Eagle (Elsu) 1:54.7 23 wins $246,504 stakes. Miss Tanaka is a half sister to Lockinver (Mach Three) 1:52.2 24 wins $294,968 and the unraced Sayang (Live Or Die) the dam of Valbonne (Mach Three) 1:55.4 8 wins $61,831. Electrify (Holmes Hanover), the dam of Miss Tanaka, 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, Dream Royale (Beach Towel) 1:53.6 22 wins $145,068, Tisadream (Bettors Delight) 1:51.8 16 wins $146,296, Exotic Stride (Badlands Hanover) 2:05.3 and the unraced Christian Dreamer (Christian Cullen). Western Dream is the dam of WA Derby winner Western Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:55.6 19 wins $447,536; Dream Royale is the dam of Soho Lennon (Mach Three) 1:51.0 38 wins $560,907 in stakes, Exotic Stride is the dam of Real Stride (Major In Art) 1:51.9 15 wins $156,320; and Christian Dreamer is the dam of Lets Chase The Dream (Bettors Delight) 1:49.9 20 wins $560,036.

A new trainer and a new lease of life for former star juvenile Bettor Reward (Bettors Delight out of Chemical Romance by Northern Luck) who resumed with a country win in July after 7 months absence. After a nice 4th the previous week, Bettor Reward was starting favourite from barrier 4 for trainer driver Clinton Hall. After the early manoeuvres out of the barrier, Bettor Reward had to settle for the breeze, with Dominate the Dojo scooting to the front from barrier 2 in the 1730m race. The 3 wide line was busy with a lap and the straight to go, led by Four Starzzz Forsa and The War Nurse. At the 400m Dominate The Dojo was just in front of Bettor Reward with Four Starzzz Forsa 3rd and The War Nurse moving 4 wide. It was 4 across the track coming into the straight, and a hard fought finish but Bettor Reward moved away in the last 20m to win the $20,000 The Rookie On Channel 7 Pace by 1.9m from a fighting Dominate The Dojo, with a good run from the much improved The War Nurse to take third. The mile rate was 1:57 and last qtr 28.5, with the win being number 13 for Bettor Reward. Along with 11 places his stakes are $217,305.

Bred by Steve Johnson, Bettor Reward is the most successful of 3 winners from his non winning dam Chemical Romance (Northern Luck), with Destined To Rule (Shadow Play) 1:57.5 11 wins $124,500 a half brother. 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. Their 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. Ferrari Trunkey is also the granddam of quality juvenile Trunkey Daydream (Dream Away) 1:58.6 9 wins $108,477 and the tough as nails mare Skewsy Newsy (Village Jasper) 1:59.1 208 starts, 12 wins 34 places and $75,893. 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 resulting from NSW breeder Bob Humphries moving his entire breeding herd to WA.

After a win the previous week, 5yo entire Handsandwheels (Mach Three out of Benjor Maddy Lombo by Perfect Art) was slightly underestimated in favour of the inform Convert Denario, who was starting in barrier 1. It was a good field with a number of classy in-form runners, with Convert Denario going straight to the front from Our Corelli (barrier 4) one wide and Handsandwheels from 5 going to the breeze. Im Soxy from inside the back row was behind the race leader. Before they completed the first lap the old stager Vultan Tin had gone to the breeze, with Handsandwheels now with a sit. A solid lead time and better than even time for the first 3 quarters meant a very even race. Into the back the last time and no moves in the high pressure race until just before the 400m, with Handsandwheels followed by Our Corelli going three wide to challenge. Vultan Tin had done his best and Handsandwheels was the big threat. Straightening for home, with Im Soxy trying desperately to get clear, Convert Denario still had the lead and in a stirling finish, Handsandwheels just got the better of him to win the $25,000 Catch Up TV at 7 Pace by a head, with Im Soxy getting through for 3rd on the inside, mile rate 1:55.6 and last qtr 28 flat. It was his 4th run back from a let up and 2nd consecutive win, taking his stakes to $471,347 from 22 wins and 22 places.

Bred by Mike Howie, Handandwheels is one of the best horses bred in WA, and he is an entire from the family of Australian 3yo Filly of the Year and Australian Broodmare of the Year Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 $245,449, who is also the dam of another absolute standout in Australian 2yo and Horse of the Year Lombo Pocket Watch (Jet Laag), the winner of 17 successive races as a 2yo and the only 2yo to be named Australian Horse of the Year.

Now for the San Simeon. Stepping out for the first time for new trainer Debra Lewis, after a win and several recent placings, 4yo gelding One Off Delight (Bettors Delight out of Tiger Su by Elsu) was starting at the safe odds of 4/1, and with barrier 1 to boot. Showing a clean pair of heels out of the barrier, One Off Delight went straight to the lead, holding that position without challenge in a 37.0 lead time. After the favourite galloped in the one one position and went to last, it was left to Ace Bromac in the breeze, Anime behind the leader and Space Junk in the one out one back to be up the front in an evenly run race. With the 3 wide line forming, Space Junk moved to head the 3 wide line with just over a lap to go. The pace hotted up to a 27.5 3rd qtr, and with Ace Bromac dropping back, only Space Junk and Anime looked to be challengers. Coming off the back Space Junk was making a strong challenge, but Chris Lewis on One Off Delight was unruffled. Straightening for the run home, One Off Delight scooted away, going on to win the Group 2 $50,000 Channel 7 San Simeon Pace by 5.2m from Space Junk, Anime in third, mile rate 1:57.2 and last qtr 28.7. It was a very good win for One Off Delight, who has now won 8 races including the $100,000 Westbred 3YO Classic, with his stakes now just under $155,000.

Bred by P and L Turner and G and T Ralston, One Off Delight is the one of two winners from his dam Tiger Su (Elsu) 1:56 4 wins $19,604 who was purchased in NZ to race in WA. She is one of 7 winners out of multiple Group 1 winner, NZ Oaks winner, NZ 2yo and 3yo Filly of the Year and NZ 4yo Mare of the Year Tigerish (Butler B G) 1:57 15 wins $491,957, with other progeny including Mac Tiger (Mach Three) 1:55.8 15 wins $106,257, Justa Tiger (Christian Cullen) 1:57.1 9 wins $161,589 and Tiger Turner (Holmes Hanover) 2:03.7 2 wins $79,070 who is the dam of All Tiger (Christian Cullen) 1:49.2 29 wins $496,107, Tiger Tina (Presidential Ball) 1:53.8 12 wins $104,877 and winners Tiger Dion (In The Pocket) and Tiger Cher (Christian Cullen). Tiger Dion is the dam of 3 winners including Twoandahalf Tigers (Jeremes Jet) 1:56.4 21 wins $157,904, and Tiger Cher is the dam of Son Of A Tiger (American Ideal) 1:55.2 9 wins $73,918. Tigerish is also the granddam of Lincs Tiger (Lincoln Royal) 1:56.7 11 wins $79,049.

GREAT FAMILIES TO THE FORE

(2 Aug 2019) Another running of the $30,000 Kerry Clarke 4YO and 5YO Pace saw another WA bred horse stepping up and showing plenty of class outside of the juvenile races. Top runs from some of our other quality young and old WA bred horses too, and some great families represented by winners.

In a fairly solid lead time of 36.4 for the 2yo fillies, Soho Major Player was first to get to the lead, with Red Hot Lady from 5 next, while favourite Fifty Five Reborn (Renaissance Man out of Arma Fifty Five by Bettors Delight) was still pressing forward after starting in 7. Now in the breeze, Fifty Five Reborn got to the lead as they entered the back straight the first time. An even time first quarter, and steadying second qtr gave the fillies a slight breather, with Star Fromthepalace moving 3 wide at the top of the straight with a lap to go. Into the back straight and Star Fromthepalace was continuing her run up to second position by the 400. Fifty Five Reborn was still travelling well, but Star Fromthepalace was threatening and headed the favourite by the 400m. Out of the back Fifty Five Reborn, with the advantage of the inside running, was just back in front and as they straightened for the run home, the two fillies were locked in battle, with Fifty Five Reborn just holding on to win the 2130m $18,000 Join The Club 2YO Fillies Pace by a short half head (or a nose in the old parlance) from a brave Star Fromthepalace, mile rate 1:57.9 and final qtrs. 29.2 and 28.4. The win was the the 3rd for Fifty Five Reborn and she has 1 place from her 8 starts for $36,502 in stakes for owner breeders Montague, Currie, Farrant and Lyn Brown.

Fifty Five Reborn is the first foal from the unraced Arma Fifty Five (Bettors Delight), a granddaughter of the lightly raced Arma Antoinette (Holmes Hanover) 2:01.4 $6,974 who is the dam of 5 winners including Arma Xpress (Artiscape) 1:56.5 12 wins $279,890, winner of the Group 1 Golden Slipper, 2YO Fillies Sales Classic, Group 2 Champagne Classic and Westbred Classic and Group 3 Gold Bracelet. This classy filly was the winner of 11 of her first 12 starts. Arma Antoinette is a daughter of Arma Class (Talk About Class) 2:06 $19,765 who is also the granddam of Group 1 and multiple Group 2 and 3 winner Excel Stride (Aces N Sevens) 1:50.3 $769,494. This is an extremely high class female line stemming from Ar Miss (Armbro Del). Arma Class is a half sister to champion NZ mare Armalight (Timely Knight) 1:55.4 $279,560, Miss Bo Scott (Bo Scots Blue Chip) 1:57.3 $90,022, Miss Denover (Boyden Hanover) and Mistron (El Patron). Armalight won multiple Group 1 races including the NZ Oaks, the NZ Cup, the Auckland Cup and was NZ Horse of the Year. NZ Aged Pacer of the Year, NZ Mare of the Year and a Hall of Famer. Champion Ohoka Punter (Bettors Delight) 1:52.4 $1,177,323 is from this arm of the family, as are full brothers London Express (In The Pocket) 1:50.3 $347,003 and Our London Pride 1:51.3 $606,165. Miss Denover is the great granddam of champion and Miracle Mile winner Spankem (Bettors Delight) 1:47.7 $1,264,572. Mistron is the granddam of Majestic Mach (Mach Three) 1:53.9 $796,397 and great granddam of Muscle Factory (Roll With Joe) 1:49.6 $266,255. In the early to mid 2000s a mare named Sand Pebbles (Classic Garry) 1:55.8 $313,102 raced in WA before heading east and winning the Ladyship Mile among others. She is a daughter of Miss Bo Scott.

Starting well but not well enough, favourite Handsandwheels (Mach Three out of Benjor Maddy Lombo by Perfect Art) was left in the breeze over the 1730m event after Thereugo did his usual burn out from the barrier and was in front going into the back straight. Im Soxy was sitting behind Handsandwheels, with Bettor Reward from 1 getting the sit behind Thereugo. A 28.4 first quarter and even time second quarter was leading to a blistering 3rd qtr of 27.8, with the El Jacko leading the 3 wide line and steadily getting to third. At the 400m Handsandwheels was just about to get the better of Thereugo, who was in open company for the first time. Into the straight and Im Soxy was in the clear inside of the now 4 wide El Jacko, to tackle the leading pair. Down the straight, Thereugo was fighting on and still the leader at the 50m from Handandwheels, Im Soxy and Bettor Reward getting up on the inside. As they hit the line Handsandwheels just kept his nose in front of the faster finishing Im Soxy to win the $25,000 Bridge Bar Pace running 1:53.9, last qtr 27.6, with Thereugo a half head third and Bettor Reward in 4th. It was the third run back from a let up for Handsandwheels, and was the Derby winner’s 21st win. Along with 22 places his earnings are over $450,000. Bred by Mike Howie, trained by Andrew De Campo and driven by Aiden De Campo, Handsandwheels is a super example of what a WA bred horse can do. The first 4 placings in the race were all bred in WA, with top juvenile and 4th placegetter Bettor Reward now looking to a nice future after a career troubled by injury.

Handsandwheels is out of dual WASBA Broodmare of the Year winner Benjor Maddy Lombo (Perfect Art) 2:01.8 $21,511 who is also the dam of Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:57.4 11 wins $124,004, WASBA King Lethbridge winner Maddy White (Lombo Mandingo) 1:56.9 11 wins $110,824 and 2 other winners. Just like the Ar Miss family this is another great family, this time stemming from NZ mare Roydon Mary. Arms of this family have produced NZ champion Terror To Love (Western Terror) 1:51 $2,377,125 and our own Roman Aviator (Mr Aviator). However, the main stars of the family are through Australian 3yo Filly of the Year and Australian Broodmare of the Year Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 $245,449, with Misty Maiden the dam of Australian 2yo and Horse of the Year Lombo Pocket Watch, the winner of 17 successive races as a 2yo and the only 2yo to be named Australian Horse of the Year. Benjor Maddy Lombo is out of a daughter of Misty Maiden in Magic Maddy Lombo (Classic Garry) 2:03.8 $7,664 who also produced Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.3 $230,312, Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 33 wins $587,032, Sweet Maddy Lombo (Panorama) 1:59.5 11 wins $106,588 and Soho Madeleine (Bettors Delight) 1:56.8 9 wins $96,803. This family also included Lombo Skyrider (Panorama) 1:50 63 wins $841,611, Lady De La Renta (Well Said) 1:55.1 $122,812 and Wesley (Sportswriter) 1:56.5 13 wins and $130,844

Another WA bred gelding who has stood out this year is our winner of the Group 3 $30,000 Kerry Clarke 4YO and 5YO Westbred Final. Chiaroscuro (Art Major out of Kelty Star by Caprock), started as short priced favourite from 4 and went straight to the front, dictating the terms of the race and running a solid 36.3 lead time and even quarters. Illusionation from 1 got the leaders back and  Roman Aviator from 5 had no choice but to sit in the breeze. Some mid race moves as drivers tried to improve their position but Chiaroscuro, driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, was just too strong and was untroubled to go on and win by 5.5m from Illusionation in 1:55, last qtrs 28.3 and 28.1. With the win, Chiaroscuro took his stakes earnings to $147,914 from 15 wins and 14 places. His lifetime best is 1:54.9, set at Gloucester Park over 1730m last month, and this was his 2nd win in less than a month and brought up over $100,000 for the season.

Bred by Kody Charles and purchased at the 2015 WA Yearling Sale, Chiaroscuro is raced by Claire McNaughton, Ron Lee and Sylvia Lindau and trained by Murray Lindau. Chiaroscuro is one of 6 winners from his race winning dam Kelty Star (Caprock), with winners including I Am Special (Live Or Die) 1:57.4 $74,744, winner of the 2009 WASBA Breeders Stakes and other metropolitan races and dam of Dior Mia More (Tintin In America) 1:53.2 10 wins $77,806. Kelty Star is a full sister to Jillbo 1:53.8 27 wins $272,951, the dam of 5 winners including Jackaroo Bromac (McArdle) 1:52.4 27 wins $242,555 and Juliette Bromac (Art Major) 1:54.5 9 wins $99,546 and granddam of Aldebaran Macha (Mach Three) 1:54.7 17 wins $134,722.

In a small but sassy field of girls, favourite Maczaffair was widest in 7 and was restrained to the rear with a pretty hot lead time of 35.9 seeing Bettorgrinanbarit from 1 keeping the lead, and Talkerup from 2 in the breeze. 6yo mare Parisian Partygirl (Courage Under Fire out of Summer Carnival by Tuapeka Knight) settled behind the leader. Bettorgrinanbarit was setting a solid pace up front, and surprisingly for the small field Infinite Symbol moved three wide with just over a lap to go to challenge the leader. With 600 to go Talkerup was beaten, and new leader Infinite Symbol raced to the front. Parisian Partygirl was off the rails as was Shes Turbo Charged, who had sat behing Parisian Partygirl. Maczaffair was now coming four wide. At the 400m Parisian Partygirl was running second and coming out of the back straight she was a definite danger, along with the 4 wide Maczaffair. At the 100m Parisian Partygirl had the lead with driver Aiden De Campo looking over his shoulder to see where Maczaffair was. To the line and Parisian Partygirl won the $22,000 Enda Brady Fillies and Mares Pace by 5.5m from Maczaffair, who was doing the best of the rest with Shez Turbo Charged running a good race for 3rd. This was the 4th win for the season and nearly $59,000 in a stellar season for the Partygirl. Overall she has 10 wins 38 places and $124,812 in stakes.

Bred by Tarsao Investments, Parisian Partygirl is the 6th winner and last foal from Summer Carnival (Tuapeka Knight) 2:01.2 $35,442, with other winners including Winter Retreat (Armbro Operative) 1:52.8 33 wins $416,693 and Kissed Flush (Courage Under Fire) 1:54.7 30 wins $159,369. Another winner Spring Carnival 1:59.1 6 wins $31,595, a full sister to Winter Retreat, is the dam of Dardy Delight (Bettors Delight) 1:58.2 13 wins $119,779.

DELIGHTFUL RESULT

(26 July 2019) Some excellent results for the younger brigade tonight, but the older brigade are more than capable of grabbing a nice win!

With new trainer Sue Wiscombe and staying with the Harper family of drivers, 6yo gelding Thereugo (McArdle out of Janice Franco by Live Or Die) was stepping out as favourite after a win a fortnight earlier with breeder, trainer driver Donald Harper on board. Starting in 2, the speedy Thereugo pinged to the front from Im Soxy in the breeze and Chiaroscuro in the one out one back pozzie. The lead time was steady as was the first qtr. Thereugo maintained even time in the 2nd qtr. Straightening up in the cart, Therugo stepped up the pace to a 27.9 3rd qtr with Im Soxy travelling strongly in the breeze. Coming out of the back Chiaroscuro moved 3 wide to make his claim, but as they straightened for the run home it was Thereugo just ahead of Im Soxy. Down the straight Im Soxy just wilted fractionally in the 27.3 qtr to be caught by Chiaroscuro, but Thereugo was still clear and went on to win the $22,000 Direct Trades Supply Pace by 1.6m from Chiaroscuro, a head clear of Im Soxy, mile rate a snappy 1:56.4 after a slow start. This made it the 2nd consecutive win at GP and took his tally to 20 wins and 10 places for stakes of $162,762.

Janice Franco (Live Or Die) 1:58 $76,782, the dam of Thereugo did most of her racing in WA and was also owned, trained and driven by Donald Harper in her last year of racing. She is the dam of two winners, and is a half sister to Franco Jonquill (Falcon Seelster) 1:52.6 11 wins and $107,601 and a full sister to the unraced dam of Franco Jazzman (McArdle) 1:54.7 $101,840. Her NZ bred dam Joanie Franco (Talk About Class) is out of the Group 1 winning NSW trotting mare Joanie Toliver (Toliver Hanover) 2:05.5 $67,246. This is the family of the great Cardigan Bay (Hal Tryax) 1:56.2 $1,000,837, with the granddam of Joanie Toliver being a half sister his dam Colwyn Bay. The family includes both top class pacers and trotters, including Glenferrie Hood (Christian Cullen) 1:52.0 $406,822, Chancellor Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:52.8 $411,821, Franco Nelson (Christian Cullen) 1:53.1 $867,773, as well as locally raced mare Bettor Be Supreme (Bettors Delight) 1:55.6 $130,750 and her full brother Spanish Armada 1:52.1 $787,470.

Not that fancied in the betting despite the 1 win and 3 places from her previous 5 starts, 3yo filly Delightfulreaction (Auckland Reactor out of Apache Delight by Bettors Delight) was stepping out from 5, with the favourite and last start Daintys Daughter Classic winner Mandy Joan further out in 8. In My Heart scooted out from 2 to take the race lead, and Aiden De Campo quickly popped Delightfulreaction behind the leader. After a slow lead time and first half, Mandy Joan made a 3 wide move from the rear with a lap and the straight to go. The pace quickened as Mandy Joan moved forward, with second favourite Majorpride now pocketed in the one out one back position. Putting more pace on, Mandy Joan was 3 wide and second at the 400 after a 28.7 qtr, with Majorpride clear if good enough and Delightfulreaction still behind the leader on the rails. Out of the back and Mandy Joan had headed In My Heart but Delightfulreaction was off the rails and about to pounce. Into the straight and In My Heart had fought back to regain the lead but Delightfulreaction was about to put in her finishing burst. Down to the wire and Mandy Joan came back again to take second from In My Heart, but Delightfulreaction finished better and went on to win the $18,000 3yo Fillies Choices Flooring Pace by a half neck in 1:59.0, last qtr 28.3. It was a well deserved win after placing in a number of feature races, and made it 6 wins and 13 places for just under $95,000 in stakes.

Bred by Mike Howie and now owned by Melissa Howie, Delightfulreaction was second in the WA Oaks, third in the 3yo Westbred Classic this year and 2nd in the 2yo Fillies Westbred Classic last year. She is one of two winners from only two foals from her dam Apache Delight (Bettors Delight) 2:03 $6,939, whose 14 start career resulted in a win and 4 places. Apache Delight is one of 3 winners from her dam Miss Pocahontas (Redskin) 2:02.2 $19,420 who is a half sister to 5 other winners including Hey Im Lucky (Hey Maybe) 1:57 13 wins $107,806 and Hey Ima Beach Girl (Jennas Beach Boy) 1:56.6 12 wins $54,151.

In a small but quality field the favourite American Colt went straight to the front from barrier 2, with last start winner (by 22m) and second favourite Gardys Legacy (Bettors Delight out of Southern Legacy by Northern Luck) restrained to second last. After a few early moves with the slow pace, American Colt was still the leader, with Valentines Brook in very close attendance in the breeze, while Gardys Legacy was biding his time one out and three back. With a lap and the length of the straight to go, Gary Hall Jnr on the Justin Prentice trained Gardys Legacy moved forward 3 wide to be 3rd and just behind the leaders with a lap to go. Putting on a sustained run in a 27.5 3rd qtr, Gardys Legacy had taken the lead and was nearly a length clear at the 400m. Coming out of the back with the previous leaders now gone, the only one left to challenge was Pocket The Cash who had been sitting one out one back at the bell. Down the straight Gardys Legacy was well clear and while tiring slightly still went on to win the $18,000 Glenroy Chaff 2YO Pace by 5.5m from Pocket The Cash, with Al Guerrero finishing 3rd 11m further back after following the 3 wide move from Gardys Legacy. The mile rate was 1:58.6 with last qtr in 28.7. It was the 2nd consecutive win for Gardys Legacy who now has just under $16,000 from his 5 lifetime starts.

Bred by R Grantham and T Schmedje, Gardys Legacy is the only foal from his metropolitan winning dam Southern Legacy (Northern Luck) 1 56.7 6 wins $81,326 who also ran 2nd in the WA Oaks. She is a daughter of Lady Legacy (Northern Lights) 1:57.5 $23,280, who is also the dam of 5 other winners including Pride Of Colorado (Saab) 1:55.1 $153,867 and Scram Jet (Jet Laag) 1:55.8 $235,076. Lady Legacy is out of Fiscal Miss (Captain Hook) 1:59.6 15 wins $53,854 which therefore puts Lady Legacy in very famous company as a half sister to Whitbys Miss Penny (Booth Hanover) 1:55.2 $568,289, the winner of the Group 1a WA Pearl, Golden Slipper, WA Derby, WA Oaks, Fremantle Cup, Mount Eden Sprint and named Australain 2YO and 3YO of the Year. Whitbys Miss Penny is also the granddam of top flight mare Ima Spicey Lombo (Pacific Fella) 1:55.1 $483,686, winner of the Empress Stakes, Norms Daughter Classic and the Australian Pacing Championship. Fiscal Miss is also the granddam of Group 1 winner Bettor Bling (Bettors Delight) 1:58.4 $140,115 and Delightful Jade (Bettors Delight) 1:52 $241,577.

ANOTHER GROUP 2 FOR THE APG GRADUATES

(19 July 2019) A great opportunity for a Group 2 for the APG purchases that didnt go east (why would you) and somebody always wins! Off to the US soon was another winner and good mare in Come Dance With Me (Bettors Delight), winning for her US owners. And someone made it 3 from 3.

With two wins in a row before the night, 3yo gelding Gee Jay Kay (Western Terror out of Case Of Bubbly by Artistic Fella) was a definite favourite with the punters, who didn’t mind the barrier 7 in wet conditions. Stepping out moderately, Gee Jay Kay settled mid field before following a forward move by Robb Stark in the first lap and settling in the breeze after 800m, Bettor B Abeliever was leading and Robb Stark was one out one back . The pace picked up in the third quarter and at the 400 Gee Jay Kay had his nose in front. Around the turn Gee Jay Kay was leading and although Bettor Be Abeliever fought back and Robb Stark finished well, Gee Jay Kay was too classy and went on to win the $18,000 Garrards Horse and Hound Pace by 1.2m from Robb Stark, mile rate 1:57.7 very good for the wet night and last qtrs. 29 and 29.1. That made it three in a row and his 5th win from his last 7 starts, $92,461 in stakes and just short of $82,000 this season.

Bred by Highlight Lodge and bought by trainer Vicki Lea for the current owners at the 2017 WA Yearling Sale, Gee Jay Kay is the first of only two foals produced so far by his dam Case Of Bubbly (Artistic Fella), who is an unraced half sister to 2 winners. The dam of Case Of Bubbly is a half sister to 9 winners, with their dam Obvious Selection being a half sister to Tarport Mink (Tarport Adios) 1:58.4 16 wins $108,461, winner of the 1992 WASBA Breeders Stakes and dam of Lombo Redback (Getting It Right) 1:57.5 $225,371. Probably even more noteworthy is the granddam of Tarport Mink is a half sister to 1980 Inter Dominion, 1981 Hunter Cup and multiple Group and feature winner Koala King (Koala Frost) 1:59 $680,210.

What a brilliant horse he has been!. 7yo gelding Vultan Tin (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Ellevarrac by Pacific Fella) has been a real wonder for three seasons and proves just how far you can go with a WA bred horse.

Starting second favourite in the small but classy field, Vultan Tin started second favourite from 5 and settled one out one back, with favourite Im Soxy from 3 going straight to the lead. The single horse three wide line formed with a lap to go and they raced into the back in a 28 flat quarter. With about 350 to go Chris Voak on Vultan Tin elected to go around the struggling 3 wide horse and as they came around the home turn he was 4 wide, with Im Soxy still a clear leader. Down the straight it was touch and go, but proving too strong over the 2536m, Vultan Tin just got to Im Soxy in the shadows of the post to win the $25,000 Garrards Horse and Hound Pace by a head in 2:00.1 last qtr 29.2.

That made it 23 wins, 37 places and just over $498,000 in stakes, including $164,000 this season for owner breeders Phil and Denise Costello.

Phil also bred and raced the dam Ellevarrac (Pacific Fella) 1:59.3 $12,896 and granddam Carravelle (Armbro Intercept). Full siblings Indomitable Saab (Saab) 1:55.8 $154,491 and Indomitable (Saab) 1:53.8 13 wins $133,759 are part of this maternal family. Goes to show that patience and faith in breeding is a virtue.

After a win a fortnight earlier but blotting the copybook with a fractious start last week, 2yo colt Poisedtopounce (Bettors Delight out of Perfectly Poised by Art Major) was out of the draw and starting from 8. From the barrier Red Hot Lady in 1 retained the lead, with favourite Valentines Brook content to breeze in the slow lead time on the visibly wet track. Meanwhile Poisedtopounce settled last after being restrained out of the barrier. With just over a lap to go Poisedtopounce led up the three wide line and the pace picked up to a 28.2 3rd qtr after two slow quarters. Not much progress was made until the 400m, with Poisedtopounce now 4th but still 3 wide. Coming out of the back Valentines Brook was now heading the tiring Red Hot Lady who nevertheless was still in the mix for a place, with Poisedtopounce continuing his 3 wide run. Running down the straight in a fairly slogging finish, Poisedtopounce just got to Valentines Brook on the line to win the $50,000 APG 2YO Championship by a head, mile rate 2:01.4 and last qtr 30 flat on a fairly taxing track. This was the 3rd win for Poisedtopounce and he has just over $40,000 from his 9 starts, including 1 place.

Bred by Neven Botica’s Botsky Pty Ltd, and purchased at the 2018 Melbourne APG Sale, Poisedtopounce is the first live foal out of non winner Perfectly Poised (Art Major). Poisedtopounce comes from a very famous pedigree that includes Lazarus (Bettors Delight) 1:48.4 $4,125,988, Davy Maguire (Christian Cullen) 1:55 $285,948, Mitch Maguire (Sportswriter) 1:50.2 $320,604, Light And Sound (In The Pocket) 1:50.2 $560,833 and Spirit of Zeus (Sokys Atom) 1:57.8 $243,472, with all these horses descending from full sisters to Spirit Of Beth (Sokys Atom) 2:04.2 $3,413. Spirit Of Beth is the dam of non winner Poised N Perfect (Christian Cullen), who is the dam of Perfectly Poised.

After a 2nd at his previous start, 4yo gelding Roman Aviator (Mr Aviator out of Lombo Lucida by Northern Lights) was safe in the betting at 4/1 and from barrier 4 he was in the lead after half a lap, with Veiled Secret sitting behind and Waimac Attack in the breeze. The lead time was slow for a 2536m event although it was still raining. Well rated in front, the slow rate continued, with Shockwave first to move 3 wide at the top of the straight with a lap and the straight to go. Into the back straight and Shockwave was making good progress to be 3rd at the 400m after a 28.7 qtr. Roman Aviator was being held together out in front by trainer driver Aldo Cortopassi and at this stage Roman Aviator had a flat wheel to contend with. Coming out of the back Roman Aviator was going well with Shockwave just into second. Down the straight Waimac Attack was coming again but they couldn’t catch Roman Aviator who went on to win the $18,000 Garrards Horse And Hound Pace by 1.5m from Waimac Attack with Shockwave 2.2m behind in third. The mile rate on an obviously wet track over the longer distance was 2:03.2 with last qtr 28.9. It was a good performance under trying circumstances for the Peter George bred and owned gelding. The win was the 11th for Roman Aviator and along with 11 places his stakes are now $81,684.

Roman Aviator is one of 6 winners from Lombo Lucida (Northern Lights) 2:00.9, including Half A Mill (Million To One) 1:57.2 11 wins $85,370. Lombo Lucida is out of broodmare gem Liberty Lombo (Hilarion) 2:02.7 $18,435 who produced 11 winners from 13 live foals including Showstopper (Northern Luck) 1:55.5 12 wins $90,920 and Baylan Jett (Courage Under Fire) 1:54.2 10 wins $102,000. Other winners from the mare include Ezee Lombo (Whats Next) 1:58.3 9 wins $53,655 the dam of Ezee Duzit Lombo (Million To One) 1:57.5 12 wins $70,816, Lombo Party Doll (Troublemaker) 2:00.3 6 wins $44,058 the dam of Close Shave Lombo (Mach Three) 1:56.8 16 wins $97,349 and Libertybelle Lombo (Jet Laag) 2:04.1 $6,475 the dam of Looks Like Heaven (Lombo Mandingo) 1:54.8 14 wins $114,115. Liberty Lombo is a half sister to Lombo Quest (Chandon) 1:58.5 6 wins $116,085 winner of the Group 2 $50,000 2yo Filles WA Sales Classic. This extensive family of winners includes Misty Maiden, Preux Chevalier, Say It Now, Hollys Miss Molly, Lombo Skyrider, Suave Stuey Lombo and WA Derby winner and $400,000 plus earner Handsandwheels.

IT'S THE SLIPPER!

(12 July 2019) It’s the slipper tonight, the top 2yo race for the season with a top field of quality 2yos making up the very competitive field. A couple of important scratchings but nothing can be taken from the winner. After an eye catching run the previous week, Jaspervellabeach (Somebeachsomewhere went straight to the front and although Major Martini absolutely flashed home the effort was too late and Jaspervellabeach won by a head, making it 4 wins 1 place from 6 starts and $123,133 in stakes. A very noteworthy run by the filly Some Copper Beach, who breezed for a lap before getting a sit then made a move at the 400, only to be run down by Major Martini. Not to be outdone WA bred Thereugo put on a great display as did up and comer Gee Jay Kay. The girls brought up a win with Talkerup (Changeover).

A noted fast beginner, 6yo gelding Thereugo (McArdle out of Janice Franco by Live Or Die) took full advantage of his barrier 1 and scooted out to be race leader, with The War Nurse from inside the back line settling straight on his back and Vincenzo Peruggia in the breeze. The lead time was solid and first quarter of the 1730m journey was fast at 28.8. A slight even time breather in the second quarter, then no change at the front of the field until the 400m, with Thereugo held back to the field making it impossible for The War Nurse to get a run, but Cut For An Ace, who had been running in the one out one back, was making a fast forward move out three wide to be third on the turn. Down the straight Vencenzo Peruggia was still holding second, and Mark Reed on Bettor B Abeliever had extricated himself from 3 back the fence to be running wide. But Thereugo was still in front, and went on to win the $20,000 Farewell Gareth Hall 1730m Pace by 2.5m from Cut For An Ace and Bettor B Abeliever, mile rate 1:55.8, last quarter 27.8. That was the 19th win for the Donald Harper bred trained and driven Thereugo, bringing up just over $149,000 which included 10 places.

Thereugo is one of two winners from Janice Franco (Live Or Die) 1:58 $76,782, who did most of her racing in WA and was also owned, trained and driven by Donald in her last year of racing. Janice Franco is a half sister to Franco Jonquill (Falcon Seelster) 1:52.6 11 wins and $107,601 and 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, with the granddam of Joanie Toliver a half sister to Colwyn Bay, the dam of all time great Cardigan Bay (Hal Tryax) 1:56.2 $1,000,837. The family includes top class pacers and trotters including Glenferrie Hood (Christian Cullen) 1:52.0 $406,822, Chancellor Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:52.8 $411,821, Franco Nelson (Christian Cullen) 1:53.1 $867,773, locally raced mare and now mum Bettor Be Supreme (Bettors Delight) 1:55.6 $130,750 and her full brother Spanish Armada 1:52.1 $787,470.

With favourite Its Rock And Roll starting from 5 and second favourite Gee Jay Kay in 7 in the 3YO event, it was going to be an interesting start from the 2130m start point. Going hard out, Its Rock And Roll headed for the lead while Gee Jay Kay (Western Terror out of Case Of Bubbly by Artistic Fella) restrained to second last. That was short lived as last placed Shockwave from 9 moved three wide before the winning post the first time, closely followed by Gee Jay Kay. Shockwave briefly got to the breeze in the back straight before Gee Jay Kay sprinted forward to take that role. The pace was very solid, with the second quarter 28.5 and third quarter 28.3. At the 400m the field was split in two, with Gee Jay Kay after Its Rock And Roll and third time starter Papinik on the back of Its Rock And Roll. Out of the back straight there were only 3 contenders remaining, with Gee Jay Kay tackling Its Rock And Roll and Papinik putting up a great fight. Straightening up for the run home Its Rock And Roll still had the advantage, but in a hard fought battle Gee Jay Kay was too strong and went on to win the $18,000 Choices Flooring 3YO Pace by 1.1m in a super 1:54.9. It was the second consecutive win and with 6 placings his career earnings are a healthy $81,580 from only 20 starts.

