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Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has given punters a valuable tip by choosing to drive Beat City in preference to Jack Farthing in the $23,750 Our Jimmy Johnstone Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Beat City will start from the No. 5 barrier, and Jack Farthing will begin from barrier six. Hall has stuck with the Michael Young-trained Beat City, who will be aiming to complete a winning hat-trick. Beat City rated 1.56.3 when he narrowly defeated the highly-regarded Ragazzo Mach last Friday night.

“This looks a winnable race for Beat City,” said Young. “In-form horses Jack Farthing and Glenledi Chief have drawn wide, outside of Beat City.”

Hall drove the Justin Prentice-trained Jack Farthing at his second outing after a lengthy absence when the seven-year-old finished solidly from seventh and last at the bell to finish third behind Ideal Agent and Tommy Be Good last Friday week. Michael Grantham has been engaged to drive Jack Farthing, a winner of 18 races, this week.

Ten-year-old Tommy Be Good will start from the prized No. 1 barrier and will be driven by Emily Suvaljko. He has not been successful for 22 months but is capable of a bold showing.

Glenledi Chief, a lightly-raced five-year-old prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, will start from the outside in the field of seven. After resuming from a spell Glenledi Chief has impressed with two commanding victories in standing-start events.

The Bonds and Warwick also have excellent prospects with Dont Bother Me None (race four), Booraa (race seven) and Unconditional (race eight).

Dont Bother Me None will start from barrier two in the Allira and Jett Pace, and the lightly-raced New Zealand-bred four-year-old is expected to have a keen duel for the early lead with Texas Tiger (barrier three).

Texas Tiger is a speedy beginner who set the pace when beaten in the final stride by the Bond-trained Double Up in a 2130m event last Friday week. A week earlier, he led and won from To Fast To Serious over 2536m.

Dont Bother Me None is a rising star who has raced only 24 times for 13 wins and five placings. He had a tough run in the breeze when a last-start third behind stablemates Ima Rockabilly Rebel and Booraa at his latest outing.

Booraa is awkwardly drawn at barrier six in the Galactic Star Pace, in which Ima Rockabilly Rebel (Deni Roberts) will start from barrier five. They will clash with veteran performer Angel In White, who looks well placed from barrier two for trainer Shane Tognolini and reinsman Shannon Suvaljko.

Angel In White was far from disgraced in the group 2 WASBA Breeders Stakes last Friday night when she raced in the breeze for the first 500m before obtaining a favourable trail in the one-out, one-back position and then being blocked for a clear run until the final 75m — when she finished solidly into fifth place behind Savvy Bromac.

Unconditional, a winner at eight of her 22 starts, will begin from barrier five in the 2130m Anne and Rob Gartrell Pace in which her chief rivals appear to be Miss Boudica and Run For Mercy.

Miss Boudica, trained by Micchael Brennan and driven by Michael Grantham, caught the eye with her fast-finishing sixth behind Savvy Bromac last week, and she has the class to overcome her unfavourable barrier at No. 7.

Run For Mercy, trained by Jemma Hayman, will start from barrier four with Chris Voak in the sulky. The five-year-old unwound a dazzling late burst to get up and win the 1140m Dash For Cash at Bunbury on Wednesday of last week.