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UPCOMING EVENTS - Watch out for these!

  • It's a new breeding season.!
  • The $14,000 WASBA Bob Humphries Memorial Westbred Mares Pace is on at Bunbury on 16 November
  • All Westbred foals born next year from mares served this year will be eligible for the new $225,000 2YO Westbred Classic races, to be run in June 2023

 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.

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.

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 from unfavourable 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 Expresso went 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 NowHollys 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.

GETTING CLOSE TO THE BIG ONES

(30 November 2018) Another excellent win for the mares, this time top mare Maczaffair (Mach Three) winning the $30,000 Howard Porter Memorial Mares on her way to next week's $125,000 Westral Mares Classic. Team Bond had an impressive winner in the $125,000 4yo Classic in Ana Malak (Bettors Delight), on his way to the $200,000 Golden Nugget in a fortnight. With all that quality it was a difficult night.

In very good form with 3 wins and 2 seconds from his previous 6 starts, then drawing barrier 1, punters rightly chose 5yo gelding Davinci Diamond (Artiscape out of Dekker Diamond by Iraklis) as race favourite. After fending off the challenge from Millwood Brandy who then breezed, Davinci Diamond settled in the lead, with second favourite Scotlynn Beach behind him after starting inside the back line. a fairly solid lead time of 37.6 and even first and second quarters kept everyone honest. A slightly quicker third quarter followed, with Scotlynn Beach getting off the rails just after the 400 and starting the chase. Getting away from Millwood Brandy on the turn, Davinci Diamond skipped away to a handy lead at the top of the straight. Scotlynn Beach was now coming home fast, but Davinci Diamond just held on to win the $18,000 Yes Loans Pace by a head, with 8m back to third place. This was the first metro stakes win for Davinci Diamond who now has 12 wins and 15 places for $87,244.

Bred and part owned by Rob and Ann MacDonald, Davinci Diamond is the secong of three winners produced by his metropolitan winning dam and 100% producer Dekker Diamond (Iraklis) 1:57.9 8 wins $63,249. His more celebrated brother is Group 2 Nights of Thunder winner Argyle Red (Dawn Ofa New Day) 1:54.2 15 wins $187,322. Dekker Diamond is a half sister to 2 winners including Bring On De Beers (Kinney Hanover) 1:58.1 $32,374 and her winning dam Dash Of Diamonds (Crouch) is a half sister to three other winners including Crystal Tears (Stoneridge Scooter) 2:00.6 8 wins $52,899. April Franco (Bo Scots Blue Chip), the dam of Dash Of Diamonds, is a half sister to 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 the dam of April Franco other members of the family include Mon Lillies (Artesian) 1:54.7 14 wins $121,697, 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, Hy Falutin (Troublemaker) 1:55.9, 18 wins  $135,833, Lombo Ranmiles (Saab) 1:52.0 20 wins $129,014, 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 $151,080.

NORMS DAUGHTER NIGHT

(23 November 2018) It Another exciting night and some great performances, expecially Eden Franco (Christian Cullen) to win the $50,000 Norms Daughter Classic in 1:56.2, 9yo Devendra returned to the winners list for young trainer Kristy Elson, up and comer Stefsbest (Sportswriter) a half brother to new sire Follow The Stars, was an impressive winner of a prelude of the Golden Nugget and we had two of our own winners on the night.

In what appeared a fairly open race, 7yo gelding Free To Air (P Forty Seven out of Darnya Delavaega by Albert Albert) was starting inside the back line while the favourite Luis Alberto was starting in 5, hence slightly generous odds. Out of the barrier second favourite Northern Emperor from 2 went straight to the front, with Free To Air settling two back the fence behind October Brown. It was a 2536m race and there was some pressure put on Northern Emperor by Illusionation before that horse had to settle for the breeze. Now the field settled down to a evenly run race. With a lap and the length of the straight to go, Luis Alberto moved up three wide from third last in the moving line, and was running 4th but still 3 wide with 600 to go. Illusionation was dropping back through the field, giving the leading four horses a handy split. Coming up to the home turn Luis Alberto had just about headed Northern Emperor, but the rails horses were now getting ready to pounce. Free To Air was off the rails and three wide and now free to chase, with Machrie, who was behind him on the rails, following. Into the straight Luis Alberto caught Northern Emperor but couldn hold off Free To Air, who went on to win the $18,000 Ellen Pobjoy HWOE < $40,000 by a half neck, with Machrie finishing fast out wide for third. The mile rate was 1:59.3 with solidly run quarters throughout. The win was the 6th for Free To Air who has also been placed 16 times for $59,516 in stakes with an excellent last season resulting in over $25,000 in stakes.

Bred by Russell and Dianne Eddy, Free to Air is the last foal from Darnya Delavaega, who has also produced one other winner. Darnya Delavaega is out of Pandoras Gold (Classic Garry) 1:57.7 7 wins $33,700 who has produced 3 winners including Pandoras Reign (Whats Next) 1:57.9 16 wins $80,945 who is the dam of 3 winners including Ulittledevil (Die Laughing) 2:00.9 11 wins $62,646. It gets better, with Pandoras Gold being out of Sheza Toli (Toliver Hanover) 2:07.1 who is a half sister to No Questions (Maple Lanes Strike) who of course is the dam of Has The Answers (Legacy Of Power) 1:53.0 76 wins $1,326,582 and All The Answers (Shipps Scorch) 1:52.0 44 $249,493. This is also the family of one of Australias best ever trotters in Johnny Gee (Johnny Globe), who is a full brother to the dam of No Questions and Sheza Toli and a half  brother th Black Poplar (Tuft), the granddam of multiple Group 1 winner and 1995 Inter Dominion winner Golden Reign.

With a first up second a fortnight earlier, 3yo colt Shockwave (Mach Three out of Here For The Money by Rich And Spoilt) started favourite in the small field with his main competition looking likely to be Gee Jay Kay, who had trialled  12 days earlier finishing 90 metres in front of the main field. Gee Jay Kay got out fast but settled for the breeze position next to Theo Aviator, with Shock Wave in the one by one. No reason to for anyone to move with two lines of three, but the first and second quarter will still even time. Going for it in a 28.1 third quarter, Gee Jay Kay went past the leader Theo Aviator, and was heading for home with Shock Wave chasing. Coming out of the back straight the inexperienced Gee Jay Kay broke up on the turn and Shock Wave went straight past to race away and win the $18,000 Matt Allen 3yo Pace by 19.5m with Gee Jay Kay managing to recover for second in front of Theo Aviator. The mile rate was pretty fast at 1:56.6 and last quarter super at 27.9. The win was only the 4th for Shock Wave who also has 6 places, with his 12 starts realising $80,404 in stakes after some unlucky placings in the three Group 1s as a 2yo.

Bred by Kevin and Annette Charles and sold for $46,000 as a yearling, Shockwave is the second foal and first winner from his dam Here For The Money (Rich And Spoilt) 1:57.9 7 wins $81,874 second in Group 1 Sales Classic and third in the Group 1 Diamond Classic to Sensational Gabby. Here For The Money is one of two winners from her unraced dam Regal Castle (Safely Kept) who is a daughter of Duel Queen (Seahawk Hanover) 2:02.7 $32,150. Duel Queen is a half sister to 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. Even more noteworthy, Duel Queen is a half sister to Queen Xena (Silent Spring) 2:02.7 $23,359, 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. If that wasnt enough, also included in the family is Baileys Dream (Dream Away) 1:55.1 23 wins $1,216,513.

2018 WASBA BOB HUMPHRIES

(17 November 2018) It There was a full house on track to watch the night's racing, with free entry and market stalls adding to the activities for patrons. The main race was the WASBA Bob Humphries Memorial, and what a good race, one of the first under the new HWOE handicap system with the $14,000 race for mares, Grouped Barrier draw on HWOE (grouped by Handicap win dollars) for mares with HWOE less than $25,000. The favourite was Dancing With Mach from barrier 1, with second favourite Jingle Jolt from 4. Jingle Jolt flew out of the barrier and had the lead going into the first turn, with Dancing With Mach on her back, Bettors Angel in the breeze, behind her Alkira Quattro Jet followed by Innocent Affair in the one by two. After a speedy lead time they dawdled the first quarter before running even time in the second quarter. With the speed quickening to a 28.9 third quarter the back markers were finding it hard to make an impression. At the 400 Allkira Quattro Jet and Innocent Affair were three and four wide making their moves. Round the turn into the straight the 4 mares were going for home with Dancing With Mach grabbing the sprint lane opportunity to make it a 5 mare sprint for home. In a brilliant finish, 4yo mare Innocent Affair won by 1.1m from Jingle Jolt with Dancing With Mach and Alkira Quattro Jet a nose away in a dead heat for third. Bettors Angel was very brave in finishing only 2m further back, with the last qtr run in 28.3 and mile rate 1:59.5.

Bred, owned and trained by Debra Lewis and driven by Chris Lewis, 4yo Innocent Affair (Art Major out of  Shes Innocent by D M Dilinger) is a full sister to multiple Group 1 winner Restrepo 1:52.4 19 wins $527,118. Unlike Restrepo who was a star juvenile, Innocent Affair only commenced a racing career as a late 3yo. She has had just 23 starts for 7 wins and 8 places. Shes Innocent 2:01.7, the dam of Innocent Affair, was the winner of 1 race and $12,460 in stakes. Her dam Cerebrano (Lordship) 2:05.9 4 wins $6,874 was also relatively unsuccessful on the track but has excelled as a broodmare, producing 11 winners with the standout performer being Innocent Eyes (Safely Kept) 1:57.6 18 wins $421,875. Among her Group 1 wins were the 2005 Victorian Oaks, 2005 Australian Oaks, and the 2006 Chariots Of Fire.

Thanks to Julie and her team at Bunbury for making it such a special night. Of course the race is in honour of Bob Humphries, whose contribution to the harness industry in WA, and the South West and Bunbury region in particular, was enormous. Bob’s efforts to support and promote breeding in Western Australia over a 14 year period were without peer. Bob was a leading owner and breeder in New South Wales before venturing west in 1981 when he moved his entire racing and breeding operation, including 116 horses, on a special train across the Nullabor to a new stud farm at Northcliffe. From here he spent the next 14 years promoting and supporting breeding in Western Australia under the name of Trunkey Standardbreds. He served on the Committee and as President of the Western Australian Standardbred Breeders Association and served as a Committee member of the Western Australian Trotting Association for another 8 years. His contribution to harness racing both as an administrator and in breeding was duly recognised with life membership of the WATA. Bob died in 2010, but his name remains on the record books as the breeder of Derby winners Trunkey Sting and Trunkey Maserati, Oaks winner Ferrari Trunkey and two Fremantle Cup winners in Trunkey Westerner and Trunkey Sting, He also bred a number of classic winning 2 and 3yos including Trunkey Jaguar, Butterfly Trunkey, Taipan Trunkey, Trunkey Gold and Trunkey Limousine. Trunkey Gold was the dam of Australian 2yo Pacer of the Year Mazzini Magic, and Butterfly Trunkey was the dam of dual Australian Aged Mare of the Year Tailamade Lombo. The Trunkey name still carries through today with dual Group 1 winning filly Soho Interceptor, a granddaughter of Tailamade Lombo.

IT'S ALL IN THE FAMILY

(16 November 2018) A busy night of quality racing, with Millview Sienna (Jeremes Jet) winning an $18,000 fillies and mares and Our Angel Of Harlem (Mach Three) winning an open $18,000, Inters prospect Galactic Star (Bettors Delight) winning the $25,000 Pat Cranley Memorial over the sprint journey in 1:54.2 and 4yo entire Mighty Conqueror (American Ideal) an impressive winner of the $50,000 4yo Championship in 1:53.9. And a winner in race 1 was a good start to the night.

After starting as third favourite from 5 on the front, 5yo entire Tyler Brett (Robin Hood out of Jossies Bell by Orleans) was driven hard out to lead, and after a brief tussle with second favourite The Trilogy from 2 which saw The Trilogy checked and lost stride, Tyler Brett took the leaders role in a 36.5 lead time. With a minor scrimmage occurring during the lead time, Our Max Phactor went forward from midfield into the breeze positon. With the first two quarters close to even time, the third quarter became a real sprint and the leading pair broke away from the field in a 27.9 third quarter. Coming into the home straight Tyler Brett had a handy lead and went on to win the $20,000 Heat 3 of the Kersley HWOE < $70,000 (equivalent M1) by 1.5m from Our Max Phactor, who had made up some ground towards the end in a 28.3 quarter and overall mile rate of 1:55.7. Bred and owned by John Bell, Tyler Brett, who finished the previous season off with a win in the prestigious John Higgins Memorial, resumed in October with a win at Pinjarra and now has $100,271 from 13 wins and 13 places.

The sire of Tyler Brett is Robin Hood (Fake Left) 1:55.8 $796,567, one of the top racehorses of the late 2000s with wins in the Group 1 Treuer Memorial, Group 2 Cordina Sprint and the $350,000 Victoria Cup, with these victories over horses like Blacks A Fake, I Am Sam, Karloo Mick and Smoken Up. Jossies Belle (Orleans) 2:00.8 3 wins $18,553, the dam of Tyler Brett was also bred by John Bell and was the winner of 3 races and is a half sister to 3 other winners.

The favourite Sightseeing Anvil, stepping out from 1, was expected to lead and did exactly that, with the horse in 2 Mighty Flying Deal happy to settle in the breeze in a 38.5 lead time. This was an excellent turn of events for second favourite 5yo entire Handsandwheels (Mach Three out of Benjor Maddy Lombo by Perfect Art), who started  behind Mightly Flying Deal and settled straight into the one out one back. The first quarter was 31.1 and second quarter not much faster, so bets were on a speedy last half. Nothing moved until the 400m, when the breeze horse started to falter slightly and Handsandwheels hooked out three wide with Mister Ardee following from his one out two back position. Round the turn, Sightseeing Anvil was clinging onto his lead, but Handsandwheels had levelled up at the 100 and went on to win the $20,000 Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace (Level 11, HWOE LT $70,000) M2 equivalent by 1.6m from Sightseeing Anvil, who managed to hold onto second from Mister Ardee, mile rate 1:58.0 and last qtrs 28.4 and 27.6. The win was the 16th for Handsandwheels and his stakes tally is now just over $336,000. Pretty nice!

Bred by prominent breeder Mike Howie, Handsandwheels is out of broodmare gem and 2016/17 WASBA Broodmare of the Year 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  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.

Not to be outdone on the night by his relative Handsandwheels, 5yo entire Wesley (Sportswriter out of El Jay Lombo by Bettors Delight) got himself a win on the night for excited trainer Sarah Wall. With an excellent win 3 weeks earlier and in top form, the race favourite was Chiaroscuro, expecially with the 1 barrier. But its never that easy, and Chiaroscuro blotted his copybook by galloping just after barrier release changing the complexion of the race completely. From barrier 4, Wesley took the opportunity and scooted to the front, with Chiaroscuro initially settling 3rd on the rails then trying his luck with a little angling to move to the one wide line and test Wesley's intentions. However, Wesley was  more than happy to keep the lead, with Chiaroscuro settling in the breeze and Im Zuleika and One for Sassy following behind Wesley on the rails. Wesley was being very well rated by reinsman Kaiden Hayter, who kept the race just below even time. At the 400m it was still Wesley, having picked up to a 28.9 third quarter. Up to the home turn it almost looked like Chiaroscuro had Wesley's measure, but fighting back on the inside, Wesley saw off Chiaroscuro as they straightened for the run home. Down the straight it was Wesley too good and winning the  $20,000 Westside Auto Wholesale Pace (HWOE < $70,000) by 1.4m, with One For Sassy through the middle and Im Zuleika out wide running on well for second and third. The mile rate was a solid 1:56.8 and the final qtr was run in 28.9. It was the second consecutive win for Wesley, who now has $130,844 from 13 wins and 9 places.

Bred by Lombo Standardbred Victoria but foaled in WA by trainer and part owner Sarah Wall, Wesley is the first foal from his Victorian winning dam El Jay Lombo 2:06.6 $8,000. Lady Lara Lombo (Northern Lights) 2:00.6 $51,120, the dam of El Jay Lombo, has also produced two other winners including Lord Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:56 24 wins $286,504. Lady Lara Lombo is a daughter of Decethree Lombo (Classic Garry) the dam of Lombo Skyrider (Panorama) 1:50 63 wins $841,611, Lombo Cloud Nine (Northern Luck) $102,310 and 9 other winners. Decethree Lombo is out of Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) and is therefore a half sister to one of Australias greatest ever 2yos in Lombo Pocket Watch (Jet Laag) 1:53.6 45 wins and $1,522,638. 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, Lady De La Renta (Well Said) 1:55.1 $122,812 and 2016/2017 WASBA Broodmare of the Year Benjor Maddy Lombo, the dam of 2017 Derby winner Handsandwheels (Mach Three) 1:55.9 16 wins $336,345.!.

IT'S ONE FOR THE GIRLS

(9 November 2018) It was an excellent night for the girls, with classy 5yo mare Maczaffair (Mach Three) winning the $30,000 York Cup in a hard fought victory over another classy mare in Eden Franco, mile rate 1:55.1. There was also a nice win by Pick My Pocket (Bettors Delight) in the support card. Two very much in form WA bred horses also won.

In sparkling form with a win the previous week, 6yo gelding Im Soxy (Rich And Spoilt out of Forza Di Volonta by Mach Three) drew barrier 1 for the second week in a row – how good is that! Stepping out well from the barrier intending to hold the lead, he did just that, with Soho Chelsea having to settle for the breeze after testing the leader, Arthur Lowe getting the leaders back,  Gotta Go Gabbana neatly settling into the one one and the favourite Maxentius setting one out two back. With a lap to go Maxentius commenced a three wide run and the race picked up pace, with the 3rd qtr run in 28.2. By the 400m Im Soxy had kicked away a little, with Arthur Lowe getting up on the inside and Maxentius now making up ground wide. Im Soxy led into the straight, with Maxentius trying hard now two wide and Arthur Lowe with his nose on the helmet of Im Soxy’s Ryan Warwick. Down the straight it was Im Soxy all the way and making it two on end to win the $20,000 Tabtouch M2 Pace by 1.9m from Maxentius with Arthur Lowe not getting to daylight in third. The last quarter was a very good 27.7 and the mile rate speedy at 1:56.6.

The win was the 8th for Im Soxy and he has 2 wins and 4 placings from 7 starts this season and career stakes of just over $80,000. 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 Mitemptation (Prince Of Gold) 2:00.6 $123,390, winner of the 1995 Pearl Classic against the boys. Mitemptation is the dam of 7 winners and is a half sister to 9 other winners including Magic Albert (Albert Albert) 1:57.3 $105,357. 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).

Hanging back a little at the start to get the fly, 6yo gelding Thereugo (McArdle out of Janice Franco by Live Or Die) showed his customary gate speed and after a brief tussle with favourite Chiarscuro had secured the race lead before entering the home straight the first time. As expected the lead time was quick at 36.5 and Kyle Harper on Thereugo slowing to a walk for a 32.4 first quarter, with Carter Michael taking advantage of the slow pace and coming from last to take the breeze. The second quarter was also pedestrian, with a bit more speed in a 30.4 third quarter. Chiaroscuro was now looking for room with both leaders content to keep him under wraps. Entering the home straight Thereugo scooted for home, holding out Carter Michael to win the $20,000 M1 Tabtouch The Kersley Heat 2 by a half head in a 27.6 4th quarter with Chiaroscuro getting out and coming wide to fill third a further 2.9m back, winners mile rate 2:00.1. The win was the 17th for Thereugo with 8 places adding up to $116,492 in stakes.

Bred by Donald Harper and trained by Kyle Harper, Thereugo is one of two winners from two foals of racing age for his dam Janice Franco (Live Or Die) 1:58 $76,782. Janice Franco raced in WA for 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) 2:05.5 $67,246, with the family closely related to Colwyn Bay, the dam of one of the worlds most highly regarded pacers of all time in Cardigan Bay (Hal Tryax) 1:56.2 $1,000,837. 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 $870,173, locally raced Bettor Be Supreme (Bettors Delight) 1:55.6 $130,750 and her full brother Spanish Armada 1:52.1 $787,470. This is an extensive maternal line and features high class trotters and pacers.

SECOND CHANCE WORTH MORE

(2 November 2018) It's James Brennan Night, and good news for evergreen Danieljohn who was a scratching as an emergency for the $50,000 feature race and ended the night by winning $4,000 more than everyone except the winner of the James Brennan!

Also a nice run by the mares in the M0 mobile with eventual winner Beach Goddess (Somebeachsomewhere), a $23,000 purchase at the 2015 Yearling Sale, pulling away from Parisian Partygirl to win by 8.1m, with Infinite Symbol in third. It was her 12th win and she now has just over $108,000 in stakes.

In good form and with barrier 1 it was no surprise that 6yo gelding Im Soxy (Rich And Spoilt out of Forza Di Volonta by Mach Three) started favourite in the first on the night. With his customary speed, second favourite Thereugo sizzled to the front from barrier 9 and Im Soxy was content to sit on his back. A few lengths clear and using up a little more petrol early than might have been wise, Thereugo dropped to a 32 second first quarter, with Tanaka Eagle on his outside and Carter Michael on Im Soxy’s back on the rails. At the 500m, there was a forward move from midfield but Thereugo was looking pretty impressive a length clear in front. At the 300 Thereugo was travelling so well that Im Soxy was able to get clear and Carter Michael followed him through. As they rounded the home turn it looked like a tactical error, as Im Soxy was moving up strongly on Thereugo. Running for home, Im Soxy hit the front at the 100m. Carter Michael flew home but it was a hands down good win to In Soxyby 2.1m in the $22,000 M1 to M3 JP Sportsbar Pace, with Carter Michael getting to Thereugo on the line for second. The mile rate was 1:57.0 with last quarters a solid 28.2 and 27.9. The win took Im Soxy to just over $68,000 from 7 wins and 13 places, with 5 of those wins since Brian Clemens took over his training.

Bred by Harry Capararo, Im Soxy had a late start to his career, only commencing racing as a late 3yo. His dam Forza Di Volonta (Mach Three) 1:58.3 4 wins $19,723, died having her second foal. Her unraced dam Bella Baci (Village Jasper) is a daughter of Mitemptation (Prince Of Gold) 2:00.6 $123,390, who won the 1995 Pearl Classic against the boys and unfortunately was retired after just 18 starts due to injury. Mitemptation is the dam of 7 winners and is a half sister to 9 other winners including Magic Albert (Albert Albert) 1:57.3 $105,357. 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).

At his second run back since resuming, 8yo gelding Khun Ratha (Bettors Delight out of Calafia by Holmes Hanover) was stepping out from 1 in a field that included recent winners Handandwheels from 6, Extreme Prince from inside the back line and race favourite Maxentius from 5. Going quickly out of the barrier, Khun Ratha had the lead until Handsandwheels worked hard to get to the lead before the post first time around, with lead time 36 flat. Extreme Prince was now behind Khun Ratha and Maxentius was one out two back. With 1200 to go Maxentius went forward to the breeze and the pace was on, second quarter 28.8. The field was stretched out in the back straight with the race leaders maintaining a solid rate and the third quarter was run in 28 flat. At the 400 Maxentius had just got to Handsandwheels but Khun Ratha and Extreme Prince were coming hard. Around the home turn it was 4 across the track but it was down to Maxentius and Khun Ratha at the 100m, with Khun Ratha too strong and winning the $20,000 M2 NYE at Gloucester Park Pace by 1.4m in a lifetime best of 1:55.0, last half 57.2. The win took his stakes to $194,508 from 18 wins and 38 places.

Bred by Paul Poli, Khun Ratha is the first winner from his dam Calafia 2:06.6 8 wins $43,303. The unraced dam of Calafia is also the dam of two other winners and is a half sister to the good winner Abdias (Surmo Hanover) 1:55 30 wins $260,771. Machtavish (Mach Three) 1:52.9 24 wins $276,823 and Callaway Bromac (McArdle) 1:56.1 20 wins $139,441 also belong to this maternal line along with Buck The Odds (Million To One) 1:55.6 31 wins $307,547, Northern Assassin (Northern Luck) 1:51.8 19 wins $168,603 and Might Be Luck (Northern Luck) 1:55 19 wins $139,094.

After a tremendous last season in which he won 7 races and over $36,000 in stakes, the 10 yo gelding Danieljohn (Blissfull Hall out of Aussie Evita by Armbro Aussie) resumed racing in October with a new owner, and stepping out from 1 he was, not surprisingly, favourite. Expected to hold up and he did, and settled in the leaders role with stablemate Bettor Not Bitter on his back. With  900 to go second favourite Benhope Rulz from 3 back the  moving line went forward three wide, with last start winner Suspicious Life (at the very good odds of 25/1) right behind him. The quarters had been even time but the pace quickened to a very quick 27.8 third quarter with Danieljohn very comfortable in front, Bettor Not Bitter now a clear second with the breeze horse dropping back, and Benhope Rulz and Suspicious Life still three wide. Still going ok coming into the home straight, and Suspicious Life coming up on the inside of Benhope Rulz, Danieljohn was still unchallenged and went on to win the $20,000 M1 Book Your Beau Rivage Xmas Function first Heat of the Kersley by 2.2m from Bettor Not Bitter and Suspicious Life a further 1.7m in third, mile rate 1:56.3 and last half 56.9. The win took Danieljohn to $324,469 from 35 wins and 44 places, with his wins including the 2013 $50,000 San Simeon Classic.

Bred by and until recently owned by John Bell, Danieljohn is out of race winning mare Aussie Evita (Armbro Aussie) 2:01.8 8 wins and $17,975. Aussie Evita is also the dam of Kenzie May Belle (Orleans), the dam of the 2016 San Simeon Classic winner Master Jaxon (Cams Fool) 1:54.8 20 wins $154,562.

With a nice win at Bunbury at his first start back following a 7 month absence, 5yo gelding Wesley (Sportswriter out of El Jay Lombo by Bettors Delight) was starting as second favourite from 9, a long way behind the very short priced Gary Hall runner starting in 2. Flying out of the barrier, Wesley had the lead just after they passed the post and over the sprint journey of 1730, that’s a very important start.  Kaptain Kenny was left three wide and was forced to continue to the breeze leaving Aussie Jet (from 1) behind the leader, and the favourite Luis Alberto in the one two. The first quarter was quite fast but the second was a dawdle, allowing Northern Emperor to move three wide and woosh forward to be third at the 400 with the Arsonist right behind him. The favourite was not travelling well enough to be in contention and meanwhile Wesley was travelling very well in front after a 28 second third quarter. Coming out of the back straight it was Northern Emperor three wide, The Arsonist 4 wide and Aussie Jet still sitting quietly on the fence. Into the home straight Wesley shot away and went on to win the $18,000 Tabtouch Better Your Bet M0 by an easing 13.1m from Aussie Jet and The Arsonist, mile rate1:56.5 and last quarter 28.3. The win was the 12th for the 2016 $50,000  Champagne Classic winner and with 9 places he has $118,754 from only 34 starts.

Bred by Lombo Standardbred Victoria but foaled in WA by trainer and part owner Sarah Wall, Wesley is the first foal from his Victorian winning dam El Jay Lombo 2:06.6 $8,000. She is out of multiple winner Lady Lara Lombo (Northern Lights) 2:00.6 $51,120 and is a half sister to Lord Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:56 24 wins $286,504 and one other winner. Lady Lara Lombo is a daughter of Decethree Lombo (Classic Garry) the dam of Lombo Skyrider (Panorama) 1:50 63 wins $841,611, Lombo Cloud Nine (Northern Luck) $102,310 and 9 other winners. Decethree Lombo is a half sister to one of Australias greatest ever 2yos in Lombo Pocket Watch (Jet Laag) 1:53.6 45 wins and $1,522,638. 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, Lady De La Renta (Well Said) 1:55.1 $110,457 and 2016/2017 WASBA Broodmare of the Year Benjor Maddy Lombo, the dam of 2017 Derby winner Handsandwheels (Mach Three) 1:55.9 16 wins $336,345..!

FIREWORKS

(26 October 2018) A great start to Italian Fireworks night with 7yo mare C C Chevron a winner and another one for the girls with Dontstopbelievin (Somebeachsomewhere) winning the $30,000 Preux Chevalier final from a very competetive group of mares. It was also Parliamentarians Cup night which over the last few years has been a mares only race but has now swapped with the Howard Porter (scheduled on 30 November) as the mares only race. Howard Porter and the Porter family were breeders and owners over a number of years and contributed greatly to harness racing in WA, so very apt that a Group mares race is named after Howard.

Upsets arent restricted to Parliament and it was certainly an upset in the Parliamentarians Cup, with the favourite King Of Swing failing and subsequently being diagnosed with a virus. Back to the race,  Danieljohn from 1 stepped out well as did stablemate The Trilogy from 2, with The Trilogy going to the front and Danieljohn content to sit behind. Sokys Bigbullet from 3 was in the breeze with Maczaffair behind him, and King Of Swing from 4 was at the rear of the moving line. Meanwhile, 7yo gelding Tommy Be Good from 5 was restrained out of the barrier and whipped around Mitch Maguire (from 10) to settle third on the rails after Mitch sought the moving line and settled one out two back behind Maczaffair. The lead time was sizzling at 35.3 before a sedate first quarter of 31 flat. At the 1200 King Of Swing moved out three wide and with a lap to go he was outside the breeze horse Sokys Bigbullet. At the 400 though, King of Swing hadnt made any further impression on the race leaders and the field was starting to break up under a 28.3 third quarter. Coming up to the home turn King Of Swing was gone, with runners having to go around him. Danieljohn was off the rails chasing his stablemate and Tommy Be Good was also coming off the rails. In the straight Danieljohn just about caught The Trilogy with 100 to go but Tommy Be Good was now three wide and absolutely flew home to grab the lead with 20m to go and go on and win the Parliamentarians Cup by 2.2m from Danieljohn, with The Trilogy hanging on for third. It was an excellent result for Tommy Be Good, who started at 30/1, and took his stakes to just under $194,000 from 16 wins and 25 places. This is the second Group win for Tommy, who won the $30,000 Don Randall Memorial at Pinjarra just under a year ago.

Bred by Patrician Park, Tommy Be Good (Jeremes Jet out of Spicks And Specks by Golden Greek) was bought for $14,000 at the 2013 WA Yearling Sale for current connections Tom Erceg and Kat Warwick. He is the last foal from his dam Spicks and Specks who has also produced winners Liquid Radar (Armbro Operative) 1:57 13 wins $116,033 and Niseko (Bettors Delight) 1:58.8 8 wins $48,430. Her unraced daughter Rapunzels Dream (Western Terror) 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.

Starting inside the backline with the favourite Bechers Brook right next to him in 11, 5yo gelding Chiaroscuro (Art Major out of Kelty Star by Caprock) settled happily behind the race leader Hes Talking who started from 1. Meanwhile Bechers Brook was initially one out and three back but with one lap down in the 2536m race, driver Mark Reed went forward three wide to take the breeze and after a bit of effort, got to that position with just under two laps to go. With a bit of a bump just before the winning post the last time, Chiaroscuro secured the one-one, with Scotlynn Beach now three wide and Kaptain Kenny scooting up on the inside to sit behind the leader. In the back straight Hes Talking was still in command from Bechers Brook in the breeze, Kaptain Kenny on the rails and Chiaroscuro waiting for the the gap. Coming to the turn Bechers Brook was tackling Hes Talking, which gave Chiaroscuro the chance to move three wide and start the chase. Kimani was also coming hard 4 wide from mid field, but into the straight Chiaroscuro finished too strongly for Bechers Brook and Hes Talking to win the $18,000 Comunita Di Delianuova M0 Pace with Kimani flashing home to take second, a neck behind the winner. The mile rate was 1:59.4 with last qtr 28.3.

Bred by Kody Charles and sold at the 2015 Yearling Sale for $18,500 Chiaroscuro has won just over $63,000 from his 10 wins and 8 places, with over $50,000 earned since August 2017. His dam Kelty Star, the winner of one race, 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.

Short in the betting at 2/1 from a wide gate, driver Morgan Woodley didnt stress coming out from 7 on 6yo gelding Fanci A Dance (Rock N Roll Heaven out of Fancipance by Fake Left) and was three wide early. However, he moved forward almost immediately and had the breeze position before crossing the winning post the first time, with Hastalavista on his back and Glow Bright in the lead. With a lap to go Fanci A Dance put some pressure on the leader Glow Bright and the pace stepped up to a 28.3 3rd qtr. At the 400m Fanci A Dance was going to win, and coming into the home straight Fanci A Dance cruised home, going on to win the $10,500 C5 to C9 Westbred by 9.4m with Glow Bright hanging on for second, last qtr 28 flat and mile rate 1:58.3. The win was the 10th for Fanci A Dance and along with 10 places he has just over $61,000 in stakes.

Bred, trained and part owned by Barry Howlett, Fanci A Dance is one of two winners produced by Fancipance (Fake Left), who won 12 races in Queensland and WA and over $40,000 in stakes. She is a half sister to 3 other winners and belongs to the family of foundation mare Pleasant Guy (Adioo Guy). This family has produced WA Pearl and Derby winner Argent Treasure (Jet Laag) 1:57.4 $398,434 and Touch Me Toes (Our Sir Vancelot) 1:56.6 $265,041.

MOUNT EDEN'S NIGHT

(19 October 2018) It was a great night for both boys and girls, with the night honoring one of the most phenomenal horses of all time in Mount Eden, with the Mount Eden Sprint. Stallions won on the night - Bechers Brook (Somebeachsomewhere full brother to Our Waikiki Beach), brothers Rock Me Over () and Handsandwheels Mach Three) Golden Slipper winner Mitch Maguire (Sportswriter). Who knows where they will be in 5 years time but perhaps some of them will get their opportunity at stud. On the girl front there were two nice winners in Better B Chevron (Bettors Delight) and Soho Changeling (Art Major).

Breeder Mike Howie and broodmare gem Benjor Maddy Lombo (Perfect Art) won a double on the night (Mike in fact won three races!). Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven) and 2017 Derby winner Handsandwheels (Mach Three) are two of 4 winners from Benjor Maddy Lombo 2:01.8 3 wins $21,511. Her other winners include WASBA King Lethbridge winner Maddy White (Lombo Mandingo) 1:56.9 11 wins $110,824. Benjor Maddy Lombo was named 2016/2017 WASBA Broodmare of the Year and is a half sister to Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.3 $230,312 and Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 33 wins $587,032. Their dam Magic Maddy Lombo (Classic Garry) produced 7 winners in total and her other winners include 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 Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 $245,449, the Australian 3yo Filly of the Year and Australian Broodmare of the Year. 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.This family also included Lombo Skyrider (Panorama) 1:50 63 wins $841,611 and the locally raced Lady De La Renta (Well Said) 1:55.1 $110,457 and Wesley (Sportswriter) 1:57.4 11 wins and $107,873.

Favourite from 2, 4yo entire Rock Me Over was expected to lead and got away quickly, with second favourite Chiaroscuro in the breeze after starting brilliantly from 7. Well rated in front, Rock Me Over led into the last lap with Destined To Rule from second last moving out three wide to make a run with Fanci A Dance from last tacking on. At the 400 Chiaroscuro was losing a little bit of momentum after breezing, Rock Me Over was still in command, and Destined To Rule and Fanci A Dance steadily making ground. Coming off the back their was still no threats, and Fanci A Dance was forced to come wider to make ground on the leader. Into the straight Rock Me Over still had the lead from Chiaroscuro who was trying very hard, and Fanci A Dance the main threat. In the end Rock Me Over was too good and won the $18,000 Choices Flooring M0 by 3.2m from the fast finishing Fanci A Dance and Chiaroscuro, with Chiaroscuro losing third on protest to Destined To Rule. The win was the 11th for Rock Me Over who also has 12 places and $122,116 in stakes.

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Having his first start since July after a great season which saw him add over $78,000 to his earnings, 5yo entire Handsandwheels was starting a short priced favourite from barrier 4 in the $22,000 M1 to M3 Tabtouch Better Your Bet Pace. He was also expected to lead and did just that, with a solid lead time of 37.5. Second favourite Neighlor was on his back, Sokys Bigbullet in the breeze and Twentynine Twelve next on the fence. They sauntered through the first quarter in 32.2 then an even time second quarter was followed by 28.5 where the speed had the field stretching. Handsandwheels was holding the lead easily as they rounded the turn into the home straight and in the run home he was just too good, holding them at bay to win by 3.1m  from Neighlor with Twentyninne Twelve just getting over Sokys Bigbullet for third. The mile rate was a tidy 1:58.2 and last qtr in 28.2, bringing up the 15th win and $323,327 in career earnings from only 44 starts that includes 17 places.

After a win in the WASBA Allwood Stud Farm Virgil Queen Celebration Pace at Northam in August, 5yo mare Soho Changeling (Art Major out of Country Change by Village Jasper) has run 4 placings from 6 starts and was starting as second favourite in barrier 1, which was a litte generous. With the favourite Millwood Brandy going out fast from barrier 2, Soho Changeling settled behind the leader with first Sea Me Smile then Four Legged Frenzy then Shes Turbo Charged going to the breeze with 1200m to go. In the back straight the last time Parisian Partygirl made a bold forward move to be 4th at the 400m, with Millwood Brandy holding Soho Changeling in a pocket and Shes Turbo Charged still holding onto the breeze. Coming into the home straight Soho Changeling saw daylight and was after the favourite who had grabbed a two length lead. At the finish Soho Changeling finished too strongly for Millwood Brandy,winning the $20,000 Clipsal Fillies and Mares M0 to M2 Pace by a neck from Millwood Brandy in 1:58.2, with Parisian Partygirl 10m away in third. The win was the 9th for Soho Changeling and she has 23 places for just under $89,000.

Bred by Robert Watson, Soho Changeling has now won just over $69,000 from 8 wins and 19 places. Soho Changeling is one of two winners produced by her dam Country Change (Village Jasper) 1:56.8 11 wins $95,383 in stakes, who is a daughter of the unraced Millie Bucks (Whats Next). Millie Bucks produced 6 winners including top winning mare Adayspay (Bright As Day) 1:57.9 19 wins $134,594 in stakes who in turn is the dam of 4 winners including Money Twitch (Life Sign) 1:52.6 41 wins $563,777. Millie Bucks is a daughter of 1987 NSW Oaks winner Big Bucks (Noodlum) 1:58.3 $70,009 who produced 7 winners and is the granddam of 2013 Diamond Classic winner Highest Royalty (Allamerican Ingot) 1:59.7 $74,010 and Group 2 winning filly Spicey Hot (Classic Garry) 1:59.6 12 wins $149,508.

Starting inside the back line with the very short priced favourite Scotlynn Beach starting in 1, 7yo gelding Suspicious Life (Life Sign out of Anabolic Elle by Christian Cullen) was SuspiciousLife GPM19101870probably expecting to have the sit behind the race leader. However, Scotlynn Beach was beaten for speed by second favourite Ultimate Major who had started from 2, with the race now taking on a different complexion. Over the sprint journey there were some misguided moves in the very fast 27.9 first quarter, but the end result was no change to race positions with Ultimate Major in front, Northern Emperor in the breeze, Scotlynn Beach following the race leader and Suspicious Life behind him. Going into the back with 600 to go Scotlynn Beach and Suspicious Life managed to move into the two wide line before Ultimate Major dropped back sharply through the field. Northern Emperor was now leading, Scotlynn Beach chasing and Suspicious Life hot on his heels. At the 100m Scotlynn Beach got to Northern Emperor but Suspicious Life was looking very dangerous. Going to the line Suspicious Life dashed away to win the $18,000 NYE at Gloucester Park M0 by 4.1m in 1:55.6, last qtr 28.6. The win was the 8th for Suspicious Life who also has 5 places in his 28 starts for just over $57,000 in stakes. Suspicious Life has had a very interrupted career with his last win in September 2016 followed by 20 month absence, then another break from July to September before resuming in October.

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

With recent good results and champion reinsman Chris Lewis on board, 8yo gelding Sir Nicholas (The Bantam out of Interceptress bSirNicholas GPM19101876y Armbro Intercept) was not out of it even though his barrier 7 was not the best. Moving forward out of the barrier, Sir Nicholas settled quickly into the one-two in the 1730m race, with Majorlicious going straight to the front from 1 and Be On Guard from 2 sitting behind him. In the back straight the last time Athabascan moved out from the one-one to chase the leaders, with Sir Nicholas following closely. Off the back straight the breeze horse Lavros Vance was fading, giving space for Athabascan to drop into the one wide line. Coming round the home turn Majorlicious led from Athabascan, but Sir Nicholas was now three wide and running on. Majorlicious fought on well but it was an overdue and deserved win for Sir Nicholas in the $18,000 Italian Fireworks Night, rating a lifetime best of 1:56 over the 1730m journey and bringing up his 10th win for $73,655 in stakes.