Bred by Highlight Lodge, Gee Jay Kay was a real find at the 2017 WA Yearling Sale, bought for his current owners for only $12,000. He is the first foal from the unraced Case Of Bubbly (Artistic Fella), who is a half sister to 2 winners. Her lightly raced dam Sheza Case (Cassanova Spur) produced two winners, with the dam of Sheza Case, Obvious Selection (Armbro Len) 2:06 $5,043, producing 9 winners from 11 foals including Obvious Choice (Orange Sovereign) 2:00 $66,493. This is the family of Irish Mink (Menges Hanover) 2:03.6 $11,441 who produced 4 winners including Tarport Mink (Tarport Adios) 1:58.4 16 wins $108,461, a very successful WA mare in the late 80s and early 90s. Her wins wins included the WA Sires Produce Stakes and the 1992 WASBA Breeders Stakes. Tarport Mink was the dam of 5 winners including Lombo Redback (Getting It Right) 1:57.5 $225,371 including the Group 2 WA Sires Series Final, the precursor to the Westbred Classics.

JEWELLERY FOR THE GIRLS

(5 July 2019) Gold Bracelet night tonight and a win for a filly from another rare metal! Great opportunity for a Group win for the 2yo fillies. Some other excellent wins on the night from the older brigade and an excellent win by another nicely bred mare in Purest Silk (Rocknroll Hanover) for Barry Howlett.

With three placings from his last 4 starts and having a very good season, The favourite Vincenzo Peruggia was starting in 1 and second favourite, 5yo gelding Chiaroscuro (Art Major out of Kelty Star by Caprock), with 3 placings from his last 4 starts, was starting from barrier 7 over the spinters journey of 1730m. Racing out of the barrier, Dylan Egerton-Green on Chiaroscuro intended to lead and got there before the field entered the back straight. The first quarter was very fast at 27.9 and Chiaroscuro was being driven very confidently. Down the back Livura was first to move from one out two back, with Bettor Scoot from one out three back on his tail. The 3rd qtr was 28.7 and as they came out of the back it was Chiaroscuro leading and Livura tackling, with breeze horse Must Be Nice just starting to falter. Down the straight Chiaroscuro was just clear as the field fanned out to make their runs and in a blanket finish, Chiaroscuro held on to win the $18,000 Westside Auto Pace by a head from Livura, with another four horses within 2m of the winner. The mile rate was a lifetime best of 1:54.9 for Chiaroscuro and it was win number 14. Along with 13 places his stakes are $125,031 with over $78,000 this season.

Bred by Kody Charles, Chiaroscuro is a half brother to 5 other winners out of Kelty Star (Caprock) 2:01.1 $5,905, including I Am Special (Live Or Die) 1:57.4 $74,744, winner of the 2009 WASBA Breeders Stakes and other metropolitan races and dam of Dior Mia More (Tintin In America) 1:53.2 10 wins $77,806. Jillbo 1:53.8 27 wins $272,951, the full sister to Kelty Star, is the dam of 5 winners including Jackaroo Bromac (McArdle) 1:52.4 27 wins $238,717 and Juliette Bromac (Art Major) 1:54.5 9 wins $99,546 and granddam of Aldebaran Macha (Mach Three) 1:54.7 17 wins $134,722.

With two excellent seconds at his last two starts, 7yo gelding Tommy Be Good (Jeremes Jet out of Spicks And Specks by Golden Greek) was equal favourite but with the big advantage of barrier 1. The other favourite Zennart from 3 didnt have enought speed to challenge Tommy and had to settle for the breeze before third in the betting Herrick Roosevelt from 5 went forward to the breeze after three quarters of a lap. Waylade from inside the back line settled behind Tommy. Into the back and Warfare from second last went forward to take on the breeze role from Herrick Roosevelt, while Tommy Be Good with Shannon Suvaljko on board was setting good quarters out in front. The second quarter was fast at 28.8 and third quarter faster at 28.3. At the 400m the three wide line was making no headway at all and Tommy Be Good was in command, Warfare in the breeze and Waylade waiting for his chance. They couldnt catch him though, and Tommy Be Good held them at bay and went on to win the $22,000 Direct Trades Pace by 4.4m from Herrick Rossevelt then Waylade in a fast 1:55.7, last half 57.6. The win gave the Patrician Park bred Tommy Be Good his 17th win and with 27 places as well, his lifetime stakes are $220,786.

Tommy Be Good was was an excellent yearling sale purchase for just $14,000. He is one of three winners from his dam Spicks and Specks (Golden Greek) 2:00.9 $25,311, with other winners Liquid Radar (Armbro Operative) 1:57 13 wins $116,033 and Niseko (Bettors Delight) 1:58.8 8 wins $48,430. Rapunzels Dream (Western Terror), an unraced daughter of Spicks And Specks, is the dam of Glenferrie Affair (Courage Under Fire) 1:56.8 19 wins $91,086 and one other winner. 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. Tommy Be Good's unraced granddam Breathtaking (Classic Garry), is a half sister to WA champion Shattering Class (Golden Greek) 62 wins $810,302, the winner of 4 James Brennan Cups, 2 August Cups, 4 Stratton Cups and 2 Celebrity Mile and multiple other feature races.

And now for the big one. A very promising filly with 4 straight wins in her first 5 starts and a second at her last start in the $100,000 Westbred Classic, 2yo filly Some Copper Beach (Somebeachsomewhere out of Artistic Copper by Artistic Fella) also had barrier 1 for her next challenge, and duly started favourite. Getting away nicely, Some Copper Beach went straight to the front, with Star Fromthepalace starting inside the backline and settling behind the leader. Second favourite Fifty Five Reborn was in the breeze and was going to have a harder run. Going along easily in front but running even time, Some Copper Beach stepped up the pace to run a 28.8 3rd quarter. Fifty Five Reborn was trying very hard but into the straight for the run home Some Copper Beach got away, and although Star Fromthepalace was doing her best, Some Copper Beach went on to win the $30,000 2YO Fillies Gold Bracelet by 2.3m from Star Fromthepalace, with Advance Your Dream 8m away in third after racing third on the rails for the journey. The last quarter was 28.9 with the mile rate a very good 1:57.2 for the 2yo fillies. It was the 5th win for Some Copper Beach and along with 2 places brought up just over $57,000 from her 9 starts.

Bred by Mike Howie and owned by the Howie family, Some Copper Beach is the first foal from Group 1 winning filly Artistic Copper (Artistic Fella) 1:59.1 $100,014, who was also bred by Mike. Fellatina (Smooth Fella), the granddam of Artistic Copper, is a half sister to Knight Rainbow 1:57.7 $243,696. This family also includes Rainbow Knight (Kawartha Robust) 1:55.7 $417,779 and locally raced pair Better B Chevron (Bettors Delight) 1:51 $297,891 now racing successfully in the US, and half brother Speed Man (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:55.7 $163,109.

Down as an emergency to start isn’t usually a good sign. But wait! A win in 1:54.1 and a second place in his first 3 starts probably suggests he was good enough to start and that’s how it turned out for 2yo colt Poisedtopounce (Bettors Delight out of Perfectly Poised by Art Major). With the steady hands of ace driver Chris Lewis on board, and starting in 2 on the front line, Poisedtopounce got out well in the third attempt at a start, and with the favourite from 1 galloping shortly after the start, Power And Grace from barrier 3 raced to the front with Poisedtopounce settling in perfectly behind the leader. The Stars Above was in the breeze with Bee Jays Boy in the one-one in the now 10 horse field. The lead time was slow but was followed by three solid better than even time quarters, making it difficult for the back runners to improve. At the 400m Bee Jays Boy started a strong 3 wide move and as they came to the home corner he was a head in front. The Stars Above was dropping back and Poisedtopounce was now weaving his way off the rails to be behind Bee Jays Boy. As they straightened for the run home, Poisedtopounce was coming hard 3 wide and flashed past them in the final 50m to win by 4.6m from Bee Jays Boy who had got past Power And Grace near the line to grab second. The final quarter was run in 28.6 with mile rate 1:58.2. The win was the second for Poisedtopounce who was disqualified in his first race start after leading the field before breaking and running inside the markers.

Bred by Neven Botica and born in WA but sold for $25,000 at the 2018 Melbourne APG Sale, Poisedtopounce is the first live foal from his non winning dam Perfectly Poised (Art Major), who is out of the lightly raced non winner Poised N Perfect (Christian Cullen). It gets very exciting after here, because this mare is out of Spirit Of Beth (Sokys Atom) 2:04.2 $3,413, and is a full sister to the unraced Bethany, who is the dam of the mighty Lazarus (Bettors Delight) 1:48.4 $4,125,988. The mix with Sokys Atom has been exceptionally good, with Davy Maguire (Christian Cullen) 1:55 $285,948, Mitch Maguire (Sportswriter) 1:50.2 $320,604, Light And Sound In The Pocket) 1:50.2 $560,833 and Spirit of Zeus (Sokys Atom) 1:57.8 $243,472 all descending from full sisters to Spirit Of Beth.

A CLASSIC NIGHT FOR SOME

(21June 2019) The first of the Westbred Classic finals, for the 3yos. This year we had consolations as well, a great initiative from the harness office giving everyone a chance to succeed.

With his last win almost a year ago to the day (in the $100,000 3YO Westbred Classic) perhaps it was an omen, but 4yo One Off Delight (Bettors Delight out of Tiger Su by Elsu) was starting from barrier 2 and was favourite. Stepping off quite quickly he went straight to the front from Anime who started in barrier 1, and with stablemate of the leader Scotlynn Beach coming to the breeze the pace dropped to a leisurely stroll. With a lap and the straight to go Robb Stark led up the three wide line, but All Jokes Aside popped out of the one out one back to breeze three wide in front of Robb Stark while at the same time Frostyflyer left the rails in last position to follow the now much shorter one wide line. Stepping up to a 28.1 3rd quarter, One Off Delight still had plenty in the tank and at the 400m he was well in control, with Scotlynn Beach and All Jokes Aside hanging on to second and third. Coming into the home turn One Off Delight had the field stacked up and it was five across the track. As they straightened then hit the 100m, One Off Delight was a length clear with Anime getting off the rails and brilliant driving from Chris Lewis on Frostyflyer swinging 7 wide to make a run for it. Down to the line Anime made a dash, Frostyflyer flashed but it was One Off Delight easily by 3.3m from Anime, with a further 3m to Frostyflyer, last qtr 28.5 and mile rate 1:59. Bred by P and L Turner and Gary and T Ralston, the win was number 7 for One Off Delight who also has 7 places and stakes of $114,231.

One Off Delight is the first of two winners from his dam Tiger Su (Elsu) 1:56 4 wins $19,604 who was also trained by Gary Hall Snr in her WA career. Tiger Su is one of 7 winners out of multiple Group 1 winner, NZ Oaks winner, NZ 2yo and 3yo Filly of the Year and NZ 4yo Mare of the Year Tigerish (Butler B G) 1:57 15 wins $491,957, with other progeny including Mac Tiger (Mach Three) 1:55.8 15 wins $106,257, Justa Tiger (Christian Cullen) 1:57.1 9 wins $161,589 and Tiger Turner (Holmes Hanover) 2:03.7 2 wins $79,070 who is the dam of All Tiger (Christian Cullen) 1:49.2 29 wins $496,107, Tiger Tina (Presidential Ball) 1:53.8 12 wins $104,877 and winners Tiger Dion (In The Pocket) and Tiger Cher (Christian Cullen). Tiger Dion is the dam of 3 winners including Twoandahalf Tigers (Jeremes Jet) 1:56.4 21 wins $157,904, and Tiger Cher is the dam of Son Of A Tiger (American Ideal) 1:55.2 9 wins $70,187.

A really hot field stepped out in the Trotsynd $100,000 3YO Colts and Geldings Classic, with the favourite Patrickthepiranha (Four Starzzz Shark out of That’s The Spirit by Pacific Rocket) starting from 3. Major Artist in 2 burned out of the barrier, then quickly conceded the lead to Patrickthepiranha , with Theo Aviator from 4 given no choice but to breeze. Back In Twenty landed in the one by one with Its Rock And Roll from inside the back line getting to the 3 back rails position after Pierre Whitby from 1 slightly disorganised the midfield after gallopinng. With 1100 to go Know When to Run peeled off the back of the field to make a 3 wide run, with Gee Jay Kay moving out from one out three back to take the three wide line up to the race leaders. In the back straight the last time the field was tightly packed with literally nowhere to run for the one wide line, and the 3rd qtr was run in 28.1. At the 400m Patrickthepiranha had gone for a sprint and was coming around the home turn. Into the straight and Patrickthepiranha had bolted clear, going on to win by 9m from Gee Jay Kay who had fought on well to get second place by 2.9m from a valiant Know When To Run, mile rate a lifetime best 1:55.4 and last qtr a slick 27.5. This was the 9th win for the season for the Kevin and Annette Charles bred gelding, who made it $158,000 for the season and overall $172,573 from 10 wins and 2 places.

Patrickthepiranha was a the 2017 WA Yearling Sale by current owners Liam O’Connor and Jim Currie. He is one of 4 winners from his successful race dam Thats The Spirit (Pacific Rocket) 1:54.9 24 wins and $134,334 in stakes. Thats The Spirit is on of 8 winners from her winning dam Oh Whata Spirit (Whata Baron) 2:04.2 $21,090, with other winners including Fake Spirit (Fake Left) 1:59.8 $184,368, Family Spirit (Il Vicolo), Luva Rum Ball (Presidential Ball) 1:54.9 22 wins $134,334 and Holms Spirit (Holmes Hanover) 2:02.4 $50,322. Fake Spirit is the granddam of 2013 $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic winner Chilli Palmer (Elsu) 1:51.5 $290,983. Holms Spirit is the dam of 4 winners from 4 foals including 2013 Kalgoorlie Cup winner Springsteen (American Ideal) 1:54.7 14 wins $157,989. Oh Whata Spirit is a half sister to Nketia (Holmes Hanover) 1:52.4 $394, 035. This is the blue blood family of Spirit Of Venus (Lordship) and Burgundy Lass (Noodlum), which means the extended family includes Massive Attack (Advance Attack) 1:52.2 15 wins $181,976, Waltzing With Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:51.7 21 wins $235,031, Major Star (Art Major) 1:52.3 16 wins $212,228, Jinnis Fantasy (Island Fantasy) 1:51.8 59 wins $462,805, Our Triple Play (Shadow Play) 14 wins $216,894, champion Il Vicolo (Vance Hanover) 1:56.7 $1,580,948, champion Gotta Go Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:58.3 $1,127,567, and champion Stunin Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:54.1 18 wins $1,384,863.

With only 10 lifetime starts behind her and a troubled preparation, 3yo filly Typhoon Tiff (Bettors Delight out of Tiffany Twisted by Righteous Hanover) was still the favourite with the punters and stepping out from 4 driver Colin Brown allowed the filly to balance before moving forward to take the race lead by the win post the first time. The pace was solid with a 36.8 lead, with Aly Shar from 1 settling behind the leader and Missplay from 9 going forward to the breeze. The pace then slowed in the first quarter, and an even time second quarter followed with Typhoon Tiff a length clear of the field. With 1100 to go Mandy Joan moved up three wide from second last of the moving line, with Fake News staying on her tail. The pace stepped right up in the 3rd quarter with Mandy Joan making up good ground to be second at the 400m. After the 28.3 3rd quarter the field split in two as Typhoon Tiff stepped up to another level, giving Delightfulreaction the opening to come from 4 back the rails three wide and chasing. Into the straight and it was still Typhoon Tiff clear from Mandy Joan, Fake News Aly Shar and Delightfulreaction coming 4 wide. Going to the line untouched, Typhoon Tiff went on to win the Group 1 3YO Fillies Westbred Classic by 5.1m from the Mandy Joan just ahead of the fast finishing Delightfulreaction, with the mile rate 1:56.8 and last qtr 27.7. It was an excellent training and driving performance from Colin Brown (and brought up his second Group 1 win on the night), with the filly not having a start or trial since a disappointing result in the WA Oaks on 3 May. The win took her career stakes to $142,411 from 7 wins and 2 places. Owned and bred by Colleen Lindsay and trained by Colin Brown making it two Group 1s on the night, this was her first start since the Oaks in early May so a great training effort. It was her 7th win and with 2 places she has $142,411 in stakes.

Typhoon Tiff is the third foal and third winner from her dam Tiffany Twisted (Righteous Hanover) 1:59.9 3 wins $20,260 who only raced 9 times for 3 wins and two places. Other winners included Bettor Twisted (Bettors Delight) 1:56.9 12 wins $99,567. Tiffany Twisted is a daughter of the unraced Twisted Art (Perfect Art) who is also the dam of Centrefold Angel (Legacy Of Power) 1:55.2 14 wins $237,348 winner of the 2009 Diamond Classic, 2010 Daintys Daughter Classic as well as the 2013 WASBA Breeders Stakes. The granddam of Twisted Art is Go Go Gena (Romeo Hanover), part of Dr Tom Early’s broodmare band and part of the Papagena (King Oro) and Star Song (Grattan Loyal) family, with other recent members of this family being Mary Catherine (Art Major) 1:54.5 15 wins $194,526 and Michael Joseph (Bettors Delight) 1:55.4 13 wins $109,050.

Stepping out from the not so pleasant barrier 7, 3yo gelding Alta Rhett (Alta Christiano out of Justlikechocolate by Live Or Die) was middle of the betting. Restrained out of the barrier, driver Dylan Egerton-Green headed quickly for the rails before taking a spot in the one wide line. Meanwhile, La Suleiman from 1 was race leader with firstly Our Virtuoso then Gold Horseshoe heading up the breeze in a fairly quick 36.1 lead time. The race was being run at a solid pace and with a lap to go Alta Rhett went three wide, with Chris Voak on Our Virtuoso choosing to take the 3 wide lead in front of Alta Rhett, giving the favourite Bettor Be Oscar the vacated one out one back position. In the back at the 400m La Suleiman was fading, with Gold Horseshoe striding past him to take the lead with Alta Rhett running strongly on his outside. Heading for the home straight Our Virtuoso was tackling Gold Horseshoe for the lead with Alta Rhett still coming hard out three wide. Driven hard, Alta Rhett hit the lead with 70m to go and went on to win the $20,000 3YO Colts and Geldings Westbred Classic Consolation by 1.8m from Our Virtuoso, with Bettor Be Oscar swooping down the outside to pip Gold Horseshoe for third. The mile rate was a very solid lifetime best 1:55.8 for Alta Rhett with last qtrs. in 28.5 and 29.5. Bred by David Stringer, and part owned and trained by Sarah Wall, it was the 3rd win for Alta Rhett and he has just over $25,000 from his 13 starts which includes 2 places.

Alta Rhett is the second winner from his successful race dam Justlikechocolate (Live Or Die) 1:57.9 13 wins $188,937, winner of the 2008 Daintys Daughter Classic and second in the WA Oaks. Justlikechocolate is one of 4 winners from her winning dam Tapu Lady (Troublemaker), with other winners including Justlikelindt (Western Terror) 1:56.3 13 wins $122,972 and Gotta Go Chocolate (Gotta Go Cullect) 1:56 $73,927. Tapu Lady is one of 3 winners from her dam Kiwaussie Girl (Hilarion) 2:02.6 $52,318, who is a daughter of Circulatory (Windshield Wiper) 2:05.4 $5,519, dam of Concorde Lombo (Classic Garry) 1:58.4 33 wins $550,451 and 5 other winners. Concorde Lombo is the dam of Lombo Alliance (Panorama) 1:55.5 18 wins $152,652 and granddam of Lombo Air Express (Village Jasper) 1:56.2 27 wins $189,486. Circulatory is a full sister to the unraced Gladness, the dam of Bancoora Next (Whats Next) 1:57.9 23 wins $196,685, Ecstatic (Smooth Fella) 1:59.3 15 wins $88,913, Ray Of Gladness (Whats Next) and Art And Soul (Live Or Die) 2:01.4 8 wins $18,108. Ray Of Gladness is the dam of Dav Ed Ash (Village Jasper) 1:57.4 13 wins $78,547 and Quick Comment (Iraklis) 2:00 7 wins $30,359 who is the dam of 4 winners including multiple Group 1 winning mare Quick Draft (Art Major) 1:53 24 wins $398,237. Art And Soul is the dam of Debt Free Charlie (Village Jasper) 1:54.1 16 wins $133,594 and Whoswhointhezoo (Major In Art) 1:57.9 7 wins $79,846.

A 3 on the front wasn’t a bad spot to be for 3yo filly Adda Tarantella (Rich And Spoilt out of Bettor Joy by Bettors Delight). Stepping out quickly from 1, she headed off Georgie Mae to be the race leader, with Caruba from 7 taking the breeze position. Favourite Arma Veyron had an excellent spot one out one back after starting from 5. Cody Wallrodt was setting a good rate on Adda Tarantella, and as they went to the back straight there were no changes. Still no change until coming out of the back straight Arma Veyron moved three wide, followed by Elleker Hanover, to try to make an impression on the leading pair. Into the home straight and Adda Tarantella was a length clear, the favourite chasing and Georgie Mae still chasing. As they straightened for the run home, Adda Tarantella scooted clear and had the field well covered, going on to win the $20,000 Western Reds 25th Anniversary 3YO Fillies Westbred Classic Consolation by 10.2m, with Georgie Mae second by a head from Elleker Hanover with Arma Veyron in 4th.

It was a poignant win for the filly, bred and owned by Harry Capararo who had recently lost his battle with cancer. The Albany flavour was retained with Adda Tarantella trained by Charles Draper for her second win. Along with 7 places her stakes are now $22,132. Adda Tarantalla is the first foal from her unraced dam Bettor Joy (Bettos Delight), who is a half sister to 5 winners including Not Bad Johnnie (Badlands Hanover) 1:57.2 27 wins $173,401.

With a 3rd at her previous start after a win and a second at GP in May, 4yo mare Lady De La Renta (Well Said out of Flylika Bird Lombo by Jet Laag) was only 3rd in line in the betting, surprising given the favourite Maczaffair was in 6 over the sprinters 1730m journey and the Lady has proven herself in good company. This was also going to be her last Australian start for her US owners before heading off the the US to continue her racing career. Out of the barrier Lady De La Renta didn’t have the speed to beat Veiled Secret from 1 for the lead, so settled in the breeze before Maczaffair went forward to the breeze after half a lap. The first quarter was a solid 28.5 before and even time second quarter gave everyone a slight breather. The pace was really on in the third quarter, with Veiled Secret going a full length clear in the 27.8 quarter. Lady De La Renta moved 3 wide at the 450 to improve her position, with Come Dance With Me on her tail. The Lady had Maczaffair covered coming out of the back straight with just Veiled Secret to run down. It took the full length of the straight for Lady De La Renta to get past the resolute Veiled Secret, and she went on to win the $22,000 State Of Origin at Gloucester Park Fillies and Mares Pace by a half head with Come Dance With Me finishing well to take third, last qtr 28.4 and mile rate an exceptional 1:54.2. It was win number 14 and with 12 places she has $208,319 in stakes including the Group 2 Daintys Daughter Classic and 3yo Sales Classic.

Bred by Kevin, Annette and Kody Charles, Lady De La Renta is the first winner from her dam Flylika Bird Lombo (Jet Laag) 1:59.8 7 wins $53,975, a daughter of Decethree Lombo (Classic Garry) 2:00.9 and a half sister to 10 other winners including Lombo Skyrider (Panorama) 1:50 63 wins $841,611, Lombo Cloud Nine (Northern Luck) 1:55.3 $102,310, Lombo Silhouette (Troublemaker) 1:58.4 9 wins $92,528 and Lady Lara Lombo (Northern Lights) 6 wins $51,120 who is the dam of Lord Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.6 $286,184 and granddam of Wesley (Sportswriter) 1:56.5 13 wins and $133,807. Decethree Lombo is out of Australian 3yo of the Year and later Broodmare of the Year Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 $245,449, who is also the dam of Golden Maiden (Golden Greek) and 8 other winners including Magic Maddy Lombo (Classic Garry) 2:03.8 $7,664, Bachelor Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:55.5 14 wins $103,650, Australian 2yo and Horse of the Year Lombo Pocket Watch (Jet Laag) 1:53.6 $1,522,638, the winner of 17 successive races as a 2yo and the only 2yo to be named Australian Horse of the Year. Golden Maiden is the dam of Perfect Gold Lombo (Perfect Art) 1:53.2 18 wins $175,560, and Magic Maddy Lombo is the dam of 7 winners including Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 33 wins $587,032, Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.3 $230,312, Sweet Maddy Lombo (Panorama) 1:59.5 11 wins $106,588 and Benjor Maddy Lombo (Perfect Art) 2:01.8 $21,510 the dam of WA bred Derby winner Handsandwheels (Mach Three) 1:54.3 20 wins $430,000, Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:57.4 11 wins $125,378 and Maddy White (Lombo Mandingo) 1:56.9 11 wins $110,824.

The $25,000 Westsired 2YO Fillies Classic was a full field of 12, with Fifty Five Reborn (Renaissance Man out of Arma Fifty Five by Bettors Delight) starting as favourite from barrier 3 with the popular trainer/driver Colin Brown on board and having a great night. Start in Art from 1 went straight to the lead and settled into a leisurely pace, with Fifty Five Reborn settling in the breeze and no reason to push the pace along. Sitting behind the leader was Advance Your Dream. No change in running until the 3rd quarter with Star In Art stepping the pace right up to a 27.9 third quarter, and still holding the lead comfortably from Fifty Five Reborn, with Advance Your Dream and Missbillynotsilly who had been second and third along the rails, following closely. Coming out of the back the effort told on Star In Art, with Fifty Five Reborn now tackling for the lead and hitting the front as they straightened. Missbillynotsilly was now wide with Advance Your Dream coming through the middle, but Five Five Reborn toughed it out to go on and win the $25,000 Trotsynd Westsired 2YO Fillies Pace by 1.6m from Advance Your Dream and Missbillynotsilly, mile rate 1:59.5 and last half 57 flat.

Bred by her owners from the Montague, Currie, and Farrant family who were there to cheer her on, the win was her second in a row and she has just over $21,000 from her 6 starts. Part owner Jim Currie bred the unraced dam Arma Fifty Five (Bettors Delight) from  Arma Xceptional (Live Or Die) 1:57.9 $27,160, who is a half sister to his top flight mare Arma Xpress (Artiscape) 1:56.5 12 wins $279,890. In a very short racing career Arma Xpress was the winner of the Western Crown, the Group 1 2yo Fillies Sales Classic, the Group 2 Champagne Classic, the Group 2 Westbred Classic, the Group 3 Gold Bracelet and the Group 1 $125,000 Golden Slipper, an excellent effort for any 2yo, let alone a filly.

The last race on a long night, the $25,000 2yo Westsired 2yo Colts and Geldings Classic was a victory to the bold striding Aristocratic Star (Follow The Stars out of Aristocratic Glow by Northern Luck). Going straight to the front from barrier 1 in the small field, he moseyed over the lead and first quarter but stepped up the pace in the second and third quarter to be running better than even time. At the 400m Keptain Courageous made a bold challenge and they sizzled over the final quarter in 27.4, with Aristocratic Star going on to win the $25,000 2YO Colts and Geldings Westsired Classic by 2.3m from stablemate The Stars Above, with Keptain Courageous tiring to finish third. This was the third win for Aristocratic Star, who has not been unplaced so far in his debut season, and has $43,090 from his 8 starts.

Owned and bred by Allwood Stud Farm, Aristocratic Star is out of the good race mare Aristocratic Glow 1:55.9 $74,756, whose only other foal of racing age is the promising 3yo Back In Twenty (Sportswriter) 1:55.4 $41,737. Aristocratic Glow is a half sister to 7 other winners including full sisters Amongst Royalty (Parsons Den) 1:55.1 23 wins $570,820, winner of the Group 1 Bathurst Gold Tiara 2 yr old Fillies Final, APG 2 yr Fillies Final, Gold Chalice Listed 3 yr Classics, 2008 and 2009 Pinjarra Golden Girls Mile and the 2010 Australian Pacing Championship Consolation, .and Made Of Dreams (Parsons Den), dam of Group 1 winner Straittothehilton (Rich And Spoilt) 1:56.0 $157,415. Amongst Royalty is the dam of Lord Willoughby (Mach Three) 1:51.2 $165,314 and Lady Willoughby (Allamerican Ingot) 1:56.6 $167,293.

MORE SUCCESS AND A PEARLER

(14 June 2019) A very good night for breeder Steve Johnson, The Westsired 3YO races also gave our local sires a chance to shine. But the jewel in the night was the $100,000 2YO Pearl Classic.

Having a good season and 3rd at his previous start, 4yo gelding Liam Neil (Modern Art out of Jane Elouise by Beach Towel) was starting a clear favourite at 2/1 from barrier 2. Getting away nicely, Liam Neil went straight to the lead, with Whoswhointhezoo from 1 sitting on his back. The breeze horse changed twice with Gangbuster from 6 taking over from One Off Delight from 5, before Batavia On Fire from 7 went forward to that position with a lap and a half to go over the 2536m journey. No further moves until One Off Delight went up 3 wide in the back straight the last time, making up good ground to be 3rd at the 400m. However the leader was now going flat out, and nothing outside the first three had a winning chance. Into the straight Liam Neil led by 3m with Whoswhointhezoo putting in an effort and Batavia On Fire a determined third. The finishing line was too close and although he made up good ground, Whoswhointhezoo couldnt catch Liam Neil who went on to win the $18,000 Tabtouch Better Your Bet Pace by a half neck in 2:00.1, last qtrs 29 and 27.9. The win was the 12th for the Steve Johnson owned and bred gelding who has 15 places as well as $89,000 in stakes, including almost $45,000 this season.

Liam Neil is one of 5 winners from his dam Jane Elouise (Beach Towel) 2:00.6 $44,926, with her other winners including Cranley Memorial winner Soho Jackman (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:50.6 $309,928 and Harriet Elizabeth (Modern Art) 1:57.4 $114,348. Jane Elouise is a full or half sister to 7 other winners.

Second in the Sales Classic Final in March after winning his heat and a winner in his heat 10 days earlier. A small but classy field was stepping out in the $100,000 2YO Pearl, with Aristocratic Star the favourite in barrier 2. Second favourite Manning (Sportswriter out of Stephanie Rose by Northern Lights) was the sole runner on the backline. Starting fast, Aristocratic Star went to the front with Jaxon Jones moving up to take the breeze position after half a lap and Manning settling one out two back. Aristocratic Star was striding boldly in front and with a lap to go Manning moved out three wide to improve his position. At the 400 Manning was still making ground, with Aristocratic Star well clear of the rest of the field. Straightening up they were both doing their best but over the final 50m Manning got the better of Aristocratic Star, and went on to win the Tabtouch $100,000 Pearl Classic by 2.7m in 1:58.8. Bred by Steve Johnson, it was the 3rd win and with one place from only 6 starts his earnings are already nearly $92,000.

Manning is the 4th winner from his unraced dam Stephanie Rose (Northern Lights), with other winners including Brotha Ofa Gangsta (Dawn Ofa New Day) 1:58.1 $92,851 and Arts Gangsta (Modern Art) 1:57.1 11 wins $66,827. Stephanie Rose is a half sister to Jodi Vance (Vance Hanover) 2:04.1 $10,635 the dam of Surprise Package (Butler B G) 1:52.2 28 wins $848,679 and also granddam of Ricimer (Ponder) 1:51.8 $213,073. The dam of Stephanie Rose and Jodi Vance is a half sister to Miranda Belle (Meadow Al), Miranda Lass (Gentry) and Miranda Star (Gentry), with those dam lines producing Knight Vance (Tuapeka Knight) 1:53.1 $311,451, Precious Dylan (Precious Bunny) 1:56.3 $349,588, Shardons Aflyin (Sands A Flyin) 1:57.4 $500,651, Shardons Rocket 1:54 $626,625, Christopher Vance (Vance Hanover) 1:54.6 $1,747,167, Maczaffair (Mach Three) 1:55.1 $505,405 and Mr Hasani (Christian Cullen) 1:49.8 $664,736.

In top form and the odds on favourite, 3yo gelding Theo Aviator (Mr Aviator out of Asahi by Armbro Operative) gave a dominating display in the $25,000 Tabtouch Westsired 3YO Colts and Geldings Classic. Stepping out from 3 he allowed Tellmetoattack from 1 set the pace from the barrier then sped past him to take up the running in the first 150m. Settling into a sedate pace, the field was in single file basically until the 600m, with Theo Aviator well in control. At the 400m Theo Aviator lost concentration and shifted out, allowing Tellmetoattack to take the inside running, before Theo Aviator retook the rails running coming out of the back straight and then sped away from the inconvenienced Tellmetoattack. Theo Aviator went on to win the 3YO Westsired Classic by 10.2m from Tellmetoattack, last qtr 27.7 and mile rate 1:58.7, bringing up his 12th win including 10 this season and with 9 places all up his career stakes are $109,367 (nearly $98,000 this season). Bred by Nicholas Taylor and owned by Nicholas in conjunction with Peter George, Theo Aviator is out of Asahi (Armbro Operative) 1:59.6 $78,705, who was second in the 2005 Diamond Classic and third in the 2006 WA Oaks. Asahi’s granddam Alfa Dyna (Crouch) 1:59.0 $95,147 was third in her Diamond Classic, won the WA Oaks and was 4th in the Golden Nugget. Alfa Dyna is a daughter of top race filly Travis Arania, the daughter of one of WAs best ever broodmares in Oro Travis.

Also with some solid performances this year including a win in the Country Oaks in April and a very good third in the 3YO Diamond Classic 3 weeks earlier, 3yo filly My Prayer (Renaissance Man out of Mystery Oro by Mystical Prince) was starting a very short priced favourite in the $25,000 3YO Fillies Westsired Classic. With the scratching from barrier 1, My Prayer was starting on the rails and went straight to the front out of the barrier. In a bit of a single file dawdle over the first half of the race, My Prayer led from second favourite Dont Look. With a lap to go Joeys Girl moved off the rails and sprinted up quickly, prompting Don’t Look to also move out from behind My Prayer to challenge. At the 400m My Prayer and Dont Look were almost level, and coming off the back they were head to head. Down the straight and there were some worried supporters, with Dont Look really challenging for the win but on the line after a sterling tussle it was My Prayer for the win by a head in 2:01.6, last quarter 28.1 on a deteriorating track. Bred by Global Breeding Farms, it was the 4th win (all this season) for My Prayer and with 7 places her stakes earnings are $72,402.

