Aussie News - March 9

By Adam Hamilton

 Champion Western Australian trainer Gary Hall Sr is starting to think he’s found his new “Quinny.”

 Well, that’s a big call, but Hall Sr and his son, Gary Jr, do think former Kiwi three-year-old Beaudiene Boaz has stunning potential.

 “Gaz (Gary Jr) was onto to him before me. He’s loved him since the day he arrived here from NZ,” Hall Sr said.

 “The more I have to do with him, the more excited I get. He’s got it all.”

 Beaudiene Boaz made it five wins from as many starts for the Halls when he blitzed his rivals in a prelude of the WA Derby at Gloucester Park last Friday night.

 The colt was eased from a wide draw, worked around to take the lead soon after and ripped home in 56 and 27.1sec to win 8.4m in a 1min57sec mile rate for 2130m.

 The Derby isn’t run until April 17 and it’s his for the taking, unless one of the big guns from the eastern states – like a Menin Gate or Ideal For Real – happened to make a surprise trip across the Nullabor.

 Unless that happens, Beaudiene Boaz won’t be tested against serious opposition until the Breeders Crown, which Hall Sr is keen to do in August.

 Longer term, the question is whether Beaudiene Boaz could be thrown into the deep end for the first of Perth’s three Inter Dominions in the new roster, which starts in late November.

 Beaudiene Boaz was bought by a group of Hall’s major clients after winning the Harness Jewels last season.

 The son of Badlands Hanover won the Group 1 Golden Slipper in powerhouse fashion at his only run for Hall Sr last season and was then spelled. He’s four from four this campaign.


He is one of Australia’s most-loved pacers and he is loving his time in the big smoke.

Come On Frank, the South Australian gelding with a huge following on his own Facebook page, made it three wins from six starts during his extended stint in NSW with trainer-driver Darren Billinger.

The goal was to try and make the Inter Dominion final, but Come On Frank drew wide and found it a bit too hard in his heat a few weeks back when seventh to Ultimate Art.

But it’s clear the more time he’s spending in the tough free-for-all racing at Menangle, the more he’s thriving.

Come On Frank’s win in the free-for-all last Friday night was up with the best of his career.

The seven-year-old sat parked outside hot favourite Alta Jerome and poured on the pressure through the middle stages, including a 27.6sec split from the 800m to 400m.

Come On Frank had Alta Jerome beating at the top of the long home straight and still clocked a 26.8sec closing quarter to win by 2.6m in a 1min52sec mile.

He added another $12,000 to his ever-growing bankroll, which now stands at $357,804 from 93 starts for 49 wins and 27 placings.


Another interstate pacer to grab the limelight at the Menangle meeting was Queensland’s Bettor Draw, who led throughout in a 1min51.9sec mile in the fifth event.

Talented young trainer-driver Narissa McMullen decided on a Sydney campaign after Bettor Draw ran a terrific third to Majestic Mach and Avonnova in the Queensland heat of the Inter Dominion.

He ran a close and eye-catching fourth to Franco Ledger in the Group 1 Bohemia Crystal free-for-all on Inter Dom day before backing-up five days later to win so stylishly last Friday night.

Connections of former Victorian pacer Dynamite Dude are certainly excited the Inter Dominion moves to Perth next season.

Since the gelding moved from Victoria to Perth to join Ross Olivieri’s stable, Dynamite Dude has got better and better.

His dominant win in last Friday night’s $25,000 Autumn Championship – in a scorching 1min55.7sec mile rate for 2130m – took his WA record to 17 starts for 11 wins, five placings and a fourth.

“He’s giving us so many thrills,” part-owner Rob Auber said. “He just keeps stepping up. He’s just such a great stayer we’re hoping they settle on a 2900m final for the Inter Dominion.”

Dynamite Dude won a battle for the lead from the pole for driver Chris Lewis and rolled along as he likes with a 59.6sec middle half then closing splits of 57 and 28.6sec.


The baby trotters are starting to step-out in Victoria.

And one of them, Cruisin Around, made quite an impression winning on debut for trainer Mick Hughes and driver Anthony Butt at Bendigo last Friday night.

The son of Bacardi Lindy is owned by some of the best-known names in Victorian harness racing, including former media personality Bill Hutchison, owner/administrator/sponsor Michael Taranto, former Cranbourne club chief David Scott and many more.

Cruisin Around had impressed at the trials and started a $1.65 favourite before thrashing his rivals by 11m in a 2min6.9sec for 1650m.

The other notable winner on the night was classy three-year-old filly Niki No No, who whooshed home from a mile back to win a strong race and show she was progressing well towards the Victoria Oaks.


Partners Amanda Turnbull and Nathan Jack went to the big Wagga Cup night and conquered.

They won half the eight-race card on Wagga Cup night between them.

It was Amanda who dominated with a powerhouse win in the Wagga Derby aboard Mouse In The House, trained by her father Steve.

Amanda and Steve also combined win with Mighty Gift in the third race and Smithstars Lexus in the last.

Jack’s win was also a family affair with his father, Russell, training the promising Grand Anse to win the Wagga Oaks.

Amanda and Nathan teamed-up in the Cup, but had to be content with second with Itdontmattertome behind Hollywood Sign.


Now we know the buzz has been so big on two-year-old Major Buddy.

The son of Art Major carried huge expectations into his first three starts for breeder-trainer Mark Lichtwark, but only managed a fifth, second and seventh in three Menangle runs.

Back in Queensland, down in grade and driven aggressively, Major Buddy looked fantastic winning the $30,000 Paleface Adios Classic (1660m) by almost 17m in a solid 1min57.9sec mile rate.

One-time budding star Chilli Palmer returned to winning form in the Gawler Gold Cup (2645m) last night.

 Trained by Amanda Grieve and driven by Alex Ashwood, Chilli Palmer looked a league above his rivals, but had to dig deep to run down the leader The Smiler.


Country Western Australian Bunbury, which will host round two of the Inter Dominion heats later this year, enjoyed some limelight on Saturday night.

Father/son Gary Hall Sr and Gary Jr won two of the majors with Tact Major in the Battle Of Bunbury for three-year-olds and Get Outta Eyre, a Christian Cullen half-brother to former star Lanercost, in the Dash For Cash.

The fact Bunbury has lights earned it hosting rights to the middle round of next season’s Inter Dominion qualifying heats over Pinjarra.