WA Trotting Media Guild Friday's Thoughts 7th July

The majority of members of the WA Trotting Media Guild believe Chicago Bull and Infinite Symbol are two of the best bets on Friday night's card at Gloucester Park.

Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar summed up the thoughts of most on Chicago Bull. "This champion WA pacer is aiming for three on end since returning from a six-month let up after winning the WA Pacing Cup," he said. "Just oozes class and though the draw and the sprint distance are not favourable, he should be winning from stablemate Beaudiene Boaz." Dewar has also opted for another Gary Hall-trained pacer in Zach Maguire as his next best."On a night where the Halls could dominate, Zach Maguire has drawn beautifully in gate two and could repeat his victory from last week," he said.

The West Australian's Ernie Manning, like many Guild members, has made Infinite Symbol his best bet. "Infinite Symbol has been lucky enough to draw barrier one for a third consecutive time," he said. "She has shown gate speed in her three recent starts from the pole and looks set to hold front running in the Gold Bracelet. There was a lot of merit in her placing to Cott Beach, after locking wheels, last Friday." Manning believes Mach Time could offer punters value. "He may be underrated after a distant last three weeks ago, but there it must be taken into account that he choked down," he said. "The four-year-old has since trialled satisfactorily. He won impressively two starts ago and has scored 12 victories in a 35-race career."

Leading tipster Stuart Lowe, who made Chicago Bull his best, believes Natural Disaster in race five could get out to a good each-way price. "Natural Disaster is a talented pacer who has won six of 10 starts this season," he said. "He was outstanding in winning in 1.55.6 over 2130m last start. Little awkwardly drawn here, but should be in the finish."

Longshot king Pat Harding, who led the way with six winners last week, is in Maia Maguire's camp. "I believe punters can get off to a really good start this week in the first two races at GP," he said. "In the first, Maia Maguire gets a great opportunity from the pole. It's her best draw for some time and I expect Justin Prentice to bounce her out and stay in front." Harding then suggests The Publisher in the second event. "The Publisher already has an impressive record and will be looking for successive wins," he said. "From gate one, Garry Hall Jr should get him away to a great start and give punters a great start to the night."

TABradio racecaller Matt McDermott is another fan of The Publisher. "He's been in good form, missing a place just once in his past five starts," he said. "Really good in winning last Saturday off the back line." McDermott also fancies Infinite Symbol. "No value here but the filly has been going great guns with three wins and two seconds at her past five appearances," he said. "Again drawn the inside and looks hard to hold out."

On-course announcer Ken Casellas, fresh from a seven-week holiday in sunny France, likes Americanbootscoota as his best for the night. "Americanboostscoota is the youngest and least experienced runner in the Lombo Mandingo At Allwood Stud Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and has drawn the worst barrier on the outside of the front line," he said. "But the four-year-old makes strong appeal as the night’s best bet. He looks a class above his rivals." Casellas said punters would have to be patient and wait until the final event for the best value bet of the night. "The Andrew De Campo-trained Mileys Desire warmed up for this assignment in fine style at Gloucester Park on Monday afternoon when she finished solidly from seventh (on the pegs) at the bell to be a close third behind Lady Luca and Blackjack Anna," he said. "She will start from the back line and should be able to sustain a spirited finishing burst."

TABform's racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has opted for Golden State as his best bet. "Golden State looks well placed to book his place in the upcoming Golden Slipper when he faces a small field on Friday night," he said. "The son of Big Jim would be undefeated but for galloping shortly after the start two runs ago, and worked home well from back in the field at Bunbury at his last outing." Havercroft is also a fan of Infinite Symbol and says the horse will lose nothing with Clinton Hall taking the reins, replacing the suspended Wayne Reid.

Veteran tipster Bill Brindley believes the Hall camp is in for a big night. "Hall gets my vote for best bet and double with Chicago Bull and The Publisher," Brindley said. He also likes the Justin Prentice-trained and driven Natural Disaster. "Natural Disaster can continue the great form of Justin Prentice as he normally races well fresh," Brindley said. "Former stablemate The Revolution could also be a value bet in the eighth and is one of many good drives for Shannon Suvaljko."

Guild president Wayne Currall has gone against popular opinion with his selection of Cimorene in the Gold Bracelet. "I realise Infinite Symbol will be hard to beat from the pole," he said. "But I'm not convinced she's the complete racehorse as yet. She can do things wrong in her races and this gives Cimorene, the conqueror of Miss Sangrial in the Diamond Classic, a chance to upset the favourite."

Good punting.