My Prayer is out of the unraced Mystery Oro (Mystical Prince), a half sister to 8 winners and a daughter of Orogenic (Captain Hook). Her dam Oro Travis (Bintravis) is also the dam of Travis Arania (Scottish Arania), with Travis Arania the dam of WA Oaks winner Alfa Dyna (Crouch) , the granddam of Asahi (Armbro Operative) 1:59.6 $78,705 the dam of Theo Aviator.

ONE FOR THE GIRLS

(7 June 2019) A night for some of the 4 and 5yo girls to get their opportunity at a Group 3, with the Allwood Stud Farm 4YO and 5YO Westbred Mares Pace up for grabs.

Stepping out from 2 as favourite, 4yo mare The War Nurse (Advance Attack out of Sassy Georgia by Mattgilla Gorilla), got away nicely and went to a clear lead, with Sameplace Sametime from 1 getting the leaders back and Infinite Symbol (3) going to the breeze briefly before Captured Delight took over that role. With 950 to go Lil China Doll optimistically went forward 3 wide and with 400 to go it was between those 4 mares although The War Nurse appeared to be coasting. Coming to the home turn Lil China Doll had hung on bravely but was starting to lose ground and The War Nurse got away. Straightening up all of a sudden it was a race, with Sameplace Sametime a definite threat to the odds on favourite. As they went over the line, The War Nurse just held on to win the Group 3 $30,000 Allwood Stud 4YO and 5YO Mares Pace by a half head in 1:57.6, last qtrs. 29.1 and 29.2. This was win number 8 in a very improved season, with $72,000 for the season and overall $102,989 from 10 wins and 12 places.

The War Nurse is one of 4 winners from her unraced dam Sassy Georgia (Mattgilla Gorilla), who also produced non winner Kelcie Sophia (Totally Western), the dam of Group 2 Easter Cup winner Importer Exporter (Artesian) 1:59 $144,325. Elysees Elle (French Chef) 2:01.4 7 wins $47,604, the dam of Sassy Georgia, is a full sister to Sassy Gina 2:01.8 12 wins $80,405, who is the dam of Sassy Sarah (Walton Hanover) 1:56.8 23 wins $445,866, winner of the Group 1 2003 Ladyship Mile, 2002 Vicbred 4yo Mares and 2yo and 3yo Breeders Crown. Sassy Sarah is the dam of Born Again Sassy (Mach Three) 1:55 $128,811.

At his 3rd start back 5yo gelding Kasey John (Bettors Delight out of Shes Our Angel by Classic Garry) was starting from 4 on the front. He had at his first start at midweek GP since resuming in December after 20 weeks away from racing, so the 17/1 odds were a touch generous. The Trilogy from 9 flew out in a determined bid to get the front and was in the lead as they went into the back straight the first time. Im Lisart from 1 was on the leaders back and Vincenzo Peruggia from 8 in the breeze as the field settled into a routine. A slow first quarter prompted a 3 wide move at the 1400 from Mighty Santana, who had been running one out and two back to that point. That prompted Come Dance With Me to move from two wide and last, to three wide one back, covering up the favourite Bechers Brook who was in the one out one back position. The second quarter was run in even time and as they entered the back straight the last time it was a very compact field. Mighty Santana was letting go three wide and at the 400 he was running second with new leader Vincenzo Peruggia one off the rail and The Trilogy dropping out. Out of the back straight Come Dance With Me was coming with a good run 4 wide, Bechers Brook was clear if good enough, and Kasey John was moving out from behind Bechers Brook. Into the straight and Vincenzo Peruggia just led from Mighty Santana and Come Dance With Me, with Kasey John wider and a good two lengths back. At the 150 Come Dance With Me had hit the front, but Kasey John was coming fast and with 30m to go he hit the front to win the $20,000 Elan Energy PAce by a neck from the brave Come Dance With Me and Mighty Santana, last qtrs 29 and 28.9 with mile rate 1:58.7 over the 2536m mobile. That made it $104,154 from 11 wins and 9 places for the Steve Johnson bred gelding, whose wins included the 2018 $25,000 Kerry Clarke Westbred 4YO and 5YO Pace.

Kasey John is the last foal of Shes Our Angel (Classic Garry) 2:03.6 4 wins $14,326, an exceptional broodmare who has produced 18 foals for 10 winners including Sky Tower (Panorama) 1:58.5 36 wins $241,236, Jasmin Amal (Sportswriter) 1:55 $101,511, Nightn Georgia (Safely Kept) 2:00.4 11 wins $116,605 dam of Rocknrolla (Grinfromeartoear) 1:57.1 12 wins $287,351 and Jasmin Amal (Sportswriter) 1:55 10 wins $94,974. Shes Our Angel is also the granddam of Reign Of Fear (Western Terror) 1:53.2 17 wins $127,525, Tightrope (Art Major) 1:53.6 22 wins $196,072 and Somedreamsomewhere (Somebeachsomewhere) 1:56.6 12 wins $74,957. Shes Our Angel is a half sister to the dam of Nikkibadwagon (Shadow Play) 1:53.2 $167,020 and the family also includes Menin Gate (Somebeachsomewhere) 1:54.3 $574,758. This is a very prolific female line.

Commencing his racing career as a 3yo in January 2019, talented 3yo gelding Know When To Run (Roll With Joe out of Heather Mary by Modern Art) had only 9 previous starts but a definite race favourite from barrier 1. An impressive looking 3yo with obvious talent, Know When To Run was smartly out of the barrier and straigtht into the leaders role, with Theo Aviator from 5 in the breeze, Galante behind the leader and Its Rock And Roll from 2 in the one by one. A good lead time, 31 second first quarter and 30.2 second quarter and it was going to be a sprint home. Into the back straight and Patrickthepiranha from last in the six horse field took off 3 wide but they were now going much faster. At the 400 Know When To Run was cruising. Into the home straight and 4 across the track with Patrick 4 wide, Its Rock And Roll 3 wide, Theo Aviator still trying but no one making an impression. It was an easy win in the end for Know When To Run who moved away to a 6m win from Galante in the $18,000 Team Trolio Harcourts Reality Plus 3YO Pace, with Theo Aviator hanging on for third, last quarters 28.6 and 27.5 and mile rate 1:57.3. It was the second winner on the night for breeder Steve Johnson, with Know When To Run making it 5 wins and 4 places from 10 starts and stakes of $35,885. A 2017 Yearling Sale purchase by Pacing WA for Trotsynd, Know When To Run showed great promise as a 2yo in training before an injury. 

Know When To Run is the second foal and second winner from his unraced dam Heather Mary (Modernt Art), who is out of the unraced Hold Tight (Embrace Me). Hold Tight is the dam of Fake Embrace (Fake Left) 1:53.4 37 wins $240,249, Go By Jet (Whats Next) 20 wins, Like A Dame (Golden Greek) 2:02 $10,312 and $91,746 and non winners Prettypretty Woman (Albert Albert), Hotniten Georgia (Albert Albert), Endless Journey (Die Laughing) and Gaetana Nicole (Sutter Hanover). Like A Dame is of course the dam of champion pacer David Hercules (Artesian) 1:52.7 $1263159 and 6 other winners; Endless Journey is the dam of $100,000 Pearl winner Isaiah Artois (Modern Art) 1:58.3 9 wins $117,351; Hotniten Georgia is the dam of Supreme Royalty (Parsons Den) winner of over $93,000 in her career including the Group 2 2008 $50,000 2yo Fillies State Sires Series; Prettypretty Woman is the dam of Our Miss Vivienne (Safe And Sound) 1:56.1 13 wins $83,960; and Gaetana Nicole is the dam of the unbeaten 2019 $100,000 Sales Classic in Major Martini (Art Major) 1:56.7 2 wins $66,535. Other members of the extended maternal family include Adda Paternal Suit (Rich And Spoilt) 1:53.6 $256,862 and multiple Group 1 and 1990 Inter Dominion winner Thorate (King Kallanie) 1:53.9 $1,329,345.

ANOTHER DIAMOND

(31 May 2019) A Diamond of a night with the Pacing WA purchased Somebeachsomewhere filly Askmeilltellya getting to the front and going on to win the main event, the $100,000 2YO Diamond Classic. NZ mare Come Dance With Me (Bettors Delight) also had a nice win in a Fillies and Mares. That was on top of some good performances by some of the older Westbreds and a younger representative as well.

Looking for some form and in his 5th run back from a spell, 6yo gelding Thereugo (McArdle out of Janice Franco by Live Or Die) flew out from barrier 8 and was in the front in no time, with Mighty Flying Deal from 1 settling on his back. Slowing the field down after a 37.2 lead time, Thereugo had a breather while Crystal Sparkles moved up to settle in the breeze with a lap gone. Into the back straight the last time there were no changes to the field, with Thereugo picking up to a 28.2 third quarter. Still no change at the 400m, with Thereugo stepping up the pace again to a 27.9 last quarter. Out of the back straight the field started to pan out, but Thereugo was still leading from a valiant Crystal Sparkles and Mighty Flying Deal waiting to pounce. At the 100m Thereugo was running away, with Mighty Flying Deal coming home well for second in front of Crystal Sparkles, but no threat to Thereugo who went on to win the $18,000 Clipsal Pace by 6m in 1:56.2. The win was number 18 for Thereugo who also has 9 places for $134,011 in stakes.

Bred, trained and driven by Donald Harper, Thereugo is one of two winners from the first two foals from dam Janice Franco (Live Or Die) 1:58 $76,782, who raced in WA for then owner trainer Donald Harper before being retired to stud. She is out of NZ bred mare Joanie Franco (Talk About Class) who also produced Franco Jonquill (Falcon Seelster) 1:52.6 11 wins and $107,601 and the unraced Jazz Franco (Live Or Die), the dam of Franco Jazzman (McArdle) 1:54.7 $101,840. Joanie Franco is out of the Group 1 winning NSW trotting mare Joanie Toliver (Toliver Hanover) tr 2:05.5 $67,246, with the family closely related to Colwyn Bay, the dam of one of the worlds best pacers of all time in Cardigan Bay (Hal Tryax) 1:56.2 $1,000,837. Other members of the maternal family include Glenferrie Hood (Christian Cullen) 1:52.0 $406,822, Chancellor Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:52.8 $411,821, Franco Nelson (Christian Cullen) 1:53.1 $872,493, locally raced Bettor Be Supreme (Bettors Delight) 1:55.6 $130,750 and her full sister Spanish Armada 1:52.1 $787,470. This is an extensive maternal line that features both high class trotters and pacers.

With a Bunbury win and a GP second in 2 of his 3 previous starts, you would think he might have been further up in the betting but 8yo gelding Ruling Gold (Life Sign out of Gold Stature by Stature) was starting at 12/1 from middle of the back line, with the favourite Heza Head Honcho starting from 1 with Chris Lewis on board for the Howlett team. Pulling hard Heza Head Honcho drove through to retain the lead, with El Sunami from 10, Waimac Attack in the breeze and Chris Voak on Ruling Gold quickly going to the rails behind El Sunami. Heza Head Honcho was going comfortably in front, with the three wide line starting with 900 to go and headed by second favourite Quick Stride. After a 28.2 third quarter Heze Head Honcho was still in control out front with Quick Stride gone, Waimac Attack hanging on to second and Athabascan emerging from the pack to look a threat three wide. Around the turn Ruling Gold found some space to get off the rails and into the straight Heza Head Honcho still looked the winner with El Sunami getting up to be third on his inside and Waimac Attack coming back to tackle the leader. At the 100m Heza Head Honcho had beaten off Waimac Attack and was going to win except for the “just big enough gap” between Waimac Attack and Athabascan, and threading the eye of a needle with 30m to go, Ruling Gold burst through the pack to grab the lead on the line and win by a half head over Heza Head Honcho in a mile rate of 1:57.9 and last quarter 28.9. The win was the 10th and with 22 places his stakes are just over $89,000.

Bred by Jeanine Diederich and part owned by Jeanine and Denise Trobe, Ruling Gold is the 3rd winner produced by Victorian mare Gold Stature (Stature) 2:01.7 $61,562, with other winners including Group 2 winner and full brother Red Salute (Life Sign) 1:55.3 18 wins $265,108. Gold Stature is a full or half sister to 5 other winners including Gold Status (Stature) 2:01.5 $57,325, and the extended family includes Composed (Our Sir Vancelot) 1:51.7 $533,137 and Sailors Corner (Totally Ruthless) 1:57.9 $199,796.

With two wins under his belt with new regular reinsman Chris Lewis on board, 3yo gelding Gee Jay Kay (Western Terror out of Case Of Bubbly by Artistic Fella) was still well thought of in the betting even with the outside front line barrier. Settling last as the favourite Back In Twenty took up the running, Lewis moved Gee Jay Kay forward 3 wide to settle in the breeze with two laps to go over the longer 2536m journey. Second favourite Know When To Run had muffled the start and was now last. No change as they headed into the back straight the last time, but the pace increased as Gee Jay Kay started to test Back In Twenty and Know When To Run was taking off from the back and making good ground. At the 400 the leading pair had broken clear, with Know When To Run now 5th and closing. At the home turn Back In Twenty was still holding sway, with Know When To Run improving rapidly. At the 100 GeeJay Kay was the new leader, just in front of Back In Twenty, but Know When To Run was closing fast. However, in what was a pretty brave effort, Gee Jay Kay held out Know When To Run to win the $18,000 Schneider Electric by a neck in a very good 1:57.2, last qtrs. 28.1 and 28.6. It was the 6th win and along with 5 places, The Highlight Lodge bred gelding has won $49,255 in stakes.

Purchased for a mere $12,000 at the 2017 Sale by current part owner Ron Huston, Gee Jay Kay is the first foal from his unraced dam Case Of Bubbly (Artistic Fella), who is a half sister to 2 winners. Her lightly raced dam Sheza Case (Cassanova Spur) produced two winners and her dam Obvious Selection (Armbro Len) 2:06 $5,043 is the dam of 9 winners from 11 foals including Obvious Choice (Orange Sovereign) 2:00 $66,493. Obvious Selection is out of Irish Mink (Menges Hanover) 2:03.6 $11,441 who produced 4 winners including Tarport Mink (Tarport Adios) 1:58.4 16 wins $108,461, a very successful WA mare in the late 80s and early 90s, with wins including the WA Sires Produce Stakes and the 1992 WASBA Breeders Stakes. She in turn was the dam of Lombo Redback (Getting It Right) 1:57.5 $225,371 including the Group 2 WA Sires Series Final, the precursor to the Westbred Classics.

DOUBLE DIAMOND

(24 May 2019) It Go the girls! A good field of 3yo fillies stepped out in the second running of the $50,000 3YO Diamond, with Majorpride (Art Major) winning her second Diamond after her win last year in the $100,000 2YO Diamond. Majorpride is a granddaughter of Joyfulbelle (Road Machine) 1:56.3 $58,798 who is the dam of (Our) Bettor Joy (Bettors Delight) 1:50.4 $464,330 and Joyfuljoy (Mach Three) 1:51.3 $480,442 (incl Harness Jewels 3yof Diamond, Gr 1 NZ Sires Stks 3yof Final). Our Alfie Romeo followed up her Breeders Stakes win with a solid win in a very competitive fillies and mares event. Some of our local boys had good success including the Group 3 The Pure Steel.

With a win and 5 places from his previous 6 starts, and barrier 2, 5yo entire Major Pocket (Art Major out of Elena S by In The Pocket) was a short priced favourite in the $30,000 The Pure Steel. Going out fast Major Pocket went straight to the lead with Destined To Rule from 1 content to sit on his back. Caught wide All Jokes Aside from 5 went forward to get the breeze as they passed the winning post the first time. Slowing the race down, the leading pair were content to bide their time. The pace quickened when the 3 wide line formed with 900 to go. The third quarter was a solid 28.3 and as they came out of the back straight Major Pocket was still running along strongly but holding Destine To Rule in a pocket, with All Jokes Aside in close attendance. Quick Stride had followed the three wide line and was running well but wide. Going for home, Major Pocket was able to hold out the persistent All Jokes Aside to win by 1.1m, with Destined To Rule 3.4m back in third ahead of Quick Stride. The last quarter was solid at 28.3 and the mile rate 1:58 after the slow middle quarters. Bred and part owned by Oz-West Pacing, Major Pocket now has 11 wins and 19 places for $121,322 in stakes. Lightly raced, his lifetime best of 1:53.8 was set in his second start at Bunbury as a 2yo.

Major Pocket is out of good race mare Elena S (In The Pocket) 1:55 $97,549 who was purchased in NZ and raced by Rob, winning her first first four starts in WA and going on to win 9 times with 20 places. Burnaholeinmypocket (Bettors Delight) 1:52.1 $261,988, Or Positana (Mach Three) 1:52.2 $99,473 and champion mare Elect To Live (Live Or Die) $535,800 dam of Gotta Go Cullect (Christian Cullen) and Gotta Go Harmony (Christian Cullen) 1:55.5 $205,909 all belong to the same family as Major Pocket.

In form from a win and place at his two previous starts, 7yo gelding Carte Blanche (Courage Under Fire out of Hello Boys by Crouch) was installed favourite in the 2130m event. Off the pace from the barrier, driver Chris Lewis restrained to be one out and two back with Arma ORourke from 1 strolling out in front, Black Jack Zac on the leader’s back and Athabascan in the breeze. The lead and first quarter were fairly pedestrian, with the pace increasing as the headed for the back straight the last time. At the 600 Black Jack Zac moved behind Athabascan in the moving line, with Carte Blanche now having to go four wide to make a run. Coming out of the back straight Carte Blanche was “off the track” making his run as Black Jack Zac moved up three wide to tackle the leader. Running home powerfully, Carte Blanche was five wide after the leaders in the straight and went on to grab Black Jack Zac at the 50m and go on to win the $18,000 Kurt Kramer The Pure Steel Consolation by 2.7m in 1:58.9, with Arma ORourke holding on for third. The win made it just over $58,000 from 9 wins and 8 places for Carte Blanche.

Bred and part owned by Debra Lewis and trained by Debra, Carte Blanche is one of 6 winners from his dam Hello Boys (Crouch) 1:57.5 12 wins $89,541 including Kiss Chasey (Yankee Sensation) 1:55.3 16 wins $146,358, Gangbuster (Jeremes Jet) 1:58.7 9 wins $64,275 and Group 1 winner Play The Boys (Shadow Play) 1:56.2 $78,233. Hello Boys is also the granddam of Rockin The Boys (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:51.2 $125,567. The dam of Hello Boys is terrific broodmare Boom Or Bust (Kawartha Robust) 2:03 $35,997 who is a half sister to 6 other winners including Party Date (Panorama) 1:56 25 wins and $256,003 and 2007 WASBA Breeders Stakes winner Red Hot Date (Village Jasper) 12 wins $99,730. Party Date is the dam of Bettor Party (Bettors Delight) 1:53.5 37 wins $294,659, Rocknroll Whitby (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:57.2 12 wins $151,100 and 5 other winners, and Red Hot Date is the dam of Hot Fraternity (Art Major) 9 wins $85,788 and 3 other winners. Boom Or Bust herself is a half sister to 6 other winners as well as non winner Pleasedontstop (Crouch) and unraced Queen Matilda (Mystical Prince), 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. Pleasedontstop is the dam of Nomore Forusir (Armbro Operative) 1:57.8 26 wins $198,663, Go Some More (Badlands Hanover) 1:57.4 $93,767 and Outofgas (Northern Luck) 1:58.5 $73,803, and Queen Matilda (Mystical Prince) dam of Feel The Courage (Courage Under Fire) 1:52.9 19 wins $171,324.

With a win and place in stands at Pinjarra in previous weeks, 6yo gelding Bettor Not Bitter (Bettors Delight out of Fine Gemima by Camtastic) was a good choice for favourite in the 2503m stand. Starting fast from his 10m line, Bettor Not Bitter was in the lead after half a lap and was going to be hard to beat from there. With a lead time of 69.2 and 1st quarter 31 he was out in front and in command, with Bettor Be Lively in the breeze and Ruling Gold on the leaders back. One Off Delight headed the 3 wide line into the back straight the last time and initially made up good ground before faltering at the 400m as they sprinted hard, with Bettor Be Lively hanging on to second place outside of Bettor Not Bitter. Coming into the straight Bettor Not Bitter scooted away leaving the opening for Ruling Gold, but the bird had flown and Bettor Not Bitter went on to win the $18,000 Rocky Hemraj Stand by 6.1m from Ruling Gold, with Carrera Mach, who has sat behind Ruling Gold, running home well for third, 4.3m away. The win in 2:00 flat and last qtrs. 28.7 and 28.3 gave the Bond Gartrell Foster Hampson bred gelding $112,293 from 13 wins and 20 places.

Bettor Not Bitter is out of Fina Gemima (Camtastic) who was raced by the same ownership in a short career that saw her win 2 races and a place from only 8 starts.

Starting from barrier 8 at 50/1 with clearly no prerace expectations, 5yo gelding Bob Wheel (Allamerican Ingot out of The Silver Lining by Jet Laag) was definitely showing some pluck with Michael Grantham on board, and kept going forward to the breeze to be sitting outside Mon Lillies by the winning post the first time. With just over a lap to go the Sweet N Fast moved up three wide and into the back straight its was three across the track. At the 400 Bob Wheel had his head in front of Mon Lillies, with Sweet N Fast doing her best on the outside. Coming around the home turn Mon Lillies had fought back to be level, and with 50m to go was still doing well but Bob Wheel moved away over the final 20m to win the $20,000 Xpress Freight Management Pace by 1.2m from Mon Lillies and Sweet N Fast, mile rate 1:58.2 and last qtrs. 28.3 and 29.3. It was the 10th win for Bob Wheel who also won a metro race in April, and took his stakes to just over $93,000.

Bred by Kevin and Annette Charles, Bob Wheel is the second winner from his dam The Silver Lining (Jet Laag), who is a half sister to 3 winners and is out of a Classic Garry daughter 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 direct family of Nights of Thunder winner Argyle Red (Dawn Ofa New Day) 1:54.2 $199,829 and Davinci Diamond (Artiscape) 1:56.2 $87,244.

A PEARLER ON A SATURDAY

(18 May 2019) The second running of the 3YO Pearl Classic, and what an impressive Westsired winner, and an excellent undercard for connections. 2YO Albert Walmsley filly Sweet Maddison beat the boys in a 2yo race, and 4yo entire King Of Swing (Rocknroll Hanover) was very impressive winning by 23m in a 2536m race with last half 54.7 mile rate 1:56.3. Maybe a stud prospect there... Two of the local girls did very well also.

In very good form and starting favourite from 5, 4yo mare The War Nurse (Advance Attack out of Sassy Georgia by Mattgilla Gorilla) started very fast and went straight to the front, with 3rd favourite Beaudiene Beach Babe settling behind her and Captured Delight getting to the breeze. Slow and steady was the mode, with everyone happy to run at a leisurely pace past all the tents set up in the middle of the track for the fun run on Sunday. As the pace stepped up to a 28.7 third quarter, they started to fan out and they were running three and four wide in the back straight. Coming to the home turn it was still the same three in front, with Beaudiene Beach Baby getting clear in the straight but no threat to The War Nurse who went on to win the $18,000 Gloucesterpark.com.au Fillies and Mares Pace by 2.5m in 1:59.1, last quarter 27.8. The win was the 9th for the Mal and Tanya Hancock bred mare, who has earnings of $83,569 from her wins and 12 places. This season alone she has won 5 times from her last 7 starts with new trainer Debra Lewis and a combination of Chris Lewis and Jocelyn Young in the cart.

The War Nurse is one of 4 winners from her unraced dam Sassy Georgia (Mattgilla Gorilla), who also produced non winner Kelcie Sophia (Totally Western), the dam of Group 2 Easter Cup winner Importer Exporter (Artesian) 1:59 $144,325. Elysees Elle (French Chef) 2:01.4 7 wins $47,604, the dam of Sassy Georgia, is a full sister to Sassy Gina 2:01.8 12 wins $80,405 the dam of Sassy Sarah (Walton Hanover) 1:56.8 23 wins $445,866, winner of the Group 1 2003 Ladyship Mile, 2002 Vicbred 4yo Mares and 2yo and 3yo Breeders Crown, and dam of Born Again Sassy (Mach Three) 1:55 $128,811.

With her last win in March and starting from barrier 7, 4yo mare Lady De La Renta (Well Said out of Flylika Bird Lombo by Jet Laag) was still starting at pretty generous odds of 20/1. Third favourite Mister Spot held his ground from 1 and held the lead, with Tarsao from inside the back line getting in behind him. The favourite Mighty Santana initially settled in the breeze before Three Bears went forward to take up that role. The lead time and first quarter were fairly solid and not much of a breather in the second quarter either. With 900 to go Mighty Santana left his one out one back position to lead up the three wide line, followed by Vincenzo Peruggia and the back pair Lady De La Renta and Golden State. In the back straight Three Bears was tiring and as the approached the turn out of the back straight Mighty Santana was a clear second. Into the home turn and Lady De La Renta moved four wide with Golden State wider. Straigtening for home Lady De La Renta was coming hard and fast and raced up to Mister Spot to go on and win the $20,000 Book Your Next Conference at Gloucester Park 2130m Pace by 1.9m from Mister Spot, with Golden State getting the better of Mighty Santana on the line to run third, a nose away. The mile rate was solid at 1:56.1 with last qtrs. of 28.4 and 28.7. Almost on her way to the US after being sold, Lady De La Renta has earned $189,778 from 13 wins and 10 places. She was the winner of the 3yo Sales Classic and the $50,000 3yo Diamond Classic, and was second in the 2yo Sales Classic.

Bred by Kevin, Annette and Kody Charles, Lady De La Renta is out of Flylika Bird Lombo (Jet Laag) 1:59.8 7 wins $53,975, a daughter of Decethree Lombo (Classic Garry) 2:00.9 and a half sister to 10 other winners including Lombo Skyrider (Panorama) 1:50 63 wins $841,611, Lombo Cloud Nine (Northern Luck) 1:55.3 $102,310, Lombo Silhouette (Troublemaker) 1:58.4 9 wins $92,528 and Lady Lara Lombo (Northern Lights) 6 wins $51,120 who is the dam of Lord Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.6 $286,184 and granddam of Wesley (Sportswriter) 1:56.5 13 wins and $133,807. Decethree Lombo is out of Australian 3yo of the Year and later Broodmare of the Year Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 $245,449, who is also the dam of Golden Maiden (Golden Greek) and 8 other winners including Magic Maddy Lombo (Classic Garry) 2:03.8 $7,664, Bachelor Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:55.5 14 wins $103,650, Australian 2yo and Horse of the Year Lombo Pocket Watch (Jet Laag) 1:53.6 $1,522,638, the winner of 17 successive races as a 2yo and the only 2yo to be named Australian Horse of the Year. Golden Maiden is the dam of Perfect Gold Lombo (Perfect Art) 1:53.2 18 wins $175,560, and Magic Maddy Lombo is the dam of 7 winners including Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 33 wins $587,032,  Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.3 $230,312, Sweet Maddy Lombo(Panorama) 1:59.5 11 wins $106,588 and Benjor Maddy Lombo (Perfect Art) 2:01.8 $21,510 the dam of WA bred Derby winner Handsandwheels (Mach Three) 1:55.0 18 wins $356,020, Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:57.4 11 wins $125,378 and Maddy White (Lombo Mandingo) 1:56.9 11 wins $110,824.

Now for the main event. After a topnotch run to breeze and run fourth in the single Heat for the 3YO Pearl, 3yo Westsired gelding Theo Aviator (Mr Aviator out of Asahi by Armbro Operative) started favourite from barrier 4. Beaten for speed early, Theo Aviator worked forward to be in the lead at the winning post the first time after a hot lead time of 35.9. Patrickthepiranha, was caught wide and moved forward to the breeze With Its Rock And Roll in the one by one and Major Artist on the leaders back. The improving Gee Jay Kay led up the three wide line with a lap to go before going 4 wide when Its Rock And Roll moved three wide in the back straight. It was four across the track coming out of the back but in the run home they couldn’t catch Theo Aviator and he went on to record a strong win in the $50,000 3YO Pearl Classic by 3m from Its Rock And Roll, with Major Artist getting up on the inside by be third 5m further away, just in front of a valiant Patrickthepiranha. The mile rate was an impressive 1:55.5 with last qtrs 28.6 and 28.5.

Theo Aviator is by Mr Aviator, who stood in WA briefly after a stint in the east. Bred by Nicholas Taylor and owned by Nicholas and Peter George (one of the owners of Mr Aviator), Theo Aviator brought up his 9th win in the Group 2 race and has overall stakes of $92,748. Theo Aviator has always shown ability, with his lifetime best 1:55.4 was set at Bunbury as a 2yo. He is out of Asahi (Armbro Operative) 1:59.6 $78,705, who only raced at 2 and 3 years of age and was second in the 2005 Diamond Classic and third in the 2006 WA Oaks. Asahi’s granddam Alfa Dyna (Crouch) 1:59 11 wins $95,147 was third in her Diamond Classic, won the WA Oaks and was 4th in the Golden Nugget. Alfa Dyna is a daughter of top race filly Travis Arania (Scottish Arania) 2:05 $26,760, the daughter of one of WAs best ever broodmares in Oro Travis. Other close up members of the family incude Roadless Travelled (Panorama) 1:58 $183,666 Champagne Classic and York Cup winner Courageous Ned (Life Sign) 2:00.5 $253,750 and Alfa Queen (Art Major) 1:55 $86,104.

ANOTHER BREEDERS STAKES NIGHT

(10 May 2019) What an excellent night for another of our feature races for the girls. The $50,000 WASBA Breeders Stakes was won by Washington VC mare Our Alfie Romeo, who finished strongly to win her 13th race in a lifetime best of 1:55.6. Along with 6 places her stakes are just under $140,000. Our Alfie Romeo commenced racing in WA in September 2018 after being bought from New Zealand after 2 wins from 8 starts. She is another of the progeny of Washington VC to do well in WA - others being Im Victorious and Im Themightyquinn!

Not to be outdone, and in excellent form this season, coming off the back of a metro win in April and a second the previous week, 5yo gelding The Midas Touch (Mister Big out of Five Tin Lids by Lotsa Clout) was the punters pick. Stepping out from 2, he went straight to the front with not a lot of effort in the small field. The field raced in single file over the 2536m mobile until Black Jack Zac made a move from 5th on the fence with a lap and the straight to go. Ideal One from third on the rail moved out ahead of Black Jack Zac to lead up the two wide line into the back straight. The pace whipped up to a 27.7 third quarter. About to come off the back straight, Ideal One was getting a lot closer, and coming into the home straight he was alongside The Midas Touch, with Black Jack Zac moving three wide to challenge. Down the straight it was a ding dong tussle with Black Jack Zac looking a real threat. However The Midas Touch was fighting back and although he drifted under pressure he went on to win by a half neck from Black Jack Zac and Ideal One, mile rate 1:59.2 and last quarter a solid 28.2. Bred and raced by Georgena Navin, The Midas Touch has now earned $80,695 from 9 wins and 21 places, and over $52,000 this season. His lifetime best of 1:54.3 was set at Pinjarra in March, so plenty of talent there.

Along with The Midas Touch, his Group 3 winning dam Five Tin Lids (Lotsa Clout) 1:58.8 7 wins $85,905 has produced two other winners. Five Tin Lids herself won the 2007 3yo Fillies Sales Classic. She is a daughter of the unraced Magnolia Georgia (Northern Lights) who is out of the unraced Just Chelsea (Hilarious Way), the dam of 9 winners including Fierce Allegiance 1:57.5 $142,308. Just Chelsea is a half sister to On Credit (Royal Dollar) 1:57.7 19 wins $62,081 the dam of top NZ race mare Pay Me Back (Sokys Atom) 1:56.8 10 wins $106,585. Pay Me Back is the granddam of Pay Me Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:57.2 18 wins $152,473, Pay Me Quick (McArdle) 1:56.7 10 wins $77,000 and Pay Me Christian (Christian Cullen) 1:52.8 12 wins $340,265.

A SUPER OAKS NIGHT

(3 May 2019) It The night was a great night all round, with two of our feature mares' races on the one night and excitement for some WA bred horses. But the pick of the bunch has to be a WA bred filly winning the $150,000 WA Oaks. Has No Fear follows some of our celebrated fillies in Dodolicious (2016), Sensational Gabby (2012), Artemis Belle (2011), Sheer Royalty (2009) and Ruby Dazzler (2008) in winning this best of the best for 3yo fillies race in WA. There was also a great win by Miss Sangrial in the $30,000 Laurie Kennedy Race For Roses. Miss Sangrial was first past the post after a stellar performance not impacted by her standing start handicap. It would have been her 6th win for the season since resuming in January, if not for her later disqualification due to a handicapping error.

Resuming in April after a 26 month absence and with a trial win under his belt, 7yo gelding Three Bears (Bettors Delight out of Big Blue Eyes by Red River Hanover) was starting favourite from barrier 1 in a field that had winning form. Getting away nicely from the barrier, Three Bears held the front, with The Midas Touch getting to the breeze from his barrier 4 and Madame Meilland on the leaders back. A reasonable lead time and slightly worse than even time for the first half, it was going to be a sprint home. With a lap to go the three wide line was in play but with the speed quickening to a 28 third quarter, the leading horses were going strong. At the 400m Three Bears just led from The Midas Touch, with Madame Meilland poised but stuck behind them. Coming out of the back straight Three Bears had got the better of The Midas Touch, with Madame Meilland chasing. Three Bears moved away over the last 80m to go on and win the $18,000 Gannons Awards Pace by 5m from The Midas Touch and Madame Meilland, last qtr 27.9 and mile rate solid at 1:56.9. A great return for owner breeder Barry Howlett’s Geographe Tree Services, with career earnings of $139,382 from 19 wins and 12 places which included a win in the 2016 Kerry Clarke Westbred 4 and 5yo Pace.

Three Bears is the first foal and first winner from his dam Big Blue Eyes (Red River Hanover) 2:02.9 $3,575 whose racing career consisted of 5 starts. Big Blue Eyes is out of classy race mare and prolific producer Bonnie Blue Eyes (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 $87,565, whose wins included the 1993 2YO Fillies Classic and the 1996 WASBA Breeders Stakes. Bonnie Blue Eyes is the dam of 9 winners all up 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, Sacre Bleu (Mystical Prince) 1:57.5 10 wins $95,966, and Black And Blue (Northern Lights) 1:57.2 17 wins 21 places and $212,495, whose wins included the 2000 Daintys Daughter 3yo Fillies Classic, the 2000 State Sires Classic for 3yo fillies, the 2000 4 and 5yo Championship and the 2001 4yo Mares State Sires Series Final. She in turn is the dam of 4 winners including Back In The Black (Armbro Operative) 1:58.1, 7 wins $58,780 who in turn is the dam of champion 2yo and 3yo filly Cott Beach (Advance Attack) 1:54.9 15 wins $273,760.

