WA Trotting Media Guild Friday's Thoughts 14th July
Veteran tipster Bill Brindley showed all his experience when he led the members of the WA Trotting Media Guild with eight winners from last week's meeting at Gloucester Park.
Brindley tipped the first six winners on the card, including value selections Donegal Rundlescreek ($5.50) and Natural Disaster ($5.30), before finishing strongly with The Revolution ($2.70) and Mileys Desire ($4.30). It was an outstanding effort, rating just behind leading tipster Stuart Lowe's superb nine winners earlier this year.
Brindley summed up most Guild members' thoughts on their best bet for the night. "It is hard to go past Chicago Bull as the best bet, however Jack Mac also looms as a special on his outstanding form in this State," Brindley said. "Livura should lead throughout for the in-form Nathan Turvey and the Justin Prentice-trained and driven Quite A Delight is my value bet."
Lowe has opted for Motu Premier as his best bet on a quality card of pacing. "My best bet is in race five - Motu Premier," he said. "He's a promising type who has won all three of his starts in WA. Last week he breezed at Bunbury before defeating a good field over 2100m in 1.55.6. A repeat of that run would make him very hard to beat here." Lowe likes Budd Sidewinder in the last as his value bet. "This horse has returned to form at his last two starts with a win and close third in the country," he said. "Drawn wide, but this field is not overly strong, and he gets his chance to earn."
TABradio's race caller Matt McDermott and Guild president Wayne Currall have also nominated Motu Premier as their best bet. "Motu Premier has recorded nine wins in his last 11 starts and is unbeaten in WA," McDermott said. "He defeated some nice horses in Sydney before making his way west and from gate two, barring any unforeseen circumstances, will be winning here." McDermott likes Rub Of The Green as his next best. "Great win at Narrogin last start in really good time off 60m and was an excellent first-up second at his start prior at Pinjarra," he said. "If Rub Of The Green jumps safely enough from the stand and can land close to them he'll be right in the finish." Currall is a fan of Livura in the second last. "This bloke has been crying out for a draw and he gets it in gate two on Friday night," he said. "Should run to the front and lead them a merry dance."
The Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar has opted for Jack Mac in the rich Golden Slipper as his best bet. "Jack Mac will be going for six on end in Friday night's $125,000 Choices Flooring Golden Slipper Stakes," he said. "Won by two lengths over 2130m at Gloucester Park when doing all the work in the race, drawn beautifully in gate two and to be driven by Chris Lewis - hard to see him getting beat." Dewar likes Shes Artful as his value for the night. "Shes Artful has drawn ideally in gate one," he said. "She finished a close fourth behind stablemate Donegal Rundlescreek last Friday night. Looks set to get the pie ride in transit and at a backable price could be a good each-way investment."
On-course announcer Ken Casellas is at odds with Dewar, making Donegal Rundlescreek his best bet. "Donegal Rundlescreek gives every indication of being a strong stayer and she should be capable of overcoming a back-line draw and winning over the 2536m trip on Friday night," he said. Casellas likes The Storm Chief as his best value for the night. "He has a losing sequence of 10, but he's drawn to lead in this race and could prove hard to run down for reinsman Michael Grantham."
The West Australian's Ernie Manning is a big fan of Americanbootscoota. "Americanbootscoota has won four of his past five races and is establishing impressive statistics for trainer Debra Lewis," he said. "The gelding has been unplaced only twice in 11 starts since a transfer to her stable. It would not surprise if he graduated to cups class by next summer." Manning likes Quite A Delight as his best value. "She is resuming after a seven-month break from racing and should not be underrated despite her 11-start losing sequence," he said. "Trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice is expected to bring her back to form this time in."
Longshot king Pat Harding believes it will be a favourite’s night. "I have a feeling that this Friday night should be a good night for favourites at GP," he said. "Punters should get off to an excellent start in the first with The Publisher. It was an excellent win last week and with Gary Hall Jr aboard should make it three wins in a row." Harding has gone for Velvet Feels Good as his value selection. "Looking for a bit of value for punters, I went to the last with Velvet Feels Good," he said. "With Chris Voak aboard this horse does have a bit of form and could prove a good each-way bet."
TABform racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has opted for The Publisher to get punters off on the right foot in the first. "The three-year-old had the same barrier over the same trip when untroubled in rating a smart 1:56.5 here last week," he said. "Can lead all the way again and give punters a good start." Havercroft is another Guild member who fancies Motu Premier. "Motu Premier is drawn to continue his unbeaten WA record when he contests a heat of The Chandon series," he said. "In three local starts he has shown versatility, winning from both stand and mobile starts. This assignment presents his best draw since arriving from Sydney and he looks up to the rise in class."