Bred and owned by Robin Arnold and trained by long time breeder Bruce Lovett, Sir Nicholas is the second winner out of race winner Interceptress (Armbro Intercept) 1:58.7 $29,691. Note the sire of Sir Nicholas is The Bantam (Caprock) who was owned by Robin and Bruce and trained by Bruce for 10 wins and $72,077 in stakes. Interceptress is one of 5 winners produced by her winning dam Gold Future (Marshall Dares). Gold Future is a half sister to a very good racehorse in the 80s in Hey Maybe (Romeo Hanover) 1:56.7 $106,698, champion New Zealand trotter Even Speed (Great Evander) 2:00.2 37 wins $236,938, and Diamonds And Lace (Judge Hanover) the dam of Group winning mare Flames And Flowers (No Fission) 1:54.4 39 wins $254,558.

IT'S GETTING WARMER

(12 October 2018) It's definitely hotting up. Two Rocknroll Hanover stallions won on the night - King Of Swing on his way to the Golden Nugget and Rocknroll Lincoln won the Fred Doy Memorial. It was also a great performance from mare Eden Franco (Christian Cullen) to run to sub 28 second quarters to beat former Golden Slipper winner Mitch Maguire, and almost 100% US bred mare Dontstopbelievin (Somebeachsomewhere) won Heat 2 of the Preux Chevalier.!

No doubt everyone is enjoying the new $10,500 races and stepping out in race 1 were some quite nice WA bred horses including recent winner and favourite Bhagwan from 1,  Liam Neil (who won 3 consecutive races in September), and another recent winner in Destined to Rule, starting from 3 after a scratching. In a reasonably fast lead time 6yo entire Destined To Rule (Shadow Play DestinedToRule GPM121018 vout of Chemical Romance by Northern Luck) got away moderately and settled 2 back the rails. In the small field of 8 Liam Neil settled one-one after doing some work and Bhagwan led. The first two quarters were just above even time and they picked up pace in the back straight. Up to the turn with 250 to go Liam Neil was first to go three wide, with Destined To Rule moving into his vacant position. Coming into the straight Destined To Rule had swung 4 wide, Bhagwan was hanging on to his lead and Liam Neil was working forward as well. Down the straight it was Destined To Rule with a flashing run down the outside to win the $10,500 Retravision Westbred C5 to C9 by a surprising 1.7m from Bhagwan and Liam Neil, mile rate 1:57.5 last half 57.7. The win was the 10th and with 22 places Destined To Rule has won just under $92,000.

Bred by Steve Johnson and a winner at his very first race start, Destined To Rule is one of three winners produced by Chemical Romance (Northern Luck) who had a racing career of 3 unplaced starts. One of her other winners is the outstanding Bettors Reward (Bettors Delight) 1:54.5 11 wins $198,632 winner of his first 6 starts and winner of the 3yo Westbred Classic, the 4yo Championship and the Manea Classic (twice). Chemical Romance is a half sister to 7 winners including WA Derby winner Trunkey Maserati (Wellwood Hanover) 1:56.4, 22 wins and $273,457. Her dam Ferrari Trunkey (Tarcoola Frost) 1:56.6 won 22 races and $267,527 including the WA Oaks, Breeders Stakes, Silver Bracelet and other Group races. Celevale Trunkey (Massie), the dam of Ferrari Trunkey, produced 9 winners including Ferrari Trunkey’s full brother Trunkey Jaguar 1:59.4 26 wins $142,526. This is a very nice family that has produced a number of other good winners including Trunkey Daydream (Dream Away) 1:58.6 9 wins $108,477 and the mighty tough Skewsy Newsy (Village Jasper) 1:59.1 12 wins $75,893.

After a short break 6yo gelding Thereugo (McArdle out of Janice Franco by Live Or Die) returned to racing with a nice placing and stepped out from 7 as second favourite to Bettor Finish starting in 1. Showing his customary barrier speed Thereugo had the front before they came around the first turn, with Bettor Thereugo GPM121018s968Finish two back the rails behind Ultimate Major. Kyle Harper on Thereugo slowed the field right down until the last lap. With the field flat out in a 27.8 third quarter, there were no changes up front - Thereugo was looking strong, Scottlyn Beach in the breeze and Chiaroscuro one by one. Coming around the turn out of the back straight Scotlynn Beach was trying valiantly, Chiaroscuro was coming three wide and Bettor Finish was taking Chiaroscuro's vacant spot. Straightening up Thereugo was going for broke, with Chiaroscuro coming three wide and Bettor Finish swinging even wider to get clear. Although Chiaroscuro and Bettor Finish ran home well, Thereugo was never really in danger and went on to win the $18,000 M0 Retravision Pace by 3.1m with last qtr 28.1 for a last half of 55.9. The win for the Donald Harper bred gelding was his 16th and he also has 6 places in his lifetime tally of $102,000 from only 38 lifetime starts.

Thereugo is the first foal and one of two winners from WA raced mare Janice Franco (Live Or Die) 1:58 $76,782, who did most of her racing in WA and was owned, trained and driven by Donald Harper 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. The granddam of Joanie Toliver is a half sister to Colwyn Bay, the dam of one of the worlds most highly regarded pacers of all time in Cardigan Bay (Hal Tryax) 1:56.2 $1,000,837. Through a half sister to Colwyn Bay the family incudes 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, and locally raced mare Bettor Be Supreme (Bettors Delight) 1:55.6 $130,750 and her full brother Spanish Armada 1:52.1 $787,470. This is an extensive maternal line and features high class trotters and pacers.

With his previous win in a stand at Northam in July, 8yo gelding Tanaka Eagle (Elsu out of Miss Tanaka by Badlands Hanover), with the prized barrier 1 still looked a good option in the M1 class mobile. Starting favourite, Tanaka Eagle was expected to hold up and lead and did so comfortably, runnig a sedate 39.3 lead time, with second favourite Sunrose TanakaEagle GPM121018v679Village on his back. They raced that way into the back straight the last time and the pace quickened a little to a 28.9 3rd quarter. Coming out of the back straight Heez About to Rock had hooked out three wide from his one by one position, No More Change was hanging on to the breeze position and Sunrose village was looking for room. Around the turn driver Mark Reed was looking untroubled and heading for the line Tanaka Eagle was doing it well, going on to win the $18,000 Electrolux Pace by a good 6.1m from Sunrose Village, with Heez About to Rock just pipping No More Change for third. The mile rate was as fast as it needed to be at 1:58.4 and last quarter 28.3. The win ws the 21st for Tanaka Eagle who also has 38 places and now $217,427 in stakes.

Bred by Total Strategy Pty Ltd and raced by Reg and Grace Phillips, Tanaka Eagle is the first foal out of the unraced Miss Tanaka who is a half sister to Lockinver (Mach Three) 1:52.2 23 wins $284,430. Electrify (Holmes Hanover), the granddam of Tanaka Eagle, is a half sister to Dreamy Atom (Sokys Atom) who in turn is the dam of Western Dream (Badlands Hanover) 1:56.3 14 wins $334,987, Dream Royale (Beach Towel) 1:53.6 22 wins $145,068, Tisadream (Bettors Delight) 1:54.6 12 wins $105,586, 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 32 wins $458,307 in stakes; Exotic Stride is the dam of Real Stride (Major In Art) 1:51.9 14 wins $118,060; and Christian Dreamer is the dam of Lets Chase The Dream (Bettors Delight) 1:49.9 15 wins $504,756.

With a very short priced favourite starting from barrier 1, 8yo mare Kissmecougar (Live Or Die out of Pure Hilarion by Hilarion Star) wKissmecougar GPM121018v408as probably under the odds at 12/1 from barrier 7. Restrained out of the barrier and with the favourite Qtown Rip Roaring beaten for speed, Kissmecougar settled one out and three back behind Raffaelo. A Bit Ruthless was in the lead and Attack On Command in the breeze. The race was run without change until entering the back straight the last time young Kyle Harper on Kissmecougar made a lightning move three wide to be third at the 400m. Coming around the home turn the race was on, with Kissmecougar still three wide and running strongly, Raffaelo coming wider, A Bit Ruthless fighting back and Qtown Rip Roaring held up by the dogged Attack On Command. In a stirring finish Kissmecougar just grabbed the lead with 10m to go to hold out the flying Raffaelo and A Bit Ruthless hanging on for third, margins a half head and half neck and mile rate 1:59. It was the chestnut mare's 10th win and she also has 15 places for stakes of $76,823.

Bred by Neil Henwood and trained and part owned by Errol Ashcroft, Kissmecougar is the second winner from her dam Pure Hilarion (Hilarion Star) 1:56.9, a successful racemare who won 12 races and over $65,000 in her career. Pure Hilarion belongs to the same family as Silver Bracelet, dual Empress Stakes and Mount Eden Sprint winner and top 70s mare Kiwi Cloud (Eagle Armbro) 1:59.6 $59,775. The sire of Pure Hilarion is a WA bred pacer in Hilarion Star (Hilarion) 1:56.2 $298,394 a very successful racehorse in the early 1990s, winning and placed in group races at 2 and 3 and winner of the WA Pacing Cup in 1994!

J P STRATTON NIGHT

(5 October 2018) It was J P Stratton night and considering what a monumental influence J P Stratton had in both the administrative field and breeding and racing there was a very aptly named (and WA bred) winner on the night. The Stratton was won by Chicago Bull, arguably the best horse currently racing in Australasia.One of the best 4yos racing in Australia, King Of Swing, also won on the night on the way to the Golden Nugget. Along with Shez Turbo Charged in the Mares M0-M1, our girls also did great!

With a nice win in July and a good second a fortnight earlier, you might have thought 23/1 was a very generous price for 8yo mare Forever Remembered (Shattering Class out of Huntress Bell by J Cs Suprimo), especially when the favourite Speed Man was starting in 8 with Forever Remembered in 7. Restrained slightly out of the barrier young Kyle Harper instantly heading for the one wide line and settled one out and four back, just in front of Speed Man, with Glow Bright from 1 retaining the lead and Iceenothink breezing. Speed Man went forward after half a lap to improve his position but dropped back when the front pair decided to step up the pace as Im Master Charlie tried to and eventually got to the breeze.  With two laps to go Speed Man took off three wide again, and this time had a lead up from Sightseeing Anvil. This left Forever Remembered last behind Courage Tells, as another runner followed Speed Man. This was a 2536m race though and there was a lap to go! Heading out of the home straight Speed Man went four wide to get around Sighseeing Anvil but unfortunately locked wheels with that horse and was never a chance after that. With the field now opened up, Neighlor two back the fence got into the running line, slightly inconveniencing Courage Tells in the one wide line and Forever Remembered who were both about to make their runs. Forever Remembered quickly moved three wide then four wide at the 400 and was making solid ground. Coming around the home turn Forever Remembered was now six wide with Courage Tells five and Neighlor three wide, all flat out. Neighlor hit the front at the 100 but  Forever Remembered was swooping and grabbed the win in the $22,000 Perth Plasterboard M1 to M3 Pace on the line by a head, with Courage Tells in third. The winning mile rate was 1:58.6 and it was the 15th win for the Ashcroft family mare who has also won just over $160,000 and has run 34 places.

This is a real family affair with Forever Remembered owned by bred by Debra Ashcroft, trained by Errol Ashcroft and owned by the Ashcroft family as well as being sired by the Ashcrofts favourite horse, former champion pacer Shattering Class. Shattering Class won 62 races in WA and the east coast and over $800,000, racing against the best horses of the age. He belongs to the same family as Tommy Be Good (Jeremes Jet) 1:56.3 $173,860 , Glenferrie Affair (Courage Under Fire) 1:56.8 19 wins $91,086 and Demoralizer (Crouch) 1:56.7 26 wins $358,199.

Forever Remembered is the first foal from the unraced Huntress Bell, who was the only filly from her dam Flighty Fiona (Careless Hands) 1:59.1 7 wins $17,890, who was one of 4 winners produced by Lady Louanna (Captain Hook). This is one of the old very successful Adios Stud families which produced multiple winners, the most notable of which was Answer Me (Scotch Dillon).

It was the first heat of the $25,000 Preux Chevalier for the M0 mares, and this season they receive full metro stakes! Driver Michael Grantham was fairly optimistic about the chances of 4yo mare Bettorgrinanbarit (Bettors Delight out of Grin On The Beach by Grinfromeartoear), especially with the favourite Amelias Courage starting from 8. From barrier rise Innocent Affair from 5 scooted out to be race leader, with Bettorgrinanbarit stepping out fairly to settle in the breeze until first Beach Goddess, then Amelias Courage went forward to take that position before the field had passed the winning post. The pace was fairly solid and Bettorgrinanbarit was the first to move out three wide in the back Bettorgrinanbarit GPM051018v933straight the last time to be3rd at the 400m with Amelias Courage a nose in front of Innocent Affair. Coming around the turn Bettorgrinanbarit had hit the front, with Amelias Courage battling on and Sea Me Smile coming wide from 3 back the fence. In the run home it was Bettorgrinanbarit winning Heat 1 of the $18,000 Preux Chevalier easily by 10m, with Sea Me Smile grabbing second on the line from Amelias Courage, mile rate 1:57.1. The win was the 5th for Bettorgrinanbarit, and along with 16 places her stakes are $48,530.

Bred and owned by Terry Ferguson's Seahorse Racing Stables, Bettorgrinanbarit is the first foal from Grin On The Beach (Grinfromeartoear) 1:59.6 7 wins $47,647 who was also bred and raced by Terry. Grin On The Beach is out of the US mare Beach Madam (Beach Towel) who produced 3 other winners and is granddam to multiple winners including Sutter Man (Sutter Hanover) 1:56.7 16 wins $87,315. Beach Madam is a daughter of Madam Madusa (Albatross) 1:55.2 $164,845 who may go down in history as the mare that changed the breeding scene in Australia. Madam Madusa is the dam of multiple winners in the US and Australia including the one and only Fake Left (Cam Fella), the Little Brown Jug winner and one of the greatest sires ever in Australia. 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. Madam Madusa is also the dam of the unraced Nuclearaccelerator (No Nukes), the dam of Almost El Eagle (McArdle) 1:54.8 21 wins $200,211 and the unraced Theladyisabomb (Presidential Ball) who is dam of WA raced filly Has No Fear (Western Terror) 1:58.1 3 wins $40,175.

With five places from 5 starts since August with new trainer Debra Lewis, 7yo gelding Lot Twenty One (Allamerican Ingot out of Bootscootngirl by Parsons Den) started favourite and after galloping for a few strides and losing position, would have had some stressed supporters. However, with the cool Chris Lewis on board he recovered quickly, settled one-one after half a lap then immediately LotTwentyOne GPM051018v2going round to settle in the breeze, outside second favourite Estilo, for the sprint journey. A slow first quarter followed by an even second quarter gave him every chance and with the pace quickening to 28.9 and 28.2 final quarters it was an easy stroll for a greatly improved Lot Twenty One, who went on to win the $18,000 GP Italian Fireworks Night for the M0 class by 11.9m in 1:57.8. The win took his stakes to $68,823 from 7 wins and 30 places.

Bred by Royalstar Pty Ltd Lot Twenty One, an $11,000 yearling sale purchase, is the first foal and one of three winners from the first 3 foals of his unraced dam Bootscootngirl (Parsons Den). Bootscootngirl is also the dam of two very promising full brothers to Lot Twenty One in Americanbootscoota 1:52.5 15 wins $178,495 and Yankee Boots 1:56.9 4 wins $20,586. Bootscootngirl is out Texan Cowgirl (Fake Left) 2:02.2 6 wins $20,645, who is also 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.

NICE WINS AND WELL DESERVED

(28 September 2018) Two wins on the night from two very classy girls, Tricky Styx (Jeremes Jet) by over 8m in the mares, and very nice 3yo filly Countess Grace (Bettors Delight) won the open 3yo race. "Tricky no doubt will be heading for the Mares Classic. Our WA winners were also all quality.

Lightly raced 6yo gelding Hastalavista (Sportswriter out of Crystal Journey by Sands A Flyin), with 4 wins in 5 starts since resuming in August, rightly stepped out as favourite from barrier 1 and going out fast to hold her advantage, kept the lead without too much trouble. As she did the previous week, Soho Changeling got to the rails to take the position behind the race leader and second faHastalavista GPC280918v494vourite Rock Me Over was in the breeze. The second quarter was slow and the remaining field of 8 was content to roll along. The leader was travelling strongly with no moves at all until Gonzos Shadow pulled out three wide just before Trustytrev made his move. For the second week Soho Changeling was pocketed briefly and Hastalavista scooted away as the straightened for home. Running for home Soho Changeling got clear but Hastalavista was well clear and went on to win the Lugarno Gumby Punters Club Westbred C5 to C9 by 3.8m from Soho Changeling with Gonzos Shadow in third. The mile rate was 1:58.2 and last qtr 28.4. It was fifth win from only 10 lifetime starts for Hastalavista, with lifetime earnings just under $23,000.

Bred by Patrician Park and bought at the 2014 WA Yearling Sale, Hastalavista is out of successful race mare Crystal Journey (Sands A Flyin) 2:00.2 11 wins $113,185. Crystal Journey has done exceptionally well at stud with a 100% record from her four winners of racing age including Baptism Of Fire (Ponder) 1:57.8 10 wins $80,716, 3yo Westbred Classic winner and multiple Group 1 winner Mister Jadore (Grinfromeartoear) 1:57 12 wins $267,889 and the icing on the cake with Breeders Crown winning filly Nostra Villa (Art Major) 1:55.1 13 wins $348,870. Crystal Journey is one of three winners from her dam Silky 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.

Resuming racing in August after a 4 month absence, 7yo gelding Argyle Red (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Dekker Diamond by Iraklis) has taken a little bit of time to find his feet under tough conditions. However, he has definitely been improving and stepping out from a good barrier was a welcome change and reflected in him being sent out favourite for the race. Starting in 2 he got a good start, with the old stager Another Vinnie in 1 settling for the sit behind. Young Jocelyn Young was content to slow the race (Jocelyn ended the night with three wins!) and the lead time and first quarter were equally slow. With a lap to go Mister Versace was racing strongly in the oArgyleRed GPM280918vne-one behind Sokys Big Bullet. As expected the pace quickened markedly in the third quarter, run in 27.8, with Sokys Big Bullet getting nose to nose with the leader. Coming around the home bend Argyle Red had responded and was now clear of Sokys Big Bullet, with Mister Versace three wide and Overboard Again four wide and chasing. Into the straight Mister Versace and Overboard Again were coming fast but Argyle Red had just enough of a lead to win the $22,000 M2 to M4 Most Winners on a Night Ken Casellas & Stuart Lowe M2 to M4 Pace by a head from Overboard Again who just pipped Mister Versace on the line for second. The mile rate was 1:58.1 with the last qtr in 28.5. The win was the 15th for the Rob and Ann MacDonald bred Argyle Red, who has 23 places and stakes of $178,144.

Argyle Red is out of metropolitan winner Dekker Diamond (Iraklis) 1:57.9 8 wins $63,249 who is a  100% producer with 3 winners from three foals of racing age including Davinci Diamond (Artiscape) 1:56.2 8 wins $60,457. Dekker Diamond is a half sister to 2 winners including Bring On De Beers (Kinney Hanover) 1:58.1 $32,374 and her winning dam Dash Of Diamonds (Crouch) is a half sister to three other winners including Crystal Tears (Stoneridge Scooter) 2:00.6 8 wins $52,899. April Franco (Bo Scots Blue Chip), the dam of Dash Of Diamonds, is a half sister to former top juvenile Tempo Cavallo (Timely Knight) 1:58.9 $128,436 and to the dam of Burlington Bertie (Vance Hanover) 1:54.4 $370,401and the granddam of Clarkey (Washington V C) 1:52.8 13 wins $117,661. Through a full sister to the dam of April Franco other members of the family include Mon Lillies (Artesian) 1:54.7 13 wins $115,067, 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, Hy Falutin (Troublemaker) 1:55.9, 18 wins  $135,833, Lombo Ranmiles (Saab) 1:52.0 20 wins $129,014, Magic Moment Lombo (Lombo Pocket Watch) 1:57.4 11 wins $84,182, Fours Enuf Tas (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:55.2 26 wins $162,804 and Natural Disaster (Shadow Play) 1:55.5 13 wins $148,237 .

NAVY CUP NIGHT

(21 September 2018) It was Navy Cup night with representatives from the Navy on track to present the trophy to Chicago Bull who is currently one of the best pacers in Australasia, so while he isn’t bred in WA, it is a pleasure to watch an exceptional horse racing.

We did have a couple of nice winners on the night including talented 8yo gelding Bhagwan (Rich And Spoilt out of Serene Dreamer by Dream Away). With three placings from his previous four starts and stepping out from 1, it was good odds at 2/1.  Going straight to the front in an easy lead over the 1730m, it looked like a comfortable race for him, until second favourite Touch Of Success tBhagwan GPM210918vhought he would have a real go at the lead in the back straight the first time. The move was unsuccessful but as a result Bhagwan picked up the pace and the first two quarters were then run in under even time. At the 400 Bhagwan still had control and Touch Of Success was hanging on to second. Coming around the home turn Touch Of Success had enough and was dropping back while Bhagwan got a handy lead on the field. Getting a bit tired at the end, Bhagwan went on to win the $22,000 GP Trotter of the Year M1 to M3 by 2.5m from the fast finishing Sunrose Village, who had raced on the leaders back, with The Storm Chief in third. The mile rate was a lifetime best of 1:55.7 with last qtrs 28.5 and 28.9. Owned and bred by N Warren, E Barrett and D McAuliffe, the win was the 14th for Bhagwan and along with 44 places took his stakes to just over $165,000.

Bhagwan is the only foal of racing age from his dam Serene Dreamer (Dream Away) 1:58 $35,820, the winner of 6 races. Van Atom (Sokys Atom), the dam of Serene Dreamer, produced 2 other winners in Cumbria Warrior (Dream Away) 24 wins $105,649 and Dominus (In The Pocket) 1:51 $229,120. Van Atom is out of Going Smooth (Smooth Fella) 2:01.9 $20,535 who is also the dam of Van Ished (Holmes Hanover). Van Ished is the dam of full brothers Van Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:56 12 wins $82,656 and Easy On The Eye 1:50.7 18 wins $504,180. Going Smooth is a half sister to the dams of Tribute (In The Pocket) 1:54.8 $587,772, Money Magnet (Fake Left) 1:57.2 $306,123, and Meredith Maguire (Christian Cullen) 1:50.2 $302,570. There are several other close up family members with earnings over $100,000.

Starting from 8 at the barrier didn’t appear to have good prospects but you never know these days! After a couple of good places and a win 10 days earlier 8yo mare Alfa Queen (Art Major out of Mabel Rose by Christian Cullen) was restrained out of the barrier and settled last in the moving line, surprisingly behinAlfaQueen 210918v071d the favourite Im Stylish who started inside the back line but was immediately moved one wide at barrier rise. Soho Changeling from 3 settled into the position behind race leader Machine Elle. With half a lap done Im Stylish went forward 3 wide but was  not making up a lot of ground. In the back straight Alfa Queen moved up behind Im Stylish who was under pressure. At the 400 Machine Elle was still leading well and Alfa Queen went forward 4 wide around Im Stylish who had really done her best. Coming out of the back straight Soho Changeling was under a hard hold behind the leader, the breeze mare was tiring and Alfa Queen was about to hit the lead 4 wide. Into the straight and Alfa Queen fought off Machine Elle with Soho Changeling getting clear and coming hard, but not soon enough,  and Alfa Queen went on to win the $20,000 NYE Back at Gloucester Park Fillies and Mares M0 to M2 Pace by 1.3m with Machine Elle holding on for third, mile rate 1:58.5. Trained and driven by Shane Young who also part owns and bred her in partnership, the win was the 11th for Alfa Queen and she also has 6 places for her career stakes of just under $74,000.

Alfa Queen is the first foal out of Mabel Rose (Christian Cullen) 8 wins 20 places $49,039, who was also bred by Shane. She is out of winning race mare Alfa Courageous (Brets Courage) and is a half sister to 6 other winners including Champagne Classic winner Courageous Ned (Life Sign) 2:00.5 21 wins $253,750 and Roadless Travelled (Panorama) 1:58 22 wins $183,666. Alfa Courageous herself is a half sister to WA Oaks winner Alfa Dyna (Massie) 1:59 $95,147, Scanio (The Sunbird Hanover) 1:57.8 22 wins $208,495 and 4 other winners. Travis Arania (Scottish Arania), the dam of Alfa Dyna, was a top race filly and daughter of one of WAs best ever broodmares in Oro Travis.

A MOMENT TO REFLECT

(14 September 2018) A There was an unfortunate incident in the mares race which highlights just why you should enjoy the horses and their racing every time they step up to the barrier. Commiserations to those involved with the mare and the other owners, trainers and drivers in the race. There were four local winners on the night.

With three consecutive country wins leading into the race, 4yo entire Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven out of Benjor Maddy Lombo by Perfect Art) drew the prized one barrier and started favourite. Getting out fast he went straight into the leaders role and a skirmish behind, which caused several runners to take evasive action, resulted in the race slowing in the first quarter as the field reorganRockMeOver GPC140918v1ised. However, no horses or drivers were at risk and the second quarter was run in better than even time. Im Soxy had been in the breeze since the start and in the back straight the last time was making a race of it as the pace quickened to a 28 flat third quarter. Rock Me Over was just in front of Im Soxy coming into the home straight, with Bhagwan the only other runner near enough. Coming down the straight the diminutive Rock Me Over just had enough to hold out the very determined Im Soxy to win the Sports Daily Tabradio Westbred C5 to C9 Pace by a neck in 1:58.2, last qtr in 28.6. The win was the 10th for Rock Me Over who has career earnings of $108,940.

Bred by Mike Howie, Rock Me Over is one of 4 winners from Benjor Maddy Lombo (Perfect Art) 2:01.8 3 wins $21,511. Her other winners include Derby winner Handsandwheels (Mach Three) 1:55.9 14 wins $310,028 and WASBA King Lethbridge winner Maddy White (Lombo Mandingo) 1:56.9 11 wins $110,824. Benjor Maddy Lombo is out of top broodmare Magic Maddy Lombo (Classic Garry) whose 7 winners include Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 33 wins $587,032, Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.3 15 wins $230,312, 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 Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 $245,449, the Australian 3yo Filly of the Year and Australian Broodmare of the Year. 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.

Lightly raced but always showing some class, 6yo gelding Mister Versace (Bettors Delight out of Prix De Whitby by Life Sign) was a very short priced favourite with the punters after drawing barrier 1. Coming out nicely he quickly settled into the leaders roll then proceeded to slow the race down. Madame Meilland from barrier 9 was wide briefly until going round to take the breeze with two laps to go.  The first quarter was also sedentary and with the second quarter in 30 flat it was clearly going to be hard for the backmarkers to make up the ground. First to move was Extreme Prince  with a lap to go but they were sprinting hard in a 27.9 third quarter and he wasn’t making an impression on the race leaders.  Coming up to the home turn Mister Versace had increased his advantage over Madame Meilland and in the run to the finish he was too strong for the valiant Madame Meilland and went on to win the $18,000 Steelos Bistro at Gloucester Park M1 Pace by 4.1m, mile rate 1:58.1 and last quarter 28.8. The win was his 9th and he has also has 13 places and just under $83,000 in stakes.MisterVersace GPM140918v

Bred by Ed Dewar C Plabou and W Grimm, Mister Versace is the first foal out of his lightly raced dam Prix De Whitby (Life Sign) 2:01.5 3 wins $30,934. Prix de Whitby is a daughter of top race mare and broodmare Whitbys Merit (French Chef) 2:00.3 $168,598 winner of 10 of her first 12 starts including the 1993 Diamond Classic, Champagne Classic, Pearl and the 1993 Golden Slipper. As a broodmare Whitbys Merit has produced 11 winners including metropolitan and 2004 Golden Girls Mile winner Zerina Whitby (Kinney Hanover) 1:55.6 15 wins $107,827, 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. Zerina Whitby is the dam of 5 winners including  classy 5yo Our Zak Whitby (Mach Three) 1:53.3 15 wins $163,334 and Senator Whitby (Artiscape) 1:58.2 11 wins $96,094. 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.

Having his third start this campaign after a 6 month absence after the final Kalgoorlie season last year, 9yo gelding Extreme Dreams (Dream Away out of Stage Whisper by Armbro Operative) wasn’t that well drawn in 5 bExtremeDreams GPM140918 twitterut following the pre race prediction from driver Shannon Suvaljko, came out very fast and went straight to the front. There was a short lived challenge for the breeze position with the result that the first and second quarter were run in even time.  With a lap to go the faviourite Swimbetweentheflags pushed out from the rails to get a better position in the running line and the pace quickened just a little. It did not turn out well for Swimbetweentheflags who was then pocketed by the “pushee” who was forced to go forward earlier than intended. With the favourite held up as the field peeled from the back to make their runs,  Extreme Dreams was fighting on well in front. At the top of the straight Extreme Dreams was a length in front of the second horse and three lengths in front of as Swimbetweentheflags before that horse finally got clear running. Although the challengers were coming, Extreme Dreams went on to win the $18,000 R U OK M1 Pace by 1.9m from the favourite with C C Chevron finishing well to be third, the mile rate 1:58.8. It was a very poignant win for the connections, and brought up the 14th win for Extreme Dreams who also has 18 places and a handy 4138,340 in stakes.

Bred by Kim Marsh,  Extreme Dreams is one of two winners from the 100% producer Stage Whisper (Armbro Operative). Stage Whisper is a half sister to 3 winners out of her dam Lady Rhiannon (Judge Hanover), including Rhiannons First (No Fission) 1:59.4 $28,897 the dam of Maggies Mystery (Artesian) 1:53.8 14 wins $191,796. Lady Rhiannon is a full or half sister to 6 winners including fast class pacer The Die Is Cast (McKinzie Almahurst) 1:57 26 wins $228,250 and Group 1 winning filly Edna Anne (Northern Luck) 1:55.4 $105,811.

With a win earlier in the week, another win a fortnight before that and starting inside the favourite, punters might have missed their cue with 7yo gelding Hillbilly Time (Stonebridge Regal out of Bolshoi Belle by Resurgent Dragon). Starting from 4 at the barrier, he scooted straight into his favourite position leading the field. With no one HillbillyTime GPM140918vchallenging he set his own pace and after a sedate lead time the next two quarters were in even time. The three wide line started with the favourite Twentynine Twelve  making the move to be 4th but three wide with a lap to go. The 3rd quarter was the fastest of the race at 28.8 and at the 400m Hillbilly Time still had the lead with Twentynine Twelve in second three wide and Chuck Norris running third in the breeze. Coming out of the back straight he looked to be under pressure but they still had to catch him. Straightening up for the run home he broke away again and went on to win the $18,000 Tabtouch Better Your Bet M0 Pace by 3.6m from Twentynine Twelve and the hardworking Chuck Norris. The mile rate was 2:00 flat for the 2536m mobile and the win took Hillbilly Time to $63,973 from 13 wins and 15 places.

Bred by Zoe Ellis, Hillbilly Time is the first foal and one two winners from his metropolitan winning dam Bolshoi Belle (Resurgent Dragon) 2:01.9 10 wins $60,053, who was also bred by Zoe. Bolshoi Belle is also the dam of Group 1 winning Allmightyjoelouis (Roll with Joe) 1:56.9 16 wins $98,810. Bolshoi Belle is a half sister to three other winners and her dam is a half sister to Honest Talk (Honest Master) 2:00.6 $25,176, the dam of one of WA's favourites in Zakara (Racy Prince) 1:57 $477,488. There is an extensive list of classic winners from this family going back to the 50s. In the 80s this family produced winners like champion Vanderport (Cute Van) 1:59.1 $285,770 and Golden Nugget winner Vero Prince (Racy Prince) 1:59.7 $166,064. Recent winners include Im A Peregrine (Elsu) 1:56.3 $156,512 and Westbred Classic winner Soho Monza (Pacific Fella) 1:56 $224,150.

A NEW START

(7 September 2018) It's the start of the season and two of the 10 races go to the girls with The Spinster taking out an M1 to M3 in a super 1:54.5 and Im Stylish winning the M0 mares. Good result too for a couple of very consistent pacers.

With a good second at his previous start, 5yo gelding Kerrin Joseph (Somebeachsomewhere out of Like A Dame by Golden Greek) started second favourite despite being in barrier 7 in the 8 horse field. In a great piece of driving over the 1730m race, Chris Voak had Kerrin Joseph in the one-one very briefly until the favourite Tanaka Eagle went to the lead from the breeze in the first 200m then proceeded to run the fastest quarter of the race in 28.4. Cyclone Mitch went from last to take up the breeze in the back straight the first time and Kerrin Joseph again had the one-one, with the second quarter giving the field a breather. Kerrin Joseph went forward three wide in the back straight the last time and by the 400m he was running second. Coming into the home straight he was just in front of Tanaka Eagle who was hanging on tenaciously. In the run home Kerrin Joseph got a length clear but was starting to tire. With the two leaders getting swamped in the last 20m, Kerrin Joseph just managed to hang on by a half neck to win the $22,000 M1 to M3 JPs Sportsbar Pace by a half neck in a good mile rate of 1:56.4.  It was the ninth win for the Steve Johnson bred Kerrin Joseph, and along with 7 places he has earned just over $74,000.

Kerrin Joseph has a 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.  His beginnings might be considered to be moderate by some, with his sire being a WA based stallion and his dam Like A Dame (Golden Greek) a winner of 3 races for a total of $10,312. Like A Dame has gone on to be one of the best ever 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. 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) and Endless Journey (Die Laughing). 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; and Prettypretty Woman is the dam of Our Miss Vivienne (Safe And Sound) 1:56.1 13 wins $83,960. 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.

At very nice odds of nearly 30/1, 7yo gelding No More Change (Changeover out of McCleods Daughter by Mystical Prince) surprised a few people with his win in the $18,000 Gloucester Park M0. Starting from the inside of the back line, No More Change settled 2 back the rails with the race leader Ready For Takeoff setting a pretty solid pace over the 2536m mobile. With the first three running in single file, trainer driver Donald Harper made the wise decision to come off the rails with 100 to go before he was covered up by the then breeze horse Gonzos Shadow. At the 400 and with Twentynine Twelve moving up doggedly three wide, No More Change went to a small lead and led into the home straight for the run home. In a slog for the run home, No More Change fought off Twentynine Twelve to win by a neck with the late finishing Mondooley Mach in third in a very good mile rate of 1:59.5 over the longer journey for the M0s. It was the second consecutive win from No More Change with a win 17 days earlier and took his total stakes to $59,814 from 10 career wins and 15 places.

Bred by D and K Walsh, M Leitch and M Boyd, No More Change is the first foal from McCleods Daughter (Mystical Prince) 2:00.9 5 wins $29,934 who was the only filly from her dam Dunbarton Doll (Northern Lights). Dunbarton Doll is one of 8 winners from her unraced dam Zola Budd (Adios Vic) including Michael Leslie (Northern Lights) 1:54 34 wins $228,065. Zola Budd is a half sister to Paavo (Afella Rainbow) 1:57.1 21 wins $312,601, winner of the 1986 Golden Slipper and the 1986 Australian 2yo of the Year.

GIRLS ON TOP

(31 August 2018) A great night for the girls on the last night of the season, with 3yo filly Detroit Lily (Betterthancheddar), 2yo locally bred filly Fake News (Alta Christiano) and 4yo mare Bettor B Chevron (Bettors Delight) all having wins. The last race of the night was the very last race of the season and the last chance for the 3yos to get their Westbred Bonus.

With one win and two places in her previous 4 starts, 2yo filly Fake News (Alta Christiano out of Is She Talking by Bettors Delight) was the short priced race favourite even though the very nice winner Countess Grace was in the race. First time starter Hello Hotshot (Four Starzzz Shark), a granddaughter of a non winning half sister to Taihape Tickler (New York Motoring) 1:57.1 $183,919 and champion pacer Auckland Reactor (Mach Three) 1:52.9 $1,759,374, was also an interesting runner. However, with Fake News drawing barrier 1 against Countess Grace's barrier 8 and Hello Hotshot in 2 it was the right choice for punters.

Out of the barrier Fake News was off and running anFakeNews GPM310818vd went straight to the lead. Hello Hotshot was pacing roughly and settled behind Fake News with Countess Grace out very wide and restraining to last. The first move in the race came from Countess Grace with a lap to go and she moved up three wide as the pace quickened. Coming off the back Fake News was going very smoothly, with her main challengers Countess Grace now out 4 wide and Hello Hotshot pocketed. At the top of the straight for the run home Hello Hotshot got clear and looked the main threat but Fake News had the race in hand and went on to win the $18,000 The Bridge Bar and Bistro 2yo Fillies Pace by 1.5m from the impressive Hello Hotshot, with Countess Grace in third, mile rate 1:59.2 and last quarter 28.5.

Bred and owned by Bev Richardson, Gary Ralston and K Maxwell, Fake News is the second foal and first winner out of the nice race mare Is She Talking (Bettors Delight) 1:55.2 11 wins $81,615 who was purchased as a 3yo and raced in the same ownership as Fake News. Is She Talking is a full sister to one other winner and her dam Sweet Talking Doll (In The Pocket) is a half sister to two winners. The granddam of Sweet Talking Doll is Living Doll (Lordship). As well as this family line, Living Doll is the dam of the relatively unsuccessful race mares Looks The Part (Neros B B), Nardins Doll (Nardins Byrd) and Smooth Doll (Smooth Fella). Smooth Doll is the granddam of Mister Ardee (Jeremes Jet). Through Nardins Doll there have been several high earning winners and 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. 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, winner of 10 races including 3 metropolitan races and $80,819 in stakes. Smile With Me is the dam of 2yo Westbred Classic winner To Fast To Serious (ShTheGreatDane GPC310818v2adow Play) 1:56 $76,490.

With two good seconds at his previous two starts 3yo gelding The Great Dane (Art Major out of Mizuno by Parsons Den) was fairly generous odds of 6/1, although barrier 8 might have had something to do with that.  Quite a competitive race as barriers were released and the 3yo filly How Gouda She kept the lead from barrier 1 with race favourite Fight Song in the breeze. After half a lap with the speed backed off a little, driver Dean Miller took The Great Dane forward to the breeze. With 600 to go the very imposing The Great Dane, who towered over How Gouda She, had hit the front and coming into the straight he had a length on How Gouda She with Fight Song now chasing. Racing away in the final 100m, The Great Dane won the last 3C0 race of the year by 8.5m from Fight Song with How Gouda She fighting on for third. The mile rate was 1:59.8. Thw win was the second for The Great Dane and he also has 2 places from his 11 lifetime starts.

Owned and trained by David Young who also bred the gelding in partnership, The Great Dane is the first foal from his dam Mizuno (Parsons Den) 1:56 who was a very handy mare with 9 wins 19 places and $70,597 in stakes. Mizuno started her racing career with the Young family. Mizuno is a half sister to Mohito (Elsu) 1:55.9 $50,878. They are the only two foals produced by the lightly raced Manzuma (Holmes Hanover). Manzuma is a half sister to 7 winners including Fellamore (Happy Cat) 1:53.8 46 wins $316,232.

WASBA RAFFLE RESULTS!

(24 August 2018) Congratulations to our raffle winners. Sincere thanks to Woodlands Stud and Alabar Bloodstock for their support in providing our raffle prizes. Drawn at Gloucester Park, the winners were:

The vouchers can be used on any stallion available to WA or SA from Woodlands Stud or Alabar Bloodstock. The prizes can be sold or transferred, but the mare must be served in WA or SA to redeem any of the prizes.

KingOfSwing GPM240818 TwitterThere was also some excellent performances on the night including a nice performance by 3yo colt King Of Swing (Rocknroll Hanover out of Twist And Twirl by Artsplace) to win the 3yo event in 1:55.5. King Of Swing is bred on the same cross as champion racehorses and sires Rock N Roll Heaven and Pet Rock and should have prospects after the completion of his racing career, especially if he goes on to win the Golden Nugget.

Also back in action was 2016 Golden Slipper winner Mitch Maguire (Sportswriter), winning his first GP race but third consecutive race since returning after a year's absenImSoxy GPM24081870ce. Mitch Maguire is another of the entires currently racing who may have interesting careers after the completion of their racing careers.

The very flashy 5yo gelding Im Soxy (Rich And Spoilt out of Forza Di Volonta by Mach Three) had a good night and has had a very good season winning 4 of his 5 lifetime wins. Stepping out from 5 and with driver Ryan Warwick taking the reins for just the second time, Im Soxy settled one out two back after the field sorted themselves out in the first half lap of the 1730m journey. With a lap to go Im Soxy was first to move and headed up the three wide line. Moving forward very nicely, Im Soxy was equal leader at the 400m with race favourite Hes Talking who had started from 1. Around the turn for the run home Im Soxy was in front with Kaptain Kenny chasing after getting out from behind the tiring Hes Talking. But Im Soxy still had plenty to give and went on to win the $18,000 Direct Trades Supply M0 Pace by 2.5m from Kaptain Kenny, in a lifetime best mile rate of 1:55.3. It was his 6th win and including 9 places, took his stakes to just under $47,000.