How exciting to have the fillies competing in the WASBA Country Derby being so prominent in the ultimate race for the 3yo fillies, the $150,000 WA Oaks. Quite a hot field stepping out with the pre race favourite Balcatherine being scratched and previous Oaks favourite Dracarys now favoured to win the big one at short odds of $1.60 and starting inside the back line in 10. Country Oaks winner My Prayer was slow away from one and Gary Hall Jnr on Dracarys was straight off the rails to be in the moving line. Soho Interceptor flew out from 5 to be race leader out of the front straight in the 2536m event. Chasing her was Mandy Joan from 2 and Mandy went forward to be the new leader into the back straight. The field was stretched out over 50m. Dracarys was now chasing the leading pair and with a lap gone, the new race leader was Dracarys, followed by Mandy Joan, Soho Interceptor and My Prayer all on the rails. The lead time of 64.7 was very solid for the fillies, and was going to tell. The field was starting to form up, with Delightfulreaction getting to 5th along the rails behind My Prayer. At the back of the field Typhoon Tiff started a run three wide with 1200 to go but was beaten to position by Fake News who moved up to the breeze, with Typhoon Tiff going back to last. Minding her business was Jocelyn Young on Has No Fear who has been sitting quietly and was one out and four back while all this was happening. In the back straight the last time Has No Fear made her move and at the 400m the leading group were still intact but challenges were coming from Majorpride, who had been one out one back, and Countess Grace behind her. Coming past Countess Grace was Has No Fear, with Delightfulreaction hot on her tail, and as the came out of the back straight it was Dracarys from Fake News, with Majorpride bold striding next to her, Has No Fear 4 wide and Delightfulreaction outside her. Around the bend Majorpride hit the front but Has No Fear racing up to her and although she fought on well, Has No Fear hit the front at the 50m and went on to win $150,000 Gannons WA Oaks by a neck from Delightfulreaction who finished very strongly and just failed, with Majorpride in third, mile rate and exceptional 1:57.1 for the fillies and last quarter 28.9 after such a lot of speed early. The win was also the first Oaks won by a female driver, with young driver Jocelyn Young taking the accolades for a very heady drive.Bred by Kevin and Annette Charles, Has No Fear (Western Terror out of Theladyisabomb by Presidential Ball) was purchased by Pacing WA for the Trotsynd syndicate who were nearly all on course for the celebration. With this win, Has No Fear has amassed $189,745 from 7 wins and 7 places from only 20 starts, including three successive wins in Feb Mar then a second in the Country Oaks.

Has No Fear is the third living foal and third winner from her non winning dam Theladyisabomb (Presidential Ball), who is a half sister to Almost El Eagle (McArdle) 1:54.8 21 wins $200,211. Their US dam Nuclearaccelerator (No Nukes) is out of Madam Madusa (Albatross) 1:55.2 $164,845 who is also the dam of champion race horse, Little Brown Jug winner (beating Western Hanover) and champion Australian sire Fake Left (Cam Fella) 1:51.4, Turn To Stone (Cam Fella) 1:56.6 the dam of Paige Nicole Q (Beach Towel) 1:52 33 wins US$712,801 who in turn is the dam of Teenage Paige (Real Desire) 1:50 24 wins US$379,619, Cue The Paige (Real Desire) 1:49.6 24 wins $326,973 and Samantha Q (Real Artist) 1:53 US$130,597. Other local representatives from this family include Bettorgrinanbarit (Bettors Delight) 1:56.6 $61,077.

Coming off three successive wins including her last start win in the the $14,000 WASBA/Allwood Stud King Lethbridge Memorial at Pinjarra, 4yo mare The War Nurse (Advance Attack out of Sassy Georgia by Mattgilla Gorilla) burned out from 5 to be in front of the expected race leader and favourite Bettor Be Lively from 2, who was now left in the breeze after Ona Happy Note from 2 moved up to sit behind The War Nurse. The lead time was solid at 36.5 and Chris Lewis on The War Nurse had the field going at better than even time for the first half. Into the back straight the last time The Trilogy from the one out one back position made a three wide when Our Corelli moved up on his outside, but at the 400min The War Nurse was comfortably in front and Bettor Be Lively could do no better. Into the straight The Trilogy and Our Corelli were out wide, Ona Happy Note was waiting for Bettor Be Lively to drop out and they weren’t any closer to The War Nurse. Moving away in the end, The War Nurse went on to win the $18,000 Gannons Pace by 3.3m from On a Happy Note, with The Trilogy doing the best of the rest for third. The mile rate was an excellent 1:55.8 from this vastly improved Westsired mare who made it her 4th successive win for her new connections since transferring to trainer Debra Lewis in April, with career stakes of $69,188 from 8 wins and 11 places.

Bred by Mal and Tanya Hancock, The War Nurse is the 5th foal and 4th winner from her unraced dam Sassy Georgia (Mattgilla Gorilla), who also produced the non winner Kelcie Sophia (Totally Western), the dam of Group 2 Easter Cup winner Importer Exporter (Artesian) 1:59 $144,325. Elysees Elle (French Chef) 2:01.4 7 wins $47,604, the dam of Sassy Georgia, is a full sister to Sassy Gina 2:01.8 12 wins $80,405 the dam of Sassy Sarah (Walton Hanover) 1:56.8 23 wins $445,866, winner of the Group 1 2003 Ladyship Mile, 2002 Vicbred 4yo Mares and 2yo and 3yo Breeders Crown.

With three country wins over October and November and two second places at his previous two starts, the 12/1 odds from barrier 1 looked a little generous for 5yo gelding Baylan Jett (Courage Under Fire out of Liberty Lombo by Hilarion). Stepping off well, Baylan Jett went straight to the leaders role but with Mister Bushido from 2 looking to lead, Maddi Young on Baylan Jett was more than happy with the position behind new race leader Mister Bushido. After almost a lap the favourite Fanci A Dance moved forward from the rear of the field to settle in the breeze in front of Liam Neil, with a lead time over 4 seconds slower than the Oaks. With a lap to go Fanci A Dance broke, causing some shuffling in the field allowing Highroller Joe, who had been third along the fence, to move into the two wide line just behind Liam Neil who scooted forward when the incident occurred. At the 400m, Highroller Joe in the one one looked odds on, but he still had to get past the three placed in front of him. Coming around the home turn Liam Neil was gone, Mister Bushido scooted ahead, Highroller Joe was 4 wide and Baylan Jett could come off the fence to make a move. Down the straight Highroller Joe looked to have the win but Baylan Jett was coming faster and sprinted past Mister Bushido to win the Gannons Saddle Cloths Pace by 2.5m from Mister Bushido with Highroller Joe fading slightly on his run to be third, mile rate1:59 over the 2536m with last quarters 28.6 and 28.4. The win was the 11th for his career and along with 20 places he has $92,700 in stakes.

Bred by Skye Bond and Robbie Rob Tomlinson, Baylan Jett is the 11th and last winner from his amazing dam Liberty Lombo (Hilarion) 2:02.7 $18,435, whose other progeny include Showstopper (Northern Luck) 1:55.5 12 wins $90,920; Ezee Lombo (Whats Next) 1:58.3 9 wins $53,655 the dam of Ezee Duzit Lombo (Million To One) 1:57.5 12 wins $70,816; Lombo Party Doll (Troublemaker) 2:00.3 6 wins $44,058 the dam of Close Shave Lombo (Mach Three) 1:56.8 16 wins $97,349, Libertybelle Lombo (Jet Laag) 2:04.1 $6,475 the dam of Looks Like Heaven (Lombo Mandingo) 1:54.8 13 wins $98,765; and the lightly raced Lombo Lucida (Northern Lights) 2:00.9 $3,790 who is the dam of 6 winners including Half A Mill (Million To One) 1:57.2 11 wins $85,370, Roman Aviator (Mr Aviator) 1:58.3 11 wins $83,974, and Awesome Cassi (Armbro Operative) 2:01.5 9 wins $31,785, the dam of Illusionation (Rich And Spoilt) 1:57.8 6 wins $55,000. The family goes even deeper, with Liberty Lombo being a half sister to Lombo Quest (Chandon) 1:58.5 6 wins $116,085 who won the Group 2 $50,000 2yo Filles WA Sales Classic and finished second in both the 2yo and 3yo legs of the APG 2yo and 3yo Fillies Finals. The maternal family also includes champion filly and broodmare Misty Maiden, Inter Dominion winner Preux Chevalier, Lombo Skyrider, Suave Stuey Lombo and Handsandwheels.

ANOTHER NIGHT OF WINNERS

(26 April 2019) It was the last chance for the 3yo fillies to show what they had to get a start in the Oaks the following week, and Balcatherine (American Ideal) wasnt wasting the opportunity, bringing her into one of the fancies for the big one next week. There were some surprises on the night, but some great racing saw a couple of very nice Westbreds claim the spoils.

After a mid week win 10 days earlier in a pretty snappy 1:55.1, 5yo gelding The Midas Touch (Mister Big out of Five Tin Lids by Lotsa Clout) was overlooked in the betting, starting at 16/1 from barrier 7. There was some good form in the race including last start winners but as expected, Dominate the Dojo raced out from barrier 3 to get the leaders role with race favourite Presidentmach having to settle for the breeze after a minor challenge during a fast lead time of 36.2. A breather in the first quarter and better than even time in the second, the three wide line was early with Fanci A Dance leading up from the 1000m. Just before the 400m in a 28.4 3rd quarter, Fanci A Dance was about a length from the leading pair, with the one wide line stymied except for The Midas Touch who was last in the line and about to follow the three wide line forward. Coming into the home turn The Midas Touch, driven by Shannon Suvaljko, was 4 wide and firing, with Chris Lewis on Frostflyer having swung in behind him from second last on the rails. At the 100m it was still Dominate The Dojo leading with 4 across the track behind him including The Midas Touch 4 wide. At the 50m The Midas Touch had got past Fanci A Dance who was just ahead of Dominate The Dojo, with Frostflyer even wider. But it was all The Midas Touch, who went on to win the $18,000 Retravision Pace untouched by 2.1m, with Fanci A Dance hanging on to second from Frostflyer. The last quarter was 28.9 and the mile rate solid at 1:56.8, with the Georgena Navin owned and bred gelding making it $66,801 from 8 wins and 20 places, and over $38,000 this season including 5 wins.

The Midas Touch is the fourth foal and third winner from his Group 3 winning dam Five Tin Lids (Lotsa Clout) 1:58.8 7 wins $85,905 who was the winner of the 2007 3yo Fillies Sales Classic. Five Tin Lids is a daughter of the unraced Magnolia Georgia (Northern Lights) who is a half sister to 9 winners including Fierce Allegiance 1:57.5 $142,308. Magnolia Georgia is out of another unraced mare in Just Chelsea (Hilarious Way) who is a half sister to On Credit (Royal Dollar) 1:57.7 19 wins $62,081 the dam of Pay Me Back (Sokys Atom) 1:56.8 10 wins $106,585. Pay Me Back only produced three foals for one winner. Her unraced daughter Pay Me Now (New York Motoring) is the dam of 4 winners including Pay Me Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:57.2 18 wins $152,473 and Pay Me Quick (McArdle) 1:56.7 10 wins $77,000. Pay Me Now is also the granddam of Pay Me Interest (Gotta Go Cullen) 1:53.7 $49,856. Pay Me Tu (Tuapeka Knight) 2:01.8 $13,610, the winning half sister to Pay Me Now, is the dam of 3 winners including top racehorse Pay Me Christian (Christian Cullen) 1:52.8 12 wins $340,265. Also part of the family is Stormy Warrior (Brioso Hanover) 1:53.6 34 wins $179,263

With a brilliant 1:54.4 win the previous week, 5yo gelding Back To The Beach (Somebeachsomewhere out of Jessica Clare by Million To One) was completely overlooked in the betting from his backline outside draw, with the favourite Caviar Star starting from 2 and stablemate and second favourite Speed Man starting in 4. Out of the barrier Lot Twenty One from barrier 1 had no intention of giving up his inside advantage and went straight to the lead, leaving the favourites 2 and 3 wide. Once they settled Speed Man was in the breeze, Caviar Star was one out one back and Back To The Beach was very nicely driven by Chris Voak to be third along the rails. The first and second quarter were both 28.9, so the speed was on all the way. After a 28.2 third quarter the field had split with no change in the first four but Back To The Beach found a gap in the field to move from the rails to be behind Caviar Star, who had moved three wide to make a run. Coming out of the back Caviar Star was just ahead of Speed Man with Lot Twenty One just holding on. As they ran down the straight Caviar Star was going to win except for Back To The Beach who was still a length in arrears but coming hard down the outside. As they hit the line Back To The Beach just caught Caviar Star to win the $20,000 Westral Pace by a nose, with Speed Man 2.3m away in third. The last quarter was also 28.2 with an exceptional and lifetime best mile rate of 1:53.7 for the Allwood Stud Farm owned and bred gelding. That made it $114,708 from 13 wins 16 places, with over $56,000 this season!.

Back To The Beach is the third winner from his dam Jessica Clare (Million To One) 1:55.9 11 wins $81,285. Jessica Clare is out of Jess Ann (Northern Lights) 2:06.6 $2,017 and is a half sister to two other winners. Jess Ann is a half sister to 5 winners as well as the unraced Marilyn Ann (Hilarion), dam of Money Master (Million To One) 1:57.7 18 wins $119,340, Ultimate Consumer (Northern Lights) 1:57 12 wins $91,030, Buck The Odds (Million To One) 1:55.6 31 wins $307,547, and granddam of Might Be Luck (Northern Luck) 1:55 19 wins $141,194. Other notable members of the family include Northern Assassin (Northern Luck) 1:51.8 19 wins $192,058, Jezalenkoubeauty (Safely Kept) 1:56.3 $89,914, Khun Ratha (Bettors Delight) 1:55.0 $203,974 and Machtavish (Mach Three) 1:52.9 24 wins $276,823.

With some excellent form since returning in March off a short break, including a win in early April, 6yo gelding Im Soxy (Rich And Spoilt out of Forzi Di Volonta by Mach Three) was starting favourite in 4 with regular reinsman Ryan Warwick on board. Out of the barrier 3rd favourite Bettor Be Lively was fast out and Im Soxy went forward to the breeze, with Vincenzo Peruggia getting to the breeze before the winning post the first time in a fast 35.9 lead time. Steadying in a slow second quarter the race was unchanged until the 700m, when Cott Beach from 3rd last went three wide, with As Happy As Larry right behind her. Bettor Be Lively was going well up front and the pace quickened to a 28.3 third quarter with the field flat out. Past the 400 with the three wide line still three lengths off the lead, Im Soxy moved out from his one out one back to chase down the leaders. Around the home bend Vincent had run his race and Bettor Be Lively just had Im Soxy to contend with. Down the straight it was a well fought battle but the baldy face of Im Soxy hit the lead with 20m to go and he went on to win the $20,000 Allwood Stud Pace by a head with As Happy As Larry finishing the best of the rest to be third 10.9m away, mile rate 1:55.5 and last qtr 28.1.

Bred by the late Harry Capararo, Im Soxy is the only foal from his dam Forza Di Volonta (Mach Three) 1:58.3 4 wins $19,723, a granddaughter of 1995 Pearl Classic winner Mitemptation (Prince Of Gold) 2:00.6 $123,390. Mitemptation is the dam of 8 winners including Western Crown and Champagne Classic winner Slick Operator (Armbro Operative) 1:58 $87,804 and Thirtyeightspecial (Pacific Fella) 2:00.8 $63,822. Mitemptation is one of 10 winners from the unraced Out To Run (Spring Run), whose other winners included Magic Albert (Albert Albert) 1:57.3 $105,357. Out To Run is also the granddam of Casual Fling (Kinney Hanover) 1:58.9 10 wins $82,950. There are a lot of classic winners in the family, including John Higgins Memorial and Norms Daughter Classic winner Lucie Boshier (Elsu) 1:54.6 $109,814, Westbred Classic and San Simeon winner Heez On Fire (Courage Under Fire) 1:54.7 $287,607, 4YO Classic and Governors Cup winner 1:57 Hy Royale (Lotsa Clout) $263,564, and Celebrity Sprint winner Rakarebel (Christian Cullen) 1:54.1 $349,607. To top that off the family includes Ladyship, the dam of one of Australasia’s greatest ever racehorses and sires in Lordship (Johnny Globe).

Running good races of late but without luck, 4yo mare Veiled Secret (Tinted Cloud out of Sheer Royalty by Parsons Den) was in the betting with a very nice barrier 1 to help her chances. Stepping out well, Veiled Secret held the leaders role with intent, and the favourite Rosies Ideal who started in 6 went forward to the breeze, with Millwood Molly holding her spot behind the leader after starting inside the back row. The lead time was pretty solid at 36.6 and Veiled Secret stretched out nicely in the first and second quarters. With a lap to go Madame Meilland was first to move 3 wide, and she was running 4th at the 400m but with the quarter run in a snappy 27.9 it was likely to tell. Coming out of the back straight it was still Veiled Secret from Rosies Ideal but as they rounded the home turn Millwood Molly had the opening to come off the rails and commence her challenge in front of Madame Meilland. Straightening up for the run home it was Veiled Secret in command from Rosies Ideal and Millwood Molly finishing strongly. As they crossed the line, Veiled Secret won the $30,000 Johnson Fillies and Mares by 1.8m from Millwood Molly then Rosies Ideal, last quarter 28.7 and mile rate excellent at 1:56 flat. The result was well deserved for the Westsired mare who now has $93,080 from 8 wins and 12 places, just under $37,000 coming this season.

Bred and raced by Bob Fowlers Allwood Stud Farm, Veiled Secret is out of the Ross Torre Group 1 winning mare Sheer Royalty (Parsons Den) 1:55.7 $248,904, making her a half sister to Sheer Rocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:55.9 22 wins $303,715. Sheer Royalty was the winner of the 2009 WA Oaks, Daintys Daughter Classic and the 3yo Fillies State Sires Series (now the Westsired) for her year. Veiled Secret also won the 3yo Filies Westsired Classic. Sheer Royalty 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.

AN EXCITING COUNTRY OAKS

(20 April 2019) Another exciting Country Oaks at Bunbury, bringing a small but quality field together. Another very close finish, even closer than last year!

The short priced favourite was Has No Fear, starting in 6, but Delightfulreaction from 3 wasnt going to be beaten out and went straight to the front from 1 for the 2569m event. Has No Fear settled last but went forward at the 1100m to settle in the breeze, with My Prayer (Renaissance Man out of Mystery Oro by Mystical Prince) now last at the 800m. Into the back straight and with others in the field making moves, My Prayer moved a little closer along the rails to be running 5th approaching the final turn. Meanwhile up at the front, Delightfulreaction was proving hard to run down and Has No Fear still hadnt caught her as they turned for home. Parsons Glamour had been sitting behind Delightfulreaction in running and could now use the sprint lane, and with 200m to go she hit the front. However, Delightfulreaction fought back to be marginally in front with 100m to go. Has No Fear wasnt beaten and just got the lead before Chris Lewis on My Prayer threaded the eye of a needle between Parsons Glamour and Delightfulreaction to burst through and go on to win by 2.6m from Has No Fear, with Triple Brie (Betterthancheddar) flashing home for third in front of a tired but brave Delightfulreaction and Parsons Glamour. 1.8m covered second to fifth in a good mile rate for the journey of 1:59. A fantastic race call from Matt McDermott, miracle drive from Chris Lewis, and top turnover race for the night and it was a great race!.

Bred by Mike Hackett from Global Breeding Farms, My Prayer was a $9,000 purchase from the 2017 APG WA Yearling Sale. By WA based multiple Group 1 winner Renaissance Man (Art Major) 1:53.1 $297,904, she is out of the unraced Mystery Oro (Mystical Prince) who is also the dam of Lovers Prayer (Lis Mara) 1:58 10 wins $78,195. Mystery Oro is a half sister to 8 winners and her dam Orogenic (Captain Hook) is a half sister to 2yo and 3yo Sires Produce Classic winner Travis Arania (Scottish Arania), both being daughters of the prolific Oro Travis (Bintravis) the dam of 10 winners. This was one of the most successfu families in the 70s and 80, and other representatives of the family racing today include the very promising Theo Aviator (Mr Aviator) 1:55.4 $59,313.

MANY WINNERS ON EASTER CUP NIGHT

(18 April 2019) Another good Easter Cup from the stand, with 4yo Group 2 4YO Championship winner Mighty Conqueror victorious from the 20m mark. Dracarys won another Oaks Prelude to cement her place as favourite for the WA Oaks just 15 days away. Lots of winners for us though.

Stepping out well over the sprint journey is always a plus and Thereugo from 9 exhibited his usual brilliant speed out of the barrier to be in front, after a short tussle, just after the winning post the first time. 5yo gelding Back To The Beach (Somebeachsomewhere out of Jessica Clare by Million To One) from 2 was left without cover. The pace was even time in the second quarter, as Chris Voak had Back To The Beach racing right up to Thereugo, but the pair really sprinted the third quarter together in 27.7, getting a break on the field. Coming out of the back straight Back To The Beach hit the front and although Thereugo fought it out for all but the last 50m, Back To The Beach went on to win the $20,000 Garrards Horse & Hound Pace by 5.7m in a classy 1:54.4, last quarter 28.1. Bred and owned by Allwood Stud Farm, it was the 12th win for Back To The Beach and along with 16 places his earnings are just under $103,000.

Back To The Beach is one of three winners from the first four foals of metropolitan winning mare Jessica Clare (Million To One) 1:55.9 11 wins $81,285. The non winner in that group is now the dam of Quick Stride (Live Or Die) 1:55.6 $37,317 the winner of 5 consecutive races in February and March. Jessica Clare is one of three winners from her dam Jess Ann (Northern Lights) 2:06.6 $2,017, who is one of 6 winners from the unraced NZ mare Desann (Gerry Mir). Desann also produced the unraced Marilyn Ann (Hilarion), dam of 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 and Ultimate Consumer (Northern Lights) 1:57 12 wins $91,030 and granddam of Might Be Luck (Northern Luck) 1:55 20 wins $147,774. Also close up in this family is Northern Assassin (Northern Luck) 1:51.8 19 wins $192,058, Ginas Ingot (Allamerican Ingot) 1:56.7 $35,199 and Jezalenkoubeauty (Safely Kept) 1:56.3 $89,914. The WA bred Khun Ratha (Bettors Delight) 1:54.6 $203,974, and NZ bred Machtavish (Mach Three) 1:52.9 24 wins $276,823 are from the half sister to Desann, with multiple other winners in this extended family.

Warming up to the task after a midweek win at GP, lightly raced 4yo Highroller Joe (Roll With Joe out of Illeagle by Northern Lights) started as favourite from barrier 4 but was beaten for speed out of the barrier by Dominate the Dojo from 6. Driver Aiden De Campo was more than happy to settle for the position behind the leader on the rails. Mistersandman (3) went to the breeze and got early cover when Our Rhythm N Blues (7) went forward to that position. Everyone wanted to be up front over the 1730m journey. The field was fairly tight in the back straight the last time with the 3 wide line led by Rocknroll Baby. At the 400m after a 28.4 third qtr it was still Dominate The Dojo from Our Rhythm N Blues with Highroller Joe and Black Jack Zac both on the rails and nowhere to go. Coming to the home turn Our Rhythm N Blues had the better of Dojo but Highroller Joe was now off the rails. Straightening up for the run home, Highroller Joe looked to have their measure and that’s how it turned out, with Highroller Joe going on to win the $18,000 Direct Trades Supply Pace by 1m from Our Rhythm N Blues with Dominate the Dojo just holding out Black Jack Zac who got out very late. The mile rate was solid at 1:55.1 and the three of the 4 quarters were run under 29.

Bred and raced by Craig Lynn, Highroller Joe has now won $132,409 from 7 wins and 7 places from only 23 starts, with wins including the 2yo Westbred Classic and a 2nd in the 3YO leg of the Classic. Illeagle (Northern Lights) 1:57.6 $16,184 the dam of Highroller Joe has two foals to date with Highroller Joe her first winner. Illeagle was the only filly and one of only two foals from her dam Warner Glen Lass (W R H) 2:03 6 wins $23,289. Warner Glen Lass is a half sister to one other winner and her granddam Opal Oro (Leyoro) is also the granddam of the 1995 $75,000 3yo Fillies State Sires Series Final Princess Opal (Hey Maybe) 1:58.5 10 wins $106,660. This family has produced very few fillies, but interestingly, a recent arrival in WA in Ideal Liner (American Ideal) 1:53.5 $69,233 is a member of this family, as is 2006 WA Derby and McInerney Calssic winner Mr Yankee (Union Guy) 1:58.1 $377,131 and Beautiful Night (Western Terror) 1:58.2 $70,699.

Despite a win and a place in his last 3 starts, 7yo gelding Vultan Tin (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Ellevarrac by Pacific Fella) was only 4th in line in the betting. But not to worry, the favourite Whozideawasthis from 2 was driven vigorously but couldn’t wrestle the lead from Always Arjay who started in barrier 1 and the field went into the first turn in that order. Starting from barrier 5, Vultan Tin was three wide but once the leaders had sorted out who had the front, driver Chris Voak took Vultan Tin three wide to sit in the breeze over the 2130m, with the favourite Whozideawasthis on his back. After a fast lead time, the next two quarters were run in close to even time. Into the back the last time the pace quickened with Always Arjay and Vultan Tin both striding out boldly at the front of the field. Around the 600, Whozideawasthis loomed up three wide and looked to be the winner at the 400m. As they came around the home turn and reached the 100m, the stronger Vultan Tin was just in front of Always Arjay, with Tact Major, who had been running last for the entire race, sneaking up along the rails. Down the straight, Always Arjay fought back and had the lead until right on the line when Vultan Tin made one more lunge and won the $25,000 Happy 70th Colin Joss Pace by the shortest of margins, with Tact Major nicely driven by Lauren Jones for third, mile rate 1:56 flat and last quarters 28.1 and 27.6 Vultan Tin's stakes are now an exceptional $475,686 from 22 wins and 36 places, with just under $142,000 this season.

Bred and owned by Phil and Denise Costello and trained by Phil, Vultan Tin is another WA bred horse without an extensive female line but with success on the track to outrank many an imported top horse. Phil bred Ellevarrac (Pacific Fella) 1:59.3 $12,896 and granddam Carravelle (Armbro Intercept). This is an old female line that includes Indomitable Saab (Saab) 1:55.8 $154,491 and Indomitable (Saab) 1:53.8 13 wins $133,759.

With champion driver Chris Lewis on board and starting in barrier 1 was a very good start for 4yo gelding Marquisard (Mach Three out of Le Chambon by Art Major). Driving through to hold the lead, Marquisard led the field into the straight with Anime in the breeze, Ace Bromac one out and one back and Baptism Of Fire on the leaders back. No change until entering the back straight the last time with the three wide line forming led by Carte Blanche. At the 400m after a 28.6 third quarter Ace Bromac moved three wide to make a run inside of the now 4 wide Carte Blanche. Around the turn into the home straight Marquisard was clear from Baptism Of Fire with Anime just in front of the fast finishing Ace Bromac. However, Marquisard was kidding and he went on to win the $20,000 Cowden The Insurance Brokers Pace by 7.4m from Ace Bromac and Baptism Of Fire, last quarter 28.9. Bred and owned by Patrick Gilroy, this was a lifetime best mark of 1:57.9 for Marquisard who has now won $87,030 from 12 wins and 7 places and a tidy just under $40,000 for the season.

Marquisard is one of only two foals of racing age from his non winning dam, Le Chambon (Art Major). This is a very old female line, producing many top horses from yesteryear including NZ Derby NZ Cup and champion sire Chamfer, leading performers and sires Kudos, Gentry and Scottish Brigade. With foals born over the last few years there might be more successful Marquisards coming through.

In a strong but small field of 8 which included Bletchley Park who was second placed in the WA Derby a fortnight earlier, 3yo colt Back In Twenty (Sportswriter out of Aristocratic Glow by Northern Luck started second favourite from 4 and sped to the front after Walsh from 1 galloped out. After the field settled Sangue Reale had the leaders back and the favourite Bletchley Park was very nicely placed one out two back behind second favourite Know When To Run. After a slow and steady first quarter and an even time third quarter, the pace increased to a 28.2 third quarter with no one making a move. Coming out of the back straight Know When To Run and Bletchley Park were starting to make a move but in a 27.5 final quarter it was going to be very hard. Round the home turn driver Dylan Egerton-Green went for home on Back In Twenty and he led into the straight with Sangue Reale hot on his tail and Know When To Run wide with Bletchley Park wider. It was a race down the straight with Back In Twenty holding out Sangue Reale to win the $18,000 Glenroy Chaff 3YO, with Know When To Run putting in a spirited performance to be third ahead of a fast finishing Alta Rhett, mile rate 1:58.1. It was the 4th win for the Allwood Stud owned and bred colt, who also has 2 places and stakes of $33,643. His win confirmed his ability with a lifetime best of 1:55.4 set 10 days earlier over 2130m in a midweek GP meeting.

Back In Twenty is the first foal and first of two winners from his Listed winning dam Aristocratic Glow (Northern Luck) 1:55.9 9 wins $74,456, who is a daughter of the unraced Arctic Glow (Northern Lights). Arctic Glow is the dam of 6 other winners including Chazsalico (Prince Of Gold) 1:57 $141,515, Idolize Me (Lifes Not Fair) 1:56.4 13 wins $88,061 and Made Of Dreams (Parsons Den) 10 wins $39,664 the dam of Group 1 winner Straittothehilton (Rich And Spoilt) 1:56 10 wins $157,415. Arctic Glow is also the dam of dual Group 1 winner Amongst Royalty(Parsons Den) 1:55.1 23 wins $570,820, winner of the Group 1 Bathurst Gold Tiara 2 yr old Fillies Final, APG 2 yr Fillies Final, Gold Chalice Listed 3 yr Classics, 2008 and 2009 Pinjarra Golden Girls Mile and the 2010 Australian Pacing Championship Consolation. Amongst Royalty is the dam of Lord Willoughby (Mach Three) 1:56.4 $165,314 and Lady Willoughby (Allamerican Ingot) 1:56.6 $167,293. Arctic Glow is out of Broncroft Castle (J R Skipper), the dam of 8 winners including Mon Poppy Day (Whats Next) 1:56.4 20 wins $318,558 and WA Oaks and 2yo Classic winner Parthenon (Golden Greek). This family also includes All In Baby (Aces N Sevens) 1:57 12 wins $164,507, Vain Franco (Holmes Hanover) the dam of 10 winners including 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 and Front Cover Lover (Whats Next) the dam of millionaire mare Bettor Cover Lover (Bettors Delight) 1:53.8 19 wins $1,026,427

Also a winner at the same mid-week meeting at GP as Back In Twenty, but this time punters had full respect for the classy 4yo mare Cott Beach (Advance Attack out of Back In The Black by Armbro Operative) who was stepping out from 1 and duly elected favourite. Going straight to the front from barrier rise, driver Nathan Turvey settled Cott Beach into a leisurely 38 second lead and close to even time first half, with her main danger Veiled Secret from 2 sitting behind her and pulling hard. Picking up to a 28.7 third quarter there were still no challenges by the 400m and Cott Beach headed out of the back straight with a lot in hand. Looking around to check the lay of the land on the turn, Nathan let go the breaks and Cott Beach strode out untouched to win the $18,000 Happy Easter Fillies and Mares Pace by 5.6m from Veiled Secret, mile rate 1:57.2 and last quarter 28.3. The win was the 15th for Cott Beach, and she has 13 places from only 36 starts and stakes of just over $270,000.

Bred by Mal and Tanya Hancock and Tracey Massimini, Cott Beach is out of Back In The Black (Armbro Operative) 1:58.1 7 wins $58,780 who was bought in foal with Cott Beach by Peter King and Barbara Pellick . Back In Black is a daughter of prolific winner Black And Blue (Northern Lights) 1:57.2 17 wins 21 places and $212,495, winner of 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 the exceptional Bonnie Blue Eyes (Golden Greek) 1:56.9,12 wins $87,565 whose progeny included fast class WA pacer No Blue Manna (Mystical Prince) 1:56.6 41 wins $628,157, Baby Blues (Safely Kept) 1:56.3 14 wins $115,032 and 6 other winners including Big Blue Eyes (Red River Hanover) 2:02.9 $3,575 the dam of Three Bears (Bettors Delight) 1:53.6 $127,501.

DEBT FREE PERHAPS

(12 April 2019) Anyone who can win on consecutive Fridays would have to be happy with that!

After a win last week, nothing wrong with the same result this week! 8yo gelding Debt Free Charlie (Village Jasper out of Art And Soul by Live Or Die) is having a great season and starting from 3 with trainer driver Kyle Harper he scooted out from the barrier and raced to the lead. Favourite Lord Willoughby was beaten for speed from 1 and settled in behind the leader and Argyle Red behind him. Settling in the breeze over the short course 1730m was Soho Leviathan and the pace was pretty solid. Really sprinting up in the third quarter Debt Free Charlie was really travelling along and was 5m clear at the 400m, with the third quarter run in 27.7. Around out of the back straight Luis Alberto was coming 5 wide from last in the moving line, but Debt Free Charlie was 6m clear as he rounded the turn. Straigtening for the run home Lord Willoughby and Argyle Red were chasing as best they could but Debt Free Charlie was clear and went on to win the $22,000 Westral Pace by 5.7m from Lord Willoughby, with Argyle Red in third 12m from the leader and just in front of a good run by Luis Alberto.

Bred by Karen Thompson, the win by Debt Free Charlie was his 16th and with 27 places his lifetime stakes are just over $133,000, with $50,000 coming this season. Art And Soul (Live Or Die) 2:01.4 8 wins $18,108, the dam of Debt Free Charlie is also the dam of Whoswhointhezoo (Major In Art) 1:57.9 7 wins $61,820, her only other foal. Out of the unraced Gladness (Windshield Wiper) she is therefore a sister to 5 other winners including Bancoora Next (Whats Next) 1:57.9 23 wins $196,685 and Ecstatic (Smooth Fella) 1:59.3 15 wins $88,913. She also a half sister to the lightly raced Ray Of Gladness (Whats Next) , dam of Dav Ed Ash (Village Jasper) 1:57.4 13 wins $78,547 and Quick Comment (Iraklis) 2:00 7 wins $30,359 the dam of 4 winners including multiple Group 1 winning mare Quick Draft (Art Major) 1:53 24 wins $382,054. Gladness is a full sister to Circulatory 2:05.4 $5,519, dam of Concorde Lombo (Classic Garry) 1:58.4 33 wins $550,451 and Kiwaussie Girl (Hilarion) 2:02.6 $52,318. Concorde Lombo is the dam of Lombo Alliance (Panorama) 1:55.5 18 wins $152,652 and granddam of Lombo Air Express (Village Jasper) 1:56.2 27 wins $189,486. Kiwiaussie Girl is the granddam of Justlikechocolate (Live Or Die) 1:57.9 13 wins and $188,937 and Justlikelindt (Western Terror) 1:56.3 13 wins $122,792.

