WA MEDIA GUILD FRIDAY’S THOUGHTS 12 AUGUST

The $30,000 Tabtouch Marathon Handicap (3309m) headlines an action-packed 10-event card at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Group 3 stand is the longest event staged at headquarters, with the 11-horse field tasked with completing almost four laps of the track. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted. Members of the WA Media Guild have, with…

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Bracken Sky Gets His Chance

Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing Veteran pacer Bracken Sky has managed just one win from his past 30 starts, but he has been a wonderful money spinner for his part-owner and Wanneroo trainer Debbie Padberg. The seven-year-old has accumulated $248,850 in prizemoney from 18 wins and 37 placings from 147 starts — and…

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Voak Says Wanea Can Make Amends

Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators Wanea, a dismal failure when a $1.45 favourite last Friday week, can make amends by winning the Ora Foods Pace for two-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night, according to the filly’s trainer-reinsman Chris Voak. Wanea started from the outside in the field of seven last week when she…

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Michael Young is Riding High

Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators Mundijong trainer Michael Young is riding on the crest of an irresistible wave and his six runners at Gloucester Park on Friday night will have many supporters. Young goes into the meeting bubbling with confidence after landing five winners from his past seven starters to improve his tally this…

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Wonderful To Fly is Set to Go

Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing Star filly Wonderful To Fly has recovered from a bruised foot and Pinjarra trainer-reinsman Shane Young declared “she should be the horse to beat” when assessing her prospects in the $20,250 Dulux Accredited Painters Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “It is a good field, and the…

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Himself is Ready to Fire

Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing The Marathon Handicap is one of the few feature races that has eluded champion trainers Greg and Skye Bond, but they are poised to right that wrong by winning the group 3 event over 3309m at Gloucester Park on Friday night with the lightly-raced New Zealand-bred gelding Himself.…

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Paroquet, Overlooked as a $3000 Bargain

Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators Early this year Paula Petricevich was so disappointed with Paroquet, a four-year-old mare she had bred, that she advertised her for sale at just $3000. She received a few tentative nibbles, but nobody was willing to outlay this small price to buy her. Eventually, Serpentine trainer Michael Munro took…

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Machlani Ends 857 Day Drought

Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing A flying start from barrier four paved the way for Machlani’s long overdue win in the 2536m Direct Trades Supply Maddington Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The six-year-old gelding’s victory over Allwoods Rocknroll ($4.40) and Withoutthetuh ($2.50 favourite) ended an 857-day drought and a losing sequence…

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Swingband In Tune for the Westbred

Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing Classy Alta Christiano gelding Swingband resumed after a spell in dazzling style with a splendid victory in the 2130m Noah George Fundraiser Night Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. His powerful performance in winning from The Miki Taker and Tricky Miki was a firm indication that he…

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Patched Recovers His Health

Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators Rising trotting star Patched has made a good recovery from a worrying urinary tract infection and he simply outclassed the opposition when he set the pace and strolled to an effortless victory in the DTS Farm Fence Trot, a stand over 2503m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “The…

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No Trouble for Will I Rocknroll

Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing Enigmatic seven-year-old Will I Rocknroll took full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier when Stuart McDonald enjoyed an armchair drive in guiding him to an easy all-the-way win in the 2130m Farmlock Fencing Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Supporters of the $1.30 favourite had no…

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Orlando Blue Ends Losing Run of 14

Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators Four-year-old Orlando Blue, unplaced at his first three appearances after a spell, bounced back to form with a solid win in the 2536m Happy 50TH John Ramage Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Starting favourite at $1.80, Orlando Blue was bounced straight to the front from barrier two…

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