Bred by Harry Capararo, Im Soxy only commenced racing as a late 3yo. He is the only foal from his dam Forza Di Volonta (Mach Three) 1:58.3 4 wins $19,723, who unfortunately died having her next foal. Her dam Bella Baci (Village Jasper) is an unraced daughter of 1995 Pearl Classic winner (against the boys) Mitemptation (Prince Of Gold) 2:00.6 $123,390, who was retired from injury after only 18 starts. Mitemptation is the dam of 7 winners and is a half sister to 9 other winners including Magic Albert (Albert Albert) 1:57.3 $105,357. This is the family of Ladyship, dam of one of Australasias greatest ever racehorses and sires in Lordship (Johnny Globe).

The last race was another of the 3C0s for the Westbred Fillies. With the favourite in barrier 1 galloping shortly after barrier release, the opening was there for a surprise leader. First, How Gouda She went to the lead from 3 before young Jocelyn Young on 3yo filly and second favourite Zara Whitby (Somebeachsomewhere out of Zerina Whitby by Kinney Hanover) showed the initiative and took on the role. Slowing down somewhat to a very comfortable lead time and first quarter, Zara Whitby and the breeze filly Delightful Shadow were happy with the slow pace until the back straight the last time with Delightful Shadow nose to nose with Zara Whitby. Coming out of the back straight Zara Whitby had fought back and Delightful Shadow was tiring. Running for home Zara Whitby was just too good and won the 3yo C0 Fillies Pace by 3m from How Gouda She who had followed her all the way, and Delightful Shadow 8m away in 3rd. The last qtr was 28.6 and the winning mile rate 2:00.8. Bred and owned by Ed Dewar, the filly now has 3 wins and 3 places for just over $18,000.

Zara Whitby is the 5th winner from the metropolitan and 2004 Golden Girls Mile winner Zerina Whitby (Kinney Hanover) 1:55.6 15 wins $107,827, who is also the dam of classy 5yo Our Zak Whitby (Mach Three) 1:53.3 15 wins $163,334 and Senator Whitby (Artiscape) 1:58.2 11 wins $96,094. Zerina Whitby is one of 11 winners from her dam Whitbys Merit (French Chef) 2:00.3 $168,598 who was a top race mare, winning 10 of her first 12 starts including the 1993 Diamond Classic, Champagne Classic, Pearl and the 1993 Golden Slipper. Other winners from Whitbys Merit include 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, La Roya Whitby (Kinney Hanover) 1:59.8 $106,649 and Prix De Whitby (Life Sign) 2:01.5 3 wins $30,934 the dam of Mister Versace (Bettors Delight) 1:56.1 9 wins $85,661. Whitbys Merit is a daughter of broodmare gem 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, 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.

WASBA ALLWOOD STUD FARM VIRGIL QUEEN PACE AT NORTHAM

(18 August 2018) Another excellent race and great support from Bob Fowler's Allwood Stud Farm to cosponsor the race, which had to be rescheduled after inclement weather forced the abandonment of the original meeting a fortnight earlier.

In keeping with the trend so far, there was a false start, so it was good to see the race finally underway at the second attempt. The clear favourite Parisian Partygirl from barrier 2 went straight to the front, with outsider Gunna Get Lucky in the breeze before they passed the winning post the first time. Lat year's winner Sea Me Smile was one out three back and King Lethbridge Memorial winner Soho Changeling (Art Major) was behind her. It looked like the favourite's race with solid opening quarters of 29.9 and 30.7. Into the back straight the last time, Sea Me Smile started her run three wide and quickly made ground with Soho Changeling right behind her. Sea Me Smile had headed Parisian Partygirl at the 400m with Soho Changeling hot on her heels. Down the straight it was neck and neck until the last 50m when Soho Changeling just had too much momentum and drew clear of Sea Me Smile to win by 3.3m with Parisian Partygirl 10m further away in third, mile rate 1:58.2 and last qtrs excellent at 28.9 and 27.9.

Bred by Robert Watson and raced by Steve and Larry Nelligan, Soho Changeling has now won just over $69,000 from 8 wins and 19 places. Soho Changeling is a daughter of Country Change (Village Jasper) 1:56.8 who won 11 races and $95,383 in stakes. Country Change has produced two winners from her 3 foals of racing age and is a daughter of the unraced Millie Bucks (Whats Next), who produced 6 winners including very good mare Adayspay (Bright As Day) 1:57.9 19 wins $134,594 in stakes. Adayspay is the dam of 4 winners including Money Twitch (Life Sign) 1:52.6 41 wins $563,777. The granddam of Country Change is 1987 NSW Oaks winner Big Bucks (Noodlum) 1:58.3 $70,009 who produced 7 winners and is the granddam of 2013 Diamond Classic winner Highest Royalty (Allamerican Ingot) 1:59.7 $74,010 and Group 2 winning filly Spicey Hot (Classic Garry) 1:59.6 12 wins $149,508.

THE GIRLS DO WELL AND WASBA RAFFLE ALMOST GONE

(17 August 2018) WASBA Raffle first prize American Ideal had two excellent winners on the night, including the triumphant return to racing of millionaire and WA Pacing Cup winner My Hard Copy, superlative after a 4 month break. It was also a good night for the girls with 3yo filly Dontstopbelievin (Somebeachsomewhere), 4yo mare Better B Chevron and 2yo filly Countess Grace (Bettors Delight).

Also triumphant was the winner of the 2015 $100,000 2yo Colts and Geldings Westbred Classic and the 2016 $50,000 Caduceus Classic, and with new trainers Greg and Skye Bond. Five year old gelding Johnny Disco (Jeremes Jet out of Dalmore Disco by Presidential Ball) started favourite from the prime barrier JohnnyDisco GPM170818071 over the 1730m journey and duly won the $22,000 Tabtouch M2 to M4 Pace. Going to the lead from the barrier, Colin Brown on Johnny Disco slowed the pace in the second quarter and with a lap to his biggest challengers looked to be his stablemates Mighty Mr Sharkey sitting in the breeze and El Jacko leading up the three wide line. Coming out of the back straight another stablemate Vampiro started to stake his claim four wide and as they entered the home straight it was Johnny Disco racing away from all except Vampiro who was low flying. As they hit the line, Johnny Disco had just held on to win by 1.1m with 6.4m to El Jacko in third. The mile rate was 1:55.1 and the last qtrs were 28.1 and a sizzling 27.2, making the finish of Vampiro even more startling. The win was the 17th for John and Sue Awcock bred and owned Johnny Disco who also has 16 places and stakes of $281,844.

Dalmore Disco (Presidential Ball) 1:56.7 $101,782, the dam of Johnny Disco, was a good metropolitan winner, with 12 wins and 19 places during her career. She is the dam of two winners from her only two foals of racing age. Her dam Disco Lights (Northern Lights) 1:57.5, 12 wins $75,681 was also a good metropolitan winner and is a full or half sister to 7 winners including Live In Hope (Northern Lights) 1:56.4 23 wins $114,596, Disco Force (Resonator) 1:53.8 27 wins $268,416 including the 2000 Golden Slipper, and Disco Flyer (In The Pocket) $186,313. This is a maternal line with plenty of class, with the dam of Disco Lights being the unraced Madam Butterfly (Windshield Wiper out of Butterfly Trunkey by Batman) who is a half sister to Tailamade Lombo (Troublemaker) 1:55.3 49 wins $1,354,978 and Espeshlimade Lombo (Troublemaker) 1:58.6 $299,199.

After 7 placings at his lastNoWowFactor GPC17081801 8 starts you would want 3yo gelding No Wow Factor (Art Major out of Bluegrass Belle by Mach Three) to break through for a win. Starting favourite from barrier 3, No Wow Factor quickly landed in the one one until The Great Dane moved forward to take the breeze. With two laps to go and sensing moves from the rear, Nathan Turvey on No Wow Factor moved out three wide and at the 400m he was running third, still 3 wide. Rounding the turn and still making up ground outside The Great Dane (briefly the new race leader) No Wow Factor was just in front at the 50m and just clung on to win the Cowden Insurance Brokers 3yo Westbred C0 by a neck from the valiant The Great Dane and the fast finishing Fight Song and Delightful Shadow. It was the second lifetime win for No Wow Factor who was purchased at the 2016 WA Yearling Sale.

Bred by the Lindsay's Karnup Racing Pty Ltd, No Wow Factor is the first foal from the unraced Bluegrass Belle who is a laf sister to Code Red (Red River Hanover) 1:55.1 12 wins $132,639, Golden Slipper, Caduceus Classic and Nights of Thunder winner Ohokas Bondy (Bettors Delight) 1:53.6 $388,148 and Dancing Diamonds (Bettors Delight) 1:57.8 $343,276 the dam of Caduceus Classic, 4yo Championship and Higgins Memorial winner Rock Diamonds (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:54.7 16 wins $245,539 and 2018 2yo Fillies Breeders Crown winner Our Princess Tiffany (Art Major) 1:54.2 $369,400. You dont have to go far in this family to find class.

IDEAL AMERICANS

(10 August 2018) With the WASBA Raffle to the fore at this time of year, it was certainly worth noting the special effort by 4yo gelding Runrunjimmydunn, a son of raffle first prize American Ideal, who ran a super race to win the 3309m Marathon Stand, starting from the 40m mark and running sub 2 minutes. American Ideal mare The Spinster also had a very nice win in the M1 to M3 open mobile. As luck would have it, our second prize in the WASBA raffle, Shadow Play, was represented by two winners, including the very classy Natural Disaster in the second M1 to M3 Pace.

Starting outside the front line, 5yo gelding Natural Disaster (the 2017 Kerry Clarke Memorial winner) started as second favourite after winning at his two previous starts. With some vigorous driving behind the race favourite Courage Tells from 1 and Extreme Prince from 3, Natural Disaster settled one out and 4 back after restraining slightly at the start. NaturalDisaster GPM100818v2With two laps to go he made a 3 wide move prompting Soho Chelsea from the one-three to also go forward. Soho Chelsea went straight to the breeze and very quickly Natural Disaster then took over that role outside race leader Courage Tells, giving Soho Chelsea the one one. In the back straight the last time the race was on with Natural Disaster moving up to Courage Tells and on the turn out of the back straight Natural Disaster had the lead. Courage Tell was still there as they straightened, but Natural Disaster was in control and moved further ahead to win the $22,000 Today Tonight M1 to M3 Pace by 4.8m from Soho Chelsea and the fast finishing Forever Remembered. The mile rate was a solid 1:56.8 and last half 57.1. It was the 13th win from the classy 5yo who has had only 34 starts but has won $146,637 in stakes.

Owned and bred by Oz West Pacing (who won the previous week with Major Pocket), Natural Disaster is the third and last foal from his dam Lucrative Kate (Armbro Operative) 2:0.00, the winner of 3 races. Her dam Lucrative Lady (Embrace Me) 2:00.3 $23,446 produced 3 other winners and is a daughter of Rosewood Pace (Mark Lobell) who produced 12 foals for 10 winners including Hy Falutin (Troublemaker) 1:55.9, 18 wins  $135,833 and  Fair Dinkum Lombo (Christian Cullen) 1:58.6, 13 wins $71,106. Other members of this family include Real Smooth Lombo (Parsons Den) 1:58.2 13 wins $94,619, Lady Julie Lombo (Million To One) 1:59.3 11 wins $89,499 and Mon Arki (Double Wipe) 1:58.6 7 wins $26,508. Mon Arki is the dam of Mon Poppies (Safely Kept)1:57.7 10 wins $88,350 and granddam of Mon Lillies (Artesian) 1:54.7 14 wins $120,191. Lady Julie Lombo is the dam of Lombo Ranmiles (Saab) 1:52.0 20 wins for $127,944, Magic Moment Lombo (Lombo Pocket Watch) 1:57.4 11 wins and $84,182 and Fours Enuf Tas (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:55.2 with 21 wins and  $161,829.

LivinLaBamba GPM10081870With some very good form behind him, including a 4th in the prestigeous John Higgins Memorial Final at his previous start, Livin La Bamba (Elsu out of Next Fantasy by Whats Next) started as favourite in the 1730m M0 Pace despite his 9 barrier. Dropping back to last after the start, he was 30m off the leader and equal second pick Star Armbro as they entered the back straight the first time. Following the three wide move of Beaudiene Beaufighter with 1000 to go he was hard on the helmet and running fifth with 400 to go. Coming off the back straight Beaudiene Beaufighter had Star Armbro's measure and was now one wide, but Livin La Bamba was scorching around 3 wide. At the 50m he was in front and went to the line winning the $18,000 Home And Away Pace by 8.2m in a super 1:55.9, last quarters 28.9 and 28.1. His career stakes are now $53,833 from 8 wins and 10 places from only 34 starts in a very injury interrupted career. A great result for perseverance. Livin La Bamba has a lifetime best of 1:54.2 after returning from a year's break to win first up at Pinjarra in May 2017.

Bred, owned and trained by Gary McShane, Livin La Bamba is the second winner from the handy mare Next Fantasy (Whats Next) 2:00.2, winner of 10 races and $46,525. She is a full sister to What A Dream 2:01.1 9 wins $37,092 who is the dam of 4 winners including Village Of Dreams (Village Jasper) 1:56.2 19 wins $304,056, Terrific Son (Safely Kept) 1:57.8 15 wins $109,752 and 2004 WA Oaks winner Miss Holmes (Holmes Hanover)1:59.9 7 wins $78,789.

After 3 winners from barrier 5 and two from barrier 9 earlier in the night, barrier 7 didnt seem so bad. 4yo mare Lady Luca (Lis MLadyLuca GPM100818 v148ara out of Hearty Franco by Artsplace) started at 15/1 with the favourite in barrier 1. It was an unusual start to the race with Soho Changeling in 4 scooting across to the rails to get the lead and then the favourite Waltzingwithsierra going around that mare to be race leader before they had even entered the home straight the first time. Meanwhile with a bit of speed up front and swapping positions, Lady Luca ended up in the one one - exactly the same spot as the week before. They stayed that way until the back straight with the breeze mare Catastrophic Event moving up gradually but under pressure. In a repeat of the previous week, Lady Luca was coming three wide out of the back straight and as they straightened for the run home, she quickly raced up and came away in the run home to win the $18,000 The Chase On Seven Mares Pace by 5.2m from Sheez Edgy who had moved three wide from the rails and was running on very well. The mile rate was 1:58.0 and it was her second consecutive win to take her stakes to $132,015 from 9 wins and 8 places.

As mentioned last week, Lady Luca is one of four winners from her dam Hearty Franco, an unraced Artsplace mare. Hearty Franco is a half sister to 5 winners including 1998 Chariots of Fire winner Franco Hat Trick (Holmes Hanover) 1:52 30 wins $659,210 and NSW Derby winner Franco Heir (Holmes Hanover) 1:56.4 19 wins $392,272. She is also a half sister to the unraced Have A Go Franco (OK Bye) the dam of Threepence (Holmes Hanover) 1:57.3 $253,306 and Ladyship Mile and Queen of the Pacific winner Our Sixpence (Holmes Hanover) 1:51.3 26 wins $613,977. It's always worth noting when a family line excels with a particular sire, in this case champion sire Holmes Hanover.

Finally! a favourite startiSelenesSilhouette GPC10081868ng from barrier 1 and winning! The second Shadow Play winner on the night was 3yo filly Selenes Silhouette (Shadow Play out of Cleopatra by Village Jasper). Selenes Silhouette got to keep the lead fairly comfortably. With just over 900 to go the Delightful Shadow (also Shadow Play) from the back of the field followed a three wide move by Jovovich. Selenes Silhouette still had control of the race coming out of the back straight but Delightful Shadow was now coming four wide and looking the winner. On straightening for the run home Selenes Silhouette still had a length on the challengers and was fighting back and although Delightful Shadow tried hard, Selenes Silhouette lifted and went on to win the Telethon 3yo Fillies 3C0 by 1.4m in a mile rate of 2:00 flat. The win was the second  lifetime win for the filly, who was purchased at the 2016 WA Yearling Sale by her connections.

Selenes Silhouette is out of the unraced Cleopatra (Village Jasper) who is also the dam of Beach Goddess (Somebeachsomewhere) 1:55.8 10 wins $92,730. Cleopatra is a half sister to 4 winners including Safari Breeze (Albert Albert) 1:55.4 16 wins $176,150 and Captain Kalahari (Albert Albert) 1:57.2 $195,926. Her unraced dam Autumn Princess (Whats Next) is a half sister to Group 1 winner and former Grand Circuit horse Tip Top Prince (The Pirates Cove) 1:55.2 28 wins and $226,440.

IN MEMORY OF KERRY CLARKE

(3 August 2018) It's one of our special nights with THE $25,000 Kerry Clarke 4 and 5yo Westbred Series Final, and it was a pretty good night all up. The very nice filly Our Angel Of Harlem went super to win her Fillies event in 1:56, and there were 4 WA bred winners.MajorPocket GPM030818v

Starting a solid favourite from barrier 2, lightly raced 4yo gelding Major Pocket (Art Major out of Elena S by In The Pocket) went straight to the lead as expected in a fairly solid lead time of 37.6, with The Freedom Fighter working forward to get to the breeze. The track was in good condition despite the earlier rain. With very even quarters, Major Pocket had a 2m lead going into the back straight the last time and nothing looking to be a real threat. Coming around the home turn he had a handy lead but was tiring and as they approached the finish line he was just in front of The Freedom Fighter and Extreme Prince, who had both rapidly made up ground in the final 20m. The mile rate was a good 1:57.6 and the winning margin a head. Bred and part owned by Oz West Pacing, it was the eighth win for Major Pocket who also has 13 places from his 28 lifetime starts along with $84,554 in stakes.

Major Pocket was bred by Oz West Pacing's Rob Tomlinson from from very handy mare Elena S (In The Pocket) 1:55 $97,549 who Rob raced after purchasing her from NZ in 2010 Elena S won her first four starts in WA and went on to win 9 times with 20 placings.  Unfortunately Major Pocket is her only foal. The femail line predominantly exists in NZ and a number of the fillies were exported to China. However, the maternal line has produced some standouts including Burnaholeinmypocket (Bettors Delight) 1:52.2 $236,923 and the family also includes 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.

A special night for WASBA and anyone supporting our local horses making the grade, with the $25,000 Kerry Clarke 4 and 4yo Westbred Final the feature event. The race is run in recognition of the tremendous work to support WA harness racing by former WASBA President Kerry Clarke. Kerry passed away in September 2014 and he was instrumental in getting Westbred only races onto the WA calendar.

A good field came through the heats with top efforts from Saleahs Command and The Kings Assassin to win their heats. Saleahs Command started brilliantly from 6 and got to the front with dazzling speed, with the race favourite Lord Willoughby left in the breeze. Bettors Delight 4yo Kasey John from 2 on the back line settled two behind the race leader on the rails in a speedy 36.2 lead time, especially on a wet night. Lord Willoughby kept the leader honest and with a lap to go The Kings Assassin commenced a run three wide. Tradie from the one-one also made a move in the back straight and coming out of the back straight it was still Saleahs Command but challengers coming. Into the home straight and Lord Willoughby had had enough, with Anvils Rollover and Kasey John looking for room. Straightening up for the run home Saleahs Command was still running very bravely in front, but Kasey John was now clear and running three wide, scooting home to just catch Saleahs Command and win the Kerry Clarke 4 and 5yo Westbred Pace by 1.7m, with Tradie and Anvils Rollover in third and 4th. The mile rate was an excellent 1:57.7. It was an excellent win by Kasey John who had finished second to Saleahs Command in his heat. The win took his stakes to just over $81,000 from 9 wins and 6 places. Part owner Brian Ridley was especially proud to have won a race in memory of Kerry.

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Bred by Steve Johnson (who is also a part owner), Kasey John is the 10th winner and 18th foal out of Shes Our Angel (Classic Garry) 2:03.6 $14,326). What a super effort from this mare. Her winners include Nightn Georgia (Safely Kept) 2:00.4 $116,605, Sky Tower (Panorama) 1:58.5 36 wins $241,236 and Jasmin Amal (Sportswriter) 1:55 10 wins $94,974, Shower Of Roses (Albert Albert) 1:58.2 8 wins $37,018 and Shes Elegant (Safely Kept). Nightn Georgia is the dam of Rocknrolla (Grinfromeartoear) 1:57.1 12 wins $287,351, Shower Of Roses is the dam of Reign Of Fear (Western Terror) 1:53.2 17 wins $127,525, and Shes Elegant is the dam of Tightrope (Art Major) 1:53.6 22 wins $196,072 and Somedreamsomewhere (Somebeachsomewhere) 1:56.6 12 wins $74,957. Shes Our Angel is also a half sister to the dam of Nikkibadwagon (Shadow Play) 1:53.9 $161,220 and the family also includes outstanding horses like Menin Gate (Somebeachsomewhere) 1:54.3 $557,258. This is a very long lived and prolific female line.

Not well drawn in 5 as reflected in the betting, 4yo mare Lady Luca (Lis Mara out of Hearty Franco by Artsplace) went forward out of the barrier and after the leaders had sorted LadyLuca 03082018vthemselves out and the odds on favourite Catastrophic Event got to the lead, Lady Luca was very favourably placed one out one back behind second favourite Im Stylish. With even quarters and a 28.7 third quarter, the leading pair still had the race under control with 400m to go. Coming into the home turn the favourite looked beaten, Im Stylish was in front and Lady Luca was coming three wide. On straigtening it was Lady Luca hitting the front after a much better journey, and she went on to win the $18,000 Book A Private Box at Gloucester Park Fillies and Mares Pace by 3.9m from the plucky Im Stylish. The win was the 8th for Lady Luca who has 8 places and $121,134 in stakes which included a win in the 2016 $100,000 Diamond Classic.

Lady Luca is one of four winners from her unraced dam Hearty Franco (Artsplace) who was purchased by Kevin Charles carrying Lady Luca and brought to WA to foal. Hearty Franco is a half sister to 5 winners including 1998 Chariots of Fire winner Franco Hat Trick (Holmes Hanover) 1:52 30 wins $659,210 and NSW Derby winner Franco Heir (Holmes Hanover) 1:56.4 19 wins $392,272. Hearty Franco is also a half sister to the unraced Have A Go Franco (OK Bye) the dam of Threepence (Holmes Hanover) 1:57.3 $253,306 and Ladyship Mile and Queen of the Pacific winner Our Sixpence (Holmes Hanover) 1:51.3 26 wins $613,977. This family obviously liked Holmes Hanover.

Stepping out from barrier 1 was a good start for the last race of the night and 3yo colt Bee Seventeen (Mr Aviator out of Perform Some Magic by Northern Lights) didnt waste the BeeSeventeen GPC030818vopportunity, going straight to the front. With second favourite Village Benny in the breeze and Bee Seventeen a little keen, the race was run at a very even pace. The leading pair got a break on the field in the back straight, with No Wow Factor moving up well leading the three wide line. At the 400m it was just the three in contention, but Bee Seventeen rounded the home turn in front and went on to win the Tabtouch 3yo 3C0 Westbred Pace easily by 8.8m from Village Benny and No Wow Factor in third, the mile rate 1:58.7 on a wet night.

Owned and bred by Nicholas Taylor, Bee Seventeen performed very well in recording his second win. His sire Mr Aviator was unfortunately gelded due to lack of patronage, and his dam Perform Some Magic (Northern Lights) 1:59.3 $36,709 is a member of a family that has always produced winners. Perform Some Magic herself won 8 races and ran 22 places. She is also the dam of speedy mare All About Pink (Yankee Sensation) 1:54.5 9 wins 18 places $85,450. Perform Some Magic is a full sister to War Of Attrition 1:57.5 15 wins $69,011. Their dam Tactile Magic (Judge Hanover) 2:01.3 $35,422 is a full sister to Beats A Bottle 1:58.2 8 wins $43,954 the dam of Raca Pacer (Classic Garry) 2:02.3 11 wins $58,327 who in turn is the dam of Phar From A Fake (Fake Left) 1:59.5 27 wins $170,716, Gee Whiz Fizz (Fake Left) 1:56.4 35 wins $408,496 and Phar From Over (Armbro Operative) the dam of Artistic Lilly (Artistic Fella) 1:56.8 8 wins $57,738.

IN MEMORY OF JOHN HIGGINS

(27 July 2018) It's Higgins Memorial Night, the race named after one of the thinkers in the harness racing industry before his untimely death in 1994. The Heats are run over a month at different country tracks, culminating in an exciting final.

The favourite going into the race was Simba Bromac from barrier 2, the winner of 15 races and nearly $90,000 this season. At barrier rise, the second favourite Jimmy Mack went straight to the lead from barrier 1, with Simba Bromac racing on his outside and 4yo gelding Tyler Brett (Robin Hood out of Jossies Belle by Orleans) nipping onto the back of the race leader. The field was fairly spread early, but with two laps it was 5 lengths covering first to last. The speed increased to a 28.6 second quarter and went up another notch to 27.6 in the third. It looked to be a race in two with the front pair having a gap to Tyler Brett in third and only Major Pocket and Livin La Bamba making ground. Coming into the home turn Simba Bromac looked to have Jimmy Mack's measure, but Tyler Brett had now picked up the bit and was coming after them. At the 70m Tyelr Brett raced past the two favourites and went on to win the $35,000 Higgins Memorial by 4.7m  with Simba Bromac just getting second by a hair from Jimmy Mack with Livin La Bamba a close 4th. The win was the 11th for Tyler Bret who also has 12 places and $81,657 in stakes. The mile rate of 1:56.1 was just outside his lifetime best set earlier this year in what has been a brilliant season for him, totalling 8 wins 8 places and $65,165.

Bred and owned by John Bell, Tyler Brett is by Robin Hood, one of the top racehorses of the late 2000s with wins in the Group 1 Treuer Memorial, Group 2 Cordina Sprint and the $350,000 Victoria Cup, with these victories over horses like Blacks A Fake, I Am Sam, Karloo Mick and Smoken Up. Jossies Belle 2:00.8 , the dam of Tyler Brett was also bred by John Bell and was the winner of 3 races and is a half sister to 3 other winners.

Rabchenko GPM27071871With his best run this season being a 4th in September last year, and coincidentally winning at his previous start in August 2017, 5yo gelding Rabchenko (Art Major out of Lady Parsons by Parsons Den) was not one of the selections for the $22,000 M1 to M3. Going forward from barrier 3, he quickly settled into the one-one behind second favourite Attack On Command and race favourite Bhagwan in the lead. The third quarter was run in 28.5 and there were no moves until the 400 when the three back the fence horse pushed out and Rabchenko moved out three wide to maintain clear running. Coming up to the home turn Rabchenko was making good ground out wide and rounded the turn in second place. Finishing the better, Rabchenko hit the front 30m out and went on to win the In Memory of Harry Moran Pace by a neck from Bhagwan, in a mile rate of 1:58.5. The win took the Kevin and Annette Charles' bred Rabchenko to just over $110,000 from 12 wins and 14 places.

Rabchenko, who set his lifetime best in his win in September last year, is out of the unraced Lady Parsons (Parsons Den) who is also the dam of metropolitan winning mare Where Dreams Grow (Allamerican Ingot) 1:54.7 $103,800. This is the same family as Golden Slipper and WA Derby winning filly Via Vista FunkyOleMedina GPC27071868(Mark Lobell) 1:56.1 29 wins $169,727.

Running a good 5th the previous week in a fast run race, 3yo filly Funky Ole Medina (Allamerican Ingot out of Via Pasadena by Parsons Den) was one of the choices in the In Memory of Laurie Kennedy 3C0 Pace. Starting inside the back line and some early speed up front, it was good driving to come away from the rails and settle one out and two back with the favourite Sheez Impressive in the breeze and second favourite Jovovich leading. With even quarters there were no moves until a lap to go when Funky Ole Medina led up the three wide line and by the 400m was running second then had the lead at the 300m as both the breeze filly and race leader started to tire. With runners moving around the tiring pair there was time for Funky Ole Medina to grab a good break on the rest of the field and she came into the straight 8m in front. Delghtful Shadow and Ownthethrone were finishing on well but no risk to Funky Ole Medina who went on to record her first lifetime win by  5.7m in 2:00 minute flat. The late Laurie Kennedy was special to many people in the industry and it was very poignant that driver Vance Stampalia carried with him a fresh cut rose in honour of Laurie, for the win by the Tony Stampalia bred and owned filly trained by Tonia Stampalia.

Funky Ole Medina is the first foal from race winner Via Pasadena 2:00.5 who is a half sister to 3 other winners. Via Venezia (Judge Hanover) is a full sister to the Stampalia's top Group 1 winning filly Via Valencia 1:59.9 $201,424, winner of the Silver Bracelet, Sires Produce, Triple Crown at 2 and Sires Produce and WA Oaks at 3. Other members of the family include Renascentur (Resonator) 1:58.2 20 wins $169,502 and Renascentrez (Yankee Sensation) 1:58 $34,186.

OLD(ER) AND NEW!

(20 July 2018) A good night for the girls with wins to Majorpride in the 2yo fillies and Amelias Courage in the 3yo fillies, along with 7yo mare Forever Remembered in the Mares race. And it was the third of the 3C0 series for the July August period.

ForeverRemembered GPM200718 vStarting the inside the backline wasnt a bad position to begin, but with the breeze horse overracing and going to the lead and the favourite Dodolicious working hard three wide to get to the breeze in a fast 36.3, 7yo mare Forever Remembered (Shattering Class out of Huntress Bell by J Cs Suprimo) had to settle for 5th on the rails and 9th overall going into the back straight the first time. They were running along solidly and the first quarter was 28.6. At the 400m Dodolicious hit the lead as the tiring The Spinster dropped back through the field. Forever Remembered was well back but starting to weave her way through the field. Coming to the home turn Dodolicious got to a handy lead but she had worked hard during the race. Forever Remembered came into the home straight five wide and absolutely flew down the outside to run past Auctioneers Elsu who had just grabbed the tiring Dodolicious at the 50m, and  she raced away to a good win in the $20,000 Garrards Horse & Hound M0-M3 Mares Pace by 4.5m in 1:56.3, with the last qtr 29.8 not really reflecting her last quarter. The win was the 14th for Forever Remembered and along with 32 places she has banked $139,578 in career earnings.

Forever Remembered was bred by Debra Ashcroft, is trained by Errol Ashcroft and is owned by the Ashcroft family. She is sired by Shattering Class, one of WA's favourite pacers of the late 90s/early 2000s and also raced by the Ashcrofts. Shattering Class won 62 races and over $800,000, an incredible amount in those days. He belongs to the same family as Tommy Be Good (Jeremes Jet) 1:56.3 $173,860 , Glenferrie Affair (Courage Under Fire) 1:56.8 19 wins $91,086 and Demoralizer (Crouch) 1:56.7 26 wins $358,199. Huntress Bell, the dam of Forever Remembered, was unraced and comes from the same maternal line as a very good horse in the 60s in Answer Me.

12yo gelding Celestial Ruler (Life Sign out of Pash On by Stoneridge Scooter) belied his age and with 235 races behind him and a barrier 1 start, he went straight to the lead in the 2536m mobile. With the three wide line forming with 1000m to go, and with the breeze horse racing almost level, it looked to be a challenging affair for Celestial Ruler. However, coming out of the back straight he still had the lead and although it almost appeared that they would run him over in the run to the line, he fought on so well that he went on to win the $18,000 Garrards Horse & Hound M0 Pace by a very tidy 4.4m, at the great odds of 30/1. The win was his 21st and he also has 59 places. Most of his wins have been at Albany, Kalgoorlie and Wagin so it might surprise some that he has amassed a very handy $141,424 in stakes.

Bred by D Brown and K Humphrys, Celestial Ruler is one of 4 winners from only 5 live foals from lightly raced Pash On (Stoneridge Scooter), including Village Ruler (Village Jasper) 1:57.1 $106,820. Pash On was the only filly of her unraced dam The Right Choice (Whats Next) given an opportunity at stud. Surprising when you consider that The Right Choice is a half sister to Main Morris (New Morris) 1:59.6 $145,471 one of the first pacers in Australia to break two minutes, also to Morris Queen the dam of Boom Boom Baby (Pure Steel) and Dripping Diamonds (Maple Lanes Strike). There are many many winners in this extended family.

After a good third a fortnight earlier, 3yo gelding Itsnotova (Mr Feelgood out of Pleasedontstop by Crouch) started second favourite from barrier 11 and in a very competetive start it was three across the track, with Funky Ole Medina getting to the front at the winning post the first time, and Itsnotova settling second last of the moving line. With a lap to go Itsnotova led up the three wide line and wooshed up to the leaders to run past them at the 400m. With a 6m lead heading into the home straight Itsnotova raced away in the finishing stages to win theItsnotova GPM200718 v Garrards Horse & Hound 3C0 Westbred Pace by 12.9m in a super 1:56.3. This was a very good win for a horse that had previously never won.

Itsnotova was bred by Patrician Park and purchased at the 2016 Yearling Sale by Dave Thompson for stable clients. Out of the non winning but prolific broodmare Pleasedontstop (Crouch), Itsnotova is a half brother to 7 other winners including 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. Pleasedontstop is out of the lightly raced 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. Boom Boom Baby produced 7 winners including Boom Or Bust (Kawartha Robust) 2:03 $35,997, as well as the unraced Queen Matilda (Mystical Prince) dam of Feel The Courage (Courage Under Fire) 1:52.9 19 wins $171,219. Boom Or Bust of course is the dam of Hello Boys (Crouch) 1:57.5 12 wins $89,541, 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. Other family members include Bettor Party (Bettors Delight) 1:54 33 wins $267,853, Rocknroll Whitby (Rocknroll Hanover) 11 wins $143,947, Rockin The Boys (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:56.9 11 wins $86,510, Kiss Chasey (Yankee Sensation) 1:55.3 16 wins $146,358 and Play The Boys (Shadow Play) 1:56.2 $69,266.

IT'S THE SLIPPER!

(13 July 2018) It's Slipper night but there are 9 other races and three of them were won by our fillies and mares, including the first and last race.

The $125,000 Golden Slipper was a brilliant race, contested by one of the best fields of 2yos recently assembled. There were several high quality contenders and it was no easy race. Soho Thuderstruck from barrier 1 and with ace driver Gary Hall Jnr on board went straight to the front and in a little bit of cat and mouse went through the lead time in a slow 38. The filly Dracarys settled in the breeze before firstly Bettor Be Oscar and then Shock Wave took over that role in the first lap. FrancoEdward GPM130708 SlipperSecond favourite Bletchley Park, who started inside the backline, was on the leaders back. The second quarter was a very solid 28.5. With just over a lap to go, race favourite Franco Edward marched up leading the three wide line. Shock Wave hit the front just before the 400m, with Franco Edward still three wide but now running third. Soho Thunderstruck was tiring, holding up Bletchley Park. With 300 to go the opening came for Bletchley Park and the colt was able to move out and start chasing. Soho Tnuderstruck was fighting back and rounding the home turn it was three across the track with Bletchley Park coming hard four wide. In an exciting finish it was Franco Edward followed by Bletchley Park with Its Rock And Roll coming from nowhere to run third in front of the brave Soho Thunderstruck and Shock Wave. The mile rate was a super 1:56 with the last half 56.7 and the last three quarters all under 29. That made it 6 starts for 4 wins and 2 places, $156,477 (he has a lifetime best of 1:54.2). There was a delay while protests from second and third were heard (dismissed). A very bright future for all of these runners.

Franco Edward is another top notch American Ideal sired colt/horse owned by Robert Watson. He is the first foal from the unraced Edinburgh Franco (Changeover), who is out of the three times winner Elisit Franco (Falcon Seelster) 1:57.1 $16,130 and is therefore a half sister to 6 winners including Franco Emirate (Christian Cullen) 1:53.8 $332,830 and Eden Franco (Christian Cullen) 1:54.1 12 wins $115,945. Elisit Franco is out of one time winner Emily Franco (Neros B B). Of course, this is also the family of Eagle Rox (Bettors Delight) 1:55.2 $225,656 and Artemis Belle (Artiscape) 1:56.1 $359,559 (through Lovera by Badlands Hanover out of a daughter of Emily Franco), Franco Enforce (Ok Bye out of Emily Franco) 1:50.6 $593,738, and Little Rascal (Panspacificflight) 1:51.8 $190,006 (through a Live Or Die daughter of Emily Franco).

Stepping out as favourite in race one after being well backed in a fairly open race, 4yo mare Rockin The Boys (Rock N Roll Heaven out of Boys Lie by Badlands Hanover) pressed forward from barrier 2 to take the lead in a fairly fast lead time of 36.4. A Bit Ruthless settled in the breeze from his 7 barrier and second favourite Change Of Address was racing behind the leader. With the next lap just above even time, A Bit Ruthless looked to be making a move entering the last lap. However, Rockin The Boys had the inside running and a little bit of kick to lead into the home straight with the main threat running behind her. Running down to the line, Rockin The Boys was doing the best and was well clear in the end, winning the $22,000 Sports Daily on Tabradio M1 to M3 Pace by 6.3m from A Bit Ruthless with Change Of Address 1.1m away in third. The mile rate was 1:58.3 and last qtr 28.2. This was the 11th win for the 4yo, who only commenced her racing career in Feb 2017 (with a win) as a 3yo. In less than 18 months she has earned $86,190.

Bred, owned and trained by Debra Lewis, Rockin The Boys is the first foal from the lightly raced winner Boys Lie 2:01 1 win $6,170, who is out of Hello Boys (Crouch) 1:57.5 12 wins $89,541. Hello Boys is the the dam of 6 winners from 7 live foals including Kiss Chasey (Yankee Sensation) 1:55.3 16 wins $146,358, Gangbuster (Jeremes Jet) 1:58.7 4 wins $38,855 and Group 1 winner Play The Boys (Shadow Play) 1:56.2 $69,266. Hello Boys is out of the 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 $289,243, Rocknroll Whitby (Rocknroll Hanover) 11 wins $143,947 and 3 other winners, and Red Hot Date is the dam of Hot Fraternity (Art Major) 9 wins $82,774 and 3 other winners. Boom Or Bust herself is a half sister to 6 other winners, and is out of Boom Boom Baby (Pure Steel) who in turn is a half sister to Dripping Diamonds (Maple Lanes Strike) the dam of Golden Goddess (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 29 wins $258,906 and Golden Gears (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 25 wins $336,466. What a nice family.

Bringing up a noteworthy double for breeder/owner/trainer Debra Lewis (winning on Rockin The Boys in race 1), it was another 4yo mare, this time Susie Rocks (Yankee Sensation out of Miss Peggy Sue by The Falcon Strike) who was successful. Susie also started favourite and also from barrier 2 went straight to the breeze. A slightly slower lead time was followed by three fairly even quarters. At the 400 there had been no moves from the front half and the pace stepped right up. Im Stylish hooked out from the one by one to round the home turn three wide but Susie Rocks was going for home and raced clear to win the $18,000 Mo to M1 Mares by 3m from Im Stylish and Sea Me Smile, who sat behind the leader all the way. The last qtr was 27.9 and mile rate 1:57.5. It was a good win by Susie Rocks who had an even later start to her career (July 2017 just before turning 4) but has still managed to amass just under $46,000 from 7 wins and 5 places.

Susie Rocks is another first foal and her dam Miss Peggy Sue is also out of a good race mare in Group 2 winning mare All Colours Flying (Mystical Prince) 1:58.6 5 wins and 21 places for $63,462. Champion mare Miss Booth (Booth Hanover) 1:59.9 14 wins 8 places and $212,952 is the dam of All Colours Flying. Miss Booth won the 2yo Fillies Classic, the Pearl Classic (against the boys) and the Bathurst Gold Tiara, all Group 1 events.

Now for the last, another 3C0 race but this time for the fillies. With six in the field under 10/1 it was a close contest on paper. Starting from barrier 1, Motor On Jessie (Artistic Fella out of Sheeza Hula Girl by Artesian) looked to be beaten for the lead by How Gouda She but then fought back and took over the running. She kicked back again to hold the lead when new breeze filly Ownthethrone looked to be taking over. All of that in a 37.4 lead time. There was a new breeze filly in Nonchalant Stroll who was caught three wide and moved up to take the breeze. With 900 to go Funky Ole Medina led the three wide line and it was three across the track in the back straight as the field bunched up. Coming off the back, Motor On Jessie was just in front of Funky Ole Medina, who was still running three wide but it had been a hard run. At the 100, Motor On Jessie was holding them out with Ownthethrone coming after her out wide. At the finish it was Motor On Jessie good enough to win by 2.3m from Ownthethrone in 1:59.3. The win was the first for the Ken Feast owned and bred filly much to the all the connections and trainer Chris Feast, all on hand to cheer her on.