With the Oaks only three weeks away, the Preludes are important, and gaining a good barrier is a great start. Starting from 1 was 3rd favourite Majorpride, with the race favourite Balcatherine behind her in 10. With Majorpride going out quickly, that’s how they settled with Balcatherine sitting behind the Majorpride and second favourite My Prayer initially in the breeze before La Roue De Lamour took over that role in the first lap. No moves until just over a lap to go with Millwood Gucci leading up the three wide line, closely followed by Stewie McDonald on Fake News (Alta Christiano out of Is She Talking by Bettors Delight) who had been running last in the moving line. At the 400 Majorpride was still in control, Balcatherine was looking for room and the breeze and three wide fillies were holding their ground with Fake News in close attendance. Up towards the home turn Fake News moved 4 wide, and was going strongly. Straightening up for the run home, Fake News was full of running and although Majorpride still had the lead at the 100m, Fake News was finishing too well and went on to win the $18,000 Intersport Slater Gartrell Oaks Prelude by a head from the flying Balcatherine who got out very late, with Majorpride just holding on for third. The mile rate was a solid 1:57.3 with last qtrs. both 28.9. Bred and owned by Bev Richardson, Gary Ralston and part owned by Karen Hall, it was the 7th win from the improving Fake News, who along with 2 places has just over $68,000 in stakes including an excellent win against the boys in the 2019 Country Derby.

Fake News is the first winner out of good race mare Is She Talking (Bettors Delight) 1:55.2 11 wins $81,615. Her dam Sweet Talking Doll (In The Pocket) is a half sister to two winners and granddaughter of Living Doll (Lordship), who is also the dam of Looks The Part (Neros B B) and Smooth Doll (Smooth Fella) who were relatively unsuccessful on the track. Smooth Doll is the granddam of Mister Ardee (Jeremes Jet) 1:56.2 23 wins $230,244. Looks The Part is the dam of Lewinsky Franco (Falcon Seelster) 1:51.4 $167,514, Liberty Franco (Holmes Hanover) 2:01.3, Labretta Franco (Falcon Seelster) 1:58.5 $16,127 and the unraced Luscious Franco (Badlands Hanover). Labretta Franco is the dam of Breeders Crown 4yo Mares winner Lilac Stride (Art Major) 1:54.4 17 wins $276,140 the dam of Rocknroll Hanover mare Cherry Stride 1:51.2 $118,850. Liberty Franco is the dam of 6 winners including Lotana Franco (Falcon Seelster) 1:54.6 $193,050 and Franco Liberty (Armbro Operative) 1:57.7 25 wins $188,099. Luscious Franco is the dam of the good race mare Smile With Me (McArdle) 1:57.7, 10 wins 80,819 in stakes who is the dam of 2yo Westbred Classic winner To Fast To Serious (Shadow Play) 1:56 $76,490.

A field of 9 with a very short priced favourite starting from 3 and it looked a foregone conclusion. The inside runners were well beaten for speed at barrier rise and it was Vrai Amour from 7 who flew out and was leading comfortably as the field headed out of the back straight. 6yo gelding Anime (Art Official out of Anne Of Avonlea by Adios Vic) from 4 was well driven to get the one out one back. After a fast start Vrai Amour settled into a slow 38.5 lead time and slowish first quarter. That prompted Gary Hall Jnr on race favourite Quick Stride to rush up three wide from last and the second quarter was run in 28.2. Eventually getting to the breeze, the field headed into the last lap with Vrai Amour in front and Quick Stride in the breeze. In the back straight the last time Michael Grantham scooted Anime forward three wide, with Black Jack Zac close behind. At the 400 it was three across the track but coming up to the turn Quick Stride was gone leaving Anime to tackle Vrai Amour for the lead. As they straightened for the run home it was tight but Anime got the better of Vrai Amour and just had to hold out Black Jack Zac. Anime was holding Black Jack Zac on the line and went on to win the $18,000 Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace by 1.2m with a further 9.7m to the field, mile rate 1:57.2. Bred by Colin Reeves, the win was the 6th for Anime who has gathered a very nice $80,000 from those wins and 18 places.

Anime is the thirteenth and last foal from his successful race dam and 2yo Fillies WA Sires Produce Stakes winner Anne Of Avonlea (Adios Vic) ) 2:01 $50,904, with 9 winners and all progeny racing. Other winners include The Die Is Cast (McKinzie Almahurst) 1:57 26 wins $228,250, Edna Anne (Northern Luck) 1:55.4 $105,811 and the one start Lady Rhiannon (Judge Hanover). Lady Rhiannon is the dam of three winners and granddam of Maggies Mystery (Artesian) 1:53.8 14 wins $191,796 and Extreme Dreams (Dream Away) 1:54.8 $126,559.

IT'S DERBY NIGHT

(5 April 2019) Derby night, when the best 3yos in WA step out. But its not the only race on the night and all the connections with horses running are waiting on their own race. 4yo mare Liberty Rose and 3yo filly Dracarys both recorded wins, and we had some success with both the boys and girls.

Back on the winners list after returning in March from a short letup, 6yo gelding Im Soxy (Rich And Spoilt out of Forza Di Volanta by Mach Three) was starting from widish barrier 6 but that didn’t stop him being favourite at just under 2/1. Going out quickly from 1 was second favourite Mighty Flying Deal and he went straight to the leaders role, with Ryan Warwick, on Im Soxy, having a bit of a look first, going forward to sit in the breeze. Ohoka Darcy from 10 and Courage Tells from 12 settled in nice spots on the rails behind the leader. With just over a lap to go the three wide line was forming but the third quarter was a sizzling 27.7 and the three wide line, led by Back To The Beach was working very hard. At the 400m the pace had found a few out and Back To The Beach was now behind Im Soxy, who was still looking comfortable alongside Mighty Flying Deal. Coming off the back the leading pair were clear, and it was neck and neck down the straight. Im Soxy proved to be stronger and he went on to win the $18,000 Sky Racing replays by a head from the resolute Mighty Flying Deal, with Courage Tells getting up on the rails for third 5.7m away. The mile rate was 1:57 and last quarter pretty solid at 28.2. The win was the 10th for Im Soxy and he has 19 places overall. Incredibly he has won $74,000 this season to add to the $41,000 last season and lifetime stakes of $120,723.

Bred by Harry Capararo, Im Soxy is the only foal from his dam Forza Di Volonta (Mach Three) 1:58.3 4 wins $19,723, who is a granddaughter of 1995 Pearl Classic winner Mitemptation (Prince Of Gold) 2:00.6 $123,390, the dam of 8 winners including Western Crown and Champagne Classic winner Slick Operator (Armbro Operative) 1:58 $87,804 and Thirtyeightspecial (Pacific Fella) 2:00.8 $63,822. Mitemptation is out of the unraced Out To Run (Spring Run) who produced 10 winners including Magic Albert (Albert Albert) 1:57.3 $105,357 as well as non winner Mipartimelover (Prince Of Gold) the dam of Casual Fling (Kinney Hanover) 1:58.9 10 wins $82,950 and granddam of Honey And Lime (Allamerican Ingot) 1:57 $44,854. This is an extensive family which not only includes Ladyship, who of course is the dam of one of Australasia’s greatest ever racehorses and sires in Lordship (Johnny Globe), but also includes, through half sisters to Out To Run, John Higgins Memorial and Norms Daughter Classic winner Lucie Boshier (Elsu) 1:54.6 $109,814, Westbred Classic and San Simeon winner Heez On Fire (Courage Under Fire) 1:54.7 $287,607, 4YO Classic and Governors Cup winner 1:57 Hy Royale (Lotsa Clout) $263,564, and Celebrity Sprint winner Rakarebel (Christian Cullen) 1:54.1 $349,607.

After a run of outs fromunfavourable barriers 8yo gelding Debt Free Charlie (Village Jasper out of Art And Soul by Live Or Die) was starting in 2 with solid support. Beginning beautifully with trainer driver Kyle Harper on board, Debt Free Charlie went straight to the lead. After a bit of mid field reorganising, and firstly Smoldering Ashes then Bettor Be Lively went to the breeze. Over the longer 2536m journey the moves started pretty early and with a lap and a half to go the three wide line was being led up by Hasani. Out of the straight then went with the three leaders Debt Free Charlie, Bettor Be Lively and Hasani. The third quarter was run in 27.5 and at the 400 it was Debt Free Charlie a clear leader from Bettor Be Lively and Hasani. Coming around the home turn Bettor Be Lively was still second and Hasani although still third had done his best. As they straightened Debt Free Charlie was doing it easily and as they raced for home it was Debt Free Charlie by 7.3m winning the $20,000 Follow Skyracing on Twitter Pace from the flying Soho Wonder who was midfield with a lap to go but held up behind horses, and Bettor Be Lively in third. The mile rate was 1:58.6 and last half 56.5. The win took his lifetime stakes to just over $120,000 from 15 wins and 27 places.

Bred by Karen Thompson, Debt Free Charlie is one of only two foals, both winners from his dam Art And Soul (Live Or Die) 2:01.4 8 wins $18,108, the other being Whoswhointhezoo (Major In Art) 1:57.9 7 wins $61,820. Art And Soul is a daughter of the unraced Gladness (Windshield Wiper) who is the dam of 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 the lightly raced Ray Of Gladness (Whats Next) , dam of Dav Ed Ash (Village Jasper) 1:57.4 13 wins $78,547 and Quick Comment (Iraklis) 2:00 7 wins $30,359 the dam of 4 winners including multiple Group 1 winning mare Quick Draft (Art Major) 1:53 24 wins $382,054. Gladness is a full sister to the slightly more successful Circulatory 2:05.4 $5,519, dam of Concorde Lombo (Classic Garry) 1:58.4 33 wins $550,451 and Kiwaussie Girl (Hilarion) 2:02.6 $52,318. Concorde Lombo is the dam of Lombo Alliance (Panorama) 1:55.5 18 wins $152,652 and granddam of Lombo Air Express (Village Jasper) 1:56.2 27 wins $189,486. Kiwiaussie Girl is the granddam of Justlikechocolate (Live Or Die) 1:57.9 13 wins and $188,937 and Justlikelindt (Western Terror) 1:56.3 13 wins $122,792.

Last year’s Oaks winner was starting as favourite from barrier 1, so starting second favourite from second row 2 position reflected a level of respect for 4yo mare Rosies Ideal (American Ideal out of Rosie Malone by Live Or Die) who resumed racing in March after a 6 month absence. As the field settled out of the barrier Our Major Mama duly went to the front with last week’s Empress Stakes winner Miss Sangrial going fast out of her wide barrier, challenging briefly for the lead before settling in the breeze. Rosies Ideal did well to settle in behind Miss Sangrial and Jasmin Amal was behind the leader, but the lead time was very slow and Shane Young on Rosies Ideal took the bait and went around Miss Sangrial to put some pressure on the leader from the breeze. After a 31 second first quarter the pace stepped right up to a 28.8 second qtr then 27.7 third quarter. As they reached the 400m the first 5 positions remained unchanged, but coming around the home bend Rosies Ideal passed Miss Sangrial to hit the lead as Our Major Mama struggled. Straightening up Rosies Ideal was going too well despite the hard run and although Miss Sangrial chased, it was never in doubt and Rosies Ideal went on to win the $20,000 Skyharness Fillies and Mares Pace by 2.2m with Jasmin Amal running on for third, mile rate 1:57.7 and last qtr 29.1. Rosies Ideal has now won $159,789 from 10 wins and 3 places from only 24 starts.

Owned by Craig and Allan Lynn and bred by the Lynns and D Trigwell, Rosies Ideal is the winner of the $35,000 Gold Bracelet and Group 1 $100,000 Westbred Classic. She is the only foal of racing age from her dam Rosie Malone (Live Or Die) 2:01.3 the winner of 7 races and $49,182. Rosie Malone is a daughter of Pet (Holmes Hanover) the dam of 3 winners and half sister to Bonny Blue Chip (Bo Scots Blue Chip) who is the dam of 4 winners including Dancing Lady (Dancing Master) 2:03.1 $15,090 and Blue Chip Rock (Caprock) 1:55.6 $158,278. Dancing Lady is the granddam of Cullens Lady (Christian Cullen) 1:55.7 $46,960.

If you had the winner in this one, you did really well. Starting at odds of 60/1 from outside the front line didn’t look like a good start but with Aliman from 2 claiming the leaders role and 5yo gelding Bob Wheel (Allamerican Ingot out of The Silver Lining by Jet Laag) going forward strongly to settle in the breeze, his odds were now a lot shorter than his starting odds. Settling in the one out one back was the favourite Our Corelli who had started from barrier 3. With a lap and the straight to go Marquisard led up the three wide line, putting Our Corelli in a pocket. By the 400m it was still Aliman from Bob Wheel and Marquisard out wide. Into the home straight though it was just Aliman and Bob Wheel, with Our Corelli getting clear as Marquisard tired. In a hard fought tussle Bob Wheel overcame Aliman then withstood the challenge from Our Corelli to win the $18,000 Skyracing Pace by 2.3m, with Rocknroll Baby, who had sat third on the rails, just squeezing through a half head away in third, mile rate 1:58.6 and last qtrs. 28.4 and 29. It was the second win for Bob Wheel in 6 weeks making the starting odds a little surprising and took his lifetime stakes to $80,020 from 9 wins and 9 places.

Bred by Kevin and Annette Charles, Bob Wheel is the second winner from his dam The Silver Lining (Jet Laag), who is a half sister to 3 winners and is out of a Classic Garry daughter 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 direct family of Nights of Thunder winner Argyle Red (Dawn Ofa New Day)1:54.2 $199,829 and Davinci Diamond(Artiscape) 1:56.2 $87,244.

WASBA and HWOE (HANDICAP WIN ONLY EARNINGS)

(29 March) At the Harness Racing Consultative Group (HRCG) on 13 February, all the Eligible Bodies included WASBA agreed to go forward with HWOE. This decision was based around the significant improvements to the race program made in the past week in response to repeated requests from the industry, and :

Supporting the initiatives of the new handicapping model for 12 months, on the proviso that there are continual adjustments made over the next 12 months to meet the satisfaction of harness racing participants.

The race program for March to June has undergone substantial change to accommodate industry concerns with mares racing, fillies/mares concessions, Westbred races and 3yo races. Other elements like "Also Eligible" and "Not Eligible" are still being worked on. The program is a work in progress and changes are still expected to be delivered in response to continuing industry feedback.If you would like the program available in pdf or spreadsheet format, please contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0447 053 040.

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EMPRESS STAKES TOPS THE NIGHT

(29 March 2019) Girls night out with the $50,000 Empress Stakes up for grabs and a good win for the in form Miss Sangrial (Art Major), who has had a torrid time with travel for some eastern states feature events. Miss Sangrial was purchased in the east as a yearling and apart from the trips east, has done her racing in WA. Major Trojan was very impressive in his Derby Prelude, and former NZ mare Come Dance With Me (Bettors Delight) also put her hand up for the girls in winning an $18,000 open race by 4.5m. And we had three locals first past the post.

A very short priced favourite starting from 2 and not many others in the betting, you might think the result was a foregone conclusion. Not to be. 4yo gelding Mister Spot (Village Jolt out of Eerie Iris by Northern Luck) was up for it. Lots of action out of the barrier with firstly Clarenden Hustler from 6 then the favourite Ace Bromac taking the lead. With two laps to go Hasani went from his 4 back rails position to move one wide then go forward to take the spot in the breeze from Robert The Bruce. One lap later, the big 4yo Mister Spot was travelling strongly and driver Chris Lewis left the one out three back position to go forward three wide, followed by Aliman. At the 400m after a 28.1 third quarter, Mister Spot was running fourth, with only Ace Bromac, Hasani and Clarenden Hustler in front. Up to the home turn, Mister Spot was still strong and had the measure of the two on his inside, with Clarenden Hustler beaten and Aliman finishing well out 4 wide. Down the straight Mister Spot just had the lead at the 100m and it was enough to go on and win the $20,000 Glenroy Chaff Max and Dos Smith Pace by 1.7m from the fast finishing Aliman just in front of Hasani. The win was the 8th for Mister Spot and with 9 places he has just over $90,000 in stakes. Pretty nice. His previous win was just 3 weeks ago, also at GP.

Mister Spot is bred and raced by Reg Smallacombe and is one of only two live foals from his dam Eerie Iris (Northern Luck) 1:59.3 $28,618. Unfortunately, Eerie Iris died in foal to Captaintreacherous. Eerie Iris is a half sister to the unraced dam of Alfs Odyssey (Dawn Ofa New Day) 1:56.8 $71,404, with Alfs Odyssey also bred by Reg. Their dam Damsel Dana (Mystical Prince) is a half sister to Five Hundred More (Fake Left) 1:57.3 $151,269 and Mardie One (Safely Kept) 1:59.5 $104,647, and the family which originated in NZ also includes No More Gold (Evanders Gold) 1:54.4 $337,408 and Walkinshaw (Mach Three) 1:55.7 $202,499.

There was some good form in the next race with the favourite Back To The Beach starting in 1, and 5yo gelding Kerrin Joseph (Somebeachsomewhere out of Like a Dame by Golden Greek) starting in 3. Out of the barrier it was the 2 horse Extreme Prince buzzing out to grab the leaders role over the sprint 1730m journey. Settling in the breeze was Kerrin Joseph, with Back To The Beach having to settle behind Extreme Prince. With a lap to go, Vrai Amour headed off three wide from his one out three back position, as the pace quickened to a 28.8 third quarter. At the 600m Back To The Beach had moved three wide, with Vrai Amour now four wide, as they moved forward to challenge the leading pair. At the 400m Kerrin Joseph had his head in front of Extreme Prince, but it was still a close contest. Straightening for the run home, Extreme Prince had done his best and it was left to see if Back To The Beach and Vrai Amour could catch Kerrin Joseph. Down the straight it was the pink cart of Chris Voak well clear on Kerrin Joseph and he went on to win the $18,000 Glenroy Chaff Kevin and Wendy Smith Pace by 4m from Back To The Beach and Vrai Amour, lifetime best mile rate 1:55.3 and last quarter 28.4. It was the 10th win for Kerrin Joseph, for season stakes of $45,000 and lifetime stake of $105,024 including 15 places.

Like A Dame (Golden Greek) a winner of 3 races for a total of $10,312 and dam of Kerrin Joseph, has gone on to be one of the best ever WA broodmares, with a 100% record with 7 foals of racing age for 7 winners, including Hugh Victor (Artesian) 1:54.9 14 wins $138,834. The diamond in the family is Kerrin Joseph's very famous half brother in David Hercules (Artesian) 1:52.7 39 wins $1,263,159 the winner of the Fremantle Cup, Pinjarra Cup, Village Kid Sprint, multiple Group wins and placings as well as the 4yo Group 1 Breeders Crown for and the 4yo Group 1 Vicbred Super Series. He is one of the very best horses produced in WA. All the progeny of Like A Dame as well as Like A Dame herself were bred by Steve Johnson. Hold Tight (Embrace Me), the unraced dam of Like A Dame, is also the dam of Fake Embrace (Fake Left) 1:53.4 37 wins $240,249, Go By Jet (Whats Next) 20 wins and $91,746 and non winners Prettypretty Woman (Albert Albert), Hotniten Georgia (Albert Albert), Endless Journey (Die Laughing) and Gaetana Nicole (Sutter Hanover). Endless Journey is the dam of $100,000 Pearl winner Isaiah Artois (Modern Art) 1:58.3 9 wins $117,351; Hotniten Georgia is the dam of Supreme Royalty (Parsons Den) winner of over $93,000 in her career including the Group 2 2008 $50,000 2yo Fillies State Sires Series; Prettypretty Woman is the dam of Our Miss Vivienne (Safe And Sound) 1:56.1 13 wins $83,960; and Gaetana Nicole is the dam of the unbeaten 2019 $100,000 Sales Classic in Major Martini (Art Major) 1:56.7 2 wins $66,535. Other members of this maternal family include Adda Paternal Suit (Rich And Spoilt) 1:53.6 $256,862, Babyitsu (Mach Three) 1:54.7 $220,104 and multiple Group 1 and 1990 Inter Dominion winner Thorate (King Kallanie) 1:53.9 $1,329,345.

Last but definitely not least on the night, Starting 3rd favourite behind Handsandwheels from inside the back row and Whozideaasthis from 4 over the 2536m race, 7yo gelding Vultan Tin (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Ellevarrac by Pacific Fella) moseyed back from 8 with some sparks up front that saw Mitch Maguire go to the lead from Whozideaisthis in the breeze, and Handsandwheels one out one back. Before the first lap was completed, Always Arjay had moved up quickly to be in the breeze, with Vultan Tin second last. The first and second quarters were run in even time, and with a lap and the straight to go, Vultan Tin was off three wide to be outside the leaders at the bell, with The Bucket List on his back. The pace was hot with a 27.7 third quarter, with Mitch Maguire looking comfortable in front, Always Arjay doing his best and Vultan Tin running strongly in third, three wide. The field was packed up coming into the home turn and as they straightened, Vultan Tin had hit the front with The Bucket List after him and Handandwheels going 6 wide for his run. A tight finish, but having done the work he deserved the win and Vultan Tin went on to win the $25,000 Glenroy Chaff Small Squares FFA by a head from The Bucket List, with Handsandwheels a metre away in third. That made it 4 wins and 7 places this season for just over $122,000 in stakes, with lifetime $456,138 from 21 wins and 35 places.

Vultan Tin is trained by Phil, who also bred his dam Ellevarrac (Pacific Fella) 1:59.3 $12,896 and granddam Carravelle (Armbro Intercept). This is a very old female line and members of one of the other arms of the family include Indomitable Saab (Saab) 1:55.8 $154,491 and Indomitable (Saab) 1:53.8 13 wins $133,759.

It is great to see success with these families,and breeders like Steve Johnson, Reg Smallacombe and Phil and Denise Costello having faith in the mares and the breeding lines to make sure these mares can have their chances to excel.

IT'S THE TURN OF THE SUPER 3YO SALES GRADUATES

(22 March 2019) Western Crown Finals night and increased stakes to $25,000 was definitely worhtwhile for the Michael Brennan trained Marcotti (Sportwriter). Very nice results for two very promising fillies with Dracarys (Bettors Delight) and Double Expresso (Sweet Lou) both continuing on their merry way. Some other WA horses also showed some aparkle

With a scratching, 7yo gelding Lot Twenty One (Allamerican Ingot out of Bootscootngirl by Parsons Den) had the coveted 1 barrier and was duly installed favourite, albeit slightly generous odds of 5/2. Showing speed out, Lot Twenty One settled straight into the leaders role, with Charlie El scooting up from his inside back row draw to get onto the leaders back. Kerrin Joseph from 3 went to the breeze and they went through the lead in a solid 37.3. A gently first quarter followed by an even time second quarter and the race was set up for a fast last half. From the back of the field second favourite Our Corelli went forward three wide with 1000 to go and the speed increased into the back straight the last time. Our Corelli was making up good ground and at the 400m was running third, with the quarter run in 27.7 and Kerrin Joseph heading Lot Twenty One. Coming to the home turn and with the advantage of Lewis on board and the inside running, Lot Twenty One had fought back and was just in front of Kerrin Joseph, and just ahead of Our Corelli who was showing signs of tiring. Running for home Lot Twenty One was holding Kerrin Joseph and went on to win the $18,000 Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace by 2.5m from Kerrin Joseph and Charlie El in a solid 1:56.9, last quarter 28.7. Bred by Royalstar Pty Ltd, it was the 4th win this season for Lot Twenty One, with season earnings of $50,000 and lifetime 10 wins and 33 places for $105,366.

Lot Twenty One is one of three winners bred by Royalstar Pty Ltd from the unraced Bootscootngirl (Parsons Den). All three are by Allamerican Ingot and all three were sold at the WA Yearling Sale for $11,000 or less, with Americanbootscoota 1:52.5 15 wins $178,495 and Yankee Boots 1:56.9 4 wins $20,586 the other winners. Bootscootngirl is out Texan Cowgirl (Fake Left) 2:02.2 6 wins $20,645, the dam of 6 winners including Aussie Reactor (Camcracker) 1:50.6 44 wins $616,425, Binshaw Classic winner Aussie Delight (Bettors Delight) 1:55.2 12 wins and $115,876, and Texan Jet (Jet Laag) the dam of Anvil Rollover (Artistic Fella) 1:56.1 7 wins $49,585. The unraced Texan Classic (Classic Garry), the dam of Texan Cowgirl and 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. Texan Classic is a daughter of Texan Lady (Hilarious Way) the winner of 7 races and $34,153 in the early 80s. She is a granddaugther of Tasmanian Derby winner Heather Bay (Scotty Belmont) who is a full sister to champion pacers of the 60s in Joseph Scott and Valencia Bay.

A nice field of mares stepped up for the girls’ race of the night over the 1730m sprint journey and starting favourite from 2 was the quality 4yo mare Lady De La Renta (Well Said out of Flylika Bird Lombo by Jet Laag). Going out fast but not fast enough, Lady De La Renta had to settle for the breeze after Miss Sangrial scorched out from 3 to be race leader. Right behind the leader was second favourite Rocknroll Baby who started from 1, and in the handy one by one was Just Rockon Bye. The leading pair were going strongly and no moves was a good move. In the back straight the last time the field was running hard and the third quarter was run in 28.7. At the 400m Lady De La Renta was moving forward to level up with Miss Sangrial, and coming round the turn she was the new leader taking over from Miss Sangrial. Sprinting away at the top of the straight, Lady De La Renta had a good lead before tiring near the line but still went on to win the $20,000 Intersport Slater Gartrell Fillies and Mares Pace by 2.5m from Miss Sangrial, with Just Rockon Bye and Madame Meilland finishing well for the minors. The mile rate was a lifetime best of 1:54.6, and it was the 5th win of the season for $64,000 to date.

Bred by Kevin, Annette and Kody Charles, Lady De La Renta has lifetime earnings of $167,938 from 12 wins and 7 places. Lady De La Renta is out of Victorian race mare Flylika Bird Lombo (Jet Laag) 1:59.8 7 wins $53,975 who is a daughter of Decethree Lombo (Classic Garry) 2:00.9 and a half sister to 10 other winners including Lombo Skyrider (Panorama) 1:50 63 wins $841,611, Lombo Cloud Nine (Northern Luck) 1:55.3 $102,310, Lombo Silhouette (Troublemaker) 1:58.4 9 wins $92,528 and Lady Lara Lombo (Northern Lights) 6 wins $51,120 who is the dam of Lord Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.6 $286,184 and granddam of Wesley (Sportswriter) 1:56.5 13 wins and $133,807. Decethree Lombo is out of Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 $245,449, the Australian 3yo of the Year and later Broodmare of the Year, and is a full or half sister to the unraced Golden Maiden (Golden Greek) and 8 other winners including Magic Maddy Lombo (Classic Garry) 2:03.8 $7,664, Bachelor Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:55.5 14 wins $103,650, Australian 2yo and Horse of the Year Lombo Pocket Watch (Jet Laag) 1:53.6 $1,522,638, the winner of 17 successive races as a 2yo and the only 2yo to be named Australian Horse of the Year. Golden Maiden is the dam of Perfect Gold Lombo (Perfect Art) 1:53.2 18 wins $175,560, and Magic Maddy Lombo is the dam of 7 winners including Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 33 wins $587,032, Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.3 $230,312, Sweet Maddy Lombo (Panorama) 1:59.5 11 wins $106,588 and Benjor Maddy Lombo (Perfect Art) 2:01.8 $21,510 the dam of WA bred Derby winner Handsandwheels (Mach Three) 1:55.0 18 wins $356,020, Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:57.4 11 wins $125,378 and Maddy White (Lombo Mandingo) 1:56.9 11 wins $110,824.

The 2yo Fillies Western Crown Final was going to be exciting to watch even though it was a very small field of 6. But you cant pass up on watching classy horses and filly Double Expresso (Sweet Lou out of Here For The Money by Rich And Spoilt) was starting a very short priced favourite in front of nice filly Moon Goddess. Stepping out from 4 Double Expresso went straight to the lead from Moon Goddess who surrendered the lead. With a lap to go Soho Whisper left the safety of the single file and went forward to challenge Double Expresso. At the 400 the three fillies had broken away from the remaining fillies in a 28.4 quarter. On the turn out of the back straight Double Expresso stepped up the pace to leave Soho Whisper behind, leaving just Mood Goddess to come out and make a challenge. Into the home straight, Moon Goddess went to a clear second but there were no issues about who was going to win and Double Expressowent on to win the $25,000 Final by 6.9m, with Soho Whisper a further 12m back in third. The mile rate was 1:57.3 and last quarter 28.4. 

Bred by Kevin and Annette Charles and sold at the 2018 APG Yearling Sale for $22,000 it was the 4th win of her short career from 4 starts, with lifetime earnings of $86,131 and lifetime best of 1:55.7 set in the Group 1 Sales Classic earlier in the month. What a bargain buy.!

Double Expresso is the second outstanding winner from the first three foals of her dam Here For The Money (Rich And Spoilt) 1:57.9 7 wins $81,874, with her half brother being Shockwave (Mach Three) 1:54 8 wins $124,237. Here For The Money is a daughter of the unraced Regal Castle (Safely Kept), who is a half sister to Duel Prince (Panorama) 1:57 $163,902. Their dam Duel Queen (Seahawk Hanover) 2:02.7 $32,150 is a half sister to four other winners including Queen Xena (Silent Spring) 2:02.7 $23,359, Gold King (Silent Spring) 1:58.4 $216,186 and Boldandbeautiful (Albert Albert) 1:59.2 $79,422. Boldandbeautiful is the dam of Its Only Rocknroll (Million Dollar Cam) 1:52.2 $344,832 and Morgan Abby (Aces N Sevens) 1:55.7 10 wins $118,050. Queen Xena is the dam of multiple Group 1 winners Chariot King (Badlands Hanover) 1:51.3 $643,405 and Emjayem Grand (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 $431,697.

IT'S THE TURN OF THE SUPER 3YO SALES GRADUATES

(15 March 2019) Tonight was the turn of the 3YO Sales graduates to show their wares and what a good bunch they are!. Our Alfie Romeo won again, and some of the old pacing families came to the fore.

With not a lot of form from wide barriers following his return to racing in January, 10yo gelding Major Catastrophe (Art Major out of Adda Influence by Parsons Den) started from 5 in a field that contained some quality runners. Favourite Im Soxy won the start after a challenge and Major Catastrophe as expected went forward to the breeze position after a half lap. The 2536m race was being run at a better than even time. With just over a lap to go Campora followed a three wide move leaving As Happy As Larry last of the moving line. At the 400m three were moves a plenty, with Im Soxy still leading from Major Catastrophe bur challengers not far away. Coming out of the back straight it was 5 across the track and as they came around the home turn,. Im Soxy and Major Catastrophe had beaten off all except Campora and As Happy As Larry who were 5 and 6 wide. In the run home Im Soxy looked to have the legs but just got grabbed on the line by Major Catastrophe, who went on to win the $20,000 DTS Farm Posts Pace by a head with the fast finishing As Happy As Larry just grabbing third from Campora. The mile rate was exceptionally good at 1:56.5 for the longer journey, with last quarters in 28.8 and 29. The win was the 28th for the evergreen Major Catastrophe who also has 40 places and over $425,000 in stakes.

Bred, owned and trained by David Young and driven by Madeleine Young, Major Catastrophe is the first of three winners from his dam Adda Influence (Parsons Den) 2:03.4 8 wins $45,085, with full sister Catastrophic Event 1:58 10 wins $94,042 also doing pretty well. Adda Influence is a daughter of Suzie Holmes (Holmes Hanover) 2:04 $7,162 who is the dam of three other winners including Midnight Chill (Chill Factor) 1:59.6, 13 wins and 20 places $76,173 and two other winners. Suzie Holmes is out of a half sister to the unraced Excuse Me (Bachelor Hanover), who through different daughters produced Just An Excuse (Live Or Die) 1:55.6 $1,035,068, DB Bopper (Totally Ruthless) 1:50 $683,917 Second Wind (Dream Away) 1:49.4 $616,396, Sell A Bit (Julius Caesar) 1:51.2 $563,581 and Franco Sequel (Falcon Seelster) 1:51 $353,011, and that’s just mentioning the highest earners.

The feature undercard for the night was the $50,000 Direct Trades Supply 4YO and 5YO Championship. Starting a firm favourite, 5yo Handsandwheels (Mach Three out of Benjor Maddy Lombo by Perfect Art) went straight to the lead from his barrier 1 and was never challenged, going on to win his third Group race and taking his lifetime stakes to just under $430,000 from 20 wins and 19 places from only 58 starts. The last quarters were run in exceptional times of 27.1 and 27.7, for a mile rate of 1:57.3. His other group wins include the ultimate 3YO Prize, the $240,000 WA Derby, the $100,000 3YO Westbred Classic, and the $50,000 RWWA Cup . He ran second to Ultimate Machete in the $125,000 4YO Classic.

Of note also is that Handsandwheels only raced 9 times as a 2yo for one win and three places, fastest mile rate 1:59.4. So they dont have to be great 2yos to have enormous potential. He has won over $125,000 this year following $78,000 as a 4yo.

The first of the big ones. An exceptional group of 3yos stepped out in the $50,000 3YO Colts and Geldings Sales Classic, with barrier draw so important. Stepping out fast from 3 was second favourite Shock Wave, who held out the challenge from Its Rock And Roll from 4 to retain the lead in a super fast 35.8 lead time. Mmm. Settling in the one by one was Patrickthepiranha (Four Starzzz Shark out of That’s The Spirit by Pacific Rocket) from 5, with Walsh who started widest from 6 settling behind Patrick. The race continued at a fast speed with the next two quarters in 29. Into the back and the two leaders were still going hard, with Patrickthepiranha a clear third. At the 400m Walsh saved some ground and sprinted up behind race leader Shockwave on the fence, with the first 4 now clear of the final two runners in a 28.5 third quarter. As they cornered, Its Rock And Roll was still running strongly in the breeze and Patrickthepiranha was coming home three wide. Straightening up, Its Rock And Roll got to the lead with Patrickthepiranha threatening and Walsh coming four wide. At the 50m mark Patrickthepiranha got to the lead and in an exciting finish just held on from the fast finishing Walsh, with Its Rock And Roll a super effort for third and Babyface Adda coming home well for fourth. The mile rate, set up by the fast lead time and first half, was an excellent 1:55.4 with the last quarter the slowest of the race. Fortunately, all the runners avoided coming to harm from a potentially dangerous situation during the running of the race. The win made it 8 out of 9 this time in for Patrickthepiranha. His overall stakes are just under $104,000.

