WA Trotting Media Guild Friday's Thoughts 16th June
The WA Trotting Media Guild members are divided in their opinions on what horses are stand-out bets on Friday night's card at Gloucester Park.
Leading tipster Stuart Lowe has opted for Soho Tribeca as his best bet. "He's first-up since January, but he won the Golden Nugget three starts ago," Lowe said. "He then placed in the Fremantle Cup and the WA Pacing Cup. Drawn wide, but is well down in class and should win."
The West Australian's Ernie Manning is in the Miss Sangrial camp. "I thought it was a crying shame to see her beaten narrowly in the Diamond Classic after being annoyed in the lead by a hard-pulling Tenniele Erin," Manning said. "Miss Sangrial had proven in wins at her previous three starts that she is WA’s best two-year-old filly. She has the exceptional career tally of six wins and five places from 13 starts."
Longshot king Pat Harding agrees with Manning's thoughts on Miss Sangrial. "I believe punters can get off to a good start at GP on Friday with the very consistent Miss Sangrial in the first race," Harding said. "With the two Michaels - Brennan and Grantham - this impressive filly should continue on her winning ways."
Veteran harness racing tipster Bill Brindley likes Mitch Maguire. "Another top night of pacing," Brindley said. "My best bet is Mitch Maguire - he's a stand out in the ninth. Soho Tribeca resumes from a spell but oozes class and should also be winning."
Media Guild president Wayne Currall believes punters should put a line through Beaudiene Boaz's last-start eighth. "It's an old adage in racing to forgive a good horse one bad run," Currall said. "And Beaudiene Boaz is a good horse. I'm confident he'll bounce back to his best."
Currall nominated Bellerkerrin as his best value for the night. "This lightly raced six-year-old gelding resumes from a five-month spell, but he meets a pretty ordinary field," he said. "He raced against better company last prep and could get out to a silly price."
Brindley is a fan of Red Hot Major. "Red Hot Major can lead throughout in the sixth race and punters should give Beaudiene Boaz another chance from barrier three in the seventh," he said.
Harding has opted for Grinning Fear as his value selection. "Looking for a bit of value and race eight might provide it with Grinning Fear," he said. "This Sarah Dacey-trained pacer has Kim Prentice aboard and I believe offers good each-way odds for punters."
Manning likes the chances of Touch Of Success at odds. "The Barry Howlett-trained four-year-old showed a lot of potential early this season, when a winner at four of his first five WA starts," he said. "He arrived here with a solid reputation after three New Zealand wins. Touch Of Success, who last raced in February, was tuned for his first-up assignment when second in a recent barrier trial."
Lowe believes Falling Starzzz in race three could provide value. "This mare is racing well with placings at each of her last three runs," he said. "Worked home well to be third to Shes Artful last start. With the pole draw here she should again have strong each-way claims."