Motor On Jessie is out of the four start mare Sheeza Hula Girl (Artesian) who is a half sister to two other winners including Hurrican Dilinger (D M Dilinger) 1:53.8 11 wins $84,242. Their dam Cyclone Rosita (Crouch) is a half sister to Classical Gas (Classic Garry) 1:58.1 $77,853 who is the dam of Gold Bracelet and 2yo Sales Classic winner Fidelius Charm (Life Sign) 1:59.1 10 wins $159,974. This is actually the family of Bonnie Frost (Thurber Frost), one of the champion fillies of the 60s who was unfortunately lost to our breeding when exported for racing to USA.

PREQUAL TO THE SLIPPER!

(6 July 2018) An excellent win by youngsters NZ filly Dracarys in the $35,000 2yo Fillies Gold Bracelet and  Bletchley Park (full brother to Bling It On 1:50.8 $1,656,656) in the Golden Slipper Prelude set the tone for the evening, with several very nice wins by some very nice horses.

In excellent form of late with two wins from his last two starts, favourite and 2017 Derby winner Handsandwheels (Mach Three out of Benjor Maddy Lombo by Perfect Art) was expected to lead from barrier 1 and that is exactly what happened. A good lead time followed by even quarters had Handsandwheels making the running and looking comfortable in the role. While there were some valiant efforts from El Jacko who led up the three wide line with a lap to go, and second favourite Lets Chase The Dream who had raced in the one-one, Handsandwheels had an easy win by 2.6m in Heat 1 of the Chandon for the M2 class, in a lifetime best 1:55.9, last qtrs 28 and 27.4. It made it 13 wins and 16 places for the 4yo entire, with stakes of $310,028. 

Bred by Mike Howie, Handandwheels is out of Benjor Maddy Lombo (Perfect Art) 2:01.8 3 wins $21,511 whose 6 foals of racing age have resulted in 4 winners including Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:58.2 4 wins $80,414 and WASBA King Lethbridge winner Maddy White (Lombo Mandingo) 1:56.9 $110,824. Magic Maddy Lombo (Classic Garry), the dam of Benjor Maddy Lombo, was a top broodmare, with 6 winners including Sweet Maddy Lombo (Panorama) 1:59.5 11 wins $106,588, Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.3 15 wins $230,312, Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 33 wins $587,032 and Soho Madeleine (Bettors Delight) 1:56.8 9 wins $96,803. Magic Maddy Lombo's dam Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 $245,449 was Australian 3yo Filly of the Year as well as being named Australian Broodmare of the Year as the dam of Australian 2yo and Horse of the Year in Lombo Pocket Watch, the winner of 17 successive races as a 2yo and the only 2yo to be named Australian Horse of the Year.

It was another good result for the Phil Costello - Chris Voak trainer driver team although at 40/1 a little less expected. 5yo gelding Anime (Art Official out of Anne of Avonlea by Adios Vic), who is also part owned by Phil Costello, started from 2 on the backline and immediately settled three back on the rails, with race favourite Tyler Brett three back in the moving line. Over the longer 2536m it was a solid lead time and even first two quarters. Tyler Brett led up the three wide line with 900 to go and remained three wide in the 28.9 third quarter, making up a lot of ground on race leader Runaway Three. Just before the 400 he was tackling for the lead and coming out of the back straight he took the race lead. However, Anime was also making ground three wide at the 400 and was third coming into the home straight. On straightening, Anime powered over Tyler Brett to come away in the final stages to win the Choices Flooring $18,000 M0 by a handy 5.9m in a very good 1:57.3. The third quarter was the fastest at 28.9, and Anime's final quarter was much better than the official 29.7, when he was five lengths off the race leaders. The win was his 4th and he also has 8 places for $36,249, less than you would expect with such a good performance.

Bred by Colin Reeves, Anime is the thirteenth foal and 9th winner from Anne of Avonlea (Adios Vic) 2:01 $50,904 who raced only 12 times for 5 wins including the 2yo Fillies WA Sires Produce Stakes. Anime is a half brother to The Die Is Xast (McKinzie Almahurst) 1:57 26 wins $228,250, Edna Anne (Northern Luck) 1:55.4  $105,811 and Lady Rhiannon. 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.

Starting at even longer odds than Anime in the seventh, 50/1 pop Allwoods Rocknroll (Rock N Roll Heaven out of Lilyann Joy by Die Laughing) rewarded owner breeder Allwood Stud with a nice win in the first of the Friday night 3C0 races. These races are set up for 3yos who are yet to win at 3, giving their connections a great chance to recoup their investment. Settling one out one back after a few hundred metres, he stayed in when the three wide line formed with just over a lap to go. Coming out of the back straight, he was still between horses as Bee Seventeen took the lead out wide. Allwoods Rocknroll was looking dangerous though and as they rounded the home turn he was after the leader. Getting to the lead at the 50m, he went on to win the Choices Flooring Albany 3yo Westbred Pace by 1.5m from Bee Seventeen and a further 6m to Itsnotova, rating 1:59 and last qtr 28.5. The win was his third and with 3 places his career stakes are $22,902.

Allwoods Rocknroll is the 4th winner from the unraced Lilyann Joy, who so far has only produced colts. Lilyann Joy is from the unraced Marilyn Ann (Hilarion) who produced 7 winners including Buck The Odds (Million To One) 1:55.6 31 wins $307,547, Money Master (Million To One) 1:57.7 18 wins $119,340, Ultimate Consumer (Northern Lights) 1:57 12 wins $91,030. This arm of the family has produced several good winners including Northern Assassin (Northern Luck) 1:51.8 19 wins $168,603 and Might Be Luck (Northern Luck) 1:55 19 wins and $135,334, Jessica Clare (Million To One) 1:55.9 11 wins $81,285, Jezalenkoubeauty (Safely Kept) 1:56.3 $89,914, while another 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 Khun Ratha (Bettors Delight) 1:55.4 $182,198.

OWNERS ONLY 2YO WESTBRED CLASSIC!

(29 June 2018) What an excellent night of racing with the new talent on show and great supporting races.Last year's Pearl and Golden Slipper winner, the outstanding 3yo colt Jack Mac (Mach Three) also won his 5th race from 6 starts for the season, taking his stakes tally to $243,358. He won by over 15m after previous wins by 17m and 36m, with his only blemish in Australia being a second place to very nice 3yo Bettor Aim. There was also a nice win by Eden Franco (Christian Cullen) by, yes you are reading it correctly, 25m in 1:54.3 last quarters 28.8, 27.6 and 27.6.

We started the night well with a local winner in race 1. Third favourite, 4yo gelding Kasey John (Bettors Delight out of Shes Our Angel by Classic Garry) started from 2 and after an early battle with the favourite Forever Remembered who had the inside advantage from barrier 1, Kasey John forged to the lead. Into the last lap and in the back straight it was a solid 28.2 quarter with the three wide line led by Always Arjay and New World Order making up good ground. Into the home turn it was still Kasey John from Always Arjay and although New World Order lunged on the line, Kasey John won the $22,000 Owners Only M1 to M3 Pace by a head in a lifetime best of 1:56.3, final qtr 28.9. The win took Kasey John to $68,375 from 8 wins and 6 places.

Bred and part owned by Steve Johnson, Kasey John is the eighteenth and last foal from Shes Our Angel (Classic Garry), the winner of 4 races. Shes Our Angel has been a prolific broodmare, with her 10 winners including Nightn Georgia (Safely Kept) 2:00.4 11 wins $116,605, Sky Tower (Panorama) 1:58.5 36 wins $241,236, Jasmin Amal (Sportswriter) 1:55 5 wins $73,400, Shower Of Roses (Albert Albert) 1:58.2 8 wins $37,018 and Shes Elegant (Safely Kept). Extending the line further, Nightn Georgia is the dam of Rocknrolla (Grinfromeartoear) 1:57.1 12 wins $287,351, Shower Of Roses is the dam of Reign Of Fear (Western Terror) 1:53.2 17 wins $127,525, and Shes Elegant is the dam of Tightrope (Art Major) 1:53.6 22 wins $193,192 and Somedreamsomewhere (Somebeachsomewhere) 1:56.6 12 wins $74,957.

Two out of two. It was the Final of the Lombardo and with her stablemate Dior Mia More starting favourite in barrier 1, 4yo mare Gotta Go Gabbana (Gotta Go Cullect out of Lady Gabbana by Kinney Hanover) settled one out and two back with the race being led, as expected, by Dior Mia More with Millview Sienna in the breeze. With the pace solid all the way, going into the back straight the leading pair were fighting it out and coming off the back Dior Mia More had regained the lead from Millview Sienna. Gotta Go Gabbana was now four wide and going strongly. Racing to the lead in the last 50m, Gotta Go Gabbana won the $25,000 Lombardo Final for the M1 mares by 2.1m with Auctioneers Elsu flashing home for second. The mile rate was 1:56.4 and it was her 10th win, taking her stakes to just over $91,000 which included 13 places from only 33 starts.

Bred and owned by Annie and Colin Belton, Gotta Go Gabbana is the first foal from Lady Gabbana 2:02 $58,461, who was purchased by the Beltons for $6,000 at the 2007 WA Yearling Sale. 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), the dam of Paid Twice (Blissfull Hall) 1:55.9 8 wins $70,243. The family has also produced winners like Bow And Arrow (Afella Rainbow) 1:58 15 wins $96,179, 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.

Three out of three races! The third race on Owners Only Westbred Classic night was the Owners Only M0 and better stand for country stakes. 9yo gelding Danieljohn (Blissfull Hall out of Aussie Evita by Armbro Aussie) has collected quite a number of country races lately including the Kellerberrin Cup and the standing start Cunderdin Cup from 70m, so his 10m handicap and 14/1 odds looked generous on the face of it.  Starting brilliantly Danieljohn had the race lead inside a half lap. That was pretty well it for a horse who has been in excellent form. With third quarter 27.7 and last quarter 28 flat, Danieljohn went on his merry way and won by 7.7m from his stablemate Smo and stand specialist Tommy Be Good. Bred and owned by John Bell, Danieljohn won the 2013 $50,000 San Simeon Classic and $30,000 Harvey Cup, the 2015 $30,000 Kalgoorlie Boulder and has won $306,681 from 34 wins and 43 places.

Danieljohn is out of race winning mare Aussie Evita (Armbro Aussie) 2:01.8 8 wins and $17,975. Aussie Evita also produced Kenzie May Belle (Orleans), the dam of 2016 San Simeon Classic winner (obviously runs in the family) Master Jaxon (Cams Fool) 1:54.8 20 wins $154,562.

The first of the $100,000 2YO Westbred Classics, and with three wins out of three lifetime starts behind him, 2yo gelding To Fast To Serious (Shadow Play out of Smile With Me by McArdle) started favourite in the $100,000 Owners Only 2yo Colts and Geldings Westbred Classic. Bred by Ed Dewar and purchased at the 2017 APG Yearling Sale for just $10,000, To Fast To Serious got away very fast from barrier 2 and went straight to the front. Third favourite Its Rock And Roll went to the breeze and kept the pressure up in a 36.5 lead time.  The only other horse in the betting was second favourite Shock Wave who was nicely placed in the one-two position. With 1000 to go Shock Wave was flushed out by a forward move from the rear and the three favourites went into the back straight the last time almost nose to nose. Down the back in a 27.9 third quarter the three were fighting it out but To Fast To Serious rounded the home turn still leading. Getting a little bit ahead coming into the home turn it was a race in two at the 100, with Its Rock And Roll tiring from his efforts. A battle royal down the straight with To Fast To Serious fighting back and holding out Shock Wave by the narrowest of margins, with Babyface Adda flying home out wide to finish third. The mile rate was a fast 1:56 and the last qtr 28.9. The win took the very lightly raced 2yo to $76,490 from 4 straight wins.

Smile With Me (McArdle) 1:57.7, the dam of To Fast To Serious, was a very good winner of 10 races including 3 metropolitan races, with $80,819 in stakes. Smile With Me is out of the unraced Luscious Franco (Badlands Hanover) who is a half sister to Lewinsky Franco (Falcon Seelster) 1:51.4 $167,514, Liberty Franco (Holmes Hanover) 2:01.3 and Labretta Franco (Falcon Seelster) 1:58.5 $16,127 dam of Lilac Stride (Art Major) 1:54.4 17 wins $276,140. 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.

Straight into the $100,000 2YO Fillies Classic and another good race for supporters of the favourites, with the Robert Watson bred and part owned 2yo filly Soho Interceptor (Art Major out of Aussie Made Lombo by Bettors Delight) stepping out as favourite and getting the win – even thought there was a little delay in proceedings after the race. There was also a surprise before the race, with second favourite Typhoon Tiff a withdrawal during the parade. From barrier 2, Soho Interceptor was in the front after 200m and set a solid pace with a 36.9 lead time.  The first quarter was also under 30, and the breather didn’t come until the second qtr. Going into the back Soho Interceptor looked very comfortable, even though there were several moves. Coming around the home bend she looked to be holding the field, but the pressure was starting. Lady Valasca was out four wide making ground rounding the turn, and Delighful Reaction, who had raced on the leaders back, was getting out and coming home strongly. On the line it was Soho Interceptor, just, from Delightful Reaction and Lady Valasca a neck third. There was a long wait while protests against the winner by second and third were heard, but Soho Interceptor was declared the winner to take home her second Group 1 (after winning the $100,000 APG Sales Classic) and taking her stakes to $150,273 from 3 wins and 2 places. Mighty good! Her lifetime best of 1:55.9 was set at Menangle in an APG Heat.

Soho Interceptor is a daugher of top flight multiple Group 1 winning racemare Aussie Made Lombo 1:55.1 $578,456. Aussie Made Lombo is herself a daughter of one of Australia's best ever race mares in Tailamade Lombo (Troublemaker) 1:55.3 49 wins $1,354,978. Tailamade Lombo won 6 races in a row as a 2yo including two Group 1s - the 2yo Fillies Classic at Gloucester Park and the APG 2yo Fillies Final. She won 16 races as a 3yo, including three Oaks and two Derbies. Tailamade Lombo is out of the Bob Humphries bred Butterfly Trunkey, the 2001 Australian Broodmare of the Year.!

SEVEN WINNERS THIS TIME - HOWZAT!

(22 June 2018) Another super night of racing to showcase our WA product, with the 2yo Westsired, the 3yo Westbred Classics and a strong supporting cast in other races. Seven of the 10 races were won by WA bred horses or mares!!!!!

And she does it again! 8yo mum Eagle Rox (Bettors Delight out of Lovera by Badlands Hanover) started third favourite from barrier 4 in a high quality field that included favourite Eden Franco (from 6) and super performer Lord Willoughby in 7. Early on Eagle Rox was three wide with Eden Franco following, then Eagle Rox moved forward to the breeze with Eden Franco taking over that role with just under two laps to go. With 1000 to go second favourite Lets Chase The Dream was driven hard from the rear to go past the two leaders and take over the leaders role, leaving Eden Franco in the breeze. The pace was now flat out and Eden Franco was chasing hard, Lord Willoughby was still wide and Eagle Rox was behind Eden Franco. The quarter was an astonishing 26.8 leaving Lord Willoughby with no chance, but Eagle Rox was gaining ground at the 400. Around the turn Lets Chase The Dream was in the lead but Eden Franco was fighting back and Eagle Rox coming hard. In a top class finish Eagle Rox won the $22,000 M2 to M4 Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace by 1.2m from Eden Franco with Lets Chase The Dream nearly beaten for third. The win was the 5th from 7 starts this season for Eagle Rox and took her season tally to over $60,000, with a career tally of $225,406 from 16 wins and 8 places.

Bred, owned and trained by Debra Lewis, Eagle Rox was the winner of the 2012 2yo Fillies Diamond Classic. She was alsos 3rd in the 2012 Golden Slipper. Her unraced dam Lovera (Badlands Hanover) is also the dam of Artemis Belle (Artiscape) 1:56.1 $359,559, whose 19 wins included the 2010 2yo Fillies Sales Classic, Gold Bracelet, 3yo Fillies Sales Classic, Daintys Daughter Classic and WA Oaks. The dam of Lovera is a half sister to Franco Enforce (Ok Bye) 1:50.6 $593,738 and to the dam of Franco Emirate (Christian Cullen) 1:53.8 14 wins $332,830 and Eden Franco (Christian Cullen) 1:54.5 11 wins $97,289!.

Next up was the $30,000 2yo Westsired Classic, with 2yo colt Babyface Adda (Rich And Spoilt out of Sonatina by Art Major) running a great race in the breeze to win by 1.7m. Bred and owned by Harry Capararo, it was also noteworthy for trainer Ross Olivieri as it was his 100th winner for the season. Babyface Adda started favourite from barrier 7 and begin well enough to almost take a rails run behind race leader Sheza Spoilt Miss. However, driver Shannon Suvaljko, who has done very well from the Westsired and Westbred feature races, thought better of going to the rails and elected to sit in the breeze. Although it made it a harder run it was the right decision, with the two and three wide lines held up a little in the run home. Sheza Spoilt Miss (Rich And Spoilt) put up a really solid fight to run a third quarter in 27.9 and last quarter 28.6 to just be caught by Babyface Adda in the last 20m, then just getting pipped on the post for second by My Prayer (Renaissance Man). 

The win was the third for Babyface Adda in a very competetive year for the 2yos. His wins included a Heat of the APG to qualify for the APG Final where he ran a very credible 6th in one of Australia's best 2yo races.

Sonatina (Art Major) the dam of Babyface Adda is a half sister to NZ 2yo and 3yo Filly of the Year and multiple Group 1 winner One Dream (Dream Away) 1:56.7 $846,467.

Next up, another terrific filly with some great achievements behind her. Last year she won the $35,000 Gold Bracelet and was 4th in the Golden Slipper with trainer driver Shane Young and she has been back with Shane since May 2018. A year since her Bracelet win, 3yo filly Rosies Ideal (American Ideal out of Rosie Malone by Live Or Die) is going just great and after a win at Northam a fortnight ago she stepped out at 25/1 in the $100,000 3yo Fillies Westbred Classic. The start was very competetive as most of these top races are, and by the time they had settled Rosies Ideal was third last, with all the favoured fillies De La Tourbie (leading), Veiled Secret (breezing), Infinite Symbol (one-one) and Lady De La Renta (one out two back) all near the front. The moves started with a lap to go but Rosie was still second last. Coming out of the back straight the leaders were doing their best and Rosie had to go five wide around the midfield. She was making up good ground and coming into the home straight she was still five wide but making up serious ground on the leaders. She absolutely rattled home over the top of another outsider Arma Rich Girl and race leader De La Tourbie, winning by 1.4m in 1:56.7.

Rosies Ideal has had only 14 starts and this was her 6th win for career stakes of $128,287 including a Group 3 and a Group 1!. Owned by Craig and Allan Lynn, and bred by the Lynns and D Trigwell, Rosies Ideal is the only foal from good race mare Rosie Malone who won 7 races (including 3 in NZ) and was placed 14 times for career stakes of nearly $50,000. Rosie Malone was bought by the breeders of Rosies Ideal to race in WA.

Some might have been surprised, but race favourite One Off Delight (Bettors Delight out of Tiger Su by Elsu) is one of a number of WA bred horses coming from the ownership group of trainer Gary Hall Snr. Stepping from barrier 1, One Off Delight won the start in a fast 35.7 lead time. There was plenty of action at the front of the field as several runners tried to improve their position, but One Off Delight held his own. They were bunched up and running five wide coming into the home straight the last time but Gary Hall Jnr on One Off Delight knew what he needed to do to win and One Off Delight scooted in the last 50m, going on to win the $100,000 3yo colts and geldings Westbred Classic by 1.7m from the fast finishing Highroller Joe (bred and owned by Craig Lynn) who had been pocketed behind One Off Delight. This was the 6th win by One Off Delight and took his stakes tally to $101,155.

One Off Delight is the first foal from Tiger Su (Elsu) 1:56 4 wins $19,604 who was trained by Gary Snr during her WA career.  Tiger Su is a daughter 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, who is the dam of 7 winners 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 winner Tiger Dion (In The Pocket). Tiger Dion is the dam of Twoandahalf Tigers (Jeremes Jet) 1:56.4 21 wins $156,944. One Off Delight was bred by the NZ breeders of her dam P and L Turner and her current part owners G and T Ralston.

The just keep coming!! After two wins from her last three starts since resuming, in form 5yo mare Dior Mia More (Tintin In America out of I Am Special by Live Or Die) was the only one they wanted in the betting. Starting from 3 she worked hard to get the lead in a 36.1 lead time. They all had a breather over the leisurely first quarter and a slightly faster second quarter. Going into the back straight the last time the pace stepped up, making it harder for everyone except Dior Mia More. Into the home straight for the run home there were some three and four wide moves but with the advantage of the inside running and the mid race breather, Dior Mia More went on to win Heat 3 of the Lombardo for the M1 mares by 2.5m in 1:58.3, with the last quarters run in 28.6 and 28.1. The win was her 10th. Along with 5 places her career earnings are just over $77,000 from only 18 starts.

Bred by Brett Coffey and trained by Annie Belton, Dior Mia More is another one of the great yearling sale purchases by Colin and Annie Belton. This was her 4th race start since resuming in May and her third win, for a season tally of over $52,000.

I Am Special (Live Or Die) 1:57.4 $74,744 the dam of Dior Mia More, won the 2009 WASBA Breeders Stakes and other metropolitan races. She is the dam of three foals of racing age, includig a current 2yo, for two winners. Her dam Kelty Star (Caprock), the winner of one race, has produced 6 winners including Chiaroscuro (Art Major) 1:56 9 wins $46,533, the winner of 4 successive races this season from 4 starts. 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 $235,767 and Juliette Bromac (Art Major) 1:54.5 9 wins $99,546 and granddam of Aldebaran Macha (Mach Three) 1:54.7 17 wins $132,662.

Well thought of after a win followed by a third the week before, 4yo gelding Michael Joseph (Bettors Delight out of Stella Pearl by Live Or Die) started favourite from barrier 5 in the Tabtouch Westbred C5 to C9. Going forward quickly looking for the race lead he settled for the breeze position next to Rockin The Boys. Both drivers were happy to slow the race, with the result that the lead time and first quarter were quite slow. The second quarter was run in even time and going into the back straight Michael Joseph was challenging Rockin The Boys and they were nose to nose coming out of the back straight in a 28.2 quarter. Coming into the home straight Michael Joseph started to pull away and although there was a late rush from three of the runners he was never in danger and went on to win by 1.6m in a mile rate of 1:59.5, last qtr 28 flat for a last half of 56.2.Bred and owned by Robert Sheehy, the win was the 10th for Michael Joseph along with earnings of just over $72,000.

Michael Joseph spent most of 2017 running in Victoria and had his first start back in WA in early June this year, winning at Pinjarra. Michael Joseph is the only foal from his unraced dam Stella Pearl, who is a half sister to Mary Catherine (Art Major) 1:54.5 14 win and $162,972. 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 one of Dr Tom Early's broodmare gems in Star Song (Grattan Loyal). Among the progeny of Star Song was Papagena (King Oro), the dam of  10 winners from 16 foals and one of WAs best maternal families from the 60s and 70s. Members of this family include Centrefold Angel (Legacy Of Power) 1:55.2 14 wins $237,348, Formyeyesonly (Pacific Fella) 1:54.3 12 wins $91,774, Bettor Twisted (Bettors Delight) 1:56.9 $80,548 and promising 2yo filly 2yo Typhoon Tiff.

The last of the night was a good opportunity for those who didn’t quite make it to the Group 1 $100,000 3yo Westbred Classics run earlier in the night. The second favourite Warriors Code from barrier 1 scooted out and held the lead with favourite Allwoods Peacemaker (Changeover out of World Peace by Blissfull Hall), then Lucky Sensation (just pipped the previous week in the $25,000 Westsired Classic) then Universal Major all going to the breeze. The race was run in fairly even quarters, and coming out of the back straight the last time Allwoods Peacemaker eased out three wide from his one out two back position with Lucky Sensation moving out just ahead of him. At the 400 Lucky Sensation had hit the lead with three wide Allwoods Peacemaker coming after him. For the home run Lucky Sensation was still in front at the 100 with a flood of horses coming wide. It was a terrific five across the track finish, with Allwoods Peacemaker just getting the verdict on the line. Owned and bred by Bob Fowler, the win was the third for the lightly raced Allwoods Peacemaker, with just over $23,000 in stakes.  The mile rate was 1:58.9 for the $18,000 3yo Colts and Geldings Westbred Pace.

Allwoods Peacemaker is the first foal from his unraced dam World Peace, a daughter of the lightly raced winner Pipe Dreamer (Holmes Hanover) 2:04.2 $5,429. Pipe Dreamer is also the dam of Compact Rocket (Dr Drew) 1:56.8 $103,962. This is quite a prolific maternal family, with the most recent winner of note A Picadilly Princess (Bettors Delight) 1:50.4 $733,842.

BIG NIGHT TONIGHT

(15 June 2018) What a big night with the 2yo $100,000 Pearl Classic Final and both 3yo Westsired Classics. There was also a nice win by Shes Turbo Charged in a Heat of the Lombardo for the M1 girls and a quality win by horse of the future Lord Willoughby.

The Pearl was brilliantly won by Robert Watson's colt Franco Edward (American Ideal) who had a two from three record coming into the race (including scooting around Pinjarra in 1:54.2 at his second race start) and started favourite from barrier 1. In a top race he won by 3.1m in 1:56.4 from a gallant Shock Wave who raced the last lap three wide, and Its Rock And Roll who rocketed home, the latter two running from barriers 7 and 9. It was a top class field, as you would expect from a race that is open to all comers across Australia and New Zealand, as long as you nominate by the due date as a late yearling.

Another top class display, this time from the 3yo Westsired fillies. These fillies have been very competetive this year and this race was no exception. Veiled Secret (Tinted Cloud out of Sheer Royalty by Parsons Den) from barrier 5 was initially caught wide with race favourite Cott Beach going straight to the lead from barrier 1 and Infinite Symbol, now with Greg and Skye Bond, running in the breeze. However, Veiled Secret she just managed to squeeze into the one-one with two laps to go. Thats how they ran until the home turn when Veiled Secret moved three wide. At the 100m it was Cott Beach just in front from a valiant Infinite Symbol, with Veiled Secret looking dangerous in third. Infinite Symbol got past Cott Beach with 50m to go only to be grabbed on the line by Veiled Secret who finished best to win the $25,000 3yo Fillies Westsired Classic in a very solid 1:56.4, last quarters 28.8 and 28.7.

Veiled Secret has been in excellent form with a win at Pinjarra in 1:53.6 just 11 days earlier. She is a very improving filly with 5 wins to her name. Veiled Secret is by Tinted Cloud, the sire of Smoken Up 1:48.5 74 wins $3.6 million in stakes. Bred and owned by Allwood Stud Farm, she is a half sister to Sheer Rocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:55.9 22 wins $303,715 out of the Ross Torre bred Group 1 winning mare Sheer Royalty 1:55.7 $248,904. 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, so very appropriate for her daughter Veiled Secret to win the 2018 $25,000 Westsired for the 3yo fillies.

Improving 4yo gelding Lord Willoughby (Mach Three out of Amongst Royalty by Parsons Den) was lining up in the $18,000 Princi Smallgoods M1 and better stand with just the one blemish (he ran second a fortnight earlier) on his near perfect win record in stands. Starting inside the 10m line, he galloped for a couple of strides but lost no ground and quickly moved into the one-one with the favourite Bettor Scoot leading. With the breeze horse dragging the moving line right back to the tail, driver Shannon Suvaljko went around steadily to take the running in the breeze with two laps to go. That's how they ran until the back straight the last time when Lord Willoughby showed some stoutness and moved up to strongly challenge the favourite. At the 400m after a 27.5 3rd quarter Lord Willoughby had edged out Bettor Scoot and although that horse fought back, Lord Willoughby deservedly won by a half head from the late finisher Im Master Charlie who grabbed second on the line. This was his 13th win (9 this season) and with 23 places his career stakes are just over $120,000. He has not been unplaced this season from 22 starts.

Bred and owned by Allwood Stud Farm, 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 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 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). 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.

A very even field of 3yo Westsired colts and geldings stepped out for their race, with the race favourite Lucky Sensation going straight to the front from barrier 1 and Harry Haich (Parsons Den out of Jay Emms Sister by Northern Luck), who started from 4, settling in the breeze. The race was run in even quarters, with the small field unchanged until the last 400 when the speed went on. Harry Haich was moving up on the outside of Lucky Sensation, who still looked to have the race in hand. However, Harry really knuckled down to the task and on the line was the winner of the $25,000 Westsired Classic for the colts and geldingsin the last stride by a nose/short half head. A great result for his connections Ron Huston, P O'Boyle and trainer Vicki Lea with Vicki and Ron purchasing Harry Haich at the 2016 WA Yearling Sale for $5,000 from his breeder Ross Torre's Royalstar Farm.

  

Harry Haich is out of the one start mare Jay Emms Sister (Northern Luck) who was a half sister to James Matthew (Parsons Den) 1:58.7 12 wins $240,981. James Matthew looked to be a world beater until his untimely and unfortunate death as a 3yo. James Matthew had won 10 of his 11 starts at 2, only missing the Golden Slipper by a nose. He won the Champagne Classic, the Pearl and the 2yo State Sires Series. It was a good outcome for his close relative Harry Haich to be successful in this year's 3yo Westsired on the night of the 2yo Pearl. The granddam of James Matthew and Jay Emms Sister is Line On (Gaines Minbar) who won the WASBA Breeders Stakes, was second in two Inters heats, 3rd in the 1986 Inters Final to Village Kid and beat Village Kid in the Mount Eden Sprint. A very classy mare, and a bright future for Harry Haich.

ANOTHER FIVE WINNERS

(8 June 2018) Definitely is a good month for our WA horses with some lovely wins by some very nice mares and boys.

First up, with the three favourites starting in barriers 1 to 3, the start was going to be important but in the end it was a "no contest" with the favourite Whenmechief going straight to the front. The speed was really on though, with the lead time 35.7 and first quarter in 29.6 for the 2130m event. Not much change for the second quarter either, with 4yo entire Our Zak Whitby (Mach Three out of Zerina Whitby by Kinney Hanover) running one out two back and third favourite Lord Willoughby right behind him. With a lap to go the leader looked to be under a good hold but trouble was brewing with the breeze mare Eden Franco making ground and she headed Whenmechief before the turn out of the back straight. It had been a very solidly run race though and it was now there for the taking by Our Zak Whitby and Lord Willoughby, who were both coming fast three and four wide. Our Zak Whitby had it won on straightening for the run home and he went on to win the $20,000 Cash Converters Pace for M2 class by 4.6m from Lord Willoughby and a brave Eden Franco in a brilliant mile rate of 1:54.9, last qtrs 28.6 and 28.5. It was his third metro win in 8 weeks and took his season tally to $99,505 and career tally to $163,334 from 15 wins and 21 places.

Our Zak Whitby was bred by Ed Dewar and is one of 5 winners produced by Ed's good race mare Zerina Whitby (Kinney Hanover) 1:55.6 15 wins $107,827. The granddam of Our Zak Whitby is Whitbys Merit (French Chef) 2:00.3 $168,598, a top class race mare who won 10 of her first 12 starts including the 1993 Diamond Classic, Champagne Classic, Pearl and the 1993 Golden Slipper. Whitbys Merit produced 10 other winners including 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 Prix De Whitby (Life Sign) 2:01.5 3 wins $30,934 the dam of Mister Versace (Bettors Delight) 1:56.1 8 wins $69,691. Whitbys Merit is a daughter of broodmare gem 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, 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.

Another good result for the new connections of 4yo gelding Bettor Be Lively (Bettors Delight out of Just Bella by Holmes Hanover) with his second Gloucester Park win in a fortnight. Starting from 2 he settled straight into the breeze position in a slow 38.8 lead time. The favourite was leading so the punters were content. The first and second quarter were also slow so coming from the back was going to be difficult. Picking up some pace in the back straight the last time Bettor Be Lively was running a great race holding second position. With 400 to go the margin was decreasing and coming into the home straight for the run home Bettor Be Lively swept up on the outside and with 100 to go he was leading by a smidge, and in a good performance he went on to win by a neck from Trison who flashed home late. The mile rate was 1:58.6 and last qtr 27.8. The win was his 10th and took his stakes to $90,029. Bred and originally raced by Craig Lynn, he is now under new ownership and training team.

Bettor Be Lively is one of two winners from his dam Just Bella (Holmes Hanover) 1:59 $65,485 the winner of 8 races in Victoria before being bought by Jimmie Howlett and Craig to race in WA. Just Bella is out of Just Ella (Son Of Afella) 2:02.2 $20,340 the dam of 4 winners including Awesome Ella (Holmes Hanover) 1:58.8 14 win $92,945. This is the maternal family of Tactics, one of the best maternal families in Australasia. To add even more value, Just Ella is a half sister to the great granddam of triple Inter Dominion winner Blacks A Fake (Fake Left) 1:53.7 $4,575,438.

After a win the previous week, 8yo mare Eagle Rox (Bettors Delight out of Lovera by Badlands Hanover) stepped out as second favourite (the favourite Lets Chase The Dream was on her outside) in her first start over 2536m this campaign. Starting from 7, she settled second last in the moving line, with Lets Chase The Dream on her back and Tuxedo Tour, in his first start for 14 months, in the lead. With just over a lap to go Eagle Rox followed a three wide move by New World Order. Just over 400 to go and running mid field, Chris Lewis on Eagle Rox moved to 4 wide. With tiring horses in front, Eagle Rox came into the home bend three wide and it was a race in three. Eagle Rox got to the front at the 100m and held out the fast finishing favourite to win the $22,000 Elan Energy M2 to M4 by a half neck rating 1:57.4, making it consecutive wins and her 4th win from 6 starts since resuming. Her earnings are now over $212,000 from a career tally of 15 wins.

Bred, owned and trained by Debra Lewis, Eagle Rox exemplifies the quality of the mares being bred in WA. Her dam Lovera was unraced in NZ and brought to WA as a 3yo where she trialled once before going to stud at 4. Her first foal was Artemis Belle (Artiscape) 1:56.1 $359,559 whose 19 wins included the 2010 2yo Fillies Sales Classic, 2010 Gold Bracelet, 3yo Fillies Sales Classic, 3yo Fillies Daintys Daughter Classic and 2011 WA Oaks. Emerald Franco (Holmes Hanover) 2:01.9, the dam of Lovera, is a half sister to Franco Enforce (Ok Bye) 1:50.6 $593,738 and Elisit Franco (Falcon Seelster) 1:57.1 3 wins the dam of Franco Emirate (Christian Cullen) 1:53.8 14 wins $332,830 and Eden Franco (Christian Cullen) 1:54.5 11 wins $97,289, who is currently racing brilliantly in WA.

Starting a short favourite from barrier 1, in form mare Gotta Go Gabbana (Gotta Go Cullect out of Lady Gabbana by Kinney Hanover) raced out and held the lead from challenger Mileys Desire. Dropping the speed after the first 200m, the field settled and thats how they stayed until the last lap. Auctioneers Elsu made a move and headed the three wide line, moving up quickly to the leaders. Gotta Go Gabbana still had the lead entering the home straight with Mileys Desire running a great race in second and Detroit Lily behind the leader just edging Auctioneers Elsu for third. Thats how they finished, with Gotta Go Gabbana winning the $18,000 Australian Marine Complex Fillies and Mares M0 to M1 by 2.3m in a mile rate of 2:02 over the 2536m, last quarter 27.9. The win took her stakes tally to just under $75,000 from 9 wins and 12 places from only 31 starts. 

Bred and owned by Colin and Annie Belton and trained by Annie, Gotta Go Gabbana's dam Lady Gabbana (Kinney Hanover) was purchased as a yearling by Annie and Colin and won over $58,000 in her career. Lady Gabbana is out of the unraced Whitbys Beach Babe (Beach Towel), who is a half sister to Whitbys Magic (Magic Fella) 1:58.2 13 wins $115,939 and 3 other winners. The dam of Whitbys Beach Babe is a half sister to the very successful gelding Bow And Arrow (Afella Rainbow) 1:58 15 wins $96,179 in the 80s

Last but definitely not least, 4yo gelding and race favourite Chiaroscuro (Art Major out of Kelty Star by Caprock) took full advantage of the three scratchings on his inside and went straight to the lead

from barrier 3. The lead time was solid at 36.7 and after a breather in the first quarter the pace stepped up with two even quarters. With second favourite Handsandwheels running forward and back in the breeze, the pace was really on in the last quarter and showing the benefit of good driving and the inside running to go with the 27.1 quarter, Chiaroscuro won the C5 to C9 Westbred easing by 9.7m in his career best mile rate of 1:56.

Purchased from the 2015 Yearling Sale from breeder Kody Charles, Chiaroscuro is having his best season so far, winning just over $30,000 for the season from 6 wins, with his career tally a handy $46,533 from 9 wins. His dam Kelty Star won one race and just under $6,000. She is the dam of 6 winners including I Am Special (Live Or Die) 1:57.4 6 wins $74,744 the dam of the very good Dior Mia More (Tintin In America) 1:53.2 (in her first ever race start) 10 wins $77,706. Kelty Star is also a full sister to Jillbo 1:53.8 27 wins $272,951 who is the dam of 5 winners including Jackaroo Bromac (McArdle) 1:52.4 27 wins $235,767 and Juliette Bromac (Art Major) 1:54.5 9 wins $99,546.

WASBA COUNTRY OAKS

(2 June 2018) A very close and exciting finish was the result in the rescheduled $25,000 WASBA Country Oaks, with the two favourites fighting out the finish in what was a cat and mouse race. Race favourite Cott Beach (Advance Attack out of Back In The Black by Armbro Operative) started in 6 with second favourite De La Tourbie in 5. Cott Beach settled last in running while De La Tourbie settled in the one-one before the field reorganised to single file. With a lap to go De La Tourbie, who was third last, led up the two wide line with Cott Beach following. They moved three wide in the back straight as other runners made moves and coming round the bend for the run home it turned into a real battle between the De La Tourbie who had hit the lead out wide, and Cott Beach (Advance Attack). Cott Beach had to fight hard to wear down De La Tourbie and the winner was decided in a photo finish with Cott Beach in front by the smallest of margins. The Oaks journey was run in 2:01.6 mile rate with the last half a slick 57.2. It was a great effort from both fillies. Congratulations to owner "breeders"  Peter King and Barbara Pellick (who purchased Cott Beach's dam Back In The Black in foal), trainer Kristy Elson and driver Nathan Turvey on the win.

Back In The Black (Armbro Operative) 1:58.1 was a winner of 7 races and was placed 18 times for stakes of $58,780. She 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 who was the dam of 8 winners including 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 and $115,032 and Big Blue Eyes (Red River Hanover) the dam of Three Bears (Bettors Delight) 1:53.6 $127,501.

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

(1 June 2018) Definitely a good night for the fillies and mares with races with stakes over $150,000 in stakes going to the girls. NZ mare She Could Be Good (Well Said) won her third race in a row and two of our WA bred mares were successful. The feature was the $100,000 Diamond Classic, which was a fantastic effort by WA bred filly Typhoon Tiff (Bettors Delight) but the spoils went to NZ bred filly Major Pride (Art Major out of Pride N Joy by Mach Three). Purchased for $15,000 at the 2017 NZ Premier Yearling Sale by Justin Prentice for stable clients, the filly won by a neck from Typhoon Tiff and Westsired filly My Prayer (Renaissance Man) in third. Typhoon Tiff was three wide for nearly a lap before getting to the breeze, with Major Pride starting from barrier 1 enjoying the leaders role.

Pride N Joy, the dam of Major Pride is out of Joyfulbelle (Road Machine) 1:56.3 8 wins 10 places $58,798 who is the dam of Joyfuljoy (Mach Three) 1.51.6 17  wins $480,442 (incl Harness Jewels 3yof Diamond, Gr 1 NZ Sires Stks 3yof Final), Our Bettor Joy (Bettors Delight) 1.54.6 8 wins $270,381 and Jumpforjoy (Bettors Delight) 1:55.8 7 wins $94,655 (incl Southland Oaks).

It was a special night as well, with an excellent field running for the $25,000 Laurie Kennedy 4 and 5yo Westbred Mares

The first of our winners was the highly rated 8yo mare Eagle Rox (Bettors Delight out of Lovera by Badlands Hanover) slightly out of favour with her number 7 barrier. Initially looking to drop back to the rails, Chris Lewis seized the initiative and went forward three wide to take the breeze position with two laps to go. A 32 second quarter followed, making it a very good decision. The three wide line formed with a lap to go but it still looked like a race between the leader Ardens Concord and Eagle Rox. Coming into the home straight Eagle Rox looked to be levelling but the inside running gave Ardens Concord the lead entering the home straight. Down the run to the finish Eagle Rox was just too good and went on to win by 1.6m in 1:57.7, last half even quarters at 28 flat.