Bred by Kevin and Annette Charles and purchased at the 2017 WA Yearling Sale by strong Sale’s supporters Liam O’Connor and Jim Currie, Patrickthepiranha is one of 4 winner from his successful race dam Thats The Spirit (Pacific Rocket) 1:54.9 24 wins and $134,334 in stakes. Thats The Spirit is a full or half sister to 7 other winners including Fake Spirit (Fake Left) 1:59.8 $184,368, Family Spirit (Il Vicolo), Luva Rum Ball (Presidential Ball) 1:54.9 22 wins $134,334 and Holms Spirit (Holmes Hanover) 2:02.4 $50,322. Fake Spirit is the granddam of 2013 $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic winner Chilli Palmer (Elsu) 1:51.5 $290,983. Holms Spirit is the dam of 4 winners from 4 foals including 2013 Kalgoorlie Cup winner Springsteen (American Ideal) 1:54.7 14 wins $157,989. Other members of the extended family include Massive Attack (Advance Attack) 1:52.2 15 wins $181,976, Waltzing With Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:51.7 21 wins $235,031 and Major Star (Art Major) 1:52.3 16 wins $212,228.

Now for the girls and an excellent result for the Pacing WA / Trotsynd crew. The very short priced favourite Has No Fear (Western Terror out of Theladyisabomb by Presidential Ball) started in 5 and after the initial moves out of the barrier, broke stride for a few steps and reinsman Gary Hall Jnr allowed her to settle at the rear, with Kirsten from 9 sprinting to the lead and My Prayer from 6 settling in the breeze. With a lap and the straight to go, Has No Fear led up the three wide line, closely followed by Pippa Royale. In the back straight, My Prayer took over the leaders role, with Has No Fear getting up to second place in the breeze and Pippa Royale in third in the breeze. Coming off the back it was these three in contention, but as they came into the straight, Has No Fear got the better of My Prayer and went on to win the 3YO Fillies Sales Classic by 7.4m in 1:58.6, last half 58.5. Both My Prayer and Pippa Royale put in good runs to fill the placings. It was a great result for the syndicate and also breeders Kevin and Annette Charles who made it two from two in the 2019 3YO Sales Classics. The win was the 6th for the filly who also has 6 places for stakes of $89,560.

Theladyisabomb (Presidential Ball), the dam of Has No Fear, raced 3 times without success before fortunately going to stud and producing three winners from her first three foals. You can't do better than that. Her dam is the American mare Nuclearaccelerator (No Nukes) who is also the dam of Almost El Eagle (McArdle) 1:54.8 21 wins $200,211. The granddam of Theladyisabomb is Madam Madusa (Albatross) 1:55.2 15 wins $164,845 who is also the dam of champion race horse, Little Brown Jug winner (over Western Hanover) and champion Australian sire Fake Left (Cam Fella) 1:51.4 17 wins $314,417. Madam Madusa is also the dam of Turn To Stone (Cam Fella) 1:56.6 the dam of Paige Nicole Q (Beach Towel) 1:52 33 wins US$712,801 who in turn is the dam of Teenage Paige (Real Desire) 1:50 24 wins US$379,619, Cue The Paige (Real Desire) 1:49.6 24 wins $326,973 and Samantha Q (Real Artist) 1:53 US$130,597 the dam of Alta Intrigue (Mach Three) 1:56.7 7 wins $113,273. Other local representatives from this family include Bettorgrinanbarit (Bettors Delight) 1:56.6 $56,650 and her dam Grin On The Beach (Grinfromeartoear) 1:59.6 7 wins $47,647.

Next of our wins, and even though there were only 4 runners under 10/1 it was still an open race. The favourite Waltzingwithsierra went to the front after a minor tussle, and after a half lap The Arsonist settled in the breeze, with Anime behind the leader. With a lap and the straight to go, the second Gary Hall Snr runner Rocknroll Baby led up the three wide line to sit outside stablemate The Arsonist. The pace picked up heading into the back and Waltzingwithsierra had a length break on The Arsonist, with the three wide line starting to make an impression by the 400m. 5yo gelding Atmospherical (Major In Art out of Hemispherical by Northern Luck), who had followed the three wide move was now out 5 wide and coming fast. Coming to the turn Waltzingwithsierra was in front by a clear margin but Atmospherical with the pink cart and Chris Voak on board was swooping, with 5 across the track behind this pair. As they straightened for the run home Atmospherical was whizzing home, and he went on to win the $18,000 All Your Civil Supply Needs Pace by 3.9m from the fast finishing stablemate Frostyflyer from nowhere, followed by Anime. The mile rate was 1:58.4 with last half in 57.8.

Atmospherical is one of two winners from his dam Hemispherical (Northern Luck) 2:04.2 $4,603 Her dam Starry Summer Nite (Northern Lights) 2:07.7 $1,680 produced 4 winners and is a daughter of dual Australian Broodmare of the Year Summer Honey (Romeo Hanover) who was the dam of 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, 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, The Dalmation (Northern Lights) 1:56.1 34 wins $108,821, and group winner Iron Gloves (Safely Kept) 1:58.3 15 wins $102,912. A recent close up member of this family is Military Master (Bettors Delight) 1:51.2 $217,664.

BUMPER SALES CLASSICS NIGHT AND WASBA AWARDS

(8 March 2019) Certainly some WOW performances on the night and a highly successful APG Sale and WASBA Awards Night function. On and off the track there was plenty to talk about, with the success stories throughout the 2017/18 season and some of those horses running either on the night or during the week. But the night belonged to the on track stars, and weren’t they shining brightly.! Three of the 10 races were won by fillies or mares, including nice newcomer Halle Rage in the Fillies and Mares.

Leading up to the night 10 days earlier, the 2YO Fillies Heats were run impressively by Double Expresso (Sweet Lou), breeder Kevin and Annette Charles, defeating Brave Lady (Betterthancheddar), breeder Patrician Park, and Moon Goddess (Sunshine Beach), bred by Alabar Bloodstock, defeating the Steve Johnson bred Major Think Twice (Art Major). Good to see some of the newer sires getting their chance to show off. In the boys Heats it was a double to trainer Justin Prentice and also to breeder Steve Johnson, with the highly talented pair of Manning (Sportswriter) defeating Team Mascot (Follow The Stars) breeder Allwood Stud Farm, and Major Martini (Art Major) defeating Secret Operative (Shadow Play) breeder Mike Howie.

Stepping out in the $100,000 2YO Fillies Classic Final, Missbillynotsilly flew out from 1 to go straight to the lead, With Moon Goddess on the rails behind her. Major Think Twice from 5 was also out very quick but bubbled near the finishing post but managed to avoid the other fillies before getting back into gait. Chris Lewis on Double Expresso took the opportunity to go forward and scorched to the front in the back straight in a 27.7 first quarter. Major Think Twice went forward again to take the breeze and they went into the last lap with Double Expresso leading from Major Think Twice. At the 400 Major Think Twice started to drop out, leaving room for Moon Goddess to come off the rails and chase the leader. Rounding the turn, Double Expresso was unquestionably in charge and she races home to win well by 5.5m from Moon Goddess who had put up a very good performance in chasing the leader, especially with the mile rate a race record of 1:55.7, last half 58.6.

 

Bred by Kevin and Annette Charles, Double Expresso is out of the first crop of Sweet Lou and is the second winner from her well performed dam Here For The Money (Rich And Spoilt) 1:57.9 7 wins $81,874. Her other winner is the exciting colt Shockwave (Mach Three) 1:54 $124,237 who along with 8 wins has the unenviable record of being second in three Group 1 races with a combined losing distance of 4 metres. Here For The Money is a daughter of the unraced Regal Castle (Safely Kept), who is out of Duel Queen (Seahawk Hanover) 2:02.7 $32,150. Regal Castle is a half sister to Duel Prince (Panorama) 1:57 $163,902 and Duel Queen is a half sister to four other winners including Queen Xena (Silent Spring) 2:02.7 $23,359, Gold King (Silent Spring) 1:58.4 $216,186 and Boldandbeautiful (Albert Albert) 1:59.2 $79,422, who is the dam of Its Only Rocknroll (Million Dollar Cam) 1:52.2 $344,832 and Morgan Abby (Aces N Sevens) 1:55.7 10 wins $118,050. Queen Xena is the dam of multiple Group 1 winners Chariot King (Badlands Hanover) 1:51.3 $643,405 and Emjayem Grand (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 $431,697.

Now for the boys and a tiny bit more open in the betting, with the favourite Manning starting in barrier 4 and his stablemate and second favourite Major Martini (Art Major) starting wider in 6. Manning came out beautifully with Gary Hall Jnr on board and went straight to the lead, with Major Martini starting equally well and running beside him. Team Mascot from inside the back row went forward when the opening came and had to settle for the breeze after trainer driver Justin Prentice went forward to take the lead on Major Martini in the first half lap. The race was unchanged except for Team Mascot moving up to cover Manning and with 650 to go, he was running a sturdy second to Major Martini. Team Mascot was doing a terrific job staying with Major Martini but the effort was starting to tell and coming out of the back straight Manning was clear of Team Mascot to make his run. Into the home straight Major Martini was two lengths clear with Major Martini chasing. Down the straight it was Major Martini holding onto his handy lead and going on to win the $100,000 2YO Colts and Geldings Sales Classic Final by 3.7m from Manning, with a very brave Team Mascot holding on for third. The mile rate was a lifetime best 1:56.7 for the Steve Johnson bred Major Martini, with the last quarters run in 28.3 and 28.2.The win was the second from his only two starts and his stakes after just two races are $66,535.

Major Martini is out of the unraced Gaetana Nicole (Sutter Hanover) and was hand picked by Justin Prentice at the 2018 Sale. Gaetana Nicole is a half sister to 5 winners including Fake Embrace (Fake Left) 1:53.4 37 wins $240,249, Go by Jet (Whats Next) 1:58.3 20 wins $91,746 and Like A Dame (Golden Greek) 2:02 $10,312 as well as non winners Endless Journey (Die Laughing) and Hotniten Georgia (Albert Albert). Endless Journey is the dam of Group 1 winner Isaiah Artois (Modern Art) 1:58.3 9 wins $117,351. Hotniten Georgia is the dam of Group 1 winner Supreme Royalty (Parsons Den) 2:00.5 $93,739 and Like A Dame tops it off, being the dam of Kerrin Joseph (Somebeachsomewhere) 1:55.3 $105,024, Hugh Victor(Artesian) 1:54.9 $143,474 and best of all, multiple Group 1 winner David Hercules (Artesian) 1:52.7 39 wins $1,263,159.

Now for another great performance with 5yo mare Sarah Goody (Rich And Spoilt out of Forrest Interlude by Armbro Operative) stepping out for the first time since August 2018, and in an open race. Starting favourite from barrier 1 in her customary pink shadow roll, Sarah Goody had no trouble holding the lead in the 2536m race, with Neighlor in the breeze and Cracka Star sitting on the leaders back. Not a lot of speed on until the 1000m when Luis Alberto, looking for 4 in a row with new trainer Debra Lewis, went forward three wide. Down the back it was still Sarah Goody from Neighlor, with Luis Alberto steadily improving his position three wide. Past the 400m coming off the back after a 27.9 third quarter, Sarah Goody looked pretty comfortable in front, with Neighlor hanging on to second and Luis Alberto third and still three wide. Entering the straight Sarah drifted slightly allowing Crack Star to make a run, but it was all Sarah Goody running home to win the $20,000 $7 Pints JP Sportsbar Pace by 4.5m from Luis Alberto, with Cracka Star and Neighlor taking the minor places. The mile rate was 1:59.7 and last qtr 28.3. It was the 14th win for the Rob Hall, Ross Waddell and Kevin Keys owned and bred mare, who with 14 places has amassed $175,424 in stakes. A great training effort from Kevin as well.

Sarah Goody is the 4th winner from her dam Forrest Interlude (Armbro Operative) 1:58.6 $22,026, who has also produced Secret Interlude (Panorama) 1:56.6 19 wins $230,348 in stakes and the unfortunately deceased Nothingbutadream (Modern Art) 1:55.1 $79,792. Forrest Interlude won 6 races in her career and is a half sister to 8 other winners including Co Co San(Crouch) 1:58.6 $90,991.Their dam Take More Care (Butler B G) is a daughter of the 1982 NZ 4yo Pacing Mare of the Year Take Care (El Patron), who won over $300,000 in her career and was one of New Zealands best pacing mares in the early 80s.

Doing very well this season with two wins and 4 places since resuming in December, 4yo gelding Mister Spot (Village Jolt out of Eerie Iris by Northern Luck) was having his first start in the big league since turning 4. Starting favourite in the one wide position on the back line in a reasonable good field, Mister Spot was moving forward with the field as the leading pair of Brookies Jet from 1 and Kerrin Joseph from 6 were burning up front. With two laps to go Mister Spot went forward from mid field to take over the breeze position from Kerrin Joseph in a 32 second quarter. Must Be Nice was tucked in behind the leader and Frostyflyer was one out and two back. With a lap and the length of the straight to go, the bigger Mister Spot forged forward to be race leader with a lap to go. By the 400m Kerrin Joseph was hanging on in the breeze, Brookies Jet was gone and Frostyflyer was a clear third from Must Be Nice. Into the straight and Mister Spot was clear although Kerrin Joseph was running a courageous race in second. Frostyflyer was now coming down the outside but Mister Spot was holding Kerrin Joseph and went on to win the $18,000 E-Bridal Expo at Gloucester Park Pace by 3.3 in an excellent 1:56.3, last quarters 28.7 and 28.8. Kerrin Joshep held out Frostyflyer for second with Must Be Nice clear of the rest of the field in 4th. The win brought up $24,000 for the season for Mister Spot who has lifetime stakes of $76,918, from 7 wins and 9 places, including a second in the 2017 Group 1 Westbred Classic to Highroller Joe.

Bred and raced by Reg Smallacombe, Mister Spot is the first and one of only two live foals from his dam Eerie Iris (Northern Luck) 1:59.3 $28,618, who died in foal to Captaintreacherous. Eerie Iris is a half sister to the unraced dam of Alfs Odyssey (Dawn Ofa New Day) 1:56.8 $71,404. Their dam Damsel Dana (Mystical Prince) is a half sister to Five Hundred More (Fake Left) 1:57.3 $151,269 and Mardie One (Safely Kept) 1:59.5 $104,647. The dam of Diesel Dana is a half sister to the dam of No More Gold (Evanders Gold) 1:54.4 $337,408 and the family also includes Walkinshaw (Mach Three) 1:55.7 $202,499!

LEAD UP NIGHT TONIGHT

(1 March 2019) Some good wins all round including the up and coming mare Our Alfie Romeo (Washington V C) who won her 4th consecutive race and 9th win from 12 starts since arriving in WA from NZ last year. Looking good for the Empress Stakes. Then there was a terrific run by 3yo colt Franco Edward (American Ideal) in the Derby Prelude. Not to be outdone there were some good wins by our own.

If you were on him you would have gone home smiling, with the in form 7yo gelding Charlie El (Rich And Spoilt out of Bucking Beauty by Pacific Fella) having a new lease on life this season. Starting from barrier 8 at odds of 50/1 he settled last of the moving line ,with race leader The Arsonist and breeze mare and favourite Veiled Secret the leading pair in front, and Liberty Rose behind the leader. The race continued at even time with no moves. After a 28.4 third quarter, Gary Hall Jnr moved Liberty Rose off the rails at the 400m to be behind Veiled Secret. Coming out of the back straight The Arsonist was still in front, with the favourite about to take the lead but Liberty Rose three wide looked the danger. Charlie El was still last as the field bunched right up. Into the straight Veiled Secret got to the lead with Liberty Rose challenging. Still last, Charlie El was now 6 wide. As they motored down the straight Liberty Rose got to the lead at the 100m and briefly looked the winner, until Charlie El stormed down the outside to surprise everyone and win the $18,000 Westral Pace by a head in an incredible finish, 29.5 last quarter and 1:57.7 mile rate. Bred and owned by Brent Scott, trained by Matthew Scott and brilliantly driven by Kyle Harper, Charlie El has won nearly $43,000 this season, including $25,000 in the last month, and his career tally is $111,711 from 13 wins and 30 places.

Charlie El is one of two winners from his 100% producing dam Bucking Beauty (Pacific Fella) 2:00.1 5 wins $30,075. Her lightly raced dam Lady Of Honour (Chandon) 2:02.9 $4,860 produced two winners as well as being the dam of the unraced Lady Parsons (Parsons Den), the dam of Rabchenko (Art Major) 1:55.2 12 wins $113,005 and Where Dreams Grow (Allamerican Ingot) 1:54.7 12 wins $103,800. Lady Of Honour is a half sister to The Big Picture (Perfect Art) 1:54.8 $102,522. This is the family of the outstanding filly Via Vista, winner of the 1980 Golden Slipper and 1981 WA Derby and several other Group races. Its been a long time since a filly won the WA Derby, giving an indication of how outstanding Via Vista was.

In an unusually run stand, Atmospherical from barrier 1 began brilliantly and bolted away over the short 2096m stand, to be about 5 lengths clear with two laps to go. With a lap gone everyone caught up and it looked much more like a normal race. 5yo gelding Bettor Be Lively (Bettors Delight out of Just Bella by Holmes Hanover), with Shannon Suvaljko on board, had managed to get a nice position two behind the leader on the rails, with race favourite Caviar Star doing all the hard work in the breeze. Going into the back it was a full on sprint. With the field stretching out, Bettor Be Lively was clear to go from the fence to three wide and at the 400m he was a definite threat, with Caviar Star getting the better of Atmospherical in a 28.6 third quarter. Coming up to the home turn Bettor Be Lively was running third, and as they straightened for the run home he was after the leader Caviar Star. Down the straight it was a real hard fought tussle, but on the line it was Bettor Be Lively by a nose to win the $18,000 Direct Trades Supply stand, mile rate a solid 1:58.4 and final quarter in 28.8. The win was the 11th for Bettor Be Lively and with 17 places his stakes tally is $111,287.

Bred by Craig Lynn and the winner of 2017 Country Derby, Bettor Be Lively is one of two winners from his dam Just Bella (Holmes Hanover) 1:59 11 wins $65,485, who raced in Victoria for 8 wins before being brought to WA where she won multiple metropolitan races. Just Bella is out of Just Ella (Son Of Afella) 2:02.2 $20,340 the dam of 4 other winners including Awesome Ella (Holmes Hanover) 1:58.8 14 win $92,945 and Be Ok (Ok Bye) 2:01.3 $11,755 the dam of Too Smart For You (Famous Forever) 1:55.2 19 wins $149,684 who is the dam of Smart As Camm Be (Cammibest) 1:55.7 9 wins $105,560. This is the maternal family of Tactics, one of the best maternal families in Australasia with progeny including triple Inter Dominion winner Blacks A Fake (Fake Left) 1:53.7 $4,575,438.!

LUCKY FOR SOME ON CHINESE NEW YEAR NIGHT

(22 February 2019) Another good night for all, with one of the new girls Our Alfie Romeo winning the $30,000 The Lewis Fillies and Mares, and Pacing Cup winner Rocknroll Lincoln also saluting as a winner. We even had a WA bred trotter winning!

In an unusual betting race with the favourite Bettor Aim starting from outside the back line and second favourite Herrick Roosevelt starting outside the front line, it was a pretty open race. Scooting out from 6, 5yo gelding Chiaroscuro (Art Major out of Kelty Star by Caprock) “got there first” and held out Herrick Roosevelt who had to settle for the breeze position. Mighty Flying Deal was one out one back, Naval Aviator was on the leaders back and Bettor Aim settled one out three back. The race was run at an even rate until the field was stretched in the back straight the last time with Chiaroscuro setting a 27.5 pace for the third quarter. Bettor Aim moved out three wide and made up good ground but was covering extra ground at a very hot pace. At the 400m it was just the 5 chances but Chiaroscuro was travelling well and only had to keep going. On the turn out of the back straight Mighty Flying Deal was through on the inside of Bettor Aim and it was on for the run home. Chiaroscuro skipped clear in the straight but they were chasing hard and in a very close finish, Chiaroscuro held on and won the $20,000 Gong XI Fa Cai Pace by a short half head from the very fast finishing Mighty Flying Deal with Herrick Roosevelt a head away in third. The last quarter was run in 28.7 with the mile rate a snappy 1:56.2. This was the 9th win for the Kody Charles bred gelding with over $54,000 this season. It was also the third win from the last 5 starts and tipped Chiaroscuro over the magical $100,000 mark. Sold at the 2105 Yearling sale for $18,500, he has been a very good buy for his owners.

Chiaroscuro is one of 6 winners produced by race winning dam Kelty Star (Caprock), including I Am Special(Live Or Die) 1:57.4 $74,744, winner of the 2009 WASBA Breeders Stakes and other metropolitan races and dam of Dior Mia More (Tintin In America) 1:53.2 10 wins $77,806. Kelty Star is a full sister to Jillbo 1:53.8 27 wins $272,951, the dam of 5 winners including Jackaroo Bromac (McArdle) 1:52.4 27 wins $238,717 and Juliette Bromac (Art Major) 1:54.5 9 wins $99,546 and granddam of Aldebaran Macha (Mach Three) 1:54.7 17 wins $134,722.

Stepping out in the trotting stand event, 6yo gelding Lifes Delight (Bettors Delight out of Life On The Line by Life Sign) started beautifully from the front line and went straight to the lead. With a lap and a half to go and the field finally settled into positions, Lifes Delight was humming along with Tenno Sho in the breeze and Jax Or Better on the rails well clear of the next runner Star In Sight who was well clear of the rest of the field. Approaching the 400m mark Star In Sight had caught the leaders and was making a move, but coming into the home straight Lifes Delight was in command. Star In Sight was making a race of it but no real threat to the favourite Lifes Delight who went on to win the $18,000 China Town Trot by 3.7m from Star In Sight followed by Tenno Sho and Jax Or Better. It was the second consecutive win for the pacing bred gelding after a win at Pinjarra earlier in the week, and took his lifetime stakes to $40,578 from 4 wins and 14 places.

Bred by Seahorse Racing Stables, Lifes Delight is one of two winners from his 100% pacing bred dam Life On The Line(Life Sign)TR2:04.9 $15,775, whose other winning foal is a pacer! Life On The Line is out of unraced US mare Walkin The Line (No Nukes), who has the very impressive record of 7 foals for 7 winners including Backin Ina Jiffy (Village Jiffy)1:58.2 10 wins $107,333, Backina Falcon (Falcon Seelster) 1:57.3 $149,385 and another trotter Backina Lifetime (Life Sign) TR 1:59.9 13 wins $70,053. This is an incredible female line of multiple winners, the most famous of which is probably Artsplace (Abercrombie) 1:49.2 $3,085,083, with the dam of Artsplace in Miss Elvira (Albatross) being a half sister to the dam of Walkin The Line.

 OUTSTANDING

(15 February 2019) A quieter night but what absolute quality. Two wins in Group races by two very good young horses, some excellent racing and a second consecutive win for Miss Sangrial. But over to our WA bred horses, winners of the $40,000 Caduceus Club Classic and the $50,000 RWWA Cup!

Unbeaten this season and drawing barrier 1 was always going to make 3yo gelding Patrickthepiranha (Four Starzzz Shark out of That’s The Spirit by Pacific Rocket) the raging favourite. Coming out beautifully at barrier release, Patrick strode well clear with one of the main dangers Shockwave caught wide from barrier 7 and Tellmetoattack, from inside the back line, getting behind the leader. As the field settled with two laps to go, the hard working Shockwave was forced to continue his 3 wide move to get to the breeze. Kyle Harper on Franco Edward, who had settled last, immediately moved forward three wide and was in the breeze with 1200m to go. It was a solidly run race with the first quarter in even time and second quarter in 29.2. Gee Jay Kay made his three wide forward move, closely followed by Eloquent Mach, as they entered the home straight for the final lap. After a 28.2 third quarter it was all Patrickthepiranha, with Franco Edward hanging onto second and the three wide Gee Jay Kay and Eloquent Mach close by. With driver Aiden de Campo looking over his shoulder checking for challengers, it was never going to be at issue who the winner was, only Gee Jay Kay and Eloquent Mach had any chance. Patrickthepiranha entered the straight well clear, and although Eloquent Mach made up good ground to finish second in front of Gee Jay Kay, the win in the $40,000 Caduceus Club Classic went to Patrickthepiranha by 3.6m in 1:56.1, last qtr 29.3. The win was the seventh for the season making it just under $57,000 for the season and just under $71,000 overall, for 8 wins and 1 place from 10 career starts.

Bred by Kevin and Annette Charles and purchased by Liam O’Connor and Jim Currie at the 2017 APG Yearling Sale, Patrickthepiranha is the 4th winner out of the very successful Thats The Spirit (Pacific Rocket) 1:54.9 who won 24 races and $134,334 in stakes. Thats The Spirit is a full or half sister to 7 other winners including Fake Spirit (Fake Left) 1:59.8 $184,368, Family Spirit (Il Vicolo), Luva Rum Ball (Presidential Ball) 1:54.9 22 wins $134,334 and Holms Spirit (Holmes Hanover) 2:02.4 $50,322. Fake Spirit is the granddam of 2013 $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic winner Chilli Palmer (Elsu) 1:51.5 $290,983. Holms Spirit is the dam of 4 winners from 4 foals including 2013 Kalgoorlie Cup winner Springsteen (American Ideal) 1:54.7 14 wins $157,989. Other members of the extended family include Massive Attack (Advance Attack) 1:52.2 15 wins $181,976, Waltzing With Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:51.7 21 wins $235,031 and Major Star (Art Major) 1:52.3 16 wins $212,228.

After a good third a fortnight earlier and held up for a run at his previous start, 5yo entire Handsandwheels (Mach Three out of Benjor Maddy Lombo by Perfect Art) was not considered by many at all from his barrier 6. The favourite Herrick Rossevelt was starting in 1 and went out fast to hold his position, with Handsandwheels going straight to the breeze. Vultan Tin from 4 went forward before they entered the home straight and quickly took over the breeze roll from Handandwheels, with the leaders back taken by Always Arjay who had started inside the back row. After a 36 second lead time, with Vultan Tin putting pressure on the leader from the breeze, the next two quarters were better than even time. With a lap to go the three wide line was led up by Im Full Of Excuses and Major Catastrophe, but with the quarter run in 28 they were done by the 500m when Handandwheels pulled three wide to stake his claim. Travelling strongly, Handandwheels was second as they left the back straight and rounding the turn for the run home, he hit the front but was going to have to hold out the fast finishing Always Arjay who was now clear, and The Bucket List who had sat behind Handandwheels and was coming wide. In the run for home there was another challenger in Mitch Maguire who had been 4th along the rails and was just getting clear. However in the finish Handandwheels had too many guns and went to the line a winner of the $50,000 RWWA Cup by a head from Always Arjay, with The Bucket List and Mitch Maguire dead heating for third. The mile rate was a super 1:54.3 with the last qtr in 28.5.

Handsandwheels was bred by Mike Howie and is out of 2016/17 and 2017/18 WASBA Broodmare of the Year Benjor Maddy Lombo (Perfect Art) 2:01.8 $21,511. She is also the dam of Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:57.4 11 wins $124,004, WASBA King Lethbridge winner Maddy White (Lombo Mandingo) 1:56.9 11 wins $110,824 and 2 other winners. Benjor Maddy Lombo is out of Magic Maddy Lombo (Classic Garry) 2:03.8 $7,664 who is a half sister to Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.3 $230,312, Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 33 wins $587,032, Sweet Maddy Lombo (Panorama) 1:59.5 11 wins $106,588 and Soho Madeleine (Bettors Delight) 1:56.8 9 wins $96,803. Magic Maddy Lombo's dam is Australian 3yo Filly of the Year and Australian Broodmare of the Year Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 $245,449, and of course, Misty Maiden is the dam of Australian 2yo and Horse of the Year Lombo Pocket Watch, the winner of 17 successive races as a 2yo and the only 2yo to be named Australian Horse of the Year.!

 A CLASSIC RACE BEFITTING DAINTYS DAUGHTER

(8 February) Not the same result as last week but some super performances by up and coming youngsters. A very nice run and win also for Miss Sangrial, who won at her second start back since resuming, following her expedition east for the Breeders Crown Series.

Drawn in 1 and favourite, 5yo gelding Back To The Beach (Somebeachsomewhere out of Jessica Clare by Million to One) scooted out in a fast 36.6 lead time to retain the lead after a brief challenge from Touch Of Success, who then settled for the breeze. Well placed were Another Ayjay on the leaders back, and Bettor Not Bitter one out one back. With a breather in the first quarter, the second quarter was run in even time before Bettor Not Bitter moved three wide with a lap to go, leaving the one by one position to Debt Free Charlie. At the 400m after making up some ground, the three wide line was now stalled. Coming into the home turn, Debt Free Charlie got through the gap left by the tiring Bettor Not Bitter and was running home, but Back To The Beach was still the one to beat. Rounding the turn a length clear, Back To The Beach moved further away in the run home and went on to win the $18,000 Westral Roller Blinds Pace by 3.6m from Debt Free Charlie and Another Ay Jay, mile rate a lifetime best 1:56.6 and last quarters in 28.2 and 28.6. Owned and bred by Allwood Stud Farm, it was his second win since resuming in December, and made the 11th win by Back To The Beach with 15 places and $85,067 in stakes.

Back To The Beach is one of three winners from his metropolitan winning dam Jessica Clare (Million To One) 1:55.9 $81,285, a winner of 11 races and 39 places overall. Jessica Clare is also one of three winners from her winning dam Jess Ann (Northern Lights) 2:06.6 $2,017, who is one of 6 winners from the unraced NZ mare Desann (Gerry Mir). Jess Ann is a half sister to the unraced Marilyn Ann (Hilarion), dam of 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 and Ultimate Consumer (Northern Lights) 1:57 12 wins $91,030 and granddam of Might Be Luck (Northern Luck) 1:55 19 wins $141,194. Also close up in this family is Northern Assassin (Northern Luck) 1:51.8 19 wins $192,058, Ginas Ingot (Allamerican Ingot) 1:56.7 $35,199, Jezalenkoubeauty (Safely Kept) 1:56.3 $89,914 and Khun Ratha (Bettors Delight) 1:55.0 $203,974, while the NZ arm of the family has produced Machtavish (Mach Three) 1:52.9 24 wins $276,823 amongst numerous other winners.

Rarely do you see the same owner breeder, trainer and driver winning a double on a Friday night but it happened again in successive weeks. Last week it was Robert Sheehy with the De Campos, but this week it was the combination of owner breeder Allwood Stud Farm, driver Chris Lewis and trainer Ross Olivieri. 5yo gelding Lord Willoughby (Mach Three out of Amongst Royalty by Parsons Den) was starting from the handy inside the back row position, especially handy when the favourite, in this case Chok Chai, is starting from 1. Chok Chai started fast and settled straight into the race leader’s position, with Lord Willoughby sitting on his back. They proceeded to run the first and second quarters close to even time, with As Happy As Larry going forward from his one out two back position to take the breeze with just over two laps of the 2536m journey to go. With a lap to go, Chris Lewis manoeuvred Lord Willoughby off the rails to be behind As Happy As Larry, and Smoldering Ashes took his place behind Chok Chai. Around the bend out of the back straight it was still Chok Chai from As Happy As Larry but Lord Willoughby was now three wide and into the clear. As they ran for home it was a real tussle between the leading three but Lord Willoughby got to the line first to win the $20,000 Happy 60TH Birthday Pace by a half neck from Chok Chai and the valiant As Happy As Larry in third. James Butt ran on well to 4th in front of Smoldering Ashes who didn’t get a run. The mile rate was a good 1:58.1 and last qtrs. Solid at 28 and 28.7. It was the second win for Lord Willoughby since resuming in December and took his lifetime stakes to $153,621 from 15 wins and 26 places, from only 59 race starts.

Lord Willoughby is out of top flight race mare and dual Group 1 winner Amongst Royalty (Parsons Den) 1:55.1 23 wins $570,820. Amongst Royalty is also the dam of Lady Willoughby (Allamerican Ingot) 1:56.6 $167,293. The dam of Amongst Royalty is the unraced Arctic Glow (Northern Lights) who is the dam of 8 winners including Chazsalico(Prince Of Gold) 1:57 $141,515 and Made Of Dreams (Parsons Den) 10 wins $39,664 and dam of Group 1 winner Straittothehilton (Rich And Spoilt) 1:56 10 wins $157,415. Arctic Glow is out of Broncroft Castle (J R Skipper), the dam of 8 winners including Mon Poppy Day (Whats Next) 1:56.4 20 wins $318,558 and WA Oaks and 2yo Classic winner Parthenon (Golden Greek). This is quite a prolific producing family as Broncroft Castle is a half sister to Vain Franco (Holmes Hanover) the dam of 10 winners including 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 and Front Cover Lover (Whats Next) the dam of millionaire mare Bettor Cover Lover (Bettors Delight) 1:53.8 19 wins $1,026,427.

It was a very classy field of 3YO fillies (and rightly so) for the $50,000 Daintys Daughter Classic, with the race favourite Typhoon Tiff (Bettors Delight out of Tiffany Twisted by Righteous Hanover) going into the race with a first up win. Moving out fast from 5, Typhoon Tiff and driver Colin Brown made their intentions clear and after a short challenge, strode to the lead in a solid lead time of 36.8. Mandy Joan settled in the breeze and second favourite and new kid on the block Arma Indie was last of the moving line. Into the back straight with 700 to go Arma Indie made a fast forward three wide move to be third at the 400m. Just after the 400m Arma Indie became unbalanced giving the leading pair of Typhoon Tiff and Mandy Joan a clear start. As the commentator said, “it was all over” at the top of the straight with Typhoon Tiff well clear, Mandy Joan just starting to tire and Arma Indie balancing up and making up ground again. Typhoon Tiff went on to win the $50,000 Daintys Daughter Classic from Arma Indie by 6.6m in 1:56.7, last quarters 28.9 and 28 flat. Her stakes are now $65,526 from 5 wins and 2 places from only 7 starts.

Typhoon Tiff is the third foal and third winner from her dam Tiffany Twisted (Righteous Hanover) 1:59.9 3 wins $20,260. Her other winners include Bettor Twisted (Bettors Delight) 1:56.9 12 wins $99,004. Tiffany Twisted is a daughter of the unraced Twisted Art (Perfect Art) who is also the dam of Centrefold Angel (Legacy Of Power)1:55.2 14 wins $237,348 winner of the 2009 Diamond Classic, 2010 Daintys Daughter Classic as well as the 2013 WASBA Breeders Stakes. The granddam of Twisted Art is Go Go Gena (Romeo Hanover), part of Dr Tom Early’s broodmare band and part of the Star Song (Grattan Loyal) family, with other recent members of this family being Mary Catherine (Art Major) 1:54.5 15 wins $193,366 and Michael Joseph (Bettors Delight) 1:55.4 13 wins $102,768.

