Reeves Seeks to Rule the Roost
Trainer Hayden Reeves has 14 pacers in work at his Coolup stables and he will be a busy man at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he starts eight horses in the eighth event, the $18,000 Etch Coatings Pace over 2130m.
He hopes to dominate the event and has a leaning towards Unwritten Rule, who will be driven by Bailey McDonough from the No. 2 barrier on the front line.
McDonough had the choice of the stable runners and he opted for Unwritten Rule, a four-year-old he drove to victory in slow time at Wagin last Friday night when the gelding started from the back line and settled down in seventh position, one-out and two-back, before starting a three-wide move at the bell.
Unwritten Rule got to the front 220m from home when the leader Ultimate Joe broke into a gallop. Unwritten Rule has raced only twice at Gloucester Park for a sixth and an eighth placing.
“My best chances are Unwritten Rule and Whitbys Gamble (barrier six),” said the 38-year-old Reeves, who explained that eight was his favourite number as well as being the date of his birthday (September 8, 1981).
“The plan is for Unwritten Rule to jump to the front, and if he does, he won’t be handing up. They are my initial thoughts, but if Whitbys Gamble (to be handled by Morgan Woodley) finds herself in a prominent position in the early stages, she may even roll to the top. It’s very hard to make plans with so many runners.”
One horse given a strong chance of foiling a Reeves bid for victory is veteran New South Wales-bred gelding Change of Address, who is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line and should appreciate a drop in class.
Change of Address, to be driven by Rob Abercromby, has a losing sequence of 62 and has won just once from his past 86 starts. However, his recent form, including fourths at Northam and Narrogin, has been encouraging.