Eagle Rox was the winner of the 2012 2yo Fillies Diamond Classic and was 3rd in the 2012 Golden Slipper. She did not race at 4 or 5 and resumed racing for a short period in September 2015, winning 5 races and placing 2nd twice before another break from racing from December 2015 to May 2018. Congratulations should go to owner trainer Debra Lewis for bringing her back to racing in great form after foaling in December 2016. Eagle Rox is out of the unraced mare Lovera (Badlands Hanover), who is also the dam of Artemis Belle (Artiscape) 1:56.1 19 wins $359,559 with wins including the 2010 2yo Fillies Sales Classic, 2010 Gold Bracelet, 3yo Fillies Sales Classic, 3yo Fillies Daintys Daughter Classic and 2011 WA Oaks. Lovera is out of Emerald Franco (Holmes Hanover) 2:01.9, who is a half sister to the dam of Eden Franco (Christian Cullen) 1:54.5 11 wins $97,289, and closely related to Franco Enforce (Ok Bye) 1:50.6 $593,738 and Franco Emirate (Christian Cullen) 1:53.8 14 wins $332,830.

With five mares under 10/1 in the betting it was obviously considered a tight contest. In another solidly run 36 flat lead time, Bettor Boa from 4 got the front berth from the free legged Catastrophic Event who couldnt quite muster enough speed from barrier 1. The favourite Gotta Go Gabbana from 6 settled in the breeze, third favourite Mary Catherine (Art Major out of Easy Riter by Getting It Right) settled one out two back and second favourite Dior Mia More was one out four back. They got a very slight breather with a 30.8 first quarter but the race was run fairly solidly and the second quarter was under 30. With a lap to go Mary Catherine quickly moved forward to drop into the one-one. In a 28.6 third quarter second favourite Dior Mia More was forced four wide to make her run as Catastrophic Event got off the rails to make her move. Coming into the home turn Bettor Boa was fighting on grimly but had done her best, with Gotta Go Gabbana getting to the lead just before the 100m before a swooping Mary Catherine grabbed the lead and held out the fast finishing Dior Mia More by 2.5m, with Gotta Go Gabbana in third. The mile rate was an excellent 1:56.3. Bred by M Pumfrey and Robert Sheehy and raced by Robert Sheehy, Mary Catherine has had a number of setbacks but has shown brilliance during her career and has amassed $162,356 from 14 wins and 1 places.

 Easy Riter 1:57.8 5 wins $39,252, the dam of Mary Catherine, is also the dam of the unraced Stella Pearl (Live Or Die) who is the dam of Michael Joseph (Bettors Delight) 1:55.4 10 wins $72,284. Easy Riter is one of two winners from her dam Easy Girl (Romeo Hanover) who is a granddaughter of one of Dr Tom Early's broodmare gems in Star Song (Grattan Loyal). Among the progeny of Star Song was Papagena (King Oro), the dam of  10 winners from 16 foals and one of WAs best maternal families from the 60s and 70s. Members of this family include Centrefold Angel (Legacy Of Power) 1:55.2 14 wins $237,348, Formyeyesonly (Pacific Fella) 1:54.3 12 wins $91,774, Bettor Twisted (Bettors Delight) 1:56.9 $80,548, the previously mentioned promising 2yo Tiffany Twisted and multiple other winners.

Starting third in the betting from barrier 3, 5yo gelding Fanci A Dance (Rock N Roll Heaven out of Fancipance by Fake Left) initially settled one out one back before going round to take the breeze outside race favourite Back To The Beach. The first and 2nd qtr were an even tempo and with a lap to go Chiaroscuro moved three wide and the third qtr stepped up to 28.6. Coming into the home straight Back To The Beach was just in front but Fanci A Dance was travelling well and grabbed the lead at the 100m, to go on to win the reduced stakes Tabtouch Westbred M0 by 1.4m from the favourite, with Chiaroscuro finishing well to be third. The mile rate was 1:57.6 and last qtr quick at 28.2. The win was the 9th for the Barry and Jimmie Howlett bred Fanci A Dance and took his stakes to just over $51,000.

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

A PEARL ON A STORMY NIGHT

(25 May 2018) On a pretty ordinary night to be out in the weather there was some very good performances from drivers and horses, with the feature race being the inaugural running of the 3yo Pearl Classic. There was also a good win by top mare Major Reality (Art Major) to take her stakes above $420,000, and a local boy won the supporting Feature the GPHR Members Sprint.

It was a great run by unbeaten colt Jack Mac (Mach Three out of Matavutu by New York Motoring) to make a comeback on such a stormy night with so many expectations. However, he delivered in droves, going to the lead from barrier 2, running a final quarter in 27.7 seconds and winning by 8.2m from a game War Club who chased him all the way. Under the guidance of Barry Howlett, Jack Mac is unbeaten in Australia, with 7 wins. His stakes are $216,974 and his wins include the $100,000 2yo Pearl Classic and the $125,000 Golden Slipper. He now has the Pearl "double". Congratulations to Alabar NZ for breeding this colt and to the Howlett family, with Barry selecting this horse as a weanling in NZ.

On the undercard for the night it was 6yo gelding Vultan Tin running an exceptional time in the conditions. Starting second favourite to Bettors Fire, Vultan Tin burned out from barrier 3 and held out Bettors Fire for the lead in the 1730m GPHR Members Sprint. He was a length clear for most of the race as the rain came pelting down half way through. He went to the line 2m clear and easing down from a brave Bettors Fire who breezed for the race. The race was run in a 1:55.5 mile rate, quite astonishing in the conditions. Bred and owned by Denise and Phil Costello and trained by Phil, Vultan Tin has been a giant killer and has now amassed $333,489 in stakes from 17 wins and 28 places. His Stakes this season alone are $167,575.

Vultan Tin is out of the one win mare Ellevarrac (Pacific Fella) 1:59.3 and $12,896, who was also bred by Phil. Unfortunately there will be no more Vultan Tins, with Ellevarrac dying before foaling in 2015. Ellevarrac is one of three winners from her non winning dam Carravelle (Armbro Intercept) $9,118 who was also 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.

Under a new ownership team since March, 4yo gelding and 2017 Country Derby winner Bettor Be Lively (Bettors Delight out of Just Bella by Holmes Hanover) was a short priced favourite in the C5 to C9 Westbred Pace. Starting from barrier 1 after a scratching, Bettor Be Lively went straight to the front from Jailbreak, who started inside the back row. Left alone in front the lead time was an excusably slow 40.1 followed by a 33.2 first quarter before Our Zak Whitby moved up three wide to take the breeze position. The pace increased to a 30 second quarter and then the sprint was on in the back straight with a 27.7 quarter. Kicking away coming into the home turn Bettor Be Liveley went on to win by 2.3m from Jailbreak with Our Zak Whitby tiring a little for third.

Bred by Craig Lynn, Bettor Be Lively has now won 9 times and with 13 places has $77,939 career earnings. He is the first winner from his dam Just Bella (Holmes Hanover) 1:59 11 wins 15 places and $65,485, who raced in NZ then Victoria before being bought to race in WA by Craig Lynn and Jimmy Howlett. Just Bella is out of Just Ella (Son Of Afella) 2:02.2 $20,340 the dam of 4 winners including Awesome Ella (Holmes Hanover) 1:58.8 14 win $92,945. This is the maternal line of Tactics, one of New Zealands greatest female lines that has produced numerous $200,000 plus earners, but the most famous of all would be Blacks a Fake (Fake Left) 1:53.7 $4,575,438..

ANOTHER DIAMOND OF A NIGHT

(18 May 2018) Another good night for the girls with the feature $50,000 3yo Fillies Diamond Classic highlighting a top class field. One of the winners on the night was also a former winner of the Diamond Classic. The night was off and running with a nice win by the Kristian Hawkins trained and driven mare She Could Be Good for stable client Rob Gartrell in an M0 to M2 Mares worth just $8,500 WASBA. Better things to follow.

WA bred mare 8yo Eagle Rox (Bettors Delight out of Lovera by Badlands Hanover) stepped out in the M1 to M3 open race and it was another very good effort after her rare unplaced run the previous week. Starting favourite from 3 at the barrier, she settled beautifully in the one-one with Chris Lewis on board. With a slow lead and first quarter, a move from the rear with 1200 to go forced Eagle Rox to also move three wide at the 900m to avoid being covered up. Moving up steadily, Eagle Rox was running third and three wide at the 600m. At the 400m she was after the leader Kasey John and rounding the home turn she was challenging. However, Kasey John had the inside running and got a few metres in front before Eagle Rox ground down that lead just on the line to win by a short half head (otherwise known as a "nose") to win the $22,000 Alltools.com.au Pace in a mile rate of 1:57.8, last half 55.7. Bred, owned and trained by Debra Lewis, it was the 13th win by Eagle Rox and took her career tally to $181,826 including 7 places. It was her third start and second win since resuming this month after an absence of 2 and a half years, which included producing a foal by American Ideal.

Eagle Rox was the winner of the 2012 2yo Fillies Diamond Classic and was 3rd in the 2012 Golden Slipper. Her unraced dam Lovera (Badlands Hanover) is also the dam of Artemis Belle (Artiscape) 1:56.1 19 wins $359,559 including the 2010 2yo Fillies Sales Classic, 2010 Gold Bracelet, 3yo Fillies Sales Classic, 3yo Fillies Daintys Daughter Classic and 2011 WA Oaks. The dam of Lovera is Emerald Franco (Holmes Hanover) 2:01.9, who is a half sister to Franco Enforce (Ok Bye) 1:50.6 $593,738 and Elisit Franco (Falcon Seelster) 1:57.1 3 wins the dam of Franco Emirate (Christian Cullen) 1:53.8 14 wins $332,830 and Eden Franco (Christian Cullen) 1:54.5 11 wins $97,289.

In the inaugural running of the 3yo Fillies Diamond Classic, it was Lady De La Renta (Well Said out of Flylika Bird Lombo by Jet Laag) who started favourite from barrier 4 in front of WA Oaks winner Our Major Mama (Art Major) who started at 7/1 (much shorter than her Oaks price) from barrier 6. Next in the betting was Veiled Secret (by Tinted Cloud) who is a half sister to Sheer Rocknroll. From the barrier Lady De La Renta was driven hard to get the lead with two laps to go in a very quick 35.7 lead time. Shannon Suvaljko on Veiled Secret took advantage of a slow first quarter to move from the back into the breeze. Our Major Mama led up the three wide line with a lap to go and in the back straight it looked like Oaks winner Our Major Mama would be the only opposition, with Lady De La Renta skipping to a handy lead and Veiled Secret struggling. Rounding the home turn it was Lady De La Renta by 6m and Our Major Mama still three wide and next best. Lady De La Renta went on to win the Group 2 $50,000 Alltools 3yo Fillies Classic by 8.8m in 1:56.3. With such a fast lead time the last quarters were also quite fast at 28.3 and 28.8. Veiled Secret showed some real fighting qualities to just get beaten for second by Our Major Mama. It was only the 16th start for Lady De La Renta for 6 wins and 4 places and stakes of $104,994.

Bred by Kevin, Annette and Kody Charles, she is the first winner from Victorian mare Flylika Bird Lombo (Jet Laag) 1:59.8 7 wins $53,975. Flylika Byrd Lombo is out of the Classic Garry mare Decethree Lombo 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) 1:57.4 10 wins $101,825. Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper), the Australian 3yo of the Year and later Broodmare of the Year is the granddam of Flylika Bird Lombo.

A very nice double for Annie Belton and again with Chris Voak on board, with 5yo gelding Mister Versace (Bettors Delight out of Prix De Whitby by Life Sign) winning Heat 3 of the Pure Steel. Mister Versace had the coveted one barrier, but conceded the leaders role to the well backed Mista Shark. With a lap to go and the breeze horse starting to over race slightly, the speed quickened into a 28.3 third quarter. Easing off the back of the race leader, Mister Versace was making a little bit of room for himself and coming off the back straight he moved three wide to tackle the leading pair. Straightening up, Mr Versace was coming fast down the centre, raced up to level with Mista Shark then doing the better on the line to win by 2m in a good mile rate of 1:56.5, last quarter 28.1. The win was the 8th for the lightly raced Mister Versace who also has 12 places for $69,121 in stakes.

Annie and Colin Belton purchased Mister Versace ath the 2014 WA Yearling Sale from breeders Ed Dewar, C Plabou and W Grimm. He is out of the winning mare Prix De Whitby 2:01.5 $30,934. Prix De Whitby, by Kinney Hanover, was bred and raced by Ed Dewar and won 3 of her 12 lifetime starts as well as 4 places. She was retired from racing after her 2yo season. She is a daughter of Whitbys Merit (French Chef) 2:00.3 $168,598, who is a daughter of the great broodmare Remit (Out To Win) 2:01.6 $41,121. Whitbys Merit won both the Pearl (an open race at the time) and Diamond Classics, and Champagne Classic as a 2yo. She is one of the very rare fillies to have won the Golden Slipper (1993). She in fact won 10 of her 12 starts as a 2yo, and had two starts as a 3yo before retiring due to injury. As a broodmare Whitbys Merit produced 11 winners from 13 live foals including Aikido Whitby (Life Sign) 1:55.2 1:55.2, 21 wins and $270,328, and Victorian Oaks, WA 3yo Sales Classic and WA Sires Series winner Montana Anna (Mystical Prince) 1:59 13 wins $230,863. Remit produced 8 winners including Whitby Timer (Spring Run) 1:56.9 23 wins $314,899, Whitby Heritage (Maple Lanes Strike) 1:58.8 22 wins $201,758, and twice Australian Broodmare of the Year Fiscal Miss (Captain Hook) 1:59.6 15 wins $53,854, the dam of full siblings Whitbys Miss Penny (Booth Hanover) 1:55.2 32 wins $568,289 and Ace Of Whitby 1:58.8 29 wins $317,289 and granddam of Ima Spicey Lombo (Pacific Fella) 1:55.1 24 wins $483,686.

In sparkling form of late (7 wins and 11 places from 18 starts this season) 4yo gelding Lord Willoughby (Mach Three out of Amongst Royalty by Parsons Den) was the short priced favourite from barrier 1 in the 2503m M1 and better stand. Jumping away well and mustering speed to hold out the challenge from Better Scoot, the speed was reasonably on as Lord Willoughby led the field. Im Rockaria moved out to take the breeze and gave Better Scoot the one-one, while Lord Willoughby continued on his merry way. Tommy Be Good came with a big run in the back straight the last time and the third qtr was run in 28.2. It was a battle in two with Lord Willoughby and Tommy Be Good well clear of the field coming out of the back straight. Rounding the turn, Lord Willoughby was still in front and despite a really strong challenge Tommy could not get to Lord Willoughby, who won the $18,000 Alltools Gift Vouchers Conditioned Stand by 1.8m from Tommy Be Good, with a further 11m to third. The mile rate was 1:58.5 and last half was 56.3.

Lord Willoughby is bred and owned by Allwood Stud Farm and is out of Amongst Royalty (Parsons Den) 1:55.1 23 wins 37 places and $570,820 in stakemoney. She is a dual Group 1 winner with 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 2010 Won Australian Pacing Championship Consolation. Amongst Royalty is also the dam of Lady Willoughby (Allamerican Ingot) 1:56.6 $167,293 and is  a half sister to  Chazsalico (Prince Of Gold) 1:57 $141,515 and full sister to Made Of Dreams 10 wins $39,664 the dam of Straittothehilton (Rich And Spoilt) 1:56 10 wins $157,415. The dam of Amongst Royalty is the unraced Arctic Glow (Northern Lights) who is out of Broncroft Castle (J R Skipper), the dam of Mon Poppy Day (Whats Next) 1:56.4 20 wins $318,558, Travcor (Its Levity) 1:58.7 18 wins $102,664, WA Oaks and 2yo Classic winner Parthenon (Golden Greek) 2:00 $79,920 and 5 other winners. Broncroft Castle is a half sister to Vanessa Franco (Andrel) the granddam 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 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 Bettor Cover Lover (Bettors Delight) 1:53.8 19 wins $1,026,427.

GROUP 2 $50,000 WASBA BREEDERS STAKES

(11 May 2018) Some excellent terrific performances tonight.

On WASBA Breeders Stakes night it was appropriate that the first race of the night was the $18,000 Young Guns Standing at Allwood Stud 2yo Pace and was won by the WA bred 2yo gelding Major Survivor (Art Major out of Lite Jewel by Mystical Shark). This was a top class field of 2yos that included recent winners Euphoric Moment, Bletchley Park and Bitcoin. Stepping out from barrier 1 under the same breeder and ownership as half sister Sensational Gabby, Major Survivor went straight to the front and was in control from there. The field was flat tack in the back straight the last time under a 27.7 third quarter and while there were good runs behind him including the fast finishing Euphoric Moment (2nd) and The Lightning Strike (4th), the breeze horse Bletchley Park (3rd) and Bitcoin (held up in the straight) 5th, but all credit goes to the winner in his third lifetime start.

Major Survivor is the third foal and second winner from the unraced Lite Jewel (Mystical Shark). Her other winner is Sensational Gabby (Yankee Sensation) 1:52.4 40 wins $788,831. Lite Jewel is a half sister to Lite Jagermeister (In The Pocket) 1:56.3 11 wins $66,135 and one other winner. Their unraced dam Lite Jade is a full sister to Kliklite (Holmes Hanover) 1:56.7 $156,213, the dam of 8 winners including Top Tempo (In The Pocket) 1:56.5 11 wins $225,513 and McKay (Christian Cullen) 1:55.7 31 wins $236,445. Lite Jade is also a half sister to Philosophy (Bo Scots Blue Chip) the dam of The Court Owl (Tuapeka Knight) 1:57.6 15 wins $476,785 and The Midnight Owl (Christian Cullen) 1:52.4 43 wins $343,578.

Starting a short priced favourite, 4yo mare Gotta Go Gabbana (Gotta Go Cullect out of Lady Gabbana by Kinney Hanover) had to work overtime to retain the lead from the tackling second favourite Chiaroscuro. Once that effort had been thwarted the first quarter was a breather at 32.2. Gotta Go Gabbana was still in charge heading into the back straight the last time and the third quarter was solid at 28.5. Coming into the home straight the runs were coming but Gotta Go Gabbana had the race in hand and went on to win the (appropriately named) Pacing WA and Girl Power In Pacing Westbred C5 to C9 by 4m, last quarter 28.4 and mile rate 1:57.1. Bred and raced by Annie and Colin Belton and trained by Annie, Gotta Go Gabbana has now won 8 times and has 11 places from only 28 starts, with stakes of $61,069.

Colin and Annie purchased the dam Lady Gabbana for $6,000 at the 2007 WA Yearling Sale and she went on to win $58,461. Gotta Go Gabbana is her first foal. 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.

The feature race of the night was the $50,000 Group 2 WASBA Breeders Stakes and what a race - wouldnt see better anywhere in Australia. Our best mares racing, with the favourite Major Reality starting in 2, Maczaffair (3) and Eden Franco 11 (2 on the second row). Millview Sienna from 1 and Maczaffair burned out and were going hammer and tong for supremacy and the race lead, with Shannon Suvaljko on Maczaffair winning that battle in a scintillating 35.7 lead time (owner Albert and trainer Mike were a little worried at this time!). Then along came Colin Brown on Eden Franco, having given up the one-one behind Major Reality, to take the breeze and give the one-one to Major Reality. With the pressure on, going into the back it was Sheer Rocknroll leading up the three wide line with Sarah Goody following. After a 28.9 third quarter it was these "famous four" across the track coming into the home turn and then Major Reality getting through to make it five across. It was a fantastic finish with Maczaffair holding out the breeze mare Eden Franco by an extremely small half head, with the swooper Sarah Goody running over the top of them a neck behind followed by Major Reality another metre behind and Millview Sienna just another 1.5m away on the fence. The mile rate was 1:55.6, one of the fastest on record even with the race changing from a mile to the 2130m a few years ago. It was an extremely delighted trainer Mike Reed and owner Albert Walmsley who received the trophy for the win. Maczaffair and her half brother Golden State (Big Jim) were bred by Alabar NZ and are out of the non winner Presidential Affair (Presidential Ball). This mare is a full or half sister to 8 winners including Luckisaladytonight (Presidential Ball) 1:58.8 $151,249 and McArdles Chance (McArdle) 1:52.8 17 wins $141,113. Presidential Affair's dam Delightful Chance (Butler B G) 1:57.6 is out of the unraced Missy Lou (Smooth Fella) who is also the dam of Mike Pal (Sokys Atom) 1:52.4 $268,825 and the unraced Miss Sands (Sands A Flyin), the dam of 4 winners including Mr Hasani (Christian Cullen) 1:49.8 $664,736. Missy Lou is a half sister to Christopher Vance (Vance Hanover) 1:54.6 $1,747,167. This is also the family of Surprise Package (Butler B G) 1:52.2 28 wins $848,679, Ricimer (Ponder) 1:51.4 $177,988 and local gelding Brotha Ofa Gangsta.

The last race was worth the wait for breeder and part owner Steve Johnson, with 4yo gelding Kasey John (Bettors Delight out of Shes Our Angel by Classic Garry) stepping out from barrier 1 in the $18,000 Vision Produce M0 over the stayers 2536m. Driving through from the barrier Kasey John was able to hold out the favourite Robert The Bruce who settled in the breeze. After half a lap the favourite got an early present when an early move saw the Skye Bond trained Runaway Three take up the breeze position. No moves until the 300m when Robert The Bruce made a three wide move. However, Kasey John had it won and although there was a late flood he went on to win by 1.9m from Budd Sidewinder and Jasper Casper, rating 1:59.7 last quarters in 28.3 and 28.9. The win was the seventh with 5 places for $54,656 in stakes.

Kasey John is the last foal from Shes Our Angel (Classic Garry) the winner of 4 races and $14,326. Shes Our Angel has been a prolific broodmare, producing 10 winners including Nightn Georgia (Safely Kept) 2:00.4 11 wins $116,605, Sky Tower (Panorama) 1:58.5 36 wins $241,236, Jasmin Amal (Sportswriter) 1:55 5 wins $73,400, Shower Of Roses (Albert Albert) 1:58.2 8 wins $37,018 and Shes Elegant (Safely Kept). Extending the line further, Nightn Georgia is the dam of Rocknrolla (Grinfromeartoear) 1:57.1 12 wins $287,351, while full sister Shes Elegant is the dam of Tightrope (Art Major) 1:53.6 22 wins $190,912 and Somedreamsomewhere (Somebeachsomewhere) 1:56.6 12 wins $74,957. Shower Of Roses is the dam of Reign Of Fear (Western Terror) 1:53.2 17 wins $127,525.

IT'S THE $150,000 WA OAKS

(4 May 2018) Its Gannons night with Valerie and Chris Gannon sponsoring the meeting. The $150,000 Gannons WA Oaks is the feature and what a race that was. The newly named Laurie Kennedy Race For Roses was the supporting feature race and another excellent race with a field full of quality mares. we didnt win the Oaks but we started with some good results.

After a win in January and two in February, the punters were obviously in the know and 3yo gelding One Off Delight (Bettors Delight out of Tiger Su by Elsu) stepped out as favourite. Starting in 2, One Off Delight went straight to the front from the barrier and with the second favourite in the breeze and over-racing slightly, the race was being run in very solid quarters. In the back straight the last time One Off Delight skipped away in a 27.7 quarter. A clear leader on the home turn, he went on to win the $18,000 Gannons Harness Racing Colours for the 3yos by 5.8m in a lifetime best of 1:56.4, last qtr in 28.2. One Off Delight now has 5 wins and 5 places for $35059 in stakes.

Tiger Su (Elsu) 1:56 4 wins $19,604, the dam of One Off Delight had a 9 start career in WA, for three wins, with One Off Delight being her first foal. Tiger Su is a daughter 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. Tigerish is the dam of 7 winners 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 winner Tiger Dion (In The Pocket). Tiger Dion is the dam of Twoandahalf Tigers (Jeremes Jet) 1:56.4 $156,944. One Off Delight was bred by the NZ breeders of her dam P and L Turner and her current part owners G and T Ralston.

In the newly named Laurie Kennedy Race For Roses, 5yo mare Eden Franco (Christian Cullen) put on a brilliant front running display to take out the 2503m stand event for the mares by 7.5m in 1:59.1. She started from the 10m line for trainer-driver Colin Brown, burning out to take a clear race lead after 600m. Scooting clear in the back straight the last time, no one was a match for her although Sarah Goody chased hard and CC Chevron and Maczaffair made up good ground in the straight to fill the placings. It was the first loss by Maczaffair in 5 starts.

Eden Franco is closely related to local mares Artemis Belle (Artiscape) 1:56.1 19 wins $359,559 and Eagle Rox (Bettors Delight) 1:55.2 13 wins $181,827.

In a surprise result (it has to be a surprise when the winner is 140/1 and the driver is so delighted after the event) 3yo filly Our Major Mama (Art Major) came with a late run to take the jewel of the $150,000 Gannons WA Oaks. With some up and down form but a win in April, she was selected in the 12 but then drew very unfavourably at 8. Some shrewd driving from trainer Justin Prentice had her settling three back the rails, with two of the fancies last and second last and the pace on up front with the breeze filly over racing. They were moving up three wide with a lap to go and runners were forced wide. But that made room for Justin to weave between rivals after a relatively easy run on the rails and the rest is history, with Our Major Mama rocketing home and victory certain 50m from the line. Only 9 metres the first nine, with top runs by Westsired fillies Cott Beach and Infinite Symbol to run 3rd and 4th. What a huge result for the owners, who bought into the filly that Justin purchased from the 2016 NZ Premier Yearling Sale for $32,000. The owners who werent on course really missed out on a fantastic opportunity for a momentous win.

A winner 4 weeks ago then three unplaced runs, 4yo gelding Our Zak Whitby (Mach Three out of Zerina Whitby by Kinney Hanover) still started a short favourite when he stepped out in the $22,000 M1 to M3 Gannons Flags and Banners Pace over the short course 1730m. Starting from barrier 2, he went straight to the front and was never troubled, running the last half in 55.2 and going on to win easily by 7.1m. Bred and part owned by Ed Dewar, the win took him to $147,764 in stakes from 14 wins and 18 places.

Also starting favourite and with impeccable form, 4yo gelding Lord Willoughby (Mach Three out of Amongst Royalty by Parsons Den) lined up as favourite from barrier 5 in the $18,000 M0 Gannons Harness Saddle Cloths Pace. Initially three wide from the barrier, driver Shannon Suvaljko drove forward to the breeze in a slow lead time. The first quarter was also leisurely so it was going to be hard to come from behind. Stepping up to a 27.7 second third quarter they were really stretching in the back straight the last time, and the leader Luis Alberto looked to be holding them. However, coming into the home turn Lord Willoughby was fighting back and at the 50m mark he got to the lead and went on to win by a head. The win was his 11th overall and along with 21 places he has just over $92,000 in stakes for his owner breeder Allwood Stud Farm.

Lord Willoughby is a half brother to Lady Willoughby (Allamerican Ingot) 1:56.6 $167,293. Their dam Amongst Royalty (Parsons Den) 1:55.1 23 wins $570,820 was one of WA’s best performed race mares - a dual Group 1 winner with wins in the Group 1 Bathurst Gold Tiara 2 yr old Fillies Final, Australian Pacing Gold 2 yr Fillies Final, Gold Chalice Listed 3 yr Classic, 2008 and 2009 Pinjarra Golden Girls Mile and the 2010 Australian Pacing Championship Consolation. Amongst Royalty is a half sister to  Chazsalico (Prince Of Gold) 1:57 $141,515 and full sister to Made Of Dreams 10 wins $39,664 and dam of Group 1 winner Straittothehilton (Rich And Spoilt) 1:56 10 wins $157,415. The dam of Amongst Royalty is the unraced Arctic Glow (Northern Lights) produced four other winners and is out of Broncroft Castle (J R Skipper), the dam of Mon Poppy Day (Whats Next) 1:56.4 20 wins $318,558, Travcor (Its Levity) 1:58.7 18 wins $102,664, WA Oaks and 2yo Classic winner Parthenon (Golden Greek) 2:00 $79,920 and 5 other winners. Broncroft Castle is a half sister to Vain Franco (Holmes Hanover) the dam of Under Cover Lover (In The Pocket) 1:51.8 21 wins $864,923, Ccs Lover (Christian Cullen) 1:51.2 51 wins $324.694 wins, Cybersleuth (In The Pocket) 1:52 30 wins $195,071 and Front Cover Lover (Whats Next) the dam of Bettor Cover Lover (Bettors Delight) 1:53.8 19 wins $1,026,427.

HAPPY OWNERS WITH WASBA KING-LETHBRIDGE WIN at PINJARRA

(30 Apr 2018) Great to see such happy smiling faces when their pride and joy greets the judge. That was the story with 4yo mare Soho Changeling (Art Major out Country Change by Village Jasper) who started from barrier 5 with the odds on favourite Gotta Go Gabbana in barrier 7. Driver Shannon Suvaljko surprised everyone by rocketing out of the barrier and getting to the lead, before immediately handing up to to second favourite Susie Rocks, with the favourite having to settle in the breeze. Running a solid race, Susie just couldnt hold out Soho Changeling in the run to the line, with Shannon taking the sprint lane and the win in the $14,000 WASBA King-Lethbridge Memorial Westbred Mares Pace by 1.6m in 1:57.4. This is her 7th win and she now has over $55,000 in stakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bred by Robert Watson and now owned by the delighted Larry and Steve Nelligan, Soho Changeling is out the the nice winning mare Country Change (Village Jasper) 1:56.8 11 wins $95,383, who is a half sister to very good race mare Adayspay (Bright As Day) 1:57.9 19 wins $134,594 the dam of Money Twitch (Life Sign) 1:52.6 41 wins $563,777.

The race was co-sponsored by Allwood Stud Farm, who also paraded their stallions Follow The Stars and Fly Like An Eagle. A great day was had by all!

CHAMPAGNE ON ICE

(27 Apr 2018) With one week to go to the $150,000 Oaks and Race For Roses, it was champagne racing and another new winner for an Oaks Prelude, with Betterthancheddar filly Detroit Lily running 1:55.8 to win her Prelude. Chevrons Champion, winner of the Johnson Final for Mares, joined her as winners of the minor feature card on the night along with three other WA bred winners, but it was the Champagne Classic that was the feature, won by an outstanding young WA bred gelding.

It was always going to be hard for the others with the favourite, 2yo gelding Its Rock And Roll (A Rocknroll Dance out of Miss Worthy Whitby by Bettors Delight) starting in barrier 1, and that’s how it turned out.ItsRockAndRoll GPM270418 GPTwitter After a brief challenge from the 5 horse Valbonne, Its Rock And Roll settled in the lead. Sangue Reale moved to the breeze with two laps of the 2130m journey to go and the first two quarters were nice and steady at 31 plus. “It’s all happening” in the back straight the last time with a few drivers forgetting these were 2yos and as they cornered for the run home it was still Its Rock And roll in the lead. They couldn’t catch him and Its Rock And Roll went on to win the $50,000 Westral Champagne Classic by 3.2m with the late finishers Itz All About Magic, Valbonne and Babyface Adda filling the placings. The mile rate was 1:59.5 and the last qtr was run in 28 flat. The win was the third from 5 starts for Its Rock And Roll and took his stakes to $107,050.

Its Rock And Roll was bred by Ed Dewar from his US bred mare Its Worthy Whitby (Bettors Delight) 1:59.9 3 wins $40,154. He is her second foal and first winner. Miss Worthy Whitby was bought for $26,500 at the 2009 Victorian Yearling Sale and is out of the imported US mare Spirited Storm (Artsplace). Spirited Storm is also the dam of the unbeaten The Storm Inside (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:54.6 7 wins $222,845. Spirited Storm is a granddaughter of Blue Horizon (Storm Damage). This maternal family is one of the strongest female lines in harness racing Its Rock And Roll was bought for $37,500 at the 2017 WA APG Yearling Sale, with the future looking very bright for his owners Liam O'Connor and Jim Currie.

Starting second favourite after a good effort to place behind Major Catastrophe the previous week, Mister Versace (Bettors Delight out of Prix De Whitby by Life Sign) stepped off well and after an initial tussle for the lead settled for the position behind the race leader Hot Fraternity, who raced keenly in a 37.1 lead time. A couple of slower quarters followed, then with 450 to go the breeze horse Lord Willoughby quickly moved up to Hot Fraternity and had him headed coming out of the back straight. The faster 28.7 3rd quarter left an opening for Mister Versace who then went three wide on straightening for the run home. Mister Versace streamed home to take the win in the C5 to C9 Westbred by 1.5m from Lord Willoughby, last quarter 27.9 and a mile rate of 1:57.7. It was his 7th win and with 11 places he has just over $63,000 in stakes.MisterVersace GPM270418s

Bred by Ed Dewar, C Plabou and W Grimm, Mister Versace cost only $17,500 at the 2014 Yearling Sale and is the first foal from the winning race mare Prix De Whitby 2:01.5 $30,934. Prix De Whitby, who was bred and raced by Ed Dewar, raced only as a 2yo, for 3 wins and 4 places from her 12 starts. Her dam Whitbys Merit (French Chef) 2:00.3 $168,598, was a very classy race mare winning both the Pearl (an open race at the time) and Diamond Classics, the Champagne Classic and 3rd in the Bathurst Gold Tiara. She also won the Golden Slipper in 1993, one of the very few fillies to do so. As a 2yo she won 10 of her 12 starts including the last five in a row. She retired due to injury as a 3yo two further race starts. Whitbys Merit was even better as a broodmare, producing 11 winners from 13 live foals including Aikido Whitby (Life Sign) 1:55.2 1:55.2, 21 wins and $270,328, and Victorian Oaks, WA 3yo Sales Classic and WA Sires Series winner Montana Anna (Mystical Prince) 1:59 13 wins $230,863. Whitbys Merit is herself a daughter of the phenomenal Remit who produced 8 winners including Whitby Timer (Spring Run) 1:56.9 23 wins $314,899, Whitby Heritage (Maple Lanes Strike) 1:58.8 22 wins $201,758, and twice Australian Broodmare of the Year Fiscal Miss (Captain Hook) 1:59.6 15 wins $53,854, the dam of full siblings Whitbys Miss Penny (Booth Hanover) 1:55.2 32 wins $568,289 and Ace Of Whitby 1:58.8 29 wins $317,289 and granddam of Ima Spicey Lombo (Pacific Fella) 1:55.1 24 wins $483,686.

After a couple of weeks off and a successful standing start trial, 6yo gelding Vultan Tin (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Ellevarrac by Pacific Fella) started at exceptionally good odds VultanTin GPM270418sof 16/1. Stepping out from 2, Chris Voak took the chance to go for the lead when the favourite Bettors Fire missed the start slightly. Vultan Tin doesnt lead often but he looked pretty comfortable in front, with Bettors Fire in the one one behind Our Jimmy Johnstone. With a lap to go the three wide line formed but they had to work hard when Vultan Tin stepped up the pace to a 27.9 quarter. At the 400 they were four wide but he still had their measure. Around the home turn our Jimmy Johnstone was gaining but Vultan Tin with the inside running was too hard to run down and went on to win the $25,000 Westral Timber Blinds Pace for M0 and better by a half neck in 1:55.8, last quarter 28 flat. The win added to a super season for the Phil and Denise Costello owned and bred gelding, making it $316,681 in career stakes from 16 wins and 28 places. Vultan Tin has now won over $150,000 for the season, following his successful 2016/17 season in which he won over $110,000.

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.

In good form of late, drawing 1 and with ace driver Shannon Suvaljko on board, it was  no surprise that 7yo gelding Khun Ratha (Bettors DeliKhunRatha GPM27041815ght out of Calafia by Holmes Hanover) would step out as favourite. True to form Khun Ratha burned through to lead in a 36.9 lead time. The second and third favourites Dredlock Rockstar and Bronze Seeker were in the one-one and on the leaders back. A slow first quarter was followed by a steady second quarter in 30 flat so the odds were on a sprint home. In the back straight Dredlock Rockstar moved up quickly three wide and was second at the 400. Coming around the bend Bronze Seeker moved out three wide to challenge but Khun Ratha skipped away. On straightening his lead was 2 lengths and he raced away in the end to win the  $22,000 M2 to M4 Westral Plantation Shutters Pace by 8m in 1:56.3, last quarters 28.4 and 27.6. Bred and initially raced by Paul Poli but now raced by Kristy Sheehy and Josh Dunn, the win was the 17th and with 38 places he has earned $181,978.

Khun Ratha has won close to $100,000 from two seasons of racing, and has a best mile rate of 1:55.4 set last season. He is the first foal and first winner of his dam Calafia (Holmes Hanover) 2:00.1, who won 8 races and over $43,000 in stakes. Her unraced dam Deselle (Jefferson Admiral) produced 3 winners, and is a half sister to Abdias (Surmo Hanover) 1:55 30 wins $260,771. This family has produced several good winners including Machtavish (Mach Three) 1:52.9 24 wins $276,823, Callaway Bromac (McArdle) 1:56.1 20 wins $138,929, Buck The Odds 1:55.6 31 wins $307,547, Northern Assassin (Northern Luck) 1:51.8 17 wins $153,173 and Might Be Luck (Northern Luck) 1:55 19 wins and $131,124.

DEFINITELY NOT A CATASTROPHE

(20 Apr 2018) Leading up to the Oaks and WASBA Breeders Stakes there were good performances from Millview Sienna (Jeremes Jet) to win her second consecutive race in winning Heat 2 of the Johnson for the M1  mares, and quality 3yo Mach Three filly Liberty Rose won her third WA race in a row (ignoring a non finish with broken gear). Just the one WA bred winner but he has been a very good performer for his breeder/owner/trainer.

9yo gelding Major Catastrophe (Art Major out of Adda Influence by Parsons Den) was having one of his rare starts over the short course of 1730m. Although he was in barrier 8 he has had such a good season that he was kept safe in the betting. Moving forward after barrier rise Major Catastrophe steadily moved up three wide until he reached the breeze position one out after hMajorCatastrophe GPM200418salf a lap. The favourite was in the lead with Major Catastrophe in his usual running style, head down, on his outside. Into the back the last time Major Catastrophe was moving up but appeared to be struggling, then looked like he had run his race. Coming into the home straight for the run home he was still hanging on to second. However, with runners steaming up on his outside he showed his fighting qualities and made one more charge at the leader who was now tiring, and grabbed the win in the $22,000 Gloucester Park - Entertainment With Horsepower M1 to M3 Pace by a half head in a lifetime best of 1:55.1, last half 56.8. Bred, owned and trained by David Young and driven by young Madeleine Young, it was the 27th win for Major Catastrophe with a career tally of $396,590 in stakes which includes 37 places.

Major Catastrophe has a winning full sister in Catastrophic Event (Art Major) 2:01.3 $62,774. Their dam Adda Influence (Parsons Den) 2:03.4 8 wins $45,085 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.

ANGELS AND BELLES

(13 Apr 2018) Another top class Oaks Prelude going to another good filly in Our Angel Of Harlem (Mach Three), as well as a solid win for My Platinum Belle (Bettors Delight) in the first Heat of The Johnson for the girls. Millview Sienna (Jeremes Jete) made it three for the girls with a good win in an M0-M1 Mares for in form driver Colin Brown. Then followed the 4th winner for the girls on the night in the very talented Sarah Goody (Rich And Spoilt).

Having her first run since being unplaced in mid December, 4yo Westsired mare Sarah Goody (Rich And Spoilt out of Forrest Interlude by SarahGoody GPC130418bArmbro Operative) was still the punters pick for the C5 to C9. Starting from barrier 2 she burned out of the barrier to take the lead and although there was a small test, there was never really a challenge to her position. Going well at the 400, it was a different story coming out of the back straight with the breeze horse Bettor Be Lively looking to have her measure. Into the home turn it looked like she was beaten, with Bettor Be Lively having a very slight lead on her outside. However, showing some real grit Sarah Goody fought back on the inside to hold out Bettor Be Lively and the fast finishing Mister Versace in a mile rate of 1:56.2, last half 56.6. It was an excellent return to racing for Sarah Goody who is raced by her breeders Rob Hall, Ross Waddell and Kevin Keys and trained by Kevin. The win was her 12th and with 10 places from only 36 starts she has earnings of just under $150,000.

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 Nothingbutadream (Modern Art) 1:55.1 $63,252. Forrest Interlude won 6 races in her career and is a half sister to 8 other winners. Her 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.

IT'S DERBY NIGHT

(6 Apr 2018) Derby night and a top class win by the beautifully bred 3yo colt King Of Swing (by Rocknroll Hanover out of an Artsplace mare). Who know what the future might hold for him!. Also a very competetive bunch of 3yo fillies in the Oaks Prelude with a win by Liberty Rose (Mach Three) in 1:55.6 over the 2130m. And once again we had some very good local performances.