It was handy that the $2.00 favourite was starting in 1 because right behind him was 5yo gelding Be On Guard (Changeover out of Use Caution by Million To One). As expected the favourite Vrai Amour gathered speed quickly from the barrier and settled into the lead role, with Be On Guard scooting up to sit on the leaders back. After some shuffling of positions second favourite Our Rhythm N Blues went to the breeze and they proceeded to run a solid 28.8 second quarter. With a lap to go the breeze horse again pressured the leader and the third quarter was run in 28.5. At the 400 they were still going hard after a 28.5 third quarter and the leading pair of Vrai Amour and Our Rhythm N Blues were still in command, although Be On Guard was now moving three wide and Four Starzzz Forsa, who had been last on the rails, was now right up behind the race leader. Coming out of the turn into the home straight Our Rhythm N Blues had the measure of Vrai Amour, but Be On Guard had now raced up and got to the lead at the 50m. Racing for home, Be On Guard went on to win the $18,000 Westral Plantation Shutters Pace by 2.3m from Four Starzzz Forsa, brilliantly driven by Shannon Suvaljko, with Atmospherical coming from nowhere to run third. After so much pressure midfield, the final quarter was 29.5 and the mile rate 1:58.2. The win made it $56,668 from 9 wins and 8 places for the Mark Dobson bred Be On Guard.

Be On Guard, who is trained by part owner Ryan Cummins, is the most successful of 4 winners from his dam Use Caution (Million To One), with all foals getting to the track and raced by Mark. Use Caution is a half sister to race winner Loves To Play (Gamby Pride) 2:05.1 $5,055 the dam of Love Pays (Million To One) 1:54.6 28 wins $179,500. That wasn’t a fluke because Vieki (Maverick Almahurst) 2:05 $5,629, the dam of Use Caution and Loves To Play, is a half sister to Crazy Cam (Lucky Cam) 2:04.9 the dam of View To A Kill (Safely Kept) 1:54.4 $234,516, Out To Kill (Beach Towel) 1:52.2 $330,474 and Before Night Falls (Safely Kept) 1:58.1 $169,279!

OH WHAT A NIGHT

(1 February 2019) Probably the biggest night for WA bred winners at Gloucester Park in memory. There were 8 winners for the night, including two who won their second consecutive race. What a fantastic result!

After his brilliant win the previous week in a personal best 1:54, 3yo colt Shockwave (Mach Three out of Here For The Money by Rich And Spoilt) from 5 was starting equal favourite with Gee Jay Kay from 1. The start was always going to be important and Gary Hall Jnr from 5 drove out hard to get the lead, with Gee Jay Kay settling behind the leader after not being able to balance up and muster speed. After a lap Robbie Easton, who started widest in the field of 8, went forward to take the breeze with Eloquent Mach, who started in 7, now getting the one by one. That’s how they raced with Shockwave comfortably in front and Robbie Easton doing his best to put pressure on the leader. At the 400 Eloquent Mach made a three wide move but at this stage didn’t look a threat to the leading pair. As they entered the home straight Shockwave was racing well, with driver Gary Hall Jnr holding him back to the field and keeping Gee Jay Kay in a pocket. Shockwave went on to win the $18,000 Lloyds 3yo Pace by 2.7m from Robbie Easton, who just held out Eloquent Mach after the hard run. The mile rate was a tidy 1:57.7, with the last qtrs. 28.4 and 27.9.

It was the second consecutive win for the Kevin and Annette Charles bred colt, who now has 7 wins and 8 places for $108,752 in stakes. His dam Here For The Money 1:57.9 7 wins $81,874 was a well performed mare by the very good WA bred and raced sire Rich And Spoilt. Here For The Money is a daughter of the unraced Regal Castle (Safely Kept), who is a half sister to Duel Prince (Panorama) 1:57 $163,902. Their dam Duel Queen (Seahawk Hanover) 2:02.7 $32,150 is a half sister to four other winners including Queen Xena (Silent Spring) 2:02.7 $23,359, Gold King (Silent Spring) 1:58.4 $216,186 and Boldandbeautiful (Albert Albert) 1:59.2 $79,422 the dam of Its Only Rocknroll (Million Dollar Cam) 1:52.2 $344,832 and Morgan Abby (Aces N Sevens) 1:55.7 10 wins $118,050. Queen Xena is the dam of multiple Group 1 winners Chariot King (Badlands Hanover) 1:51.3 $643,405 and Emjayem Grand (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 $431,697.

Starting from 4 over the 1730m sprint journey, 5yo entire Wesley (Sportswriter out of El Jay Lombo by Bettors Delight) was second favourite with the expected race leader Bronze Seeker starting from 1. Out of the barrier, Wesley “got there first”, with Bronze Seeker taking the trail behind him and Debt Free Charlie, who started wide in barrier 7, going forward to take the breeze and Tanaka Eagle from 6 in the one by one. With a lap to go the runs were starting and Soho Chelsea was leading up the three wide line. At the 400m Wesley was running a great race with Debt Free Charlie putting up a sturdy effort in the breeze. The three wide line was starting to labour a little as they headed out of the back straight and straigtening up for the run home the gap was there for Tanaka Eagle to move three wide. Wesley was scooting for home though, and he went on to win the $20,000 Worldwide East Perth Pace comfortably in the end by 4.2m from the resilient Debt Free Charlie, with Bronze Seeker sitting behind Wesley to take third place. It was a lifetime best of 1:55.2 for Wesley with the last half in 57 flat. He has now won just under $45,000 this season and has 14 wins and 9 places overall for just over $146,000 in stakes.

Sarah Wall, part owner and trainer of Wesley, purchased Wesley's Victorian dam El Jay Lombo (Bettors Delight) 2:06.6 $8,000 in foal to Sportswriter, and Wesley was the resulting foal. Lady Lara Lombo (Northern Lights) 2:00.6 $51,120, the dam of El Jay Lombo, produced two other winners including the very successful Lord Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:56 24 wins $286,504. El Jay Lombo's granddam is Decethree Lombo (Classic Garry) 2:00.9 the dam of 11 winners including Lombo Skyrider (Panorama) 1:50 63 wins $841,611 and Lombo Cloud Nine (Northern Luck) $102,310. Decethree Lombo is out of Australian 3yo Filly and later Broodmare of the Year Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 12 wins $245,449 and is therefore a half sister to one of Australia's greatest ever 2yos in Lombo Pocket Watch (Jet Laag) 1:53.6 45 wins and $1,522,638. This family also includes Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.3 $230,312, Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 33 wins $587,032, locally raced mare Lady De La Renta (Well Said) 1:55.1 $148,166 and dual WASBA Broodmare of the Year Benjor Maddy Lombo, the dam of 2017 Derby winner Handsandwheels (Mach Three) 1:55.9 18 wins $360,680.

In the first of a rare double for a small owner breeder, the Robert Sheehy bred and owned 5yo Michael Joseph (Bettors Delight out of Stella Pearl by Live Or Die) brought up his third win for the season, overcoming being drawn in 9 in a fairly open race. With barrier 1 and 2 starters going hard out of the barrier, the lead time over the 2130m event was pretty solid at 36.4. After settling, You Gotta Have Faith from 2 was in the lead with Driven sitting behind him, and Naval Aviator settling in the breeze after challenging the inside runners. The race was run at better than even time, with Michael Joseph sitting last in the moving line. The race caller “read it like a book” and with just over a lap to go Michael Joseph moved three wide to make his run. At the 400 You Gotta Have Faith was now clear of the tiring Naval Aviator and Michael Joseph was running third, still three wide. As they headed for the home straight Michael Joseph had hit the front from You Gotta Have Faith, with Courage Tells manoeuvring out from the one-one behind Naval Aviator and coming wide. As they went for home Michael Joseph was a clear leader with Courage Tells running into second. Michael Joseph went on to win the $18,000 Dorros Dash by 2.5m in 1:56.2, last half 58 flat. Michael Joseph has now earned $102,768 in stakes from 13 wins and 10 places.

Two races later owner breeder Robert Sheehy was up again, this time winning the $22,000 Abbott and Co Past Presidents Cup for Fillies and Mares with 6yo mare Mary Catherine (Art Major out of Easy Riter by Getting It Right). Mary Catherine was starting as race favourite from 1 in the small but select field. Striding out beautifully she sprinted to a two length lead before slowing to a 39.1 lead time. Running leisurely along and with the favourite Maczaffair at the rear, Mary had Miss Sangrial and She Could Be Good behind her, with Im Stylish in the breeze. With a lap and the straight to go Maczaffair made a bold three wide more and the pace quickened considerably to a 27.6 third quarter. At the 400 Mary was looking great, with Maczaffair flat out three wide in fourth position. As they straightened for the run home, Im Stylish dropped out, Mary Catherine was in front and Miss Sangrial was off the rails and looking to challenge. Down the straight Mary had drifted out one position, giving room to She Could Be Good to run forward and take third position behind Maczaffair fighting on three wide with Miss Sangrial back behind the winner Mary Catherine, who in the end was too good and won by 2.3m in 1:58.2, last qtr 28.9. The win was the 15th or her career and with 22 places she has done very well with earnings of $187,642.

Keeping it in the family, Michael Joseph and Mary Catherine are related. Michael Joseph is the only foal from his unraced dam Stella Pearl (Live Or Die) who is a half sister to Mary Catherine) 1:54.5. Their dam Easy Riter (Getting It Right) 1:57.8 5 wins $39,252, is one of two winners from her dam Easy Girl (Romeo Hanover) who is a granddaughter of Star Song (Grattan Loyal), one of WA's notable breeder Dr Tom Early's broodmare gems. 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 are very noteworthy today and 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 $80,548, and the very promising 3yo filly Typhoon Tiff (Bettors Delight) 1:55.2 $33,526.

Starting short in the betting for the Group 2 $50,000 City of Perth Cup over the stayers 2536m journey, 7yo gelding Vultan Tin (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Ellevarrac by Pacific Fella) went straight to a comfortable lead from barrier 2, with Argyle Red from 1 settling behind him and Vampiro from the 9 barrier going to the breeze to give Gotta Go Gabbana the one out one back. Vultan Tin was running keenly in front with a 5m lead as they went into the back straight the last time. At the 400m after a 28.2 third quarter Gotta Go Gabbana moved three wide with Handsandwheels, who had been behind Gotta Go Gabbana, moving to four wide on her outside and El Jacko behind him. Coming into the straight Vultan Tin was clear but with the pack ready to pounce. Gotta Go Gabbana was running home well and Handsandwheels and El Jacko were coming wide and fast. However, two lengths clear at the 100m Vultan Tin was home and went on to win by 5.7m in 1:57.7, last qtr 27.8, with a very impressive fast finishing El Jacko coming from the clouds to grab second place over Handsandwheels. It was the second consecutive win to bring his career stakes to a exceptional $426,271 from 20 wins and 31 places.

Owner breeders Phil and Denise Costello and son Daniel are having great fun with Vultan Tin, who is a third generation "Costello", with Phil and Denise also breeding his dam Ellevarrac (Pacific Fella) 1:59.3 1 win and $12,896. She is one of three winners from the non winner Carravelle (Armbro Intercept) $9,118. It's an old female line with standouts from the early days in Bold Alabar and Sheffield Globe. There are plenty of other mares who just might have been able to produce a Vultan Tin if given the chance, so congratulations to the Costellos for believing in their mares.

Again overlooked in the betting (as we have said before, horses cant read), 6yo gelding Kaptain Kenny (Kenneth J out of Abbros Miss by Armbro Operative) was stepping out from 6 in the small field of 7 for the $20,000 Lisas Leg Pace, and he quickly settled last in the moving line, which translated to one out two back. The favourite Baylan Jett was leading with second favourite Roman Aviator in the breeze. No change until coming out of the back straight with about 250 to go and Ultimate Major in the one out one back was first to move. As they straightened for the run home Ultimate Major was three and a bit wide with Kaptain Kenny now ready to roll on his outside. At the 100m it was still Baylan Jett from Roman Aviator who was just ahead of Ultimate Major. But Kenny was just starting, and with the bit between his teeth he was flying, just catching Ultimate Major who just caught Baylan Jett for second. The winning margin was a half head with the last half in 57.8 and mile rate 1:57.6 Bred by Dot and Megan Schrader, it was his third win from 4 starts and with total wins of 8 with 14 places, his lifetime stakes are $68,423, more than half of that from this season.

Kaptain Kenny was bred by Dot and Megan Schrader from their unraced mare Abbros Miss (Armbro Operative). Abbros Miss is a half sister to Preordained (Parsons Den) 1:58 12 wins $70,252 and one other winner, and their unraced dam Go The Goose (Northern Lights) is a half sister to Its No Fake (Fake Left) 1:58.7 16 wins $120,768. This is a US female line with the dam of Go The Goose being the unraced NZ mare Morningside (Sokys Atom) who is out of the imported US mare Breezes Shower (Warm Breeze) 1:57.8. Morningside is a half sister to the dams of Immortal Quest (Sands A Flyin) 1:50 30 wins $449,590 and Far To Rusty (Bettors Delight) 1:54.1 17 wins $129,721 and a full sister to the dam of top Australasian pacer Winforu (In The Pocket) 1:51.6 32 wins $719,204 and second in the 2007 Inter Dominion to Blacks A Fake (Fake Left) 1:53.7 $4,575,438.

Starting his racing career in the east, 4yo gelding Thisbeachrighthere (Somebeachsomewhere out of San Sofia by Artsplace) has now made WA home and with dazzling speed from barrier 4 he had the lead quickly over Bob Wheel and the short priced favourite Our Corelli, who settled for two back the fence in the single file field. The lead time was solid but in a slow first quarter Anime went forward to the breeze with Mister Bushido in the one-one, meaning the favourite was now tucked in on the rails. At the 400m Mister Bushido made a three wide move and was making up good ground, with the favourite now off the rails and right on his tail. Round the home turn it was still Thisbeachrighthere in command, Anime fighting hard and Mister Bushido out wide. But he was too good and Thisbeachrighthere went on to win the $20,000 Whiteside winners Pace by 2.7m from Anime and Mister Bushido, mile rate 1:57.8 and last half 56.9. It was the 9th win and with 6 places he has stakes of $84,541.

Bred by Kevin and Annette Charles, Thisbeachrighthere is a half brother to 7 winners out of the fully imported US mare San Sophia (Artsplace) 1:52.6 $91,481. Her other foals include top NZ pacer Raging Bull (Christan Cullen) 1:56.6 $115,581 whose career was cut short by injury. San Sophia is a full sister to world champion mare and US 3yo and 4yo filly/mare Galleria 1:49.1 $1,814,453 (retired richest and fastest pacing mare), who is the dam of several winners including Gallie Bythe Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) 1:49 $749,898, Western Gallie (Western Hanover) 1:51.2 $322,615 and Fashion Ecstasy (Western Hanover) 1:52.4 $126,228 the dam of Little Brown Jug winner Filibuster Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) 1:48.4 $1,306,339. San Sophia is also a full sister to National Gallery 1:53.2 the dam of Lorrie Please (Western Ideal) 1:50.2 $558,774 and Smithsonian (Western Hanover) 1:49 $449,526. This is a family fairly new to WA and it will certainly be interesting to see how it progresses.

A very solid lead time of 36.4 was going to be testing for some, but 7yo gelding Charlie El(Rich And Spoilt out of Bucking Beauty by Pacific Fella) didnt need to worry, going straight back to second last then last in the 7 horse field. With race leader Sea Me Smile running even time quarters, the one wide line was forming after the first lap. Charlie El was saving ground on the rails at the back of the field. Regal Ambition was breezing and the two race leaders were doing their best going into the back straight the last time. The favourite Luis Alberto from the one out two back was first to move just before the 400m, with Illusionation from the one by one taking the three wide and Luis Alberto now four wide coming out of the back straight. Charlie El had tacked onto Luis's back and as they rounded the home turn for the run to the finish it was 5 across the track, Charlie El widest. With some tired horses on their inside Luis Alberto and Charlie El hit the lead at the 50m, and in a strong finish Charlie El just got over Luis Alberto to win the $20,000 Kyras Canter Pace by a half neck in 1:57.5, with the last half the slowest of the race. It was a good win by the Brett Scott bred and owned gelding who is now just under the magical $100,000 mark from 12 wins and 29 places.

Bucking Beauty (Pacific Fella) 2:00.1 5 wins $30,075, the dam of Charlie El, is the dam of 2 foals of racing age, both winners. Her dam Lady Of Honour (Chandon) 2:02.9 was also a race winner and dam of 2 winners and the unraced Lady Parsons (Parsons Den), who is the dam of two winners Rabchenko (Art Major) 1:55.2 12 wins $111,499 and Where Dreams Grow (Allamerican Ingot) 1:54.7 12 wins $103,800. Lady Of Honour is a half sister to another $100K earner in The Big Picture (Perfect Art) 1:54.8 $102,522. This is the family of the outstanding filly Via Vista, the winner of the 1980 Golden Slipper and 1981 WA Derby and several other Group races..

NIGHTS OF THUNDER

(25 January 2019) Nights of Thunder Final night and another good night of racing. There was a mix of old and new and some in between.

After a win three weeks ago and just missing a start in the Nights Of Thunder Final, 5yo gelding Chiaroscuro ( Art Major out of Kelty Star by Caprock) rightfully stepped out as favourite from barrier 1 in the 9 horse field. Scooting out, he was a comfortable leader from Courage Tells (barrier 2) on his back. Major Catastrophe settled in the breeze from barrier 3. Slowing down to a 38 second lead time, Chiarscuro with regular reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green was untroubled and running even quarters. Into the back the last time there was no change until the field headed for the turn into the home straight. Chiaroscuro had grabbed a handy lead with Bronze Seeker making a three wide move, Courage Tells now clear to come off the rails and Major Catastrophe still trying. Down the straight it was all clear for Chiaroscuro, who went on to win the $20,000 Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace by 3.1m from Courage Tells with the gallant Major Catastrophe in third, just holding out Bronze Seeker. The mile rate was 1:57.2 and last qtrs. In 28.5 and 28.2. The win was the 12 and he also has 9 places for $89,107 in stakes. He has won $42,000 this season following a $30,000 tally last season.

Bred by Kody Charles, Chiaroscuro is a half brother to 5 winners including I Am Special (Live Or Die) 1:57.4 $74,744, winner of the 2009 WASBA Breeders Stakes and other metropolitan races and dam of Dior Mia More (Tintin In America) 1:53.2 10 wins $77,806. Chiaroscuro's dam Kelty Star (Caprock) 2:01.1 $5,905 is a full sister to Jillbo 1:53.8 27 wins $272,951, the dam of 5 winners including Jackaroo Bromac (McArdle) 1:52.4 27 wins $238,717 and Juliette Bromac (Art Major) 1:54.5 9 wins $99,546 and granddam of Aldebaran Macha (Mach Three) 1:54.7 17 wins $134,722.

After a 3rd in the Fremantle Cup and one of several no luck runners in the Pacing Cup 7yo gelding Vultan Tin (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Ellevarrac by Pacific Fella) was only 3rd favourite but starting outside the field in barrier 7 with favourite Saying Grace in 1 and second favourite Our Jimmy Johnstone in 2 might have partially explained some of the pre race thoughts. However, Vultan Tin doesn’t read that well and was driven forward from the barrier by regular reinsman Chris Voak who quickly sized up intentions and settled in the one one behind Our Jimmy Johnstone, with Saying Grace leading and Always Arjay railing behind him. With the favourites up front and the race run evenly, no one was moving and the field raced into the back straight the last time with no change. At the 500 Vultan Tin made a fast three wide move with the one-two Mr Mojito and one-three and last Handsandwheels, tacking on. Coming off the back straight after a 28.9 3rd quarter, Vultan Tin had joined Saying Grace in the lead, with Always Arjay now clear to make a move. At the 100m, Vultan Tin hit the front and went on to win the $25,000 Glenroy Chaff Ray Duffy Memorial by 2.9m from Always Arjay who just pipped Saying Grace on the line. Handsandwheels, who had been last for most of the race, finished fast out wide to be 4th. The final quarter was run in 27.3 and mile rate over the 2536m journey was 1:59.2. Vultan Tin has put up some excellent performances against top company and the win was his 19th with 31 places contributing to stakes of $394,271. Since resuming in December he has earned $60,000 in stakes. Not bad for a WA bred horse by an unfashionable sire and a home bred mare.

Bred and owned by Phil and Denise Costello and trained by Phil, Vultan Tin is out of Ellevarrac (Pacific Fella) 1:59.3 1 win and $12,896, who is one of three winners from her non winning dam Carravelle (Armbro Intercept) $9,118. Ellevarrac and Carravelle were both bred by Phil. This is a very old female line given little opportunity to succeed until now. The maternal line includes Indomitable (Saab) and champions of the past like Bold Alabar and Sheffield Globe.

After a nice win (also from barrier 1) at Bunbury at his previous start, 8yo gelding Tarsao (Courage Under Fire out of Lady Maryclaire by Walton Hanover) drew barrier 1 again and with Kim Prentice on board wasn’t going to waste the opportunity. Going straight to the front, he then settled into a leisurely rate for the first half of the race, with Clarenden Hustler (from inside the back line) on his back and Baylan Jett (from 2) in the breeze. With a lap and the straight to go, Four Starzzz Forsa moved up three wide. At the 400 it was hammer and tong between Tarsao and Baylan Jett with Four Starzzz Forsa just back a little, and that’s how they rounded the home turn. At the 100 the field was packed tightly with Tarsao still in front, Baylan Jett just starting to tire and Four Starzzz Forsa still in it three wide. Tarsao started to drift under pressure and Clarenden Hustler snuck up on the rails but the post was too close and Tarsao fought it out to win the $18,000 Westral Im Themightyquinn Consolation by a neck from Clarendon Hustler and Four Starzzz Forsa. Bred by Tarsao Investments and M Andrews, Tarsao has now won just over $63,000 from 8 wins and 7 places.

Lady Maryclaire (Walton Hanover) 2:01.2 $24,570 is the dam of 4 winners from her only 5 foals of racing age. She is a daughter of, and one of 11 winners produced by her dam Cerebrano (Lordship) and therefore is a full or half sister to Innocent Eyes (Safely Kept) 1:57.6 $421,875, Doc Ryan (Jeremes Jet) 1:58 $48,368, Windsong (Northern Lights) 2:00.1 and Shes Innocent (D M Dlilinger) 2:01.7. Innocent Eyes is the winner of the 2005 Victorian Oaks, 2005 Australian Oaks and 2006 Chariots of Fire. Windsong is the dam of recent Northam Cup winner Major Rush (Art Major) 1:58.3 15 wins $161,282 and Shes Innocent is the dam of multiple Group 1 winner Restrepo (Art Major) 1:52.4 19 wins $527,118, Innocent Affair (Art Major)1:55.5 $50,621 and Innocent Artist (Art Major) 1:57.3 $42,031.

An exciting group of 3yos getting ready for the big races this year and the $18,000 Retravision 3YO Pace over the 1730m sprint journey was a good opportunity to take a look at some of our up and coming horses. Starting from 5 on the front, second favourite Shockwave (Mach Three out of Here For The Money by Rich And Spoilt) started brilliantly under Gary Hall Jnr’s driving and scooted out to a clear lead from favourite Gee Jay Kay from 1. The pace was on and the field was spread out with a lap and a half to go. Gee Jay Kay moved up to breeze next to Shockwave in the 28.3 first quarter. The half was run in 57.3, with Amadeo managing to catch up to the leading pair. Into the back the first three still well clear and Eloquent Mach starting to make a move from the back end of the field which was 20m away. The third quarter was 28.7 and coming out of the back Shockwave started to pull away. Into the straight the result was beyond doubt and it was who to run second. Shockwave went on to win in a lifetime best of 1:54, last qtr 28.4, with Eloquent Mach just getting to the valiant Gee Jay Kay to take second place, 9.3 off the winner. It was the Kevin and Annette Charles’ bred colt’s 6th win, and with 8 places he has stakes of $97,871.

Shockwave was a $46,000 Yearling Sale purchase and looks to be worth every penny. He is the second foal and first winner from his dam Here For The Money (Rich And Spoilt) 1:57.9 7 wins $81,874 including second in Group 1 Sales Classic and third in the Group 1 Diamond Classic (to the sensational Sensational Gabby). The unraced Regal Castle (Safely Kept), the dam of Here For The Money, produced one other winner and is a daughter of Duel Queen (Seahawk Hanover) 2:02.7 $32,150. Duel Queen is a half sister to Queen Xena (Silent Spring) 2:02.7 $23,359, Gold King (Silent Spring) 1:58.4 $216,186 and to the Albert Albert dam of Its Only Rocknroll (Million Dollar Cam) 1:52.2 $309,432. Queen Xena is the dam of multiple Group 1 winners Chariot King (Badlands Hanover) 1:51.3 $643,405 and Emjayem Grand (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 $431,697. The family also includes Baileys Dream (Dream Away) 1:55.1 23 wins $1,216,513..

PACING CUP NIGHT ROLLS IN

(18 January 2019) Pacing Cup night and lots of excitement, with 5yo Rocknroll Hanover stallion Rocknroll Lincoln taking the spoils in WA's top Pacing event, and we did have to wait until the last race for the girls to strut their stuff.

Favourite Gotta Go Gabbana (Gotta Go Cullect out of Lady Gabbana by Kinney Hanover), who was the emergency for the Pacing Cup, was starting in barrier 8. Shes Artful drove through to hold her advantage from barrier 1 but Mary Catherine raced out from 7 to gather her in and go to the lead on entering the straight. Meanwhile Gotta Go Gabbana had dropped back to last before motoring through the field to get to the breeze with two laps to go. She Could Be Good had settled two back the rails from her barrier 5. The speed was solid with the two tough girls in front. That’s how they ran until Gotta Go Gabbana put more pressure on the leader, but at the 400 Mary Catherine still held the advantage, with Im Stylish valiantly running into third out wide. Coming into the home straight Gotta Go Gabbana had levelled up with Mary Catherine and at the 100m it was between the two, with She Could Be Good now out four wide after being manoeuvred off the rails on the home turn. Down the straight it was the bigger Gotta Go Gabbana overcoming Mary Catherine to win the $22,000 Tabtouch Fillies and Mares 2130m Pace by 2.3m from Mary Catherine, with the flying She Could Be Good a head away in third. The mile rate was 1:56.7 with no quarter over 30 secs. The win was the 12th for the Colin and Annie Belton bred and owned mare, who also has 18 places and $141,232 in stakes.

Bred and owned by Annie and Colin Belton and trained by Annie, Gotta Go Gabbana has won nearly $50,000 this season and except for a mishap in the $100,000 Mares Classic she has not been out of a place in her previous 7 starts. Gotta Go Gabbana is the first foal from her dam Lady Gabbana (Kinney Hanover) 2:02 $58,461, who was a $6,000 Yearling Sale purchase by the Beltons, who have a very good record at the Sales. The dam of Lady Gabbana is the unraced Whitbys Beachbabe (Beach Towel), who produced 3 winners and is a half sister to 4 winners including Whitbys Magic (Magic Fella) 1:58.2 13 win $115,939 and Shoalwater Whitby (Holmes Hanover). Shoalwater Whitby is the dam of Paid Twice (Blissfull Hall) 1:55.9 8 wins $70,243 and the family has produced a number of good horses including Bow And Arrow (Afella Rainbow) 1:58 15 wins $96,179, Ann Of Whitby (Adios Vic) 2:00.7 13 wins $51,995, Express Fire (Shipps Scorch) 1:54.8 $212,177, Henry Te Whitby (Crouch) 1:57.9 9 wins $128,415 and Commander Whitby (Crouch) 1:57 12 wins $57,710.

THE MARSHALL IS IN TOWN

(11 January 2019) A brilliant front running display from the visitor, the fastest horse in Australasia in My Field Marshall (Art Major) saw him take out the $300,000 2019 Fremantle Cup in 1:55.6 over the 2536m race. This was the 26th win for My Field Marshall who also has 21 places and over $1.3 million in stakes, with a lifetime best of 1:46.9 set in the Miracle Mile. Not surprising about his ability because My Field Marshall is out of champion mare Foreal (Washington VC) 1:55.8 $623,872. In Australia Foreal she won the Group 1 2005 NSW Oaks and the Group 1 Ladyship Mile (as a 4yo). She won a heat of the 2006 Inter Dominion and ran 5th in the final to Blacks A Fake, and was 3rd in the 2007 Inter Dominion Final, again to Blacks A Fake.

It was also a brilliant display from 3yo filly Dracarys (Bettors Delight) to stamp her authority over other top 3yo fillies, winning by 15.8m in 1:56.4 over the 2130m journey. Not to be outdone, we had some nice wins by our WA bred horses.

Resuming in November after 4 months away, and with 3 wins and a place from her last 5 starts, the starting odds of 11/2 for 4yo mare Lady De La Renta (Well Said out of Flylika Bird Lombo by Jet Laag) were nice for those that had them. Starting in 6 she quickly settled into the one by one, with the favourite Liberty Rose holding the inside from 2 and Mary Catherine from 3 having to settle for the breeze. After the quick burn out from the barrier, Gary Hall Jnr on Liberty Rose slowed the race down and looked comfortable in front, but with Lady De La Renta on her toes. Picking up the pace substantially in the back straight the last time it was a 27.6 third quarter, with Mary Catherine going hard and getting the better of Liberty Rose and Lady De La Renta ready to pounce. Into the home turn Lady De La Renta pulled out three wide to tackle new race leader Mary Catherine. Straightening up and Liberty Rose briefly regained the lead as Lady De La Renta powered home. Lady De La Renta raced home to win the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Pace by 3.5m from Mary Catherine who just got to Liberty Rose on the line, mile rate 1:57.5 and last quarter 28.1. The win took her stakes to $148,013 from 11 wins and 5 places, from only 26 starts. She has 4 wins and 1 place from 7 starts this season.

Bred by Kevin, Annette and Kody Charles, Lady De La Renta is out of Victorian race mare Flylika Bird Lombo (Jet Laag) 1:59.8 7 wins $53,975. She is a daughter of Decethree Lombo (Classic Garry) 2:00.9 and is a half sister to 10 other winners including Lombo Skyrider (Panorama) 1:50 63 wins $841,611, Lombo Cloud Nine (Northern Luck) 1:55.3 $102,310, Lombo Silhouette (Troublemaker) 1:58.4 9 wins $92,528 and Lady Lara Lombo (Northern Lights) 6 wins $51,120 the dam of Lord Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.6 $286,184 and granddam of Wesley (Sportswriter) 1:56.5 13 wins and $133,807. Decethree Lombo is out of Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 $245,449, the Australian 3yo of the Year and later Broodmare of the Year, and is a full or half sister to the unraced Golden Maiden (Golden Greek) and 8 other winners including Magic Maddy Lombo (Classic Garry) 2:03.8 $7,664, Bachelor Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:55.5 14 wins $103,650, Australian 2yo and Horse of the Year Lombo Pocket Watch (Jet Laag) 1:53.6 $1,522,638, the winner of 17 successive races as a 2yo and the only 2yo to be named Australian Horse of the Year. Golden Maiden is the dam of Perfect Gold Lombo (Perfect Art) 1:53.2 18 wins $175,560, and Magic Maddy Lombo is the dam of 7 winners including Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 33 wins $587,032, Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.3 $230,312, Sweet Maddy Lombo (Panorama) 1:59.5 11 wins $106,588 and Benjor Maddy Lombo (Perfect Art) 2:01.8 $21,510 the dam of WA bred Derby winner Handsandwheels (Mach Three) 1:55.0 18 wins $356,020, Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:57.4 11 wins $125,378 and Maddy White (Lombo Mandingo) 1:56.9 11 wins $110,824.

You would have to say he was a bit of a tough one, with 178 starts behind him. Certainly 9yo gelding Baptism Of Fire (Ponder out of Crystal Journey by Sands A Flyin) wasn’t going to waste his barrier 1 and that was reflected in his position as second favourite to The Gary Hall Snr trained The Arsonist who was starting in 2. Out of the barrier Baptism Of Fire went straight to the front with The Arsonist in the breeze. Doing it nicely in front, the lead time and first half were steady, with no moves afoot. With a lap and the length of the straight to go there was a three wide move but not particularly fruitful and Baptism Of Fire with Michael Grantham on board picked up pace to a 28.2 third quarter. At the 400 it was still Baptism Of Fire from The Arsonist with the one by one horse Quincey Brogden going forward and Whoswhointhezoo from two back on the fence weaving his way through and running 4th three wide coming out of the back. Into the straight it was down to the three, with little Anime getting clear to chase as well. However, at the 100 Baptism of Fire had a length on Whoswhointhezoo and the tiring Arsonist, with Anime in 4th and although “Whoswho” got very very close, Baptism Of Fire went on to win the $18,000 Pace by a very small half head, mile rate 1:58.2 and last quarters 28.2 and 29.1. This brought up 12 wins by Baptism Of Fire and along with 26 places he has stakes of $98,963.

Bred by Patrician Park, Brett Coffey and Joanne Boag, Baptism Of Fire is a half brother to 3yo Westbred Classic winner and multiple Group 1 winner Mister Jadore (Grinfromeartoear) 1:57 12 wins $267,889, Breeders Crown winning filly Nostra Villa (Art Major) 1:55.1 13 wins $348,870, and Hastalavista (Sportswriter) 1:57.8 12 wins $98,963. Their dam Crystal Journey (Sands A Flyin) 2:00.2 11 wins $113,185 is not only a 100% producer, but also a good racemare. Crystal Journey is one of three winners from her dam Silky Atom (Sokys Atom), who is out of Silk And Satin (New York Motoring) 1:59.1 $82,684 who produced 8 winners including Galactic Council (Sokys Atom) 1:52 29 wins $224,444 and Our Hippity Hop (Precious Bunny) 1:53.2 25 wins $231,010. Silk And Satin is out of the US mare Satin Lining, imported to NZ by the Cardigan Bay Syndicate in the 80s.

With a win at his previous start cementing his right to start at metropolitan class meetings, 6yo gelding Kaptain Kenny (Kenneth J out of Abbros Miss by Armbro Operative) also had barrier 1 on his side, just with the slight obstacle of the favourite Dominate The Dojo starting from 2. So the start was very important. Dominate The Dojo scooted out expecting a challenge but trainer driver Kyle Harper on Kaptain Kenny steadied out of the barrier to settle in behind the leader. In an unusual situation the breeze horse Illusionation, who was pulling very hard and a choking risk, was pulled out of the race as they came into the straight the first time, giving a chance to Absolution to come from the back and breeze, with Soho Reaper sitting behind in the one one. The pace was pretty slow and the timer wasn’t timing. At the 500 Dominate The Dojo and Absolution were still in front but the runs started and Soho Reaper moved three wide and Luis Alberto from the one out two back moved four wide as they came out of the back straight. Kaptain Kenny was brilliantly manoeuvred to be running behind Soho Reaper, but it was four across the track as they rounded the turn into the home straight for the run to the line. As they straightened up Kaptain Kenny was now in the clear, although a length or two back, and Luis Alberto hit the front at the 100m. With daylight in front of him Kaptain Kenny was flying home, Luis Alberto was faltering and it was Kaptina Kenny on the line with the win in the $18,000 Retravision Pace by a nose, mile rate 1:58.9. This was the 2nd consecutive win and 7th win overall by Kaptain Kenny, who has also been placed 14 times for stakes of $55,498.

