The last time the members of the WA Trotting Media Guild all had different best bets, I had a $10 all up on their selections (I left my selection out).
The first five legs came in and I had The War Nurse running for $2400 - not a bad return for my $10 outlay. Unfortunately, The War Nurse was a casualty and faded to finish out of the money after leading for most of the race.
Enigmatic five-year-old American Brave has been has been thrust into the deep end by champion trainer Gary Hall Snr and will face a stern test at his first appearance in Free-For-All company when he contests the $25,000 Retravision Your Fujitsu Specialist Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
A $3000 bargain snapped up by Craig Saligari and Chris Plozza just over 15 months ago has paid handsome dividends and is directly responsible for them owning Crocodile Kid, who is attempting to notch a hat-trick of wins when he contests the Retravision 24 Days of Christmas Giveaways Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
With two winners, three seconds and two thirds in the rich Golden Nugget Championship, astute Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed has been a major player in this time-honoured feature event for four-year-old pacers ever since Manageable finished third behind Eastern States invaders Sinbad Bay and Another Bart 30 years ago.
It’s a mixed bag of best bets from members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park.
Darling Downs horseman Aldo Cortopassi is driving in wonderful form and looks set for a winning double at Gloucester Park on Friday night with Roman Aviator in race three and Shadow Roll in the seventh event.
Kiwi Bloke, a slow developer who was unplaced at his first 15 starts in New Zealand, has blossomed over the past 12 months and looks set for a strong effort at his debut at Gloucester Park when he contests the Westral Venetian And Honeycomb Blinds Handicap.
Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond will be making a last-ditch bid to qualify the inexperienced but highly-promising four-year-old Taroona Bromac for a start in the $200,000 Retravision Golden Nugget on Friday week by winning the Westral Outdoor Patio Blinds Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Star reinsman Chris Voak freely admits that Gotta Go Gabbana is a pain to drive, but he is lavish in his praise of the tough six-year-old who has drawn perfectly at barrier No. 1 and should prove hard to beat in the Group 1 $125,000 Westral Mares Classic over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.