After a nice win the previous month and belying her age, 9yo mare Its My Lucknow (Yankee Sensation out of Lucknow Emma by Stature) put in a  zippy performance to win at very long oddsItsMyLucknow GPM06041865. Starting outside the back line she settled midfield, three back in the moving line. The race was run solidly, nothing over 30, and going into the back straight the last time Its My Lucknow made a forward move three wide to move up quickly and at the 400 she was running second but still three wide. Coming into the home straight she was outside the leader and as they entered the home straight she was marginally in front, with Sea Me Smile coming wider. At the 100m she has a length on the field and crossed the line 2.6m ahead of Soho Changeling who had been caught behind the race leader. Its My Lucknow ran the 2130m journey of the $18,000 Sky Racing Replay Mares M0 in a very fast 1:56.9, giving her the 17th win of her career, another 64 places and over $166,000 in stakes.

Lucknow Emma 2:03.1 $19,780, the dam of Its My Lucknow, was the winner of 6 races in the east before being brought to WA by Paul and Simone Strachan. Unfortunately Its My Lucknow is her first and only live foal. Lucknow Emma is a half sister to one winner and her dam Yallara Lass (To Ri Daon) 8 wins 2:02.3 $19,484 and granddam were also race winners. While the family hasnt been prolific, it has produced some nice metropolitan winners in Crossroad (To Ri Daon) 1:57.2 27 wins $158,002 and Christmas Cloud (Under A Cloud) 1:58.8 19 wins $89,632.

Starting only second favourite after a win 10 days earlier at Pinjarra, 4yo entire Our Zak Whitby (Mach Three out of Zerina Whitby by Kinney Hanover) stepped out well from barrier 2 and initially settled for the breeze with the pace moderate. However, with mouth open in the back straight he was scooted to the lead by driver Stewie McDonald. Picking up the pace the second quarter was run in 28.3 and the field was flat tack in the 27.4 third quarter. The only threat was Hot Fraternity who had theOurZakWhitby GPM06041860 leaders back, and in a race in two Our Zak Whitby proved too classy to go on and win the $22,000 In The Gig on Sky Racing M1 to M3 by 2.6m in an excellent mile rate of 1:55.6. Bred, trained and part owned by top breed Ed Dewar, Our Zak Whitby has no won 13 races and with 18 places his career stakes are now $133,549.

Our Zak Whitby is one of 5 winners produced by Zerina Whitby (Kinney Hanover) 1:55.6 15 wins 13 places $107,827. Zerina Whitby who was a good metropolitan race winning mare with her wins including several as a 3yo as well as the 2004 Golden Girls Mile. Her dam Whitbys Merit (French Chef) 2:00.3 $168,598, was an even better race mare, winning the 1993 Diamond Classic, Champagne Classic, Pearl and the 1993 Golden Slipper, the last two being open races at that time. She was retired at 3 after winning 10 of her first 12 starts. Whitbys Merit produced 10 other winners including 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 Prix De Whitby (Life Sign) 2:01.5 3 wins $30,934 the dam of Mister Versace (Bettors Delight) 1:56.1 6 wins $58,320. Whitbys Merit is a daughter of Ed Dewar's NZ broodmare gem Remit (Out To Win), whose descendants include Whitby Timer (Spring Run) 1:56.9 23 wins $314,899, Whitby Heritage (Maple Lanes Strike) 1:58.8 22 wins $201,758, twice Australian Broodmare of the Year Fiscal Miss (Captain Hook) 1:59.6 15 wins, Whitbys Miss Penny (Booth Hanover) 1:55.2 32 wins $568,289, Ace Of Whitby (Booth Hanover) 1:58.8 29 wins $317,289 and multiple Group 1 winning mare Ima Spicey Lombo (Pacific Fella) 1:55.1 24 wins $483,686.

6yo entire Military MaMilitaryMaster GPM06041857ster (Bettors Delight out of Mabel Fox by Million To One) was a very short priced favourite after a great return to racing in February, winning at Bunbury by nearly 18m, then two placings. Stepping out from 7, Military Master got away really nicely for driver Chris Lewis and went straight to the front. Striding out he set solid quarters for the 2536m journey, with no real challenges coming until the turn into the home straight looked to produce a challenge from Addfueltofire who was on the leaders back for the race. However, Lewis was not concerned and scooted the favourite away to win the $22,000 Skyharness M1 to M3 Pace by 9.8m for his owner breeders Allwood Stud Farm. Last quarter was run in 27.8 with a speedy mile rate 1:56.9 for the stayers journey.

Military Master is out Mabel Fox, who raced only once but is the dam of three winners from her first four live foals. She is a granddaughter 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.

EASTER CUP WELL DESERVED

(29 Mar 2018) The $50,000 Easter Cup was the main race of the night and what a good race, with a very nice horse winning for some quiet achievers. It might have been the Derby Prelude night, and some expensive and quality 3yos stepping out, but the night really belonged to the Easter Cup and a really good performance by a local horse.

With a win in January and a 2nd and two 3rds in his last 5 starts, 7yo gelding Importer Exporter (Artesian out of Kelcie Sophia by Totally Western) was really a good thing stepping off from the 20m mark, with Colin Brown happy to accept the drive vacated by others. Stepping away well, Importer Exporter wasImporterExporter GPM29031803 5th on straightening, with the top half of the field in single file. The field was spread out of 70m, with the breeze horse 40m from the front. With 2 laps to go Browny moved Importer Exporter to the moving line in the breeze and not long after, the second favourite Johnny Fox went around him to give him the one-one. With a lap to go the favourite Runrunjimmydunn moved up three wide and Importer Exporter was pocketed. The sprint was on and as runners fell back Johnny Fox hit the front with Importer Exporter right behind him. The two favourites were now leading coming into the home turn and Importer Exporter third and making a three wide run. Bettors Fire was running a great race and coming 4 wide from well back. The favourite hit the lead at the 50 but Importer Exporter was driving through and on the line it was Importer Exporter, beautifully driven, winning the $50,000 Easter Cup by a neck from Bettors Fire and Runrunjimmydunn in third, mile rate 1:59 over the 2902m. You dont have to break the speed record to make it a fantastic race. The win was well deserved for breeder, trainer and part owner Chris Winston, with Importer Exporter winning his 11th race and having career earnings of $135,972.

Importer Exporter is the first foal and first winner from  non winner Kelcie Sophia. Her unraced dam Sassy Georgia (Mattgilla Gorilla) has produced four winners including Powerful Tycoon (Powerful Toy) 11 wins $53,791, Kathleen Betty (Kenneth J) 1:57.2 $43,843 and The War Nurse (Advance Attack) 1:57.9 2 wins $24,405. Elysees Elle (French Chef) 2:01.4 7 wins $47,604, the granddam of Kelcie Sophia, 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 Ladyship Mile, Vicbred 4yo Mares and 2yo and 3yo Breeders Crown.

Another one starting from the outside of the second line and coming home with the spoils. 7yo gelding Jailbreak (Major In Art out of Our Jenev by Our Sir Vancelot) was at nearly 30/1 with the two race favourites unfavourably drawn in 7 and 8 on the front. Jailbreak settled 4th horse on the pegs in the 2536 mobile. The field was still getting organised Jailbreak GPM29031805band as they approached the turn out of the back straight the first time, Jailbreak was now only two behind the race leader on the rails. With 750 to go the race leader Northern Emperor scooted away and led by 12m. At about the 500 Jailbreak squeezed off the rails into the moving line, looking very dangerous. As they approached the turn out of the back straight Jailbreak scooted back to the rails in front of a tiring horse and was hot footing after Northern Emperor. Turning into the home straight Jailbreak raced past Northern Emperor and was moving away and went on to win the $18,000 Retravision M0 by 7.8m from Soho Leviathan who finished over Northern Emperor, mile rate 1:58.1. The win was the 9th for the Peter Kimberley owned and trained gelding, and he has now earned nearly $58,000 including over $31,000 this season.

Jailbreak was bred by Peter and other family members. Jailbreak is the second winner from the non winning mare Our Jenev who is a daughter of New Jenev (New York New York) 1:57.5 8 wins $118,200 whose wins included the 1996 2yo Fillies $75,000 State Sires Series Final. New Jenev is a half sister to two other winners and is a granddaughter of the very good racemare and prolific broodmare Omista (Renaud) whose wins included the 1971 Golden Slipper. Omista was the dam of 8 winners including Pinjarra Cup winner Mint Condition (Bengazi Hanover) 2:02.2 $96,720 and Microfiche (Captain Hook) 1:58.1 17 wins $111,434.KhunRatha GPC29031801 GP

Another great result for 7yo gelding Khun Ratha, who has found a new lease of life under his new ownership of Kristy Sheehy and Joshua Dunn. Trained by Josh and driven by the in form Shannon Suvaljko, Khun Ratha started favourite in barrier 6 and shot straight to the lead in the small field. Slowing the field down for a leisurely first half, he sprinted over the final quarters in 28.8 and 27.7 to win the C5 to C9 Happy Easter from Gloucester Park Westbred Pace by 3.9m in 1:58.6. The win was the 16th for Khun Ratha and with a best mile rate of 1:55.4 and nearly $48,000 he is having his best season. His career earnings are over $168,000.

Bred by Paul Poli, Khun Ratha is the first winner from his dam Calafia 2:06.6 8 wins $43,303. The unraced Deselle (Jefferson Admiral), the dam of Calafia, is also the dam of two other winners and is a half sister to the good winner Abdias (Surmo Hanover) 1:55 30 wins $260,771. Machtavish (Mach Three) 1:52.9 24 wins $276,823 and Callaway Bromac (McArdle) 1:56.1 20 wins $139,441 also belong to this maternal line along with Buck The Odds (Million To One) 1:55.6 31 wins $307,547, Northern Assassin (Northern Luck) 1:51.8 17 wins $153,173 and Might Be Luck (Northern Luck) 1:55 18 wins $125,384.

CROWNING WINNERS

(16 Mar 2018) It's an exciting time of year with the 2 and 3yos all coming through for some of the feature races and many talented runners on display. While there were higher stakes races on the night, there is just as much interest in the 2 and 3yo races, highlighting the talent that will be on show in years to come.

There was especially a lot of interest in 2yo filly Has No Fear (Western Terror out of Theladyisabomb by Presidential Ball), one of the five Trotsynd horses purchased from the 2017 APG Yearling Sale. Has NHasNoFear GPM16031858o Fear started favourite from barrier 1 after a very good second in the $100,000 WA Sales Classic the previous week. Leaving the barrier fast, she was able to withstand a solid challenge from second favourite Cap In Hand and hold the race lead. The two raced together for most of the race until coming into the home turn the last time Has No Fear got a length clear then withstood a late challenge from Bettor Captured to win the $18,000 2YO Fillies Western Crown over the 1730m by 1.4m in 1:58.4. With 3 wins and 2 places from 5 starts and $38,267 plus Westbred Bonuses, the $20,000 purchase price from breeders Kevin and Annette Charles looks to be well worth the money.

Theladyisabomb, the dam of Has No Fear, raced 3 times without success before going to stud and producing three winners from her first three foals. 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.EuphoricMoment GPM16031859

Well backed and starting from barrier 2, the aptly named Euphoric Moment (Mr Feelgood out of Barleys Hope by Kinney Hanover) went straight to the lead. Setting pretty decent quarters (in fact nothing over 30) Euphoric Moment led all the way and showed real grit to hold out the favourite and win the $18,000 2YO Colts and Geldings Western Crown over 1730m, winning by a half neck in a mile rate of 1:57.3 and last quarter 28.6. It was his first win from only 4 starts and owner breeders S and C Glover must now they have a very nice 2yo.

Euphoric Moment is the first foal from his dam Barleys Hope, who was a speedy mare, earning $50,126 from 6 wins and 15 places and a lifetime best of 1:56 flat. While there are not many close up winners in the family, Euphoric Moment belongs to the maternal line of some of the top pacers produced in Australia, including recent Inters contender Yayas Hot Spot (Jeremes Jet) 1:51.3 $451,392, and through Larrakeyah Lady (Windshield Wiper) - Beauty Secret (Armbro Operative) 1:52.4 $425,921, Major Secret (Art Major) 1:55.1 $464,472, Rocknroll Magic (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:54.5 $462,363 and Safe And Sound (Safely Kept) 1:57 $990,006.

Overlooking his win at GP in January (at 33/1), 9yo gelding Glow Bright (Artesian out of Bailee Renouf by Mystical Prince) was right out of the betting at nearly 50/1, with the two favourites on his outside in barriers 6 and 7. Restrained out of the barrier, Glow Bright quickly got to a good spot one out and two back with the favourite Back To The Beach left in the breeze afteGlowBright GPC160318r second favourite Red Hot Roxy used up some energy and burned to the front. A move from the back in the first lap gave Back To the Beach some cover and left Glow Bright three back in the moving line. At the 400m, Glow Bright moved three wide to make a run and was making up ground on the leaders. Coming into the home turn, Red Hot Roxy was faultering, Back To The Beach looked good three wide and Glow Bright looked very good 4 wide. In the home straight Back To The Beach hit the front but was no match for the fast finishing Glow Bright, who then held out a late dive by Auctioneers Elsu and just won the C5 to C9 Irrigation at DTS Westbred Pace by a half head with another fast finisher in Tajies Girl getting third, mile rate 1:58.3. Bred and owned by Elderbell Holdings, Glow Bright now has 16 wins, 33 places and a very tidy $175,275 in stakes.

Glow Bright is the first winner from winning mare Bailee Renouf, who is out of NZ mare Butlerish (Butler B G) 2:01.8 4 wins $21,126 who is also the dam of Artesian Queen (Artesian) 1:57.4 6 wins $43,987 and Rylee Jo (Albert Albert) 1:59.4 7 wins $53,222. Rylee Jo is the dam of Eminence Grise (Artesian) 1:56.7 7 wins $57,848 and Virgil Queen winner Sea Me Smile (Cams Fool) 1:56.4 13 wins $164,742.

In a good field of M0 mares there were several chances, and 4yo mare Rockin The Boys (Rock N Roll Heaven out of Boys Lie by Badlands Hanover) was on the third line of betting despite her awkward draw in 6. Driver Chris Lewis restrained out of the barrier and Rockin The Boys settled 3rd last in the moving line. With some action up front the lead time was fast at 36.6 and race favourite Our Jeremes Jem was still in the lead. After the field settled and the pace slackened Rockin The Boys moved RockinTheBoys GPM160318bforward three wide to settle in the breeze with 1000 to go. In the back straight the last time the early speed took its toll on the race leader and Rockin The Boys moved to the front. Running strongly she was moving further forward and raced away to win the $18,000 DTS Mares Pace by 12.8m in 1:58 over the 2130m. Only starting racing as a 3yo, it was her 10th win and with 11 places her stakes tally is now $69,691.

Bred and part owned by Debra Lewis and trained by Debra, Rockin The Boys is the first foal from Boys Lie 2:01 1 win $6,170. Hello Boys (Crouch) 1:57.5 12 wins $89,541 the dam of Boys Lie, was an classy race mare and the dam of 6 winners from 7 live foals including Kiss Chasey (Yankee Sensation) 1:55.3 16 wins $146,358, Gangbuster (Jeremes Jet) 1:58.7 4 wins $34,940 and Play The Boys (Shadow Play) 1:56.2 $69,266 including wins in a Heat and Final of the WA Sales Classic. Hello Boys 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) 1:54 33 wins $267,853 Rocknroll Whitby (Rocknroll Hanover) 11 wins $143,947 and 3 other winners, and Red Hot Date is the dam of Hot Fraternity (Art Major) 9 wins $78,412 and 3 other winners. Boom Or Bust (Kawartha Robust) 2:03 8 wins $35,997, the dam of Hello Boys, is a half sister to 6 other winners, and is out of Boom Boom Baby (Pure Steel) who in turn is a half sister to Dripping Diamonds (Maple Lanes Strike) the dam of Golden Goddess (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 29 wins $258,906 and Golden Gears (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 25 wins $336,466.

NEW EMPRESS AND 3YO SALES CLASSICS ON SHOW

(9 Mar 2018) It's Sales Classic night for the 3yos and also $50,000 Empress Stakes night with reigning queen the well performed 4yo Madame Meilland (McArdle) victorious in the Empress Stakes in a very good performance. There were 5 WA bred winners on the night including 1 girl, to add to the victory in the Empress Stakes

With a blip on his record at his last start the previous week, 7yo gelding Khun Ratha (Bettors Delight out of Calafia by Holmes Hanover) was not fancied despite his otherwise good recent record. Starting from the inside of the back row, Khun Ratha eventually settled 4 back the fence as the field  sorted. Coming to the winning post the first time favourite Major Catastrophe, who staKhunRatha GPM09031857rted in 9, made a forward move from the rear and with two laps to go had the breeze position, seemingly just the right spot for him. With the second quarter in 28.9 and the two leaders going toe to toe in the back straight the last time, the field opened up and Khun Ratha, who was now two behind the leader on the fence, was able to move out into clear running. Delaying his move slightly he rounded the home turn four wide and in 6th position. Racing down the outside he finished the best and won the $22,000 Milford Homes M1 to M3 Pace by a head from Major Catastrophe with race leader Bettor Not Knowing 2.3m further back. The mile rate was very solid at 1:57.8 for the 2536m mobile, and the last half was 57.3. The win was his 15th and he has 38 places and over stakes of $168,359. His winnings this season are over $42,000.

Bred by Paul Poli and now raced by his trainer Josh Dunn in partnership with Kristy Sheehy, Khun Ratha has been a quiet achiever, with nearly $36,000 in earnings last season. He was placed 3rd in the 2014 Westbred 3yo C/G Classic. He is the first winner from his dam Calafia 2:06.6 8 wins $43,303 in stakes. Calafia is a half sister to two other winners and is out of the unraced Deselle (Jefferson Admiral) who is a half sister to Abdias (Surmo Hanover) 1:55 30 wins $260,771. Other members of this family include Machtavish (Mach Three) 1:52.9 24 wins $276,823, Callaway Bromac (McArdle) 1:56.1 2o wins $139,441 and through a half sister to the granddam of Deselle are Buck The Odds 1:55.6 31 wins $307,547, Northern Assassin (Northern Luck) 1:51.8 17 wins $153,173 and Might Be Luck (Northern Luck) 1:55 18 wins $125,384

As short as you can be in the betting given her recent form, 3yo filly Lady De La Renta (Well Said out of Flylika Bird Lombo by Jet Laag) was unbackable as she stepped out from 5 in the $25,000 Total Home Frames 3yo Fillies Sales Classic. Waiting for a number of runners to make their intentions known, Chris VoLadyDeLaRenta GPM09031854 2ak on Lady De La Renta went forward 3 wide as they entered the home straight the first time, with Princess Major going to the lead then conceding that position to Lady De La Renta. The lead time was fast at 36.4 and they steadied over the next two quarters before heading into the final lap. Lady De La Renta continued to control the race, and moved away coming out of the back straight. She went on to a comfortable win in the $25,000 Total Homes 3yo Fillies Sales Classic by 8.7m from Princess Major, with the placegetters all having rails runs. The win was comfortable and was her second win in succession and third win from four starts with career earnings of $64,742 in stakes including just under $45,000 this season.

Bred by Kevin, Annette and Kody Charles, she is the second foal and first winner from Victorian mare Flylika Bird Lombo (Jet Laag) 1:59.8 7 wins $53,975, who is one of 11 winners from her dam Decethree Lombo (Classic Garry). Decethree Lombo's winners include 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) 1:57.4 10 wins $101,825. Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper), the Australian 3yo of the Year and later Broodmare of the Year is the granddam of Flylika Bird Lombo.

After 4 placings from 5 starts since resuming in February 3yo colt Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven out of Benjor Maddy Lombo by Perfect Art) started favourite with top driver Gary Hall Jnr on board. Starting in 3 and avoiding the early contest, Rock Me Over settled one out and one back in the moving line. The lead time was solid at 37.1 and as the field slowed for the first RockMeOver GPM09031865bquarter, there was a move from the rear with Nuclear Poker getting to the breeze and Rock Me Over now one out two back. Going into the back straight and with race leader Ooshtaa sprinting away, Rock Me Over was forced to lead up the 3 wide line and he closed in quickly on the leaders. Ooshtaa was putting in a good performance and was still 2 lengths in front coming into the home straight. Rock Me Over gradually wore him down and was in front at the 50m, then held off a good finish from Our Trump Card to win the $25,000 Milford Homes 3yo Colts and Geldings Sales Classic by a neck in 1:58.1, last quarters 28.5 and 29.6. The win was his 4th and his 15 starts also included 8 placings for stakes of $76,730.

Bred by Mike Howie, Rock Me Over is a half brother to 2017 Derby winner Handsandwheels (Mach Three) 1:56.5 10 wins $284,729 and WASBA King-Lethbridge winner Maddy White (Lombo Mandingo) 1:56.9 11 wins $110,824. Their dam Benjor Maddy Lombo was named 2016/2017 WASBA Broodmare of the Year and is a half sister to Miss Trickin Lombo and Suave Stuey Lombo. This is the Misty Maiden family, which also includes Lombo Skyrider (Panorama) 1:50 63 wins $841,611, Flylika Bird Lombo (Jet Laag) 1:59.8 7 wins $53,975 (dam of Well Said filly Lady De La Renta 1:55.1) and El Jay Lombo (Bettors Delight) the winner of 1 race and dam of Wesley (Sportswriter) 1:57.4 6 wins and $85,426).

With two recent trial wins and excellent form in stands, 6yo gelding Tommy Be Good stepped out favourite from the 30m mark in the 2503 stand. Tommy began well and quickly was in touch with the field, although still last. With two laps to go, Tommy made a foward move and the race flavour quickly changed with TommyBeGood GPM090318bother runners making their moves to either sit behind Tommy or in the case of Assassinator and Major Rush, go around Tommy to take the breeze and one one. So with a bit of cat and mouse it was second favourite Ruling Gold in the lead and Tommy Be Good now one out and two back, just perfect for him. Making another move in the back straight, Tommy Be Good moved up strongly to come after the race leader. Second coming into the home straight, Tommy Be Good was too strong and grabbed the lead in the last 50m to go on and win the $18,000 Studco Building Systems Descetionary Stand by 4.1m from Ruling Gold, with Importer Exporter flying home to be third. The win was his 15th and he now has a career tally of $152,020 which includes 16 places.

Bred by John Coffey's Patrician Park, Tommy Be Good (Jeremes Jet out of Spicks And Specks by Golden Greek) was bought for $14,000 at the 2013 WA Yearling Sale for current connections Tom Erceg and Kat Warwick. His dam Spicks and Specks has produced two other winners in Liquid Radar (Armbro Operative) 1:57 13 wins $116,033 and Niseko (Bettors Delight) 1:58.8 8 wins $45,342. Her unraced daughter Rapunzels Dream (Western Terror) 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.

Outside of the back line isnt thTrustyTrev GPM09031867 GPe worst barrier, but when you have a $1.60 in the race starting from barrier 1 it isnt that popular either. However, 9yo gelding Trustytrev (Franco Terminator out of The Link by Hilarion) and his connections were more than content, and with Nathan Turvey back on board, Trustytrev was restrained out of the barrier and quickly took up a rails position two behind the race leader and favourite Alfs Odyssey. With the leader being challenged the pace was on all the way. After a second quarter 28.7, Alfs Odyssey managed to shake off the two and three wide challengers heading into the back straight but with a gap in the field, Trustytrev was now free to pounce. Getting into the clear, he was three wide and 4th heading into the home straight and moved up to join the now leading pair of Alfs Odyssey and Free To Air as they straightened for the run home. Going to a clear lead he went on to win the $18,000 Mal and Leanne M0 by 7.5m in 1:58.3. The win was his second for the season and was a great result for owner breeders Cameron and N and L Mills and trainer Chris Feast. His career stakes are now $80,871 from 12 wins and 25 places.

The Link, the dam of Trustytrev, was a winner of 7 races and is a daughter of good racemare of the early 80s in Tahitian Dancer (Boyden Hanover) 2:00.5 $40,787. The Link is part of an old maternal line that has produced top horses of the past including leading sire Delvin Dancer (Meadow Vance) 2:02.3, Celevale Van as well as more recent winners Blissfull Guy (Blissfull Hall) 1:54.4 $120,035 and The Space Invader (Pacific Rocket) 1:51.6 $152,659.

SALES CLASSIC WINNERS TOO GOOD

(2 Mar 2018) It's Sales Classic night !!! and a combined APG and WASBA Awards night. Although we had to wait until race 5 for our success, it was worth the wait, with 2 excellent WA bred winners of the 2yo Sales Classic races and another Westbred winner on the night, to boot.

First up was the 1730m $100,000 Clipsal by Schneider Electric 2yo Fillies Sales Classic. An excellent field stepped up to the barrier with heat wSohoInterceptor GPM02031858binners Cap In Hand (Auckland Reactor) in 7 and Trotsynd filly Has No Fear (Western Terror) the sole runner on the back row in 10. Soho Interceptor (Art Major out of Aussie Made Lombo by Bettors Delight) was on the third line of betting, behind the two heat winners. However the race took on an unexpected complexion with Cap In Hand breaking on barrier rise and just missing Soho Interceptor, who was driven forward rapidly to avoid the galloping filly on her outside. Soho Interceptor raced to the lead. With the lead time very solid the field was spread out. With a slow second quarter the field closed up and favourite Has No Fear was one out one back. In the back straight the last time Has No Fear made a solid three wide move and was in second at the 400. However, Soho Interceptor looked to be able to hold the challenge and although she was tiring, Has No Fear was also doing her best and Soho Interceptor went on to win by 1.5m in a very good 1:57.6 for the 1730m journey. It was her first win from 3 lifetime starts and her stakes are now $66,906.

Bred and raced by Robert Watson, Soho Interceptor is the third foal and first winner from champion mare Aussie Made Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:55.1 22 wins $578,456. Aussie Made Lombo ran her last race in March 2013 as the winner of the $50,000 Empress Stakes. She was second in the 2012 $100,000 Mares Classic. Racing across several states she was a top class juvenile and won the 2010 $50,000 Bathurst Gold Tiara, was second in the 2010 $300,000 APG 2yo Fillies Final, won the 2010 $150,000 2yo Kay Seymour Nursery and multiple other high class performances. She is a daughter of champion mare Tailamade Lombo (Troublemaker) 49 wins $1,354,978, who won 12 Group 1s including the WA Oaks, Victorian OAks, Australian Oaks, Queensland Oaks and Ladyship Mile (twice). Tailamade Lombo was bred by incomparable WA breeder Mick Lombardo in WA.

Now for the boys. The heat winners had varying success in the barrier draw with Shock Wave (Mach Three) drawing 3, Patrickthepiranha (Four Starzzz Shark) drawing (worse than his heat) in 9 and BabyItsRockAndRoll GPM02031859face Adda (Rich And Spoilt) not much better in 8 . As a result, Shock Wave started a short priced favourite and duly went forward out of the barrier and to the lead. Several of the wide runners chose to go forward (a wise move as it turns out) and after settling it was the Colin Brown trained pair Patrickthepiranha in the breeze and stablemate Its Rock And Roll (A Rocknroll Dance out of Miss Worthy Whitby by Bettors Delight) who started from 7, in the one one. Thats how they ran until the 400 with Shock Wave setting a solid pace. Patrickthepiranha was putting pressure on Shock Wave and was almost level coming out of the back straight until the effort took its toll and Shock Wave bounded away. However, its Rock And Roll was now chasing hard and just kept going, grabbing the tiring Shock Wave on the line to win by a head, with 6m to Patrickthepiranha. The race was run at a 1:56.6 mile rate, exceptionally good for the babies. The 4th runner in the race Babyface Adda was also an extremely good run, coming from a clear last at the 400 to by only 9m behind. But nothing is better than the winner who made it $70,825 from his 2 wins and a second from 3 starts to date.

Bred by Ed Dewar, Its Rock And Roll is entirely US bred, being by A Rocknroll Dance out of Miss Worthy Whitby (Bettors Delight) 1:59.9 3 wins $40,154. He is her second foal and first winner. Miss Worthy Whitby, who was bought for $26,500 at the 2009 Victorian Yearling Sale, is a half sister to the unbeaten The Storm Inside (Rocknroll Hanover) 1:54.6 7 wins $222,845. Their dam Spirited Storm is a US mare by champion Artsplace. Spirited Storm is a granddaughter of Blue Horizon (Storm Damage), the equivalent of a Blue Hen mare in thoroughbred racing.

No less important to his connections 6yo gelding Hot Fraternity (Art Major out of Red Hot Date by Village Jasper) stepped up to the plate, at quite short HotFraternity GPM02031854bodds for his barrier 9, and with a change of tactics produced the right result. Hot Fraternity restrained out of the barrier and settled second last. With 1000 to go he moved out to lead up the three wide and was steadily making up ground on the leaders. At the 300m he was the one to be on. The breeze horse and favourite, Rockin The Boys, moved to the lead and Hot Fraternity was instantly challenging. Rounding the home turn it was still Rockin The Boys but Hot Fraternity was too strong and went on to win the $18,000 Clipsal M0 by 1.8m in a very solid 1:56.6 over the 1730m, last qtrs 28.6 and 28.4. The win was the 9th and with 16 places he has $72,127 in earnings. It was also the 2nd win along with 4 places from 10 starts this season.

Bred by Kath Rosher, A and A Sargent, P Jarvis and D Hindle, Hot Fraternity is the highest stakes earner from the four winners produced by top race mare and 2007 WASBA Breeders Stakes winner Red Hot Date 1:56.5 12 wins $99,730. Her dam Boom Or Bust (Kawartha Robust) 2:03 $35,997 was a good winner and an even better broodmare, producing 7 winners including Red Hot Date, Hello Boys (Crouch) 12 wins 17 places and $89,541, Party Date (Panorama) 1:56, 25 wins and $256,003 and 4 other winners. Hello Boys is the dam of Kiss Chasey (Yankee Sensation) 1:55.3 16 wins $146,358 and winner Boys Lie (Badlands Hanover) who coincidentally is the dam of Rockin The Boys (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:56.9 10 wins $69,991. Party Date is the dam of Bettor Party (Bettors Delight) 1:54 33 wins $267,853 Rocknroll Whitby (Rocknroll Hanover) 11 wins $143,947 and 3 other winners. Boom Or Bust is a winning half sister to 6 other winners, and is out of Boom Boom Baby (Pure Steel) who in turn is a half sister to Dripping Diamonds (Maple Lanes Strike) the dam of Golden Goddess (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 29 wins $258,906 and Golden Gears (Golden Greek) 1:56.9 25 wins $336,466.

ITS ALL ABOUT PATIENCE

(23 Feb 2018) Some excellent racing overll with McArdle mare Michelle Meilland winning The Lewis Final, and a 1:53.9 win by Chicago Bull in the Governors Cup. But not to be outdone, our WA bred horses were excellent as well.

It was a great result for 11 yr old gelding Itsallaboutnicole (Courage Under Fire out of Snookanite by Walton Hanover) who was returning to racing after an absence of 2 ½ years. With 3 trials behind him over the previous 4 weeks he was second favourite despite the long lay off. Starting from 4 he was the fastest out and comfortably got to the lead in the first 100m. With a norItsallaboutnicole GPM230218smal lead time and steady first half, he went into the last lap still looking in control. Picking up the pace in the back straight to a 28.2 qtr he was a length in front at the turn into the front straight with the field bunching but not really threatening. Stretching his lead in the run home he won the $22,000 Gong Xi Fa Cai M1 to M3 Pace under hold, mile rate 1:57.6 and last qtr 28.9. It was the 13th win for Itsallaboutnicole, including the 2009 Western Crown and Group 1 Pearl Classic, with stakes of $187,770 and 17 places along the way.

The dam of Itsallaboutnicole, the Victorian mare Snookanite, was very lightly raced but has produced 5 winners for owner breeders Kevin Keys and Robert Gaunt including Cassie Rox (Village Jasper) 2:012 17 wins $152,492 and Kurious (Sportswriter) 1:55.9 5 wins and $54,340. This is the maternal family that has produced through Princess Melody (U Scott) the Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile winner Our Maestro (Gaines Minbar) 1:56 30 wins $849,313, Sparkling Melody (Fake Left) 1:56.4 29 wins and $291,587 and 1987 Australian 3yo and Harness Horse of the Year Rufus Young Blood (Sprinkler) 1:56.7 $517,291; and through Tarcoola (Light Brigade) Trunkey Westerner (Batman) 1:59.0 $238,316, Tarcoola Frost (Raider Frost) - 2:01.2 $105,252 and local mares Alkira Jetstar (Jet Laag) 1:56.1 $162,957 and Alkiras Desire (Real Desire) 1:55.4 $60,213.

A top field of fillies stepped out in the 3yo Fillies event over the 2130m, with most of last season’s best 2yo fillies in action. Starting second favourite from 12 to Cott Beach, Lady De La Renta (Well Said out of Flylika Bird Lombo by Jet Laag) was in the two wide line as the field was finding their positions coming into the home straigLadyDeLaRenta GPM23021854ht. With the field stretched out in a 35.6 lead time, Lad De La Renta had three behind her with 1200 to go. The first half was run in even time and Lady De La Renta moved to the three wide line with 1000 to go following forward moves by other runners. After such a hard lead time the front of the field started to fall back, with those caught in the middle being shuffled back and Lady De La Renta three wide three back now in a “good” position. She rounded the home turn four wide and looking the winner and was in front at the 100m, going on to win the $18,000 On The Point Chinese Cup by 1.1m from Cott Beach who had been shuffled back to last and was making ground fast  on the outside, mile rate 1:57.5. Bred by Kevin, Annette and Kody Charles it was a good win for the in-form Lady De La Renta who has 3 wins and 1 place from 6 starts this season and $49,629 and 4 wins 2 places overall.

Lady De La Renta was purchased for $26,000 at the 2016 Yearling Sale by part owner and trainer Annie Belton. She is the second foal and first winner from Victorian mare Flylika Bird Lombo (Jet Laag) 1:59.8 7 wins $53,975. Flylika Bird Lombo is one of 11 winners from her dam Decethree Lombo (Classic Garry) and is a half sister to 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) 1:57.4 10 wins $101,825. Australian 3yo of the Year and Broodmare of the Year Misty Maiden is the granddam of Flylika Bird Lombo, making this family all the more valuable.

Stepping out in a stand for the second time in a month, it was a repeat win for 9yo gelding Major Catastrophe (Art Major out of Adda Influence by Parsons Den). Getting away steadily from the 10m line Major Catastrophe settled in the breeze initially but seeing an opportunity to lead he was in the lead after a lap. From there it was even quarters , but with 600 to go he looked under pressure. Rounding the home turn he was fighting back and showing his toughness, moved away in the last 50m to win the $20,000 Celebrate Chinese New Year at Gloucester Park by  5.8m in 2:00.4, last half  58.7. It made it win number 26 for the David Young owned and trained gelding who has also been placed 36 times. His total stakes are now $377,328 which includes the Group 2 San Simeon and 2011 Group 1 Pearl Classic. It was his second metropolitan win in a fortnight. It has been a welcome and successful return to racing for the 9yo, who only returned to the track in November after a 10 month break. His season tally is just under $49,000.

Adda Influence (Parsons Den) 2:03.4 8 wins $45,085, the dam of Major Catastrophe, is also the dam of Catastrophic Event (Art Major) 2:01.3 $54,092. Her dam Suzie Holmes (Holmes Hanover) 2:04 $7,162 is also the dam of 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.

ROXY HOT AGAIN

(16 Feb 2018) RWWA Cup night, with in form Chicago Bull successful, and the Caduceus Classic for the 3yos won by Maczaffair's little brother, Golden State, but there were 3 top wins by our WA horses as well.

Four wins out of the last six starts, including one the previous week, guaranteed that the Steve Johnson bred 4yo mare Red Hot Roxy (Somebeachsomewhere out of Gabriella Rocks by Four StarRedHotRoxy GPM160218zzz Shark) was going to be fancied in the betting. Starting favourite from 2 and getting away really well, she went straight to the front. However, there were some early challenges, making sure that she had some pressure, and the lead time was a fast 36.5. Down the back she was holding her own, as the breeze horse started to tire. This left room for Sea Cider and Lord Willoughby, both railing behind Red Hot Roxy, to move off the rails. Coming into the home straight Red Hot Roxy was clear but the challengers were coming. As they hit the finish line it was Red Hot Roxy by a head in the Tabtouch C5 to C9, from Lord Willoughby with Sea Cider a nose back in third. It was an excellent run and win by Red Hot Roxy, in a lifetime best mile rate of  1:55.9 and last qtrs. 28.3 and 28.4. The win took the lightly raced mare to just over $160,000 from 13 wins and 7 places.

Red Hot Roxy is out of the unraced Gabriella Rocks (Four Starzzz Shark), who has produced a second winnner in Princess Major (Art Major) 1:57.8 2 wins $26,888. At Melrose Place (Sokys Atom), the dam of Gabriella Rocks was also unraced and is the dam of 5 winners including Grinjaro (Grinfromeartoear) 1:55.2 17 wins $248,982 and Forty Two Grand (Armbro Operative) 1:58.3 16 wins $122,875. At Melrose Place is a half sister to five winners and as well as two very good trotters, the family has produced a number of handy winners including WA winner Talk About Mach (Mach Three) 1:56.8 $130,109 as well as champion of the past Manaroa (Morano) 1:58.1 $218,159, one of the best Australasian pacers of the early 70s.

Fancied in the betting, 4yo mare Gotta Go Gabbana (Gotta Go Cullect out of Lady Gabbana by Kinney Hanover) had the tricky barrier 5 and after initially settling one one out of the barrier, driver Chris Voak made a forward move to the breeze position outside race favourite Rockin The Boys before the field reached the wGottaGoGabanna GPC16021850binning post the first time. It turned out to be a winning move, with Gotta Go Gabbana testing the favourite throughout the next lap. In the back straight the last time she had the favourite beaten and coming into the home straight she had broken clear but was under threat from the late finishers. In the run to the line Gotta Go Gabbana fought on well to win Heat 3 of the Lewis for M2 Mares by a half neck in a solid 1:57.4, last qtrs 28.3 and 28.5. The win was her third in a row, and her fifth since returning to racing in November. She now has 7 wins and 8 places from only 22 lifetime starts and $43,570.

Bred and owned by Colin and Annie and trained by Annie, Gotta Go Gabbana is the first foal out of Lady Gabbana (Kinney Hanover) 2:02 $58,461. Lady Gabbana was a $6,000 purchase by the Belton's at the 2007 Gloucester Standardbreds Yearling Sale. Her dam Whitbys Beachbabe (Beach Towel) 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) the dam of Paid Twice (Blissfull Hall) 1:55.9 8 wins $70,243. The granddam of Whitbys Beachbabe is Appro Bay (Scottish Bret) the dam Bow And Arrow (Afella Rainbow) 1:58 15 wins $96,179 and Ann Of Whitby (Adios Vic) 2:00.7 13 wins $51,995 and granddam of Express Fire (Shipps Scorch) 1:54.8 $212,177. Ann Of Whitby is the dam of 5 winners including Henry Te Whitby (Crouch) 1:57.9 9 wins $128,415 and Commander Whitby (Crouch) 1:57 12 wins $57,710.

With his last win in August 2017 9yo entire Say It Now (Bettors Delight out of Promising Gift by Bright As Day), was 22/1 in the betting and barrier 6 didnt help. Not to be deterred, driver Chris Voak dropped out at the start but moved around the outside after 100m to be sitting in the breeze before the winners post the first time. With Say It Now running keenly, the race was being run in good time. In the back straight the last time Say It Now was running a very strong race and coming into the home turn he was the leader. Running to the finish Say It Now, who was bred by Kevin and Kody Charles a trained by Kevin, drew clear of the field and went on to win the $20,000 M0 to M2 Tabradio Pace by 5.2m from the Kody Charles trained Racy Lacy, mile rate 1:57.1. The win took Say It Now to $232,320 from 20 wins and 22 places. His biggest win was the 2012 $30,000 Country Derby.

Say It Now is one of 4 winners from his dam Promising Gift 2:02.7 $25,812, including Looks Promising (Modern Art) 1:54.7 13 wins and $82,769 and Bettors Gift (Bettors Delight) 5 wins and $29,497.  The granddam of Promising Gift is a half sister to Inter Dominion winner Preux Chevalier (Lumber Dream) 1:54.3 40 wins $791,331. His dam Heather Frost (Thurber Frost) is very closely related to Mary Gale (Armbro Hurricane) the granddam of Austrialian 3yo Filly of the Year and later Australian Broodmare of the Year Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper), dam of Lombo Pocket Watch (Jet Laag), the only 2yo ever to win Australian 2yo of the Year and Australian Pacer of the Year.

WE ARENT DAINTY TONIGHT

(9 Feb 2018) Another good night for the girls, with 3 winners, all WA bred, plus another two wins by our WA bred horses. And a new breeder takes out the Group 2!