Bred by Dot and Megan Schrader, Kaptain Kenny is out of the unraced Abbros Miss (Armbro Operative), who is a half sister to Preordained (Parsons Den) 1:58 12 wins $70,252 and one other winner. Their unraced dam Go The Goose (Northern Lights) is a half sister to Its No Fake (Fake Left) 1:58.7 16 wins $120,768. The dam of Go The Goose is the unraced NZ mare Morningside (Sokys Atom) who is out of the imported US mares Breezes Shower (Warm Breeze) and is a full or half sister to the dams of Immortal Quest (Sands A Flyin) 1:50 30 wins $449,590, Far To Rusty (Bettors Delight) 1:54.1 17 wins $129,721 and top pacer Winforu (In The Pocket) 1:51.6 32 wins $719,204 and second in the 2007 Inter Dominion to Blacks A Fake (Fake Left) 1:53.7 $4,575,438.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

(4 January 2019) The first metro meeting of the year and what a good night of racing. The $50,000 Trotters Cup went to Sun Of Anarchy after the favourite galloped and a brilliant drive by Nathan Turvey just about stole the show with the very brave front runner Tenno Sho. We had brother Golden State (Big Jim) and sister Maczaffair (Mach Three) both winning on the night for Albert Walmsley, and consecutive wins in successive weeks for the promising Sportswriter brother to local stallion Follow The Stars (Art Major) whose first crop of two year olds are about to start their careers. Good efforts too from 4 WA bred horses, with two from the same family but bred quite differently.

After a short let up over December, 5yo gelding Chiaroscuro (Art Major out of Kelty Star by Caprock) started favourite from the prized barrier 1. Getting away nicely he went straight to the front, with Michael Joseph, from inside the back line, on his back and second favourite Kimani settling in the breeze. The lead time and first half were moderate and a three wide line formed with 1000 to go. However into the back straight the last time Chiaroscuro and Kimani were running very competitively and the pace picked up to a 27.5 third quarter, leaving the three wide line struggling. At the 400m Chiaroscuro started to pull away from Kimani, and Argyle Red from 4 along the fence got a good run through to be behind Michael Joseph after Soho Chelsea went wide to make a run. Coming around the home turn there were moves a plenty, but none really threatening other than the rails’ runners. At the 100m Chiaroscuro had the race under control, with Michael Joseph getting out to chase, Argyle Red along the fence and Soho Chelsea out wider. That’s how they finished, with Chiaroscuro going on to win the $18,000 Retravision Pace by 4.9m from Michael Joseph with Argyle Red third, mile rate 1:57.5 and last qtr 28.4. Bred by Kody Charles and sold at the 2015 Yearling Sale for $18,500, Chiaroscuro has now won 11 times and has 9 places in his 34 starts. Proving that patience is a virtue, he has won over $60,000 at 4 and 5 out of his lifetime stakes of $76,817.

Chiaroscuro is out of race winner Kelty Star (Caprock), who has produced 6 winners including I Am Special (Live Or Die) 1:57.4 $74,744, winner of the 2009 WASBA Breeders Stakes and other metropolitan races and dam of Dior Mia More (Tintin In America) 1:53.2 10 wins $77,806. Kelty Star is a full sister to Jillbo 1:53.8 27 wins $272,951, the dam of 5 winners including Jackaroo Bromac (McArdle) 1:52.4 27 wins $238,717 and Juliette Bromac (Art Major) 1:54.5 9 wins $99,546 and granddam of Aldebaran Macha (Mach Three) 1:54.7 17 wins $134,722.

With 6 consecutive wins in June to August and returning in December after 10 weeks absence, Roman Aviator (Mr Aviator out of Lombo Lucida by Northern Lights) started with a first up win followed by two places from 4 starts in December. He rightfully stepped out as favourite from barrier 2 and getting away beautifully, went straight to the lead from the smaller Anime who started as second favourite from barrier 1 . Stunin Eyes Only went out fast from 9 to get to the breeze before first Luis Alberto and then El Comancho went around to take that position before a lap had been completed. A moderate lead time and first quarter suited the front runners. Into the back straight the last time and the three wide line led by One Off Delight was moving forward in a 28.6 quarter. At the 400m One Off Delight was running fourth but his run had finished, El Comancho was hanging on to second, Anime was looking for room and the two and three wide line were stalled. On the turn out of the back straight Roman Aviator was cruising, none of the horses who had run wide were making an impression and the race was between the first three rails runners. Still no threat to Roman Aviator and although he tired a little, he went on to win the $18,000 Glenroy Chaff 2130m Pace by 1.7m from Anime, with Absolution who had been third on the rails coming through for third. The mile rate was 1:58.8 with last quarter solid at 28.1. Bred and owned by Peter George, Roman Aviator commenced racing in January 2018 as a 3yo, and in the space of 12 months he has earnings of $59,062 from 9 wins and 8 places from 29 starts.

Roman Aviator is out of the lightly raced winner Lombo Lucida (Northern Lights) 2:00.9 who has produced 6 winners in total including Half A Mill (Million To One) 1:57.2 11 wins $85,370. Interestingly, another of the winners from Lombo Lucida in Awesome Cassi (Armbro Operative) 2:01.5 9 wins $31,785, the dam of Illusionation (Rich And Spoilt) 1:57.8 6 wins $39,073 who was held up for a run in this race after being positioned fourth along the rails. Lombo Lucida is out of the prolific broodmare Liberty Lombo (Hilarion) 2:02.7 $18,435 who produced 11 winners from 13 live foals including Showstopper (Northern Luck) 1:55.5 12 wins $90,920 and Baylan Jett (Courage Under Fire) 1:54.2 10 wins $74,605. Other winners from the mare include Ezee Lombo (Whats Next) 1:58.3 9 wins $53,655 the dam of Ezee Duzit Lombo (Million To One) 1:57.5 12 wins $70,816; Dynamite Freedom (Million To One) 1:56.9 7 wins $47,190 the dam of , Lombo Party Doll (Troublemaker) 2:00.3 6 wins $44,058 the dam of Close Shave Lombo (Mach Three) 1:56.8 16 wins $97,349 and Libertybelle Lombo (Jet Laag) 2:04.1 $6,475 the dam of Looks Like Heaven (Lombo Mandingo) 1:54.8 13 wins $98,765. Liberty Lombo is a half sister to Lombo Quest (Chandon) 1:58.5 6 wins $116,085 who won the Group 2 $50,000 2yo Filles WA Sales Classic and finished second in both the 2yo and 3yo legs of the APG 2yo and 3yo Fillies Finals. This is an extensive family of winners that also includes Misty Maiden, Preux Chevalier, Say It Now, Hollys Miss Molly, Lombo Skyrider, Suave Stuey Lombo and another of tonights winners in Handsandwheels, to name just a few. All belong to the family of NZ mare Mary Wootton, with many arms of the family making there way to WA.

Another one with the benefit of a short let up over the December period, 5yo entire Handsandwheels (Mach Three out of Benjor Maddy Lombo by Perfect Art) was resuming as favourite from barrier 2 in a field that contained 4 last start winners. Zooming out of the barrier, Handsandwheels had the lead from last start winner Back to The Beach sitting behind him and the in-form Im Soxy breezing. Most of the form horses were handy, with last start winner Bettor Aim one out two back and another last start winner As Happy As Larry on the rails behind Back To The Beach. With Im Soxy keeping the pressure on the race was run pretty solidly. Bettor Aim was leading up the three wide line in the back straight but with a 27.5 third quarter it was hard work. At the 400 Bettor Aim was 4th but three wide, Back To The Beach was clear to make a move and Im Soxy just struggling a little as Handsandwheels kept the pace on. A scrimmage on the bend into the home straight with As Happy As Larry coming off the rails put paid to any prospects behind the leading group, with Handandwheels leading into the straight. Although Bettor Aim made a valiant effort to catch him, Handsandwheels went on to win the $20,000 Life Is On With Clipsal Pace by 3.4m from Bettor Aim with Back To The Beach in third. The mile rate was a lifetime best of 1:55 flat, last quarter 28.5 to make the 17th win and $351,537, which includes 18 places from only 50 starts. This is another successful season from the Mike Howie bred Handsandwheels with over $40,000 earned so far, following a 2017/18 season with $78,000 in earnings.

2016/17 WASBA Broodmare of the Year Benjor Maddy Lombo (Perfect Art) 2:01.8 $21,511 is the dam of Handsandwheels as well as Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:57.4 11 wins $124,004, WASBA King Lethbridge winner Maddy White (Lombo Mandingo) 1:56.9 11 wins $110,824 and 2 other winners. Benjor Maddy Lombo is out of Magic Maddy Lombo (Classic Garry) 2:03.8 $7,664 who also produced Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.3 $230,312, Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 33 wins $587,032, Sweet Maddy Lombo (Panorama) 1:59.5 11 wins $106,588 and Soho Madeleine (Bettors Delight) 1:56.8 9 wins $96,803. Magic Maddy Lombo's dam is Australian 3yo Filly of the Year and Australian Broodmare of the Year Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 $245,449, with Misty Maiden the dam of Australian 2yo and Horse of the Year Lombo Pocket Watch, the winner of 17 successive races as a 2yo and the only 2yo to be named Australian Horse of the Year.This family also included Lombo Skyrider (Panorama) 1:50 63 wins $841,611, Lady De La Renta (Well Said) 1:55.1 $122,812 and Wesley (Sportswriter) 1:56.5 13 wins and $130,844.

After a pretty solid effort in much harder company the previous week (in fact, that race was won by one of tonights winners in Golden State), 7yo gelding Lot Twenty One (Allamerican Ingot out of Bootscootngirl by Parsons Den) started favourite with the advantage of barrier 1. Out of the barrier he worked to keep the lead from Dominate The Dojo, who had scooted out from 8 in an attempt to “get there first” in the 1730m fly. Sea Me Smile quickly settled one out one back and Blissntheblack from the inside back row draw was sitting right behind the leader. With the trackside timers not working it was down to the drivers to gauge the speed of the race and the leaders maintained close to even time. Into the back the backmarkers were trying to make an impression, but race leaders Lot Twenty One and Dominate the Dojo had picked up speed. By the 400m Dominate the Dojo had headed Lot Twenty One, with Pradas Ideal Dahling running third three wide, Blissntheblack on the rails and Sea Me Smile still one out one back. Coming around the home turn Lot Twenty One had fought back and kicked away, Dominate The Dojo was beaten but still trying, Pradas was tiring and Sea Me Smile was coming home well. In the end driver Chris Lewis had a look over his shoulder to see no one challenging and Lot Twenty One went on to win the $18,000 Perth Plasterboard Centre 1730m Pace by 5.4m from Dominate The Dojo in a mile rate of 1:56, last qtrs. 28.2 and 28.3. Lot Twenty One has now won 8 races and been placed 32 times for $85,613 in stakes. He has won over $31,000 this season with new trainer Debra Lewis.

Bred by Royalstar Pty Ltd and sold for a mere $11,000 at the 2013 WA Yearling Sale, Lot Twenty One is one of three winners from the unraced Bootscootngirl (Parsons Den), with full brothers Americanbootscoota 1:52.5 15 wins $178,495 and Yankee Boots 1:56.9 4 wins $20,586 also winners. Bootscootngirl is out Texan Cowgirl (Fake Left) 2:02.2 6 wins $20,645, the dam of 6 winners including Aussie Reactor (Camcracker) 1:50.6 44 wins $616,425, Binshaw Classic winner Aussie Delight (Bettors Delight) 1:55.2 12 wins and $115,876, and Texan Jet (Jet Laag) the dam of Anvil Rollover (Artistic Fella) 1:56.1 7 wins $49,585. The unraced Texan Classic (Classic Garry), the dam of Texan Cowgirl and 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. Texan Classic is a daughter of Texan Lady (Hilarious Way) the winner of 7 races and $34,153 in the early 80s. She is a granddaugther of Tasmanian Derby winner Heather Bay (Scotty Belmont) who is a full sister to champion pacers of the 60s in Joseph Scott and Valencia Bay.

THE LAST FRIDAY MEETING FOR 2018

(28 December 2018) What a top night of racing for the last major meeting of the year, with very nice mare Our Angel Of Harlem (Mach Three) winning the $30,000 The Coulson Final for the mares, beautifully bred stallion and Miracle Mile winner My Field Marshall (Art Major) absolutely brilliant in his first start in WA to win the $50,000 Village Kid Sprint, and a good performance by up and coming 4yo stallion Stefsbest (Sportswriter) also. Capped off by three good winning performances from WA bred horses.

Returning to racing the previous week (and running a good second) after an absence of over 4 months, 5yo gelding Lord Willoughby (Mach Three out of Amongst Royalty by Parsons Den) with barrier 2 looked to be solid chance, and his odds of 7/1 were a little generous for those lucky enough to notice. With the favourite The Art Form pinging out from 3, Lord Willoughby settled one out two back after a few hundred metres, with equal second favourites Walkinshaw in the breeze and Fizzing (3rd in the Golden Nugget) in the one one. The pace was solid with a 37.5 lead time and even time first quarter. No rest for the wicked with The Art Form really keeping the pace on with a 28.8 second quarter. Into the back Walkinshaw was taking the race right up to The Art Form and they were a length clear. At the 400 Walkinshaw had put in a super effort and had beaten The Art Form, with Lord Willoughby making a three wide run in a 28.3 3rd quarter. Coming into the home straight Lord Willoughby was flying, passing Walkinshaw by the 100m and just needing to hold out Always Arjay who was coming home very nicely after being one out 4 back in running. In the end it was Lord Willoughby a winner of the $20,000 Beau Rivage NYE Pace (Level 11) by 1.2 from Always Arjay in a lifetime best of 1:56.4, with Walkinshaw in 3rd, last qtr 29.1. Bred and owned by Allwood Stud Farm, the win was the 14th for Lord Willoughby and along with 24 places he has earnings of $136,664.

Lord Willoughby is out of one of WA's best race mares and dual Group 1 winner across Australia in Amongst Royalty (Parsons Den) 1:55.1 23 wins $570,820. Amongst Royalty is a dual Group 1 winner and winner of the Group 1 Bathurst Gold Tiara 2 yr old Fillies Final, APG 2 yr Fillies Final, Gold Chalice Listed 3 yr Classics, 2008 and 2009 Pinjarra Golden Girls Mile and won the 2010 Australian Pacing Championship Consolation. She is also the dam of Lady Willoughby (Allamerican Ingot) 1:56.6 $167,293. The unraced Arctic Glow (Northern Lights), the dam of Amongst Royalty, is the dam of 7 winners including Chazsalico (Prince Of Gold) 1:57 $141,515, Idolize Me (Lifes Not Fair) 1:56.4 13 wins $88,061, Aristocratic Glow (Northern Luck) 1:55.9 9 wins $74,456 and Made Of Dreams (Parsons Den) 10 wins $39,664 and dam of Group 1 winner Straittothehilton (Rich And Spoilt) 1:56 10 wins $157,415. Arctic Glow is out of Broncroft Castle (J R Skipper), the dam of 8 winners including Mon Poppy Day (Whats Next) 1:56.4 20 wins $318,558 and WA Oaks and 2yo Classic winner Parthenon (Golden Greek). As well as Vanessa Franco (Andrel) the granddam of 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 10 winners including 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 and Front Cover Lover (Whats Next) the dam of millionaire mare Bettor Cover Lover (Bettors Delight) 1:53.8 19 wins $1,026,427.

With 2 scratchings leaving a field of 6, 4yo mare Lady De La Renta (Well Said out Flylika Bird Lombo by Jet Laag) from barrier 1 was a very short favourite. Going straight to the lead out of the barrier, Lady De La Renta steadied for a slow lead and then ran the first two quarters in even time to be well and truly in control. Stretching out nicely to run a 28.8 third quarter, the field was doing their best to keep up. Coming around the home turn Lady De La Renta was well clear, with Mon Lillies from one out two back and Im Stylish from last, making three and 4 wide runs. Lady De La Renta went on to win the $20,000 Better Your Bet Level 11 Fillies and Mares Pace by an easy 5.3m in 1:58.2, with Mon Lillies finished a good second in front of Im Stylish, last quarter 29.1. Bred by Kevin, Annette and Kody Charles and purchased at the 2016 WA Yearling Sale by the Beltons for $26,000, Lady De La Renta has recorded her third win from 5 starts since resuming in November, taking her stakes to $134,902 from 10 wins and 5 places from only 24 starts.

Lady De La Renta is the first winner from racemare Flylika Bird Lombo (Jet Laag) 1:59.8 7 wins $53,975, who did all her racing in Victoria. Flylika Byrd Lombo is out Decethree Lombo (Classic Garry) 2:00.9 and is a half sister to 10 other winners including Lombo Skyrider (Panorama) 1:50 63 wins $841,611, Lombo Cloud Nine (Northern Luck) 1:55.3 $102,310, Lombo Silhouette (Troublemaker) 1:58.4 9 wins $92,528 and Lady Lara Lombo (Northern Lights) 6 wins $51,120 the dam of Lord Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.6 $286,184 and granddam of Wesley (Sportswriter) 1:56.5 13 wins and $130,844. Decethree Lombo is out of Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 $245,449, the Australian 3yo of the Year and later Broodmare of the Year, and is therefore a full sister to Magic Maddy Lombo (Classic Garry) 2:03.8 $7,664, Bachelor Lombo (Blissfull Hall) and 7 other winners including Australian 2yo and Horse of the Year Lombo Pocket Watch (Jet Laag), the winner of 17 successive races as a 2yo and the only 2yo to be named Australian Horse of the Year. This family is one of Australia's best and includes Derby winner Handsandwheels (Mach Three) 1:55.9 16 wins $339,447, Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:57.4 11 wins $124,004, Maddy White (Lombo Mandingo) 1:56.9 11 wins $110,824, Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.3 $230,312, Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 33 wins $587,032 and Sweet Maddy Lombo (Panorama) 1:59.5 11 wins $106,588.

Really showing his teeth is 3yo gelding Patrickthepiranha (Four Starzzz Shark out of Thats The Spirit by Pacific Rocket), has a perfect record of 5 out of 5 this season following his win in the $18,000 3YO NYE at Gloucester Park Pace. Patrick missed all the biggies as a 2yo, so his record of 6 wins and 1 place for $40,902 might look less than the others, but his ability is clearly evident. Starting favourite from barrier 4, Patrickthepiranha settled quickly into the leaders role, with stablemate Its Rock And Roll settling behind him and major threat Shockwave in the breeze. The lead time and first quarter were fairly sedate, with the speed picking up to a 29.4 second quarter before a buster of a third quarter in 27.7. Franco Edward started his run in the back straight and was second coming out of the back but the fast quarter took its toll on both him and Shockwave, with Patrick's only real threat sitting behind him. Its Rock And Roll came out to chase but was no match for the winner, with Patrickthepiranha winning by 1.8m from Its Rock And Roll with the brave Shockwave hanging on for third after breezing all the way. The mile rate was 1:57.2 with last half in 56 flat.

The second quality winner on the night bred by Kevin and Annette Charles, Patrickthepiranha is the 4th and currently best winner out of successful race mare Thats The Spirit (Pacific Rocket) 1:54.9 who won 24 races and $134,334 in stakes. NZ bred Thats The Spirit is out of Oh Whata Spirit (Whata Baron) 2:04.2 $21,090 and is a full or half sister to 7 other winners including Fake Spirit (Fake Left) 1:59.8 $184,368, Family Spirit (Il Vicolo), Luva Rum Ball (Presidential Ball) 1:54.9 22 wins $134,334 and Holms Spirit (Holmes Hanover) 2:02.4 $50,322. Fake Spirit is the granddam of 2013 $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic winner Chilli Palmer (Elsu) 1:51.5 $290,983. Holms Spirit is the dam of 4 winners from 4 foals including 2013 Kalgoorlie Cup winner Springsteen (American Ideal) 1:54.7 14 wins $157,989. Other members of the extended family include Massive Attack (Advance Attack) 1:52.2 15 wins $181,976, Waltzing With Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:51.7 21 wins $235,031 and Major Star (Art Major) 1:52.3 16 wins $212,228.

THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS

(21 December 2018) A quieter night after the big races of the previous fortnight, and an excellent run by Gotta Go Gabbana to finish second in the Christmas Gift after breezing, only missing out by 1.9m in 1:56.7, last half in 56 flat. There were two very happy Westbred winners as well.

At his second run since resuming after a six month break, 5yo gelding Back To The Beach (Somebeachsomewhere out of Jessica Clare by Million To One) started favourite from barrier 2, with an advantage over second favourite Bright Diamond starting from 8 on the front. Quite fresh and coming out hard, he was still beaten for speed by Bright Diamond who used some petrol to get to the front. Slowing the race right down once he had the lead, Bright Diamond continued on his merry way with Back To The Beach in behind, Just Bet On Black in the breeze and Destined To Rule in the one by one. Picking up the pace just a little in the 30.8 second quarter, with the Gary Hall Snr runner The Arsonist going fast from the back at the 1000m, the leaders really stepped on the pedals to run a 27.7 third quarter. At the 400 it was still Bright Diamond in front from Just Bet On Black in the two wide and The Arsonist running third 3 wide. Coming out of the back straight Destined To Rule moved 4 wide to make a solid run as The Arsonist and Just Bet On Black were fading. Bright Diamond was a length clear but Back To The Beach was now clear and chasing hard. Digging deap, Back To The Beach flew home to catch Bright Diamond and win the $18,000 NYE Packages Available HWOE < $40,000 Pace by a head, with Destined To Rule also finishing strongly to finish third, mile rate 1:58.4 and last half 57.2. The win was the for the Allwood Stud Farm bred and owned gelding who has just over $70,000 from 10 wins and 13 places.

Back To The Beach is the third winner out of his dam Jessica Clare 1:55.9 $81,285, a very handy mare in her own right, winning 11 races with 39 places. Jessica Clare is one of three winners from her dam Jess Ann (Northern Lights) 2:06.6 $2,017, who is a full or half sister to 6 winners and a half sister to the unraced Marilyn Ann (Hilarion), dam of Buck The Odds (Million To One) 1:55.6 31 wins $307,547, Money Master (1:57.7 18 wins $119,340 and Ultimate Consumer (Northern Lights) 1:57 12 wins $91,030. Also close up in this family is Northern Assassin (Northern Luck) 1:51.8 19 wins $168,603, Ginas Ingot (Allamerican Ingot)1:56.7 $35,199, Might Be Luck (Northern Luck) 1:55 19 wins and $141,194 and Jezalenkoubeauty (Safely Kept) 1:56.3 $89,914, while the NZ arm of the family has produced Machtavish (Mach Three) 1:52.9 24 wins $276,823, Callaway Bromac (McArdle) 1:56.1 20 wins $139,441 and WA bred Khun Ratha (Bettors Delight) 1:55.0 $201,024, another of the many who have recently gone to the US to further their careers.

With around $29,000 in stakes from 2 wins and 7 places this season, 6yo mare Parisian Partygirl (Courage Under Fire out of Summer Carnival NZ by Tuapeka Knight) was a "good thing" from barrier 1 and showing her intentions out of the barrier, she comfortably held the leaders role with Talk It Up landing in the breeze in front of October Brown and Mileys Desire racing behind the Partygirl. With a slow lead and slow first quarter, the speed was a little quicker in the second quarter but not quick enough for Infinite Symbol who was first to move three wide with a lap and the straight to run. The pace quickened to a 28 second third quarter, with Infinite Symbol running second with 600 to go. Mileys Desire was hanging on to the front pair who looked to be the only chances. As they rounded the home turn for the run home Parisian Partygirl looked to have the race won from a determined Infinite Symbol. At the 50m Parisian Partygirl had beaten Infinite Symbol and was heading for a good win, with Mileys Desire getting to Infinite Symbol in the last 20m. The last qtr of the $18,000 Heat of The Coulson was run in 27.7 with a mile rate of 1:58.8 for the 3.9m win by Parisian Partygirl.

Bred by Tarsao Investments, Parisian Partygirl was bought for $12,000 at the 2014 WA Yearling Sale and has now won 9 times been placed 35 times for earnings of $106,167.

GOLDEN NUGGET NIGHT

(14 December 2018) Golden Nugget night and Bettors Delight stallion Ana Malak the winner, with the Bond stable running first to 5th after those starters drew barriers 1, 2 3, 4 and inside the back row. Interestingly, the dam of Ana Malak is by the now WA based sire Tinted Cloud. And there was some return for effort after a lost chance the previous week and a brilliant win by 16m in a Heat of the Coulson by Our Angel Of Harlem.

With the favourite starting from 6, and the next 4 starters very close in the market, the first race of the night was going to be a competetive race. Sizzling out from 6, the favourite The Art Form looked unbeatable after 50m, and was 3 lengths clear of the next horse, Cracka Star who started from 1, with Courage Tells from 2 slipping quickly in behind him. Not going to miss out again, 5yo mare Gotta Go Gabbana (Gotta Go Cullect out of Lady Gabbana by Kinney Hanover) was driven forward to sit in the breeze. The quarters were run in even time and there were no changes in running until the back straight the last time when Gotta Go Gabbana looked to be struggling slightly. Carter Michael from the one one behind Gotta Go Gabbana came out three wide, and Courage Tells moved off the rails into the vacant spot in the two wide line. Coming out of the back straight it was Carter Michael outside Gotta Go Gabbana, but The Art Form still led. Straightening up for the run home, The Art Form shifted under pressure, with Cracka Star making a run down the inside and Gotta Go Gabbana was still there and looking a chance, although now three wide. It was touch and go to the line but the stronger Gotta Go Gabbana went on to win the $18,000 Pace by a half head from The Art Form with Cracka Star in third. The mile rate was 1:56.8, which was a great win in the breeze in open company, with last quarters in 29 and 28.2. It was the 11th win for Gotta Go Gabbana, who also has 15 places and $113,906 in stakes.

Bred and owned by Annie and Colin Belton Gotta Go Gabbana is another success story from Colin and Annie Belton's yearling sale purchases. They purchased Lady Gabbana (Kinney Hanover) for $6,000 at the 2007 WA Yearling Sale and she went on to win a tidy $58,461. Retiring to stud, her first foal was Gotta Go Gabbana. Whitbys Beachbabe (Beach Towel), the dam of Lady Gabbana, was unraced but produced 3 winners and is a half sister to 4 winners including Whitbys Magic (Magic Fella) 1:58.2 13 win $115,939 and Shoalwater Whitby (Holmes Hanover). Shoalwater Whitby is the dam of Paid Twice (Blissfull Hall) 1:55.9 8 wins $70,243. This is a nice maternal family that has also produced Bow And Arrow (Afella Rainbow) 1:58 15 wins $96,179, Ann Of Whitby (Adios Vic) 2:00.7 13 wins $51,995, Express Fire (Shipps Scorch) 1:54.8 $212,177, Henry Te Whitby (Crouch) 1:57.9 9 wins $128,415 and Commander Whitby (Crouch) 1:57 12 wins $57,710.

DASHING STYLE ON MARES CLASSIC NIGHT

(7 December 2018) The top race of the season for the girls, and thanks should go to Albert Walmsely of Westral Blinds for the massive amount of sponsorship that he provides every year, as well as the purchase of horses to race in WA.

It was also a sad night for the connections of one of our best 4yos in Jack Mac, who has raced with some setbacks and stepped out tonight and bravely won his Golden Nugget Prelude, but will not take his place in the field next week due to a pedal bone injury that he sustained during the race. We wish Jack Mac and his connections, the Howlett family, all the best for his full and speedy recovery.

With 2 wins, a 3rd (against top company in the Bunbury Cup) and a second at his previous 4 starts, vastly improved 6yo gelding Im Soxy was very underrated at 14/1, although barrier 9 might have had something to do with that. However, with the first three favourites in barriers 3, 4 and 3 on the backline it was really an open race. From the barrier, favourite Talktomeurmattjesty from 3 worked his way to the front with 3rd favourite Handsandwheels initially settling in the breeze. However, the flashy Im Soxy was on the move three wide and settled in the breeze with two laps to go. Talktomeurmattjesty looked pretty comfortable in front, even though the lead time was a good 36.8 and first qtr honest at just under even time. With a lap to go second favourite Kimani moved up from one out three back to lead up the three wide line. The third quarter was a sizzle at 27.7 and Im Soxy moved up strongly to head Talktomeurmattjesty at the 400m. Coming out of the back straight Kimani was struggling and Handsandwheels had moved out three wide to make his run, but Im Soxy wasnt giving in. They couldnt get past him in the straight and although he was hanging slightly after having lost a shoe, he was just too strong and went on to win the $20,000 Westral Security Doors and Screens Pace in a brilliant tought effort by 1.8m from Talktomeurmattjesty and a head to Handsandwheels in third, mile rate 1:56.3 and last qtr 28.7. This was a super effort from the Harry Capararo bred gelding who has improved so much under trainer Brian Clemens. The win was the 9th for Im Soxy and with 15 places he has just over $100,000 in career stakes.

Unfortunately Im Soxy is the only foal from his dam Forza Di Volonta (Mach Three) 1:58.3 4 wins $19,723, who is a granddaughter of 1995 Pearl Classic winner Mitemptation (Prince Of Gold) 2:00.6 $123,390. Mitemptation is the dam of 8 winners including Slick Operator (Armbro Operative) 1:58 $87,804 and Thirtyeightspecial (Pacific Fella) 2:00.8 $63,822. Mitemptation is out of the unraced Out To Run (Spring Run) who produced 10 winners including Magic Albert (Albert Albert) 1:57.3 $105,357 as well as non winner Mipartimelover (Prince Of Gold) the dam of Casual Fling (Kinney Hanover) 1:58.9 10 wins $82,950. This is the family of Ladyship, who of course is the dam of one of Australasias greatest ever racehorses and sires in Lordship (Johnny Globe).

A great race in the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic, although an unfortunate incident on the first bend which saw Our Angel Of Harlem and Gotta Go Gabbana with no chance. Eden Franco led the race with Tricky Styx on her back and Millview Sienna behind Tricky Styx. In a big effort, Our Angel Of Harlem went from last to the breeze but was gone in the back straight the last time. Eden Franco looked to have the race won at this stage, but that wasnt it at all. With the field becoming spread out over the final quarter of the 2536m race, the rails mares Millview Sienna and (behind her three back the rails) She Could Be Good both were in striking distance. Millview Sienna was making up good ground on Eden Franco who was getting tired, but was still in front by a length at the 50m. Millivew Sienna kept coming and on the line just got to Eden Franco to win the $125,000 Mares Classic by a half neck, with She Could Be Good finishing strongly for third. A great win for Millview Sienna who is by Jeremes Jet (same as Tricky Styx) out of Millview Lily by In The Pocket. Her stakes are now $154,010. Millview Sienna belongs to an extensive family of winners that includes Millwood Meg (Mach Three) 1:53.5 $336,795 and Dilingers Reign (D M Dilinger) 1:57 $264,658

With 3 scratchings including the probable favourite, it was still a very select field. The new race favourite was Our Jimmy Johnstone from 2 and stablemate El Jacko second favourite from 1. Out of the barrier, El Jacko scooted out, with his stablemate nipping in behind him. Runrunjimmydunn went to the breeze from 6 with Waylade behind him in the 6 horse field. 7yo gelding Vultan Tin, at his second start back this campaign, had restrained out of barrier 5 to go straight to the rails behind Our Jimmy Johnstone. A dawdle lead time and slow first quarter followed, with no reason for anyone to put pressure on. Past the 400 and coming out of the back straight, Gary Hall Jnr was still nicely placed in the breeze, with Our Jimmy Jonhstone stuck behind his stablemate. Meanwhile the gap was there for Vultan Tin to move three wide to make a run. At the 100 it was a real tussle between Runrunjimmydunn and El Jacko, with Our Jimmy Jonhstone not able to get out but probably not going to win if he had. Waylade was coming home well and Vultan Tin out wider just starting to fly. On the line it was a brilliant finish with Vultan Tin and Runrunjimmydunn dead heating in the $25,000 Westral Blinds Free For All, with Waylade just behind in third, mile rate 1:57.1 and last qtrs pretty zippy at 27.6 and 27.8. Dead heat winners are now penalised under the HWOE system which means it's treated as a win, which makes it the 18th win for Vultan Tin who along with 29 places has won $344,788 in stakes.

  

Bred and owned by Phil and Denise Costello and trained by Phil, Vultan Tin is out of Ellevarrac (Pacific Fella) 1:59.3 1 win and $12,896, who is one of three winners from her non winning dam Carravelle (Armbro Intercept) $9,118. Ellevarrac and Carravelle were both bred by Phil. This is a very old female line given little opportunity to succeed until now. The maternal line includes Indomitable (Saab) and champions of the past like Bold Alabar and Sheffield Globe.

In a fairly open race, the favourites Bettors Angel and Innocent Affair started in 1 and 2 respectively and hot footed out of the barrier, with Chris Lewis on Innnocent Affair then restraining to take the sit behind Millwood Brandy from 4 who was also challenging for the lead. 6yo mare Jasmin Amal (Sportswriter out of Shes Our Angel by Classic Garry) was restrained from 8 and settled one out and 3 back in last position. The lead time was solid at 36.8 and the leaders kept up the pace for the journey. No changes until the 600 when Jasmin Amal followed a three wide move. The field packed up coming out of the back with October Brown getting off the rails from behinnd Bettors Angel, Innocent Affair out 4 wide and Jasmin Amal looking threatening for the run home. Rounding the home turn the race was on, and at the 100 it was October Brown getting the better of Bettors Angel but Jasmin Amal now the threat. October Brown fought on well but could not hold out Jasmin Amal who went on to win the $18,000 Westral Venetian Blinds Heat of the Coulson by 1.4m in 1:57.9. The win was the 8th for Jasmin Amal and she also has 10 places fir just over $95,000 in stakes.

Bred and owned by Steve Johnson, Jasmin Amal resumed racing in September this year after her previous career start in September 2016. During her "holiday" she had her first foal in October 2017. So far this season she has 7 starts for 3 wins and 3 places and just under $22,000 in stakes. Jasmin Amal is the second last foal of Shes Our Angel (Classic Garry) 2:03.6 4 wins $14,326 who has been an exceptional broodmare with 18 foals for 10 winners including Sky Tower (Panorama) 1:58.5 36 wins $241,236, Kasey John (Bettors Delight) 1:56.3 10 wins $100,500, Nightn Georgia (Safely Kept) 2:00.4 11 wins $116,605 dam of Rocknrolla (Grinfromeartoear) 1:57.1 12 wins $287,351.

 

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