With 4 wins and 4 places since resuming 4yo mare Red Hot Roxy (Somebeachsomewhere out of Gabriella Rocks by Four Starzzz SRedHotRoxy GPM090218hark) was a short priced favourite. She began brilliantly from 3 and had crossed over to the lead in the first 100m. From there on it was a case of follow the leader. Bettor Boa made a fast move three wide in the back straight to be the only challenger to Red Hot Roxy, and although she ran a tremendous race she wasn’t able to get over Red Hot Roxy who went on to win the $18,000 Mares M0-M1 by 2.8m in 1:58.2, last half 56.8.

A $24,000 Sales graduate bred by Steve Johnson and owned by Pacing WA and clients of trainer Kat Warwick, Red Hot Roxy has now won $155,082 from 12 wins and 7 places from only 23 lifetime starts. Red Hot Roxy is the first foal from the unraced Gabriella Rocks (Four Starzzz Shark), who has also produced promising filly Princess Major (Art Major) 1:57.8 2 wins $26,888. Gabriella Rocks is a half sister to five winners including Forty Two Grand (Armbro Operative) 1:58.3 16 wins $122,875 and Grinjaro (Grinfromeartoear) 1:55.2 17 wins $248,982. This is the family that also produced WA winner Talk About Mach (Mach Three) 1:56.8 $130,109 as well as champion of the past Manaroa (Morano) 1:58.1 $218,159.

With such a good field of 3yo fillies stepping out in the $50,000 Daintys Daughter Classic, punters obviously overlooked the recent form of last start winner Slick Artist (Art Major out of Slick Bird by Bettors Delight). Starting from 2 on the second row probably didn’t help, but with Cott Beach showing blistering speed out of the barrier the field was spread out and Gary Hall Jnr on Slick Artist was able to roll forward and get a rails position three back the pegs behind Cott Beach and Infinite Symbol. With the pace right on, and many mid race moves, race caller Richie Bell noted that Slick Artist had had a “soft run”. Coming off the back after setting such a hard pace, Cott Beach was in trouble and being tackled by Infinite Symbol, leaving a handy gap for Slick Artist to move out three wide and challenge as they entered the  home straight. At the 50m Slick Artist had the race won, with the final margin 3.2m last half 58.9 and mile rate 1:56.4 set up in the first half of the race. Bred by Beth Richardson, Karen Hall, G Ralston and Perth Racing's Neil Pinner, Slick Artist now has 3 wins including a Group 2 win and 2 places from her 9 starts.

Slick Artist is the first foal out of good winner Slick Bird (Bettors Delight) 1:55.7 10 wins $89,999. Slick Bird is a full sister to Smokin Bird 1:55.1 10 wins $96,112 and a half sister to High Courage (Courage Under Fire) 1:53.4 18 wins $142,814 (also trained by Gary Snr) and Whos Escaped (Artiscape) 1:52.7 11 wins $127,377. The granddam of Slick Bird is Donna Who (Golden Greek) 1:57.1 $244,668 whose dam Girl Called Destiny (Fast Knight) 1:59.8 $58,415 is a full sister to the dam of sire It Is I (Golden Greek) 1:56.4 $208,575 and La Speranza (Whats Next) 1:59, $155,828 who in turn is the dam of Group 1 winner Armida (Safely Kept) 1:59.1 $159,285MajorCatastrophe GPM09021858b.

In good form with recent placings including a last start second in the Northam Cup, 9yo gelding Major Catastrophe (Art Major out of Adda Influence by Parsons Den) started favourite from barrier 1 but didn’t quite have the speed out of the stand to hold the lead and was crossed, only to then go around the race leader to take over the race. Bred, owned and trained by David Young, that was likely to be the end result and true to form, Major Catastrophe led throughout and although slightly challenged coming out of the back straight, went on to win the $20,000 Princi Butchers M1 and better stand by 5.6m in a mile rate of 2:00.7, last qtrs. 28.5 and 28.4. The win took his stakes to a super $361,890 from 25 wins and 35 places. Major Catastrophe had a 10 month break from the track before resuming racing in November 2017 and has since won just under $34,000.

Adda Influence (Parsons Den) 2:03.4 8 wins $45,085, the dam of Major Catastrophe, is also the dam of one other winner and is a half sister to Midnight Chill (Chill Factor) 1:59.6, 13 wins and 20 places $76,173. The granddam of Adda Influence is a half sister to the unraced Excuse Me (Bachelor Hanover), one of the noteworthy dams of the current era. Through different daughters of Excuse Me we have 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. Nice family!.

It has been a long time between wins for the 2016 $100,000 3YO Westbred Colts and Geldings Classic winner New World Order (Rich And Spoilt out of Loose Lips by Orange Sovereign), even though he has run some excellent placings. On the back of recent form the 5yo gelding started favourite in the small field and settled about 20m last from his barrier 7 start. With 1000 to go New World Order made his move 3 wide and steadily moved up to be level with the race leader at the 300. Coming into the home straight New World Order had reached the lead and was drawing clear. A late fright from the fast finishing Destined To Rule was too late and New World Order won the C5 to C9 Garrards Horse & Hound Pace by a head in 1:58.8, last qtrs. 28.3 and 28.9. The win was his 11th and with 19 places he has just over $173,000 in stakes.

Bred by Highlight Lodge, New World Order is one of six winners produced by his dam Loose Lips with her other winners including full brother to New World Order in Shipwreck 1:52.2 19 wins and $279,198. The dam of Loose Lips is the prolific broodmare Ada Trunkey (Massie) who was born in NZ and brought to Australia as a weanling. Ada Trunkey produced 19 foals of which 15 raced for 10 winners including Miss Scoot Along (W R H) 1:56.7 10 wins $50,294. Miss Scoot Along is the dam of Jennas Speedster (Jennas Beach Boy) 13 wins $103,714, Light Of My Life (Day In A Life) 1:59.5 10 wins $69,071, Allthewaytothebank (Rich And Spoilt) 1:57 9 wins $56,772 and Royal Mews (Royal Mattjesty) the dam of Glenferrie Arch (Major In Art) 1:56.6 7 wins $67,938.

Following two wins at Pinjarra in January and with the prized barrier 1, our final winner on the night in 7yo mare Mon Lillies (Artesian out of Mon Poppies by Safely Kept) was a good option in the race. With young Kyle Harper on board Mon Lillies was driven out hard from the barrier to hold the lead from race favourite Better B Chevron. Having got the lead there was no reason to keep the speed up and the lead time and first quarter dropped to a sedate pace. The pace picked up to a 28.2 3rd quarter with the two favourites still running one-two. Mon Lillies still had the lead rounding the home turn and despite a valiant effort from Better B Chevron and a good run by the three wide Madame Meilland, they couldn’t get to Mon Lillies and she won Heat 2 of The Lewis by a head in 1:58.9, last qtr 28.2. It made 14 career wins for Mon Lillies and the third win in 4 starts. Along with 21 places she has won just over $120,000 for her career.

Bred by Dale and D Monson, Mon Lillies is unfortunately the only foal from her dam Mon Poppies (Safely Kept) 1:57.7 10 wins 88,350. Lombo Serang (Whats Next) the unraced granddam of Mon Poppies, was also the dam of Silknsatin Lombo (Northern Lights) 2:00.3 $24,785 and Boschetti Lombo (Chandon) 2:02.3 $21,655 the dam of Lady Julie Lombo (Million To One) 1:59.3 11 wins $89,499. Lady Julie Lombo is the dam of Fours Enuf Tas (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:55.2 25 wins $150,973, Lombo Ranmiles (Saab) 1:52.0 20 wins $135,803 and Magic Moment Lombo (Lombo Pocket Watch) 1:57.4 11 wins $84,182. The dam of Lombo Serang is Rosewood Pace (Mark Lobell) who is the dam of 10 winners including Hy Falutin (Troublemaker) 1:55.9, 18 wins  $135,833 and also the great granddam of Natural Disaster (Shadow Play) 1:55.5 10 wins $122,814.

LADIES NIGHT OUT

(2 Feb 2018) The Lord Mayors Cup was won by Chicago Bull and an excellent night for the girls and 4 WA bred winners overall to start off the last month of summer.

Having run second the previous week and with several highly fancied starters in the race, 3yo filly and Group 1 placegetter Lady De La Renta (Well Said out of Flylika Bird Lombo by Jet Laag) was well out in the betting for the $20,000 Worldwide Osborne Park 3YO Pace, no doubt made worse by the 8 barrier. However, punters obviously overlooked her good trial and recent form. Pressing forward out of the barrier, Lady De La Renta settled quickly in the breeze position with the favourite Speed Man leading and the pace very slow. The first and second quarters were also moderate but the speed quickened to 28.5 in the third with Speed Man still leading and the second favourite Bechers Brook one out one back sitting on Lady De La Renta. A move from the back flushed out Bechers Brook who made a fast move three wide to be just off the two leaders coming out of the back straight. As luck (or bad luck depending on your point of view) would have it, the favourite Speed Man broke on the home turn, and although he got back into stride quickly, he was  now out of contention for the win. Bechers Brook was tackling the new leader Lady De La Renta but showing great strength, Lady De La Renta held off Bechers Brook to win the 2130m event by 1.3m, with Speed Man recovering to run third, last quarter 27.5 and mile rate 1:59.3. Bred by Kevin, Annette and Kody Charles, the win was her third from only 7 starts including a 2nd in the 2YO Fillies Sales Classic. She went 1:55.1 to win at her first race start.

Lady De La Renta is the first winner from her Victorian dam Flylika Bird Lombo (Jet Laag) 1:59.8 who won 7 races. Decethree Lombo (Classic Garry) the dam of Flylika Bird Lombo, produced 11 winners all up, quite phenomenal, 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) 1:57.4 10 wins $101,825. This is the family of the great race filly and broodmare Misty Maiden, the dam of Decethree Lombo.

Starting 2nd favourite from 2, 8yo mare Tajies Girl (Blissfull Hall out of Classic Rendezvous by Classic Garry) was driven out hard from the barrier to take the lead and beat the early challenge from Mon Lillies. Slowing right down for the first quarter and an even second quarter, Taijes Girl still looked to be comfortabe in the front and coming off the back after a 28.3 3rd quarter she was holding the field at bay and went on to win Heat 1 of the Lewis for M2 Mares by 2.9m  in 1:59.1, last qtr 28.2. Bred by Stephen Woodcock, it was the 14th win for Tajies Girl for $108,902 and she also has 22 places.

Tajies Girl is one of three winners from her dam Classic Rendezvous, including Lord Matao (Master Matao) 1:59.4 8 wins $65,040.Classic Rendezvous is a granddaughter of Sans Pareil (Lock Up) the dam of 11 winners including Swishinon (Most Chance) 1:56.3 30 wins $154,379, Part Of Glory (Keystone Scotch) 2:00.2 18 wins $156,155 and Classic Cathy (Classic Garry) 2:04.9 $3,763 the dam of Real Hammer (Real Desire) 1:55.3 13 wins $106,572 and 6 other winners

After a win a fortnight earlier, 5yo gelding Brotha Ofa Gangsta (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Stephanie Rose by Northern Lights) was at the good odds of 5/1 in the betting. Starting from 4 over the 2130m event, the lead time was slow with the favourite from 3  going straight to the leaders position and Brotha Ofa Gangsta in the breeze. The 3 wide line started early and the field was packed up with a lap to go. In the back straight the last time Brotha Ofa Gangsta moved up outside the leader and it was head to head in a 28.1 3rd qtr. Coming out of the bend for the run home it was a real tussle with Brotha Ofa Gangsta just stronger on the line to win the $20,000 Worldwide East Perth M0 to M2 Pace by a head in 1:59.2, last qtr 28.1. This was the 5th win for the season and the 12th overall, and along with 15 places his stakes are just under $84,000.

Bred by Steve Johnson, Brotha Ofa Gangsta is out of the unraced mare Stephanie Rose and is a half brother to two other winners including including 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) 1:51.4 $177,988. 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 Julie Vance (Vance Hanover) the dam of 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, tShardons Rocket 1:54 $615,855, Christopher Vance (Vance Hanover) 1:54.6 $1,747,167, Maczaffair (Mach Three) 1:55.4 $347,898 and Golden State (Big Jim) 1:57.4 $123,990. Quite a line up.!

Lightly raced 5yo mare Alkiras Desire (Real Desire out of Alkira Jet by Jet Laag) broke her M0 status with an excellent win in the $18,000 Worldwide West Perth Mares Pace over 2130m. Bred by Neville, Mary and Vanessa Brockman, trained by Vanessa and part owned by Neville, Alkiras Desire started in 4 and was eased back at the start to settle one out and 4 back. With the field led by Sea Me Smile in a slow lead time and first quarter, it looked like it was going to be leader bias. Going into the back straight the last time, Alkiras Desire followed a three wide move and was forced wider at the 400 but was only 3 lengths from the lead in a 28.7 third quarter. Coming into the home turn 4 wide, it appeared that Sea Me Smile might hold her out. Straightening up the chase was on and Alkiras Desire thundered home and burst to the front with 30m to go and came away to win by 1.7m in 1:58.9, last qtr 28.2. The win was her 8th from only 23 starts that included 9 places and $60,033. Alkiras Desire has a lifetime best of 1:55.4 and is the winner of the 2017 WASBA King Lethbridge Memorial.

Alkira Jet (Jet Laag) 1:59.1 $134,835 the dam of Alkiras Desire, was a top flight race mare retiring as an M6 mare with her wins including the $30,000 Harvey Cup. She is the dam of 2 winners from 3 foals of racing age, including Hotshot Hall (Blissfull Hall) 1:56.7 7 wins $37,514. Alkira Jet is a full sister to Alkira Jetstar 1:56.1 15 wins $162,957. Their dam Alkira Star (Resonator) 2:00.7 $10,550 is a granddaughter of Fireball Trunkey (Massie). This is another family with extensive winners including North Toa Luckstar (Northern Luck) 1:57 18 wins $175,707.

AUSTRALIA DAY FIREWORKS

(27 Jan 2018) It was the Australia Day meeting (just a day late) and Maczaffair won Im Themightyquinn Final 1:55.9 by 4.8m after starting 2nd favourite and stepping out from barrier 2 and leading, last qtrs 27.5 and 27.8. Brilliant effort from this 4yo mare whose stakes are now close to $350,000. My Hard Copy also topped up his million dollar stakes by winning the Ray Duffy Memorial. But the night definitely belonged to our WA bred horses.

A lifetime best after good second in his heat to Talktomeyourmattjesty. 6yo gelding Argyle Red (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Dekker Diamond by Iraklis) zoomed out from 5 in the 1730m speed finale and raced to the front, missing all the action behind him which left several runners with reduced chances including the favourite Cut For An Ace who galloped out of contention. Second favourite Talktomeyourmattjesty raced forward to try to grab the lead from Argyle Red, but was unsuccessful, leaving him in the breeze in a 27.6 first quarter. The tough Major Catastrophe started the third line with a lap to go, and at the 400 had to make a 4 wide move but was making up ground on the leaders. Coming around the home turn Argyle Red had the lead and the inside running, with Talktomeyourmattjesty, Handsandwheels and the dogged Major Catastrophe trying their best to catch him. However, driver Morgan Woodley never looked worried and Argyle Red went on to win the Group 2 $50,000 Nights Of Thunder by 6.3m in a lifetime best of 1:54.2, last quarter 28.9. Bred and owned by Robert and Ann MacDonald and trained by Rob, the win brought up $155,979 from 14 wins and 23 places.

Dekker Diamond, the dam of Argyle Red, was a metropolitan winner with 8 wins an $63,249 for her career. She is also a 100% producer, with her only 3 foals of racing age all being winners including Davinci Diamond (Artiscape) 1:56.2 7 wins $50,652. Dekker Diamond is a half sister to 2 winners including Bring On De Beers (Kinney Hanover) 1:58.1 $32,374. Her 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 and 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. This is also the family of Mon Poppies (Safely Kept) 1:57.7 10 wins $88,350, Mon Lillies (Artesian) 1:54.7 13 wins $115,067, Real Smooth Lombo (Parsons Den) 1:58.2 13 wins $94,619, Lady Julie Lombo (Million To One) 1:59.3 11 wins $89,499, Lombo Ranmiles (Saab) 1:52.0 20 wins $129,014, Magic Moment Lombo (Lombo Pocket Watch) 1:57.4 11 wins $84,182 and Fours Enuf Tas (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:55.2 24 wins $148,467.

Rated one of the better chances and from the inside of the 10m line, stand specialist Importer Exporter (Artesian out of Kelcie Sophia by Totally Western) was a little roughly away but quickly got into his gait and settled straight onto the back of the race leader. The favourite Three Blind Mice was in the breeze and backmarker Tommy Be Good was one out one back after very quickly  making up his 30m handicap. The field remained as is until the back straight the final time when Three Blind Mice took over as race leader, with Chris Lewis on Importer Exporter moving off the rails and Tommy Be Good now three wide, both horses ready to tackle the favourite. Entering the home straight it was the 7yo gelding Importer Exporter who grabbed the lead at the 100m and went on to win the $20,000 Westside Auto Wholesale Discretionary Stand.

Bred and part owned and trained by Chris Winston, Importer Exporter now has $100,203 10 wins 15 places.

Importer Exporter is the first foal and first winner from  Kelcie Sophia. Her dam Sassy Georgia (Mattgilla Gorilla) has produced four winners including Powerful Tycoon (Powerful Toy) 11 wins $53,791, Kathleen Betty (Kenneth J) 1:57.2 $43,843 and The War Nurse (Advance Attack) 1:57.9 2 wins $25,002. 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 Ladyship Mile, Vicbred 4yo Mares and 2yo and 3yo Breeders Crown.

After a 2nd at Northam to very nice filly Infinite Symbol at her previous start, 3yo filly Slick Artist (Art Major out of Slick Bird by Bettors Delight) starter favourite from barrier 2 in the 3yo Fillies event and coming out solidly went straight to the front. After the field settled she was holding the lead with second favourite Lady De La Renta in the one out one back. After a slow first quarter there were plenty of moves in the home straight with Lady De La Renta moving out three wide to the breeze to avoid the pocket. Headed with a lap to go, Stewie McDonald on Slick Artist picked up the pace and it was a battle in two with Slick Artist running 28.2 for the third quarter and coming into the home straight a length in front. Running to the finish with just the two fillies in contention, Slick Artist was tiring but just held on to win from  the Gannons Pacing Colours 3yo Fillies Pace by a half head in 1:58.8, last qtr 28.6. This was her second win from 8 starts.

Bred by Beth Richardson, Karen Hall, G Ralston and Perth Racing's Neil Pinner, Slick Artist is out of the Gary Hall trained Slick Bird (Bettors Delight) 1:55.7 who finished her career with 10 wins and just shy of $90,000. Slick Artist is her first foal. Slick Byrd is out of the Falcon Seelster mare Whos The Byrd and is a full sister to Smokin Bird 1:55.1 10 wins $96,112 and a half sister to High Courage (Courage Under Fire) 1:53.4 18 wins $142,814 (also trained by Gary Snr) and Whos Escaped (Artiscape) 1:52.7 11 wins $127,377.

WA SUCCESS ON PACING CUP NIGHT

(19 Jan 2018) Sparks were flying early on Nights of Thunder Heat Night, the lead up events for the $450,000 WA Pacing Cup which was won in convincing style by WA owned Soho Tribeca, in a dazzling 1:56.9 over the marathon 2936m, last quarters 27.5 and 27.9. What a great result for WA owner Robert Watson who has invested heavily in breeding and racing, both in WA and elsewhere.

Following an excellent win the previous week, 5yo gelding Abraxas Blues (Santanna Blue Chip out of Apache Kitten by Badlands Hanover) stepped out from barrier 2 in Heat 2 of the Nights of Thunder, with regular driver (and previous trainer) Kim Prentice on board. Starting second favourite, Abraxas Blues was beaten for early speed and settled behind the early leader and San Simeon winner Aussie Delight. The first quarter was run in 27.9 and the speed was on all the way. Coming out of the back straight the breeze horse Americanbootscoota started to tire, leaving room for Abraxas Blues to come off the rails and make a run. Coming into the home straight Abraxas Blues was doing best and raced to the lead with 90m and withstood a challenge from the fast finishing Real Lucky to win the $22,000 Heat 2 of the Nights of Thunder by a head in a lifetime best mile rate of 1:53.8.

The win was the second for new trainer Bryan Cousins and took Abraxas Blues to $106,931 from 11 wins and 19 places. Abraxas Blues was bred by Deb Prentice, Mark Conlan, P Kennedy, G Chappell and C Berryman. He is the first winner of only three foals from Apache Kitten whose racing career consisted of only two starts including a 5th in the 2009 Diamond Classic.

Starting third favourite after a good 3rd the previous week, 9yo gelding El Machine (Elsu out of Fashion Statement by New York Motoring) eased out of the barrier from 4 but with no real speed early, he landed the one out one back position. With the stablemate in front but pulling hard, El Machine was in the prime position to go forward. Driver Chris Voak moved El Machine 3 wide at the 400m and coming to the home turn he joined the two leaders and on straightening he raced away to win Heat 2 of the Im Themightyquinn by 7.9m, mile rate 1:58.2 and last quarter 28.6. It was his first win since February 2016 when he was a good winner of the Group 2 $50,000 RWWA Cup and took his tally to 22 wins and 20 places for $260,892.

Bred by Ian Davie, El Machine is the fourth foal and fourth winner from the lightly raced Fashion Statement, who now has five winners from 6 foals of racing age. El Machine was a $5,000 purchase at the 2010 WA Yearling Sale and his wins include the Village Kid Sprint at Northam, and the Manea Classic at Bunbury.

After some good placings at his previous three starts, 4yo gelding Kerrin Joseph (Somebeachsomewhere out of Like A Dame by Golden Greek) started favourite from barrier 1 in the $18,000 MO The Sports Daily Pace. Stepping off well from the barrier, he was unable to hold out Nothingbutadream who sizzled out and quickly had the rails. With a good gap between the first two and the field, the Kerrin Joseph scooted around Nothingbutadream, who was happy to take the trail behind the Chris Lewis driven race favourite. With the race run at a steady pace and the second favourite in the breeze, Kerrin Joseph controlled the race and without looking in real danger he went on to win by 1.9m in 1:57.1, last quarters 28.2 and 29.2. The win was the 8th for the half brother to David Hercules (Artesian) 1:52.7 39 wins $1,263,159. Along with 5 places the Steve Johnson bred Kerrin Joseph now has stakes just under $53,000.

The dam Like A Dame has a 100% record with 7 foals of racing age for 7 winners, including Hugh Victor (Artesian) 1:54.9 13 wins $133,919. Hold Tight (Embrace Me), the unraced dam of Like A Dame, is also the dam of Go By Jet (Whats Next) 20 wins and $91,746, Fake Embrace (Fake Left) 1:53.4 37 wins $240,249, and non winners Hotniten Georgia (Albert Albert) and Endless Journey (Die Laughing). 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.

Starting equal second favourite in a fairly open race 5yo gelding Brotha Ofa Gangsta (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Stephanie Rose by Northern Lights) moved forward out of the barrier and with the favourite from 1 racing to the lead, Brotha Ofa Gangsta settled in the breeze. The leading pair were still there at the 400 with the run to the finish a real fight between these two, with Brotha Ofa Gansta just too strong and grabbing the spoils on the line in the $18,000 Download the Tabtouch App Today M0, running 1:58.1 and last quarters 28.6 and 28.8. The win was the 11th for the Steve Johnson bred Brotha Ofa Gangsta and along with 15 places his earnings are in excess of $71,000. It was also a double in consecutive races for breeder Steve Johnson.

Stephanie Rose, the unraced dam of Brotha Ofa Gangsta, is the dam of three winners including Arts Gangsta (Modern Art) 1:57.1 11 wins $66,827. Stephanie Rose is part of the Miranda Bay family, an extensive family that has produced innumerable top class winners. 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) 1:51.4 $177,988. Foys Folly (Tay Bridge), the dam of Stephanie Rose and Jodi Vance, is a half sister to Miranda Belle (Meadow Al), Miranda Lass (Gentry) and Miranda Star (Gentry). Miranda Belle is the granddam of good winner Julie Vance (Vance Hanover) the dam of Knight Vance (Tuapeka Knight) 1:53.1 $311,451 and Precious Dylan ( Precious Bunny) 1:56.3 $349,588. Miranda Lass is the granddam of Shardons Aflyin (Sands A Flyin) 1:57.4 $500,651 and Shardons Way (Paysons Brother) the dam of Shardons Rocket 1:54 $615,855. Miranda Star is the dam of Disco Girl (Berry Hanover), the dam of Christopher Vance (Vance Hanover) 1:54.6 $1,747,167 and Missy Lou (Smooth Fella). Bringing the family up to date, Maczaffair (Mach Three) 1:55.4 $347,898 and Golden State (Big Jim) 1:57.4 $123,990 are out of Presidential Affair (Presidential Ball), a granddaughter of Missy Lou. This is a fabulous family with numerous other high end earners.

Starting from 5 and staying out of the early tempo with the horses from barriers 1, 2 and 4 settling on the rails, 7yo gelding Real Zeal (Real Desire out of Rich Date by Rich And Spoilt) was driven forward beautifully by Chris Voak to settle in the one out one back. The lead time was fast at 36.2 and with the leaders slowing in the first quarter there was an attack by Khun Ratha on the leading pair, putting Real Zeal back to one out and two back. Real Zeal was travelling well in the back straight and made a three wide move at the 400. Rounding the home turn 3 wide, Real Zeal hit the front at the 100 and withstood a strong challenge from Auctioneers Elsu to win the Tabtouch Westbred C5 to C9 Pace by 2.7m in 1:57.9, last quarters 28.9 and 28.8. The win was the 10th for Real Zeal who also won in December, and took his stakes to just over $93,000 from his 10 wins and 22 places.

Real Zeal is the first of three winners from his 100% producing dam Rich Date 2:01.1 $13,750. who is also the dam of Archie Rich (Courage Under Fire) 1:55.8 $27,857. My Sweet Flame (My Handsome Fella) 2:00.3 12 wins $42,905 is also the dam of Rich Date's full sister the unraced My Sweet Adda, who is the dam of Blacknsweet Adda (Sutter Hanover) 1:55.2 21 wins $199,367. The granddam of My Sweet Flame is a half sister to Rich Sister (Richmond) who is the dam of good race mare and top notch broodmare Miss Paula (Tompkins Hanover) 1:59.5 $159,395. Miss Paula is the dam of 10 winners including Australina 2yo of the Year Greg Kelly (Presidential Ball) 1:56.4 $345,150, McRaes Mate (Albert Albert)1:51.8 $482,053,1:57.2 Albert Kelly (Albert Albert) $322,320 and Macca Kelly (Mach Three) 1:51.1 $293,132. One of the least successful race winners out of Miss Paula was Jackie Kelly (Albert Albert) 2:01.6 3 wins $6,500, the dam of millionaire Frith (Modern Art) 1:50.1 $1,180,345. 

FREMANTLE CUP NIGHT

(12 Jan 2018) Fremantle Cup night and what a race! It also produced a top effort from Maczaffair to win her second consecutive race in an open age group, this time by nearly 17m. 3yo filly Miss Sangrial vindicated her supporters with a win in a $18,000 3CO and better. The Cup itself was an unbelievable race by two champion horses, with Lazarus putting up a herculean effort three wide all the way to run second to the swooper and 53/1 outsider My Hard Copy. One of the most gallant performances ever. Not to be outdone our WA bred horses won three races on this special night.

Recently transferred to the stables of Bryan Cousins, 5yo gelding Abraxas Blues (Santanna Blue Chip out of Apache Kitten by Badlands Hanover) started from the outside of the front line and with the speed really on at barrier rise, driver Kim Prentice took the wise decision to restrain Abraxas Blues to be last into the first turn. After the field settled into a slower first quarter, Abraxas Blues made a forward move three wide at the 1200m and was running 5th with 800 to go. In the back straight Abraxas Blues had made up good ground out three wide and was now running third, ready to pounce on the leading pair. Not long after the breeze horse Major Catastrophe hit the front, Abraxas Blues challenged for the lead and at the 400m was in front. However, Major Catastrophe was fighting back on the inside and there was a challenge on the outside to make it three in line on the corner. Showing his strength, Abraxas Blues fought it out all the way and went on to win the $22,000 Retravision Air Conditioning Pace for M1 to M3 by 1.2m from Major Catastrophe. The win was the 10th for Abraxas Blues and along with 19 places he has nearly $94,000 in stakes.

 Abraxas Blues was bred by Deb Prentice, Mark Conlan, P Kennedy, G Chappell and C Berryman. He is the first foal from Apache Kitten (dec) who had a very short racing career of two starts - 2nd in a heat of the Diamond and 5th in the 2009 final. Her unraced dam Silk Lining (In The Pocket) is a half sister to Badlands Chief (Badlands Hanover) 1:59.6 14 wins $73,310 in stakes and a full sister to Styx Mistress, the dam of Wrinkle Knutt (Safely Kept) 1:59.9 15 wins $107,188.

After a year away from the winners circle, it was a great result for owner breeder John Bell with 6yo gelding Master Jaxon (by Cams Fool out of Kenzie May Belle by Orleans) saluting the judge after a run of outs. Starting from barrier 6, and going forward from the barrier, driver Colin Brown had Master Jaxon in the breeze position after entering the home straight the first time. With a slow lead time and steady first and second quarters, Master Jaxon was comfortably sitting outside the race leader and favourite Dredlock Rockstar. Speeding up to a 28 second third quarter, Master Jaxon had levelled up with the race leader. Coming to the turn Dredlock Rockstar just held the lead but Master Jaxon looked to have his measure with the only question being whether he could hold out a late challenge from A Bit Ruthless who found room on the inside of a shifting Dredlock Rockstar. Master Jaxon went to the lead and went on to win Heat 2 of the Im Themightyquinn for M2 class by 1.6m from A Bit Ruthless, with the last quarter 28.5 and the mile rate 1:58.1. With 20 wins and 13 places he now has $148,637 in stakes from 20 wins (including the 2016 $50,000 Group 2 San Simeon Classic) and 13 places.

Both Master Jaxon and his dam Kenzie May Belle were sired by a WA based sire. Kenzie May Belle had 7 starts for 4 places, and is a half sister to Danieljohn (Blissfull Hall) 1:56.1, 27 wins and $274,152. Danieljohn's wins including Harvey Cup and Italian Sprint, and the 2015 XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Boulder Pacing Cup and the 2013 $50,000 San Simeon! Kenzie May Belle is a daughter of Aussie Evita (Armbro Aussie) 2:01.8 8 wins $17,975 and a sister to one other winner. Orleans 1:58 $97,309 was a quality race horse winning several metropolitan races and the Sales Classic. He is by champion sire Classic Garry and is a son of a half sister to Australian champion filly and Australian Broodmare of the Year Misty Maiden.

After a challenging Inter Dominion series amongst the best horses in Australasia, it was back to normal for 7yo gelding Tanaka Eagle (Elsu out of Miss Tanaka by Badlands Hanover) who started from 6 on the front in the Retravision Your Fujitsu Specialist Pace for C5 to C9. Restraining out of the barrier driver Mitch Miller had Tanaka Eagle last on settling, but only one out and 3 back. Following a change in the leaders role with a mile to go, Tanaka Eagle improved to be one out and two back and going into the back straight the last time and with a faster 3rd quarter, Tanaka Eagle was on the steel. At the 400 Tanaka Eagle moved up three wide and was four wide and making a solid run coming out of the back straight the last time. Coming around the home turn he looked the likely winner and grabbed the lead at the 50m to go on and win the C5 to C9 by 2.5m in 1:59, last qtr 28.8. The win was a welcome change of luck for owner trainer Reg Phillips, with Tanaka Eagle now up to stakes of nearly $190,000 from 19 wins and 36 places.

Bred by Total Strategy Pty Ltd, Tanaka Eagle is the first foal out of the unraced Miss Tanaka who is a half sister to Lockinver (Mach Three) 1:52.2 22 wins $272,135. Electrify (Holmes Hanover), the granddam of Tanaka Eagle, is a half sister to Dreamy Atom (Sokys Atom) who in turn is the dam of Tisadream (Bettors Delight) 1:56.5 8 wins $65,824, Western Dream (Badlands Hanover) 1:56.3 14 wins $334,987, Happy Dreamer (Son Of Afella) and Dream Royale (Beach Towel) 1:53.6 22 wins $145,068. Happy Dreamer is the granddam of Heza Bromac (Rob Roy Mattgregor) 1:52.1; Western Dream is the dam of WA Derby winner Western Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:55.6 19 wins $447,536; and Dream Royale is the dam of Soho Lennon (Mach Three) 1:51.0 28 wins and $384,027 in stakes.

 IT'S THE NEW YEAR!

(5 Jan 2018) A classy night of racing to start the new year, with Maczaffair winning Heat 1 of the Im Themightyquinn in impressive style, Ultimate Machete (stakes now $800,000) making it 3 from 3 in WA in winning the $22,000 M2 to M4 Pace and Lazarus raced in the breeze and won the M0 and better FFA by 12m. Our WA bred horses also made the night memorable.

Very nice odds if you had them. 9yo gelding Glow Bright (Artesian out of Bailee Renouf by Mystical Prince) started not surprisingly at long odds of 33/1 given that short priced favourite Handsandwheels looked a certainty, even though drawn wide, with second favourite Bettor Boa starting in 1. Starting from 5 over the 2130m after a scratching, Glow Bright was driven brilliantly out of the barrier to get the sit behind Bettor Boa, with Handsandwheels caught three wide and having to restrain into the one one after going hard out of the barrier. After the early burst, the pace slowed right down and the breeze horse Lightning Jolt, who was pulling hard in the slow pace, challenged for the lead after a lap but was unable to cross. In the back straight the last time Lightning Jolt behand to tire and Handsandwheels moved three wide. Glow Bright was right behind Bettor Boa and travelling well. Coming to the home turn, Handandwheels was not making up a lot of ground, whereas Glow Bright was coming hard after the leader. In the straight Glow Bright raced up to Bettor Boa and drew clear to win the Choices Flooring C5-C9 Westbred Pace by 2.1m, with Handsandwheels just getting to second on the line. The win was the 15th for Glow Bright, who is owned by and was bred by Elderbell Holdings. Along with 33 places his earnings are just short of $169,000.

Glow Bright is the first winner from winning mare Bailee Renouf, who is a half sister to 3 winners including Artesian Queen (Artesian) 1:57.4 6 wins $43,987 and Rylee Jo (Albert Albert) 1:59.4 7 wins $53,222. Rylee Jo is the dam of Eminence Grise (Artesian) 1:56.7 7 wins $57,848 and Virgil Queen winner Sea Me Smile (Cams Fool) 1:56.4 11 wins $158,307.The family has done very well when combined with WA based sire Artesian.

Quality 5yo mare Dior Mia More (Tintin In America out of I Am Special by Live Or Die) Won her 4th race this season from 8 starts, including 3 places, after a break from racing of 18 months. Dior Mia More started short priced favourite from 5 and came out fast but was initially caught 4 deep into the first turn. Persevering, Kim Prentice continued forward DiorMiaMore GPM05011845and Dior Mia More was the leader passing the post the first time. The lead time was quite solid at 36.4 and there was little change until the 400m. Dior Mia More was still striding out in front on the home turn with the two Desires, Alkiras and Mileys who had travelled on the rails behind Dior, running home well. However, Dior Mia More was in control, and won the $18,000 M0 Mares Pace by 3m with Mileys Desire grabbing Alkiras Desire on the line to finish second. A nice result for the three WA bred mares. Bred by Brett Coffey, the classy mare now has $57,449 from only 14 lifetime starts that has included 7 wins and 4 places. Winner of the WASBA Country Oaks, Dior Mia More set her lifetime best mile rate of 1:53.2 as a 3yo at her very first start.

I Am Special (Live Or Die) 1:57.4 $74,744 the dam of Dior Mia More, won the 2009 WASBA Breeders Stakes and other metropolitan races. She is the dam of three foals of racing age, includig a current 2yo, for two winners. Her dam Kelty Star (Caprock), the winner of one race, has produced 6 winners at stud including Chiaroscuro (Art Major) 1:57.6 7 wins $33,113, the winner of 4 successive races this season from 4 starts. 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 26 wins $220,966 and Juliette Bromac (Art Major) 1:54.5 9 wins $99,546 and granddam of Aldebaran Macha (Mach Three) 1:54.7 17 wins $127,032.

Proving that “you can win it if you are in it”, the consistent 3yo Marquisard (Mach Three out of Le Chambon by Art Major) came up trumps in the last of the night, the $20,000 Perth Plasterboard Centre 3YO Pace. Starting at 77/1 from barrier 5, driver Morgan Woodley restrained the gelding out of the barrier and after the field “settled”, was in a rails position but last. Cott Beach flew out from the barrier but couldn’t cross to the lead with second favourite Mistahmistah holding her out and leading. With the place now slow and a horse coming three wide, Cott Beach began to overrace in the breeze and demonstrating clearly her intention and not that of her driver, she surged forward. The two leaders were now both overracing. Racing fiercely, Cott Beach was pulled out of the race with a lap to go after almost choking down. At this stage Marquisard was still a clear last. In the back straight the leader was being tackled by race favourite Miss Sangrial and new kid on the block Bechers Brook (a full brother to Breeders Crown Champion Our Waikiki Beach), with these racing changes bringing Marquisard into a rails position two behind the race leader, but still last.  Coming out of the back straight Marquisard was able to improve his position moving between tiring runners and coming into the home turn he was three wide and a definite threat. Down the home straight it was three across the track and in a brilliant finish it was Marquisard by a half head over Bechers Brook, with favourite Mistahmistah in third in a mile rate of 1:58.6, final qtrs. 28.5 and 29.5. The win was the 4th by the lightly raced Marqisard, who has now won $26,408 for owner breeder Patrick Gilroy.

Marquisard is the only foal of racing age from his unraced dam, Le Chambon. 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.

THE CHASE IS ON

(29 Dec 2017) Definitely warming up for the New Year and the January Group 1s. Devendra stepped out for his first run since a disappointing Inters Consolation and with a new driver and new trainer under direction from Todd Rattray. His win was excellent and looked like the Devendra of old. No luck again for A Picadilly Princess who ran second. An excellent win by Bettors Fire in 1:52.6, with a punchy drive by Kyle Harper probably the drive of the night in winning the $50,000 Village Kid Sprint. A very good win by Maczaffair in the $25,000 The Coulson Final. And there was some excellent performances by WA bred horses.

WA Derby winner, now 4yo gelding Handsandwheels (Mach Three out of Benjor Maddy Lombo by Perfect Art) was in the $18,000 Book Into The Beau Rivage Restaurant pace for M0 and won well. Going straight to the front from barrier 1 his backers didnt have any worries. He was always going comfortably and moves in the back straight the last time made little impression as he stretched his lead to round the home turn a clear leader. Handsandwheels went further ahead and won by 6m with 9.1m to third. The mile rate for the 2130m journey was 1:56.6 with last quarters in 28.6 and 27. 5. The win was his 10th and along with 9 places he has $274,822 in stakes including the 2017 WA Derby and 2017 3yo Westbred Classic. Handandwheels won once from 10 starts as a 2yo and had 6 wins and 5 places from 15 starts as a 3yo.

Bred by Mike Howie, Handandwheels is out of Benjor Maddy Lombo (Perfect Art) 2:01.8 3 wins $21,511 who has produced 6 starters from 6 foals of racing age for 4 winners including Rock Me Over (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:58.2 3 wins $58,880 and WASBA King Lethbridge winner Maddy White (Lombo Mandingo) 1:56.9 $110,824. Magic Maddy Lombo (Classic Garry), the dam of Benjor Maddy Lombo, had limited racing success but has been a top class broodmare, with 6 winners including Sweet Maddy Lombo (Panorama) 1:59.5 11 wins $106,588, Miss Trickin Lombo (Blissfull Hall) 1:53.3 15 wins $230,312, Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight) 1:49.6 33 wins $587,032 and Soho Madeleine (Bettors Delight) 1:56.8 9 wins $96,803. Magic Maddy Lombo's dam Misty Maiden (Windshield Wiper) 1:59.4 $245,449 was Australian 3yo Filly of the Year as well as being named Australian Broodmare of the Year as the dam of Australian 2yo and Horse of the Year in Lombo Pocket Watch.

After Handsandwheels won in the first we waited for the last race of the night for a special filly. 3yo Cott Beach (Advance Attack out of Back In The Black by Armbro Operative) showed exhilarating speed out of the barrier to race to the front from her barrier 9, leaving the favourite Miss Sangrial, out of barrier 4, in the breeze. Thats how the race was run, with Beaudiene Beach Babe, who had been running two back on the fence, getting clear at the 400 to make a run with Miss Sangrial beaten on the home turn. Although Cott Beach was getting tired, the win was never in doubt and she won the Happy New Year from Gloucester Park 3yo Fillies Pace by 3.9m in 1:56.2, last half 57.2. The win was her 9th with 5 placings from 15 starts. New trainer Kristy Elson now has a 3rd and a first, and Cott Beach has 3 wins from 5 starts this season.

Bred by Mal and Tanya Hancock but purchased in utero by Peter King and Barbara Pellick, Cott Beach is the 4th foal and second winner from Back In The Black 1:58.1, 7 wins 18 places and $58,780. She in turn is a daughter of prolific winner Black And Blue (Northern Lights) 1:57.2 17 wins 21 places and $212,495, winner of the 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 another exceptional broodmare in Bonnie Blue Eyes (Golden Greek) 1:56.9,12 wins $87,565. Bonnie Blue Eyes produced 8 winners including 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 and $115,032 and Big Blue Eyes (Red River Hanover) the dam of Three Bears (Bettors Delight) 1:53.6 $127,501.

RETURNING WINNERS AND A QUIET ACHIEVER

(22 Dec 2017) The last meeting before Christmas. Those who weren't surprised by the previous win in the $50,000 Trotters Cup by 6yo trotting mare Itsgettingcalder could have got nice odds of 5/1 for the mare's second win in a fortnight. An excellent return to racing by My Hard Copy, back with Gary Hall Snr, and Bettors Fire, who finished 1-2 in the feature race, with visiting mare A Picadilly Princess in third after starting from 8 and breezing all the way. Good wins by the mares CC Chevron (Heat 3 of The Coulson) and El Cartel.  Just the one Westbred winner on the night, a quiet achiever.

In the C5 to C9 Westbred, the favourite Dior Mia More again showed good gate speed and went to the front from her barrier 1, with 7yo gelding Khun Ratha (Bettors Delight out of Calafia by Holmes Hanover) restraining from his barrier 6 to settle second last. The speed was on in the first quarter with changes up front and Dior Mia More holding her position in front after a fast first quarter of 28.3. With a lap to go after avoiding all the speed at the front, Khun Ratha led up the three wide line and was running 3rd at the 400, but still three wide. Around the turn into the home straight Khun Ratha joined Dior Mia More at the front and hit the front at the 100m, going on to win by 2.4m from from the fast finishing Glow Bright with Dior Mia More holding on for third.

Bred and raced by Paul Poli, Khun Ratha has quietly accumulated $142,801 from 14 wins and 35 places, with a best mile rate of 1:55.4. Won just under $36,000 last season and has $22,000 this season. Ran 3rd to Mister Jadore in the 2014 Westbred 3yo C/G Classic. Dam Calafia 2:00.1 won 8 races with 10 places for over $43,000 in stakes. Khun Ratha is her first foal and first winner. Calafia's unraced dam Deselle (Jefferson Admiral) has produced 3 winners, is a half sister to Abdias (Surmo Hanover) 1:55 30 wins $260,771. This family has produced several very good winners without anyone being a standout. Winners include Machtavish (Mach Three) 1:52.9 24 wins $276,823, Callaway Bromac (McArdle) 1:56.1 2o wins $138,929. Another arm of the family through a half sister to the granddam of Deselle and the arm of this family has produced Buck The Odds 1:55.6 31 wins $307,547, Northern Assassin (Northern Luck) 1:51.8 13 wins $132,593 and Might Be Luck (Northern Luck) 1:55 18 wins $120,584.

SOME GOOD LUCK

(15 Dec 2017) There was other excellent results for connections, with the in form mare Michelle Meilland winning her M0. Four yos Vampiro, Rock Diamonds and Wrappers Delight made up for no luck the previous week in the Golden Nugget by winning. Our Westbreds were there as well.

With a very good percentage of placings to starts and from very few starts, it was an excellent win for 7yo gelding Ruling Gold (Life Sign out of Gold Stature by Stature) in the $18,000 Cowden Insurance Brokers M0. Starting at good odds of 13/1 after unable to get a run at his previous two unplaced starts, Ruling Gold was restrained from the barrier and settled one out three back, with the favourite Ima Rocknroll Legend last in the moving line. The first and second quarters were moderate, with no moves until a lap to go when Ima Rocknroll Legend made his move three wide. Chris Lewis put Ruling Gold right behind the favourite and they rapidly covered the field in a 27.9 quarter. Coming out of the back Ima Rocknroll Legend was three wide and challenging for the lead, with Ruling Gold tracking his every move. Entering the straight Ruling Gold went 4 wide down the outside and was looking the winner with 100m to go, and came away to win by 6.7m with a dead heat for second and third. The win was the 6th for Ruling Gold since resuming racing in April 2017 after nearly 4 years away from the track. Raced by Denise Trobe and his breeder Jeanine Diederich, Ruling Gold has taken his career stakes to $48,499 from 27 starts that have included 16 places.

Ruling Gold is a full brother to 2013 Binshaw Classic winner Red Salute 1:55.3 18 wins $264,048. Their dam Gold Stature (Stature) 2:01.7 won 14 races and $61,562 in her career and is the dam of one other winner. Her dam Gold Fire (Armbro Unitas) is the dam of 6 winners including Gold Status (Stature) 2:01.5 $57,325. The maternal line of this family has produced Composed (Our Sir Vancelot) 1:51.7 $493,472, multiple Group 1 winners For Dear Life (Life Sign) 1:55.8 $322,331 and Flight Path (Artplace) 1:55.9 $290,684, and Group 2 and 2012 Binshaw Classic winner Please Release Me (Christian Cullen) 1:54.4 $252,600. Of note also from this maternal line is the sire Aksarben (Light Brigade) who was sire of the dam of the incomparable Mount Eden.

If there were any doubters to his ability that werent satisfied by his 4th in the 2017 Inter Dominion Final, they were quieter after his excellent win in the $25,000 M0 and better Last Minute Christmas Functions Pace over 2536m. Vultan Tin (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Ellevarrac by Pacific Fella) stepped out from barrier 5 and settled one out one back, with the race leader, under new driving instructions and driver, well out in front. After half a lap the 6yo gelding Vultan Tin left his position to take over in the breeze. Driver Chris Voak allowed race leader Ideal Alice, who was over racing with a lap and a half to go, to extend her lead to a good 10m. At the bell Vultan Tin closed the gap to a length and down the back he raced up to Ideal Alice who kicked up on his inside. Cornering, Ideal Alice was still in front but tiring and Vultan Tin was in the lead with 100 to go. Withstanding late challenges from the fast finishing Motu Premier and Ohoka Punter he went on to win by a head in 1:56.1, last qtrs 28.5 and 28.8. The win was the 14th and with 27 places his stakes are now $282,069.

Vultan Tin had had an excellent season, winning over $116,000 following a super 2016/17 season in which he won $110,039 which included the $20,000 Italian Cup and $30,000 Narrogin Cup, both over the longer journey. Vultan Tin was bred and owned by Phil and Daniel Costello and is also trained by Phil, who also bred his dam Ellevarrac (Pacific Fella) 1:59.3 and $12,896. This is a very old female line and members of one of the other arms of the family include Indomitable (Saab) 1:53.8 $133,759.

Starting in barrier 4, 5yo mare Dior Mia More (Tintin In America out of I Am Special by Live Or Die) got away well and raced straight to the front, with Auctioneers Elsu getting the sit behind her. Maczaffair, after a terrific run the previous week to be second to Ultimate Machete in the Golden Nugget, was one out one back. With the slow lead time, Maczaffair moved out from her one one position to take the breeze. A slow first qtr was followed by a fast second qtr and the pace really went up a notch in the 27.4 third quarter, with Maczaffair struggling to make an  impression on Dior Mia More. Rounding the home turn it was a closer tussle, but Dior Mia More under urging had Maczaffair's measure tonight, and went on to win Heat 2 of The Coulson for M1 mares by 1.9m with Auctioneers Elsu a little unlucky on her inside in third. Shes Artful, after galloping out from barrier 1 was a meritorious 4th. The last qtr was 28.4 and the mile rate a handy 1:57.

This was the 6th win overall for the Brett Coffey bred Dior Mia More, her second consecutive win and third win in 18 days. Her stakes tally is now $43,795, with a good future ahead of her. Her dam I Am Special 1:57.4 $74,744 won the 2009 WASBA Breeders Stakes amongst her 6 wins in good company and has two winners from two foals of racing age.

THE BIGGEST NIGHT

(8 Dec 2017) It was a big crowd on course and apart from the Australian harness major event of the year, the $1.1 million 2017 Inter Dominion Final, there was terrific racing from first to last. The 6yo trotting mare Itsgettingcalder blitzed the field in the $50,000 Schneider Electric Trotters Cup, winning by 23m with another 13m to 3rd. The final heats of the International Drivers Series were run and the racing was top class.

In an excellent promotion there was also an Invitational mares race for female drivers, won by WA bred 5yo mare Dior Mia More driven by WA's Kiara Davies. Dior Mia More (Tintin In America by I Am Special by Live Or Die) started from barrier 1 as favourite and held out an early challenge from Chevrons Champion to be race leader, lead time a solid 36.1. The next three quarters were evenly run and the first moves came in the back straight the last time, with Dior Mia More still looking comfortable. Coming out of the back straight the challenge was from Bettor Bling who had sat behind the race leader, and Madame Meilland who had raced midfield. Running to the line Dior Mia More held the lead and went on to win by 1.6m with 13.5m to 3rd. A good drive and a good result, with the mile rate an excellent 1:55.7 over the 2130m, last qtr in 27.5. Bred by Brett Coffey, this is her second win in 11 days and 5th overall, and takes her stakes to $38,671 from only 10 starts.

Dior Mia More only resumed racing in November 2017 after an absence of 18 months. She won 3 races in March/April 2016 as a 3yo, including a record breaking 1:53.2 at her first race start as a 3yo, and a win in the WASBA Country Oaks. Dior Mia More had one race start as a 2yo. Her dam I Am Special (Live Or Die) 1:57.4 $74,744 was a very good race mare, with her wins including the 2009 WASBA Breeders Stakes. She is the dam of two foals of racing age, both winners. Her dam Kelty Star (Caprock) won one race, and is the dam of five other winers including Chiaroscuro (Art Major) 1:57.6 7 wins $33,113, the winner of 4 successive races this season. 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 26 wins $220,966 and Juliette Bromac (Art Major) 1:54.5 9 wins $99546.

After a top class second the previous week, 6yo gelding Aussie Delight (Bettors Delight out of Texan Cowgirl by Fake Left) started at the generous odds of 30/1 from his barrier 4. Restrained out of the barrier, he settled one out back with some quality horses in front of him like favourite and race leader Talktomeurmattjesty and second favourite Thereugo, who was one out one back. The pace was kept on with a lead time of 37.4 and first qtr a solid 28.6, keeping the field honest. after an even second qtr Thereugo moved three wide to make a forward move and with other runners following, Aussie Delight was in the delightful position of being one out one back at the 400, with the 3rd qtr run in a stretching 27.6. He then moved three wide and entering the straight he raced up on the outside and hit the front at the 100m, going on to hold out fast finishers Khun Ratha and Livura (the last horses on the rails with a lap to go) and win the Group 2 $50,000 Princi Butchers Binshaw Classic for the M1 class. It was his lifetime best mile rate of 1:55.2.

Bred and part owned by Dene Bickers, the win took his stakes $113,475 from 12 wins and 7 places. It was also the second Binshaw win for driver Chris Alford, having been successful in 2015 on Major Catastrophe. Previously Aussie Delight won 4 races in a row in May/June 2016.

Texan Cowgirl (Fake Left) 6 wins 10 places 2:02.2 $20,645, the dam of Aussie Delight is the dam of 6 winners from 8 foals of racing age including Aussie Reactor 1:50.6 44 wins $616,425, Texan Jet (Jet Laag) and the unraced Bootscootngirl (Parsons Den). Texan Jet is the dam of Anvil Rollover (Artistic Fella) 1:56.1 6 wins $34,215. Bootscootngirl (Parsons Den) is the dam of full brothers Americanbootscoota (Allamerican Ingot) 1:52.5 15 wins $177,254 and Lot Twenty One 1:56.7 5 wins $46,890. Texan Cowgirl is a full sister to Madusa Cam (Fake Left) 1:58.9 11 wins $94,162 and Capricorn Cruiser (Kinney Hanover) 1:57.6 17 wins $206,464. Their dam Texan Classic  (Classic Garry) is an unraced daughter of Texan Lady (Hilarious Way) the winner of 7 races and $34,153 in the early 80s. She in turn 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 third leg of the mare’s races was the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic, with the previous two events going to top quality mares Ameretto and A Picadilly Princess, with the WA raced NZ mare Ideal Alice (American Ideal out of Bonsoir by Armbro Operative) running second in both. The 7yo Ideal Alice started from the second row outside A Picadilly Princess who was drawn in 10. Ameretto had barrier 5. Eden Franco from barrier 1 easily won the start and went straight to the front and the pace was right on, with the lead time very fast at 64.9. A Picadilly Princess settled behind Eden Franco on the rails with Ideal Alice behind her. Ameretto was forced to cover extra ground three wide for a lap until gaining the breeze position outside Eden Franco. With 600 to go Ameretto was still holding her position and tackling the leader, but the hard run was starting to tell. The 2536m race was being run at better than 1:56 and the third quarter was 28.8 with no breathers so far. Running to the home turn Gary Hall Jnr was first to move from the rails, tucking in behind Ameretto. It was the winning move, with Ameretto still racing for the lead and Ideal Alice now in the clear three wide. It was a three horse war with Ameretto getting the better of Eden Franco only to be run down by Ideal Alice. A Picadilly Princess could not get clear and finished 5th, with Eden Franco being pipped for third by the fast finishing Quite A Delight. The mile rate was an exceptional 1:55.5 and last qtr 28.6.

 

Ideal Alice has a lifetime best mile rate of 1:53.4 and has won over $400,000. She is one of the best race mares to run in this state, arriving here as a 4yo. Ideal Alice won the 2016 WASBA Breeders Stakes and the Parliamentarians Cup and just missed out on the Harness Horse of the Year at Gloucester Park in 2016. She is in foal to Art Major and is returning to New Zealand to her owner Phil Cook. We wish her and Phil all the best.

The big one was race 6 and it was a race of the best and most eligible horses currently racing in Australasia. We also had a guest visit by Im Themightyquinn, winner of the Inter Dominion three times and winner of $4.5 million in stakes.

Tiger Tara started in barrier 1 and not unexpectedly kept the race lead after making his intentions clear at barrier rise. Chicago Bull who started in 10 was quickly up behind Tiger Tara when Soho Tribeca, who started in 4, checked to see if the spot was free and then settled in the breeze. Lennytheshark, who was drawn awkwardly in 6, was in two minds before moving forward and taking the breeze off Soho Tribeca after 300m. Mark Purdon elected to have the 5yo entire Lazarus (Bettors Delight out of Bethany by Christian Cullen) stay out of the early speed battle but moved around after a lap from one out two back position to take the breeze from Lennytheshark without any challenge. Little changed until the 1100m when Have Faith in Me made a fast forward move. Tiger Tara at the front ran a 27.4 third qtr, with Lazarus and Have Faith In Me on his outside, Lennytheshark behind Lazarus and Chicago Bull then Vultan Tin behind Tiger Tara. At the 400m it was still Tiger Tara from Lazarus but entering the home straight it was Lazarus in front by a whisker. Chicago Bull was off the fence and coming down the outside three wide but it was all Lazarus, going on to win by 4.1m from a valiant Chicago Bull and Tiger Tara doing an admirable job to hold on to 3rd from the fast finishing Vultan Tin. The final quarter was run in 27.2, giving a final half of an astonishing 54.6 with a mile rate of 1:57.6 for the 2936m journey.

The next race was the $200,000 Golden Nugget for the 4yos and another brillaint exhibition of pacing. Lucky with barrier draws, getting barrier 1 in both the $125,000 Yes Loans Four-Year-Old Classic and the $200,000 Retravision Golden Nugget, brilliant 4yo entire Ultimate Machete (Bettors Delight out of Reality Check by Armbro Operative) was again beaten for speed out of the barrier. 4yo mare Maczaffair put the cat among the pidgeons by dashing from barrier 6 to grab the race lead, forcing Mark Purdon on Ultimate Machete to break the rules and push the horse on his outside wide to avoid being locked in behind the leader, and disadvantaged the wider runner Vampiro.  Ultimate Machete then went straight to the front and ran comfortable first and second quarters, making the run home an outright sprint. Maczaffair  was held up briefly in the straight and finished exceptionally well down the outside to run second. The mile rate was 1:57.6, with last qtrs 28.8 and 27.6

 

Ultimate Machete was found to be sore after the race and like driver Mark Purdon, was due to have a short break from racing. Of note to breeders is that Ultimate Machete is a half brother to Major Reality (Art Major)1:54 $390,989, winner of the 2015 WA Oaks and the 2016 Norms Daughter Classic.

WASBA has included an interesting article on Ultimate Machete in the Summer Trackbred, and you can also read a similar story in the online Racing Ahead.

LAST CHANCE TO MAKE IT TO THE TOP

(1 Dec 2017) The final night of heats was over the 2536m journey. It was the stayers' test, and after the previous two nights of Heats there was still some spots up for grabs. There was an excellent support cast as well.

Heat 7 had two previous Heat winners in Chicago Bull and Tiger Tara. Chicago Bull (Bettors Delight out of Chicago Blues by Christian Cullen) stepped out from 1 and went straight to the lead, with Tiger Tara settling in the breeze and Shandale one out one back. The lead time was 68.9 and there was no need to set any race records, with the field settling into a routine run. The pace stepped up in the third quarter to a super 26.8 and the two leaders separated from the field. Tiger Tara tried hard but Chicago Bull was unextended to win by 3.8m in a mile rate of 1:56 flat, last qtr 27.7. Tiger Tara finished second with Majordan, who sat behind Chicago Bull for the journey, holding on for third. The Bucket List finished fast to run 4th with Shandale fading to 5th.

The mares Group 3, the $30,000 Parliamentarians Cup, was up next. In a very competetive start and a fast lead time of 35.8, it was 4 across the track entering the home straight the first time, with A Picadilly Princess (Bettors Delight out of Hyde Park Royal by Holmes Hanover) in 2 eventually taking the running from Ideal Alice who started in 1. Bettor Be Supreme, who was 4 wide, took the breeze from Donegal Rundlescreek. That didnt last long with Donegal Rundlescreek nipping around to take the breeze during a slow 1st qtr, with Ameretto moving up three wide to take over the breeze position. In the back straight the last time the 3 leading mares broke away from the field in a 28.4 third qtr, and they rounded the final turn three across the track. In a hard fought finish A Picadilly Princess finished the better to win by 3.7m from Ideal Alice and 1.8m to Ameretto. Sheer Rocknroll ran a good race to finish 4th after being held up. This was a reversal but similar result to the previous year, when Ideal Alice beat A Picadilly Princess and Sheer Rocknroll was third. It also meant that Ideal Alice had finished second in both feature mares races run to date.

Heat 8 of the Inters saw the promising 7yo San Carlo (Mach Three out of Bridge Player by Classic Garry) up against Devendra as well as Heat winners Soho Tribeca and Lennytheshark. It was a pearler, with San Carlo starting from barrier 1 and refusing to concede the lead to Devendra from 3, who eventually had to restrain and settle for the breeze. Major Crocker came around and gave Devendra cover while Soho Tribeca, who started from barrier 9, was last - 30m off the lead. Lennytheshark, from barrier 7, then went round to take over the breeze position, getting there with two laps to go. Now with 1200 to go it was Soho Tribeca's turn to head for the breeze, and Lenny took the sit. With a 3rd quarter of 28.4 it was a tough finish but San Carlo held out well and finished strongly to win by 1.2m from a fighting Soho Tribeca, with Lenny finishing very well to be 2.2m away in third in a 27 final quarter. It was a top effort from the inexperienced San Carlo who only started racing at 5 after gaiting and injury issues (Everyone should keep that in mind before they give up on their prospective champ!). Devendra finished last which ultimately cost him the final place in the Inters Final.

Now it was down to the final Heat, with Lazarus (Bettors Delight out of Bethany by Christian Cullen), with two seconds so far, shaping up against the slightly disappointing Have Faith In Me, Heat winner Galactic Star and our own Vultan Tin. It was a case of saving the best 'til last. It was a low flying start with Yayas Hot Spot flying out from 8 but unable to cross Egodan from 1.Galactic Star was also fast out and with so much speed on was able to take the sit behind race leader Egodan.Vultan Tin, Lazarus and Have Faith In Me took no part in the early speed battle and were the last 3 in running, a long way off the front. The lead time was a phenomenal 65.6. Wth 2000m to go, the running line was moving forward and Have Faith In Me sped forward 3 wide with Lazarus right on his tail. No sooner had Have Faith In Me got the breeze when Lazarus went past to take that position, with another two laps to go. Going into the back Lazarus stormed to the front, leaving Have Faith In Me in the breeze again. Now Vultan Tin took off, but Chris Lewis on Have Faith In Me did not concede the breeze and Vultan Tin was now three wide, with 1000 to go. Thats where they stayed until the 450 when Vultan Tin started to tire. Have Faith In Me was running a terrific race and serving it up to Lazarus, but Lazarus, with Mark Purdon sitting quietly in the cart, was supreme and simply too strong and too fast. The last quarter was27.9, the mile rate a track record 1:54.5 and the winning margin was 1.7m to Have Faith In Me with 9m to Ohoka Punter in third. Vultan Tin ran a mighty race to finish 6th in such a standout race to qualify for the Inters Final.

So in the wash up, the 2017 Inter Dominion Final will comprise (in point score order):

  • On 39 points Soho Tribeca (American Ideal)
  • On 37 points Chicago Bull (Bettors Delight)
  • On 36 points Lazarus (Bettors Delight), Tiger Tara (Bettors Delight)
  • On 32 points Lennytheshark (Four Starzzz Shark)
  • On 29 points San Carlo (Mach Three), Galactic Star (Bettors Delight)
  • On 22 points Shandale (Art Major)
  • On 21 points Vultan Tin (Dawn Ofa New Day).
  • Four horses finished on 19 points, with Have Faith In Me (Bettors Delight) to take the 10th and final place in the field.

TOP RACING AT BUNBURY FOR INTERS HEATS ROUND 2

(28 Nov 2017) Off to Bunbury for another exciting night of Inters Heats and support races, with the Bunbury Sprint Lane not in operation for the race meeting, and 7 across the front line. It turned out to be an excellent night for WA bred horses as well!

In Heat 4, the first Inters Heat for the night, Galactic Star (Bettors Delight out of Petra Star by Christian Cullen) at 15/1 caused an upset in beating Yayas Hot Spot and Lennytheshark. Fourth was Shandale and 5th Have Faith In Me. Starting from the inside of the back line Galactic Star had enough speed to be sitting behind Yahas Hot Spot early, with Shandale in the one out one back. Shandale was the first to move with just under two laps to go and he pressed forward to the breeze. Lennytheshark in the one out two back position followed him, but went straight to the lead rather than settle in the breeze, leaving Shandale in the breeze and Galactic Star now 3rd horse on the rails. Lead time of 36 flat and first quarter 28.1 there was a slight breather in the second quarter before a 28.5 third quarter and Shandale was on level terms with Lenny at the 400. Coming off the back Galactic Star moved off the rails, Lenny was holding Shandale but Yayas Hot Spot was getting up along the rails to feature in the finish. Galactic Star was now four wide and flashed home to beat them all, in a mile rate of 1:54.9 and last quarter 26.8. The win was impressive and follows on from last season when he won over $108,000 in WA before heading to Victoria and NSW in September this year.

Heat 5 was another good race. Soho Tribeca (American Ideal out of Pixel Perfect by Art Major), an effortless winner by almost four lengths over New Zealand's superstar Lazarus on the opening night of the Inter Dominion Heats 4 days earlier, maintained his super form when he stepped away well from barrier six and raced to the lead after 350m before going on to win his Heat by 2.5m from Devendra, with Chicago Bull in third.  

  WA's Vultan Tin was in 4th. Devendra, who started from 1, was the initial race leader with Soho Tribeca racing three wide around the first turn and racing to the front, and Chicago Bull sitting behind Devendra. The lead time was 35.6 and Vultan Tin, who was one out and two back but effectively last, made a three wide move during the slow 31.3 first quarter to settle in the breeze. Soho Tribeca ran solid 2nd and 3rd qts of 28.8 and 28.4 with Chicago Bull, who started from the same barrier as Galactic Star in Heat 4, held in a pocket. Getting off the rails at the 250m he still had no place to go before managing to extricate himself and sizzle home 4 wide to finish 3rd, with Devendra sneaking up on the inside of Soho Tribeca for 2nd. The last qtr was a doozy at 26.2. The two best runs of the race were Vultan Tin in the breeze and Chicago Bull, although in Soho Tribeca's case, you cant do more than win!

The run of the night was, without doubt in Heat 6, where 7 yo entire Tiger Tara (Bettors Delight out of Tara Gold by Dream Away). Tiger Tara went straight to the lead from barrier 1, with San Carlo on his outside and Lazarus second last. The lead time was sizzling at 33.7 before a slower 30.4 1st quarter. Lazarus made a 3 wide move at the 1200 with San Carlo nipping out in front of him to get the sit. The 2nd quarter was run in 27.7 and Lazarus made it to the breeze with 800 to go. Lazarus kept coming right to the line but with a 28.2 3rd quarter and a 26.5 last quarter it was impossible to haul in Tiger Tara who set a track record of 1:52.3 over the 2100m journey. San Carlo finished in 3rd, 14.6m behind Lazarus.

It was going to be hard to follow such terrific racing but 5yo mare Mary Catherine (Art Major out of Easy Riter by Getting It Right) didnt let the side down with an excellent win in Heat 2 of the Binshaw for M1 class. Mary Catherine started from barrier 9, one off the fence in the back row, in a race thought to be a formality for the short priced favourite. After the favourite got to the front in a fast lead time of 34.7, Mary Catherine had settled one out and one back. The first quarter was fast at 28.8 with the pace slightly easier in the 29.7 second quarter. As the moves started to come from the back Mary Catherine moved out 3 wide and by the 400m she had the favourite's measure. She went on to win by 13.1m in a mile rate of 1:55.1. Bred and part owned by Robert Sheehy, she is just starting to deliver on the promise of her early career. Her stakes are now just over $137,000 from 12 wins and 17 places. Mary Catherine has always shown talent so it was a good result for owner Robert Sheehy who bred her with M Pumfrey.

Mary Catherine is the only winner from her dam Easy Riter 1:57.8 5 wins $39,252, but her unraced half sister Stella Pearl (Live Or Die) is the dam of Michael Joseph (Bettors Delight) 1:56.2 7 wins $52,859. Easy Riter is one of two winners from her dam Easy Girl (Romeo Hanover) who is a granddaughter of one of Dr Tom Early's broodmare gems in Star Song (Grattan Loyal). Among the progeny of Star Song was Papagena (King Oro), the dam of  10 winners from 16 foals and one of WAs best maternal families from the 60s and 70s. Members of this family include Centrefold Angel (Legacy Of Power) 1:55.2 14 wins $237,348, Formyeyesonly (Pacific Fella) 1:54.3 12 wins $91,774, Bettor Twisted (Bettors Delight) 1:56.9 $80,548 and multiple other winners.

Starting at 5 on the front with the race favourite in 1, it was no surprise that 6yo gelding Argyle Red (Dawn Ofa New Day out of Dekker Diamond by Iraklis) was 20/1 in the betting. The favourite Bettor Reward was beaten for speed out of the barrier and the horse in 2, 2014 WA Derby winner Three Blind Mice raced to the front with Johnny Disco in the breeze on his outside. Argyle Red settled 3rd last in the moving line with a lead time of 35.7. With just over a lap to go Argyle Red followed the 3 wide move of Dredlock Rocstar in a fairly compact field. Coming out of the back straight Three Blind Mice, still travelling 3 wide, got to the lead with Argyle Red peeling off his back and swinging 4 wide. The 3rd quarter was 27.7 and with no sprint lane the balance of the field was bottled up. It was left to Argyle Red to thunder down the centre to grab the lead on the line and win the $22,000 Yes Loans Pace for M2-M4 by 1.4m from Three Blind Mice, with Bettor Reward managing to squeeze up on the rails into 3rd. The mile rate was 1:56.5 with the last half in 56 flat. Owned and bred by Rob and Ann MacDonald, Argyle Red has won $116,723 from 13 wins and 21 places.

Argyle Red is the first winner out of 100% producer Dekker Diamond (by 1996 Miracle Mile winner Iraklis) 1:57.9  8 wins $63,249, who has also produced Davinci Diamond (Artiscape) 1:56.2 6 wins $43,199 and 2yo winner Havarti (Betterthancheddar) 1:58. Dekker Diamond is a half sister to Bring On De Beers (Kinney Hanover) 1:58.1 $32,374 and one other winner. Her dam Dash Of Diamonds (Crouch) is a half sister to 3 winners. This is a huge family of winners, with close up members being Mon Poppies (Safely Kept) 1:57.7 10 wins $88,350, Mon Lillies (Artesian) 1:54.7 11 wins $102,329, Real Smooth Lombo (Parsons Den) 1:58.2 13 wins $94,619, Lady Julie Lombo (Million To One) 1:59.3 11 wins $89,499, Lombo Ranmiles (Saab) 1:52.0 20 wins $129,014, Magic Moment Lombo (Lombo Pocket Watch) 1:57.4 11 wins $84,182 and Fours Enuf Tas (Four Starzzz Shark) 1:55.2 21 wins $131,358.

Another favourite went down in the last with 5yo mare Bettor Bling (Bettors Delight out of Whitbys Solitaire by Booth Hanover) putting in a top effort to win the $18,000 Perth Plasterboard Pace for M0-M1. Bettor Bling started at a whopping 53/1 from barrier 5 and with early race speed and lead time 34.4 as the favourite Vampiro scooted around to the lead leaving her 3 wide, Bettor Bling idled to the breeze position. Shortly after,she got cover from Springsteen who took advantage of the slow first qtr in 32.7 to go forward to the breeze. Coming off the back, Vampiro was clear but Bettor Bling was making a run. Down the straight Bettor Bling was finishing the better despite a hard run and went on to win by 1.3m in 1:58.4, last qtrs 28.1 and 28.8. The win was her 9th including the 2015 $100,000 WA Sales Classic, and along with 13 places her total stakes are just under $129,000.

Bettor Bling belongs to the family of Dr Ed Dewar’s broodmare gem Remit, who was the dam of 8 winners from 10 foals including Whitby Timer (Spring Run) 1:56.9 23 wins $314,899, Whitby Heritage (Maple Lanes Strike) 1:58.8 22 wins $201,758, Whitbys Merit (French Chef) 2:00.3 10 wins $168,598 and Fiscal Miss (Captain Hook) 1:59.6 15 wins $53,854. Fiscal Miss is the dam of full sisters Whitbys Miss Penny 1:55.2 32 wins $568,289 and Whitbys Solitaire 2:03.5 $5443 as well as their full brother Ace of Whitby 1:58.8 29 wins $317,247 and Lady Legacy (Northern Lights) 1:57.1 $23,280 who is the dam of Scram Jet (Jet Laag) 1:55.8 24 wins $235,076 and Pride Of Colorado (Saab) 1:55.1 17 wins $153,867. Along with Bettor Bling, Whitbys Solitaire is the dam of her full sister Delightful Jade 1:52 $241,577 and 5 other winners. Whitby Solitaire's full sister Whitbys Miss Penny is the grand dam of Ima Spicey Lombo (Pacific Fella) 1:55.1 24 wins and $483,686. To note is that Booth Hanover and Captain Hook were both successful WA based sires, with Captain Hook the sire of Inter Dominion winner San Simeon and Booth Hanover is also the sire of Bathurst Gold Tiara winner and Pearl winner Miss Booth.

2017 INTER DOMINION HEAT NIGHT 1 - AND THEY'RE OFF!

(24 Nov 2017) A fantastic night of racing, with all the Inters visitors in play. If you couldnt enjoy the racing you are hard to please.

It was a boilover in the first Heat of the Binshaw Classic. A sizzling lead time in 35.5 with Aussie Delight in 1 initially holding out the challenger, aptly named Challenging, before Challenging got the lead after a 100m. The pace was still on and favourite Livura, who was three wide, continued a forward move with Thereugo on his tail. At the winning post the first time the sparks were flying with Livura, now 2 wide, and Therugo forging forward to the one-two position in the lead. Livura now had the race lead with Thereugo in the breeze, with the first quarter covered in 27.9. With a lap and a half to go the field was spread out with eventual winner Auctioneers Elsu (who started from 5 at 30/1) 3 back the fence while all this was happening. The third quarter was 28.8 and in the back straight the last time, Thereugo was struggling. A break in the field coming off the back allowed Auctioneers Elsu, with young Jocelyn Young in the cart, to move off the rails into the moving line. Rounding the turn 4 wide, Auctioneers Elsu was streaming down the outside with Aussie Delight on her inside. Finishing the better, Auctioneers Elsu grabbed the win on the line and won Heat 1 of the Binshaw for M1 class in 1:54.3, with the last quarter the slowest of the race. Bred by Dawn Howson but raced by trainer Sarah Suvaljko under lease from owner Ross Waddell, the win was her 18th and along with 39 places she has won $170,173. The mile rate was her lifetime best.

The 8yo mare Auctioneers Elsu is by 2005 Inter Dominion winner Elsu (who went through the series unbeaten) out of Maybe Matilda by Hey Maybe. Auctioneers Elsu is the 5th winner and last foal from Maybe Matilda, with her other winners including Croucho Marx (Crouch) 2:01.4 $91,311 and Columbus Cullen (Christian Cullen) 1:56.5 13 wins $97,089. Maybe Matilda won the 1993 WA Oaks, and another Oaks winner in the family is 2014 NSW Oaks winner Shes A Runa (Jeremes Jet) 1:55.5 18 wins $291,126. Highlighting another Inter Dominion link, Maybe Matilda is out of Matilda Trunkey, a mare born in 1979 who was the last foal of Mary Mavis. Mary Mavis was a very good race mare, coming 3rd in the 1959 New Zealand Oaks, and was good enough to compete in the 1963 Inter Dominion at Wayville against Cardigan Bay.

The first of the Inters heats and it was Lazarus versus Soho Tribeca. 

 It was a big win to 5yo entire Soho Tribeca (American Ideal out of Pixel Perfect by Art Major) from 2 with Kim Prentice on board. Going straight to the front with Devendra taking the trail. With a lap and a half to go, Lazarus made a forward move to sit in the breeze outside Soho Tribeca. However Soho Tribeca always had the favourite stretching his neck and never looked like losing, going on the win the opening heat by a dominant 11m. Lazarus ran on gamely to be second, with Shandale finished brilliantly to run 3rd.

The mile rate was 1:54.2 with the final quarters 28.8 and a blistering last half in 54.5 (27.3 and 27.2). After such a stunning all the way victory, the win lifted Soho Tribeca to equal favourite for the Inter Dominion final.

 

The $50,000 Norms Daughter Classic was a brilliant run by the Kerryn Manning trained and driven 6yo mare Ameretto, (Million Dollar Cam out of Eyes Of Courage by Courage Under Fire) who started from 7, waited briefly for the field to settle before circling to take the lead from Ideal Alice going into the back straight the first time. Running to the line it was a good win by 1.4m from Ideal Alice with a good finish by WA bred mare Sheer Rocknroll to finish 3rd a further 8.6m away. The final quarters were 28.5 and 27.6 with the mile rate 1:55.2. It was a good drive by Gary Hall Jnr to allow Ameretto to go to the lead and guarantee that Ideal Alice had a chance to win or at least run second.

There were several impressive performers in the Second Heat and the WA bred Vultan Tin was with them all the way.!

Starting from 3, 2015 Inter Dominion winner and superstar 8yo entire Lennytheshark (Four Starzzz Shark out of Botswana by Albert Albert) proved too good for his rivals in the second heat of the Inter Dominion, going straight to the front in a lead time a second faster than Heat 1 won by Soho Tribeca. After finding the front comfortably "Lenny" dictated the terms. It was left to Tiger Tara to run in the breeze, with Lenny a clear leader until the back straight the last time. At the 400m Tiger and Lenny were head to head, with WA's Vultan Tin a clear third. Running to the line Lennytheshark was doing too well and won by 3.2m in 1:54.1 - fractionally faster than the first Heat.Tiger Tara held on for second and WA's Vultan Tin was a very good third, with the last half in 54.1 (27.3 and 26.8) - even faster than the first Heat.

The damsire of Lennytheshark, Albert Albert, died after only 4 full stud seasons in Australia and never had the opportunity to fulfill his promise as a sire. As a damsire he has produced the likes of Lenny and super mare Frith.

It was the ultimate performance by the ultimate 4yo, with another entire Ultimate Machete (Bettors Delight out of Reality Check by Armbro Operative) starting from 1 but unable to muster speed to hold out the super fast Wardan Express. No sooner had that happened then Rock Diamonds (very generous odds of 75/1) from 5 flew past to take the race lead and trigger the move from Ultimate Machete to swing out and follow Rock Diamonds, then continue forward to take the race lead with two laps to go. The lead time was a low flying 34.6, followed by modest first and second quarters of around 30 before a 28.2 third quarter with Ultimate Machete well in control. WA's Handsandwheels was 3 back the fence and bolting. Ultimate Machete skipped away on the bend, while Handsandwhells got off the fence to race home into second place. The final quarters were 28.2 and 28.

It was a classy run by the WA Derby winner Handsandwheels, but nothing was better than the winner. Ultimate Machete has won over $650,000 from 10 wins and 10 places from 22 starts, and looks like Australasia's heir apparent. Armbro Operative, the damsire of Ultimate Machete, was based in Australia for most of his stud career but did also stand in New Zealand and has a number of top quality for broodmares to his name.

Raging favourite 5yo gelding Chicago Bull (Bettors Delight out of Chicago Blues by Christian Cullen) was never in doubt when winning the third Inter Dominion Heat on night one. Starting from 2, Chicago Bull  went straight to the front with Egodan tucked in behind and Galactic Star in the breeze. From there Chicago Bull controlled all stages of the race and was never threatened, going on to win by 4.8m from Egodan who easily held second, and a brave Galactic Star 6.1m away in third. San Carlo finished 5th, 14m from the winner, with Have Faith In Me 20m off the leader in 9th. 

It was the slowest heat of the night in 1:55.6, but it was just as impressive as the others and the final quarters were run in 27.7 and 27 for a last half of 54.7.

Although he is only a small horse, with the WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup in his kitty Chicago Bull is already a millionaire. Interestingly, the grandam of Chicago Bull is the American born mare Bluejeanbabyqueen, who is a daughter of top New Zealand race mare Pacific Flight 1:51.2 who was exported to the US and won a total of $562,345. Pacific Flight and Bluejeanbabyqueen were both brought back to New Zealand. Wasnt that lucky for us!

2017 WASBA BOB HUMPHRIES MEMORIAL WESTBRED MARES PACE

(18 Nov 2017) An exciting night of racing at the Bunbury track with the good crowd on course enjoying the feature $50,000 Bunbury Cup supported by the $14,000 WASBA Bob Humphries Memorial Westbred Mares Pace for the C2+ M0 Mares. 2016 $100,000 WA Sales Classic winner Red Hot Roxy (Somebeachsomewhere) also returned to racing with a good win in one of the supporting races, very apt with another of the supporting races named after our sponsor APG.

The $14,000 WASBA Bob Humphries Memorial started at breakneck speed with Kyle Harper on 4yo mare Ayana (Bettors Delight out of Global Image by Armbro Operative) driving forward hard out of barrier 1 in a 34.9 lead time  to hold up in front. The next quarter was steady as they took a breath, with Ayana setting a solid pace over the final  3 quarters to hold out sprint lane runner Parisian Partygirl and Dior Mia More who flashed down the outside. The mile rate was 1:58.3 and last half 57.5.

  

Ayana is a half sister to 3 other winners including Lamplight Lili (Totally Western) 1:58.2 6 wins $50,345. Her dam Global Image started only twice but is a half sister to 5 winners including Global Force (Walton Hanover) 1:57.4 18 wins $302,685, winner of the 2004 WA Sales Classic for 3yos and the 2004 WA Derby. Their dam was the Noodlum mare Schehallion and through her granddam Heatherloch (Lumber Dream) the family has produced Alberta Retreat (Village Jasper) 1:57.3 8 wins $82,601, Annika Magic (Grinfromeartoear) 1:53.8 18 wins $114,849 and current classy 3yo filly Shez All Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven) 1:53.7, winner of 2 from 2 including the Group 2 $50,000 Empire Vicbred Platinum.

Ayana, who is trained by Trevor Wright for owner breeder Bryan Cousins, has shown a lot of improvement this season, with 4 wins and 6 places from 11 starts following her previous 9 starts producing only 2 places. Trevor’s brother in law John Lowrie, who was formerly the studmaster at Bob Humphries' Trunkey Standardbreds, accepted the trophy on behalf of the connections. A fantastic result with so many "family" connections associated with the race and congratulations to Kyle Harper for a top drive and a great approach to assisting sponsors with the after race activities.


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