WA Trotting Media Guild Friday's Thoughts 11th January

The Gary Hall-trained mare Liberty Rose looks the best of good things at Friday night’s Fremantle Pacing Cup meeting at Gloucester Park.

Most members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have Liberty Rose on top, with three members making her the best bet on a star-studded evening of pacing.

Multiple winner of the Guild’s tipping competition Stuart Lowe, The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and RWWA’s racing communications co-ordinator Tim Walker have all made Liberty Rose a special.

“My best is Liberty Rose, who impressed last week with a close second from a wide draw  to  top-class mare Maczaffair,” Lowe said. “Much better drawn here in an easier field and should go close.”

Havercroft and Walker agree.

“Liberty Rose took plenty of ground off Maczaffair to finish second when resuming last Friday night,” Havercroft said. “This week she meets an easier field and is drawn to be prominent.”

Walker said Liberty Rose’s return last week was nothing short of stunning.

“Second-up, I think we can back her with confidence here and right through the campaign,” he said.

Longshot king Pat Harding has made Saying Grace - one of seven runners in the feature from the leading yard of Greg and Skye Bond - as his star bet.

“My best bet comes up in the Fremantle Pacing Cup,” Harding said. “There is a great deal of talent in this field, but I think Saying Grace from barrier No.1 is the way to go. Up until his last run, Saying Grace had three great wins in a row and with experienced reinsman Chris Lewis aboard should give punters an excellent sight.”

The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is a true believer in Bettor B Abeliever.

“Bettor B Abeliever looks at peak form after his last-start win and barrier one is a bonus,” Manning said. “The four-year-old, who possesses gate speed, has shown considerable potential since arriving from New Zealand. An impressive tally of four wins and three places has been recorded in his past nine starts.”

GPTV’s Ken Casellas thinks The Arsonist could set the track alight in his event.

“Lightly-raced eight-year-old The Arsonist, one of the few chestnut pacers in training in WA, is racing with considerable enthusiasm and is my best bet on Friday night when he is sure to appreciate the favourable No. 2 barrier in race eight,” Casellas said. “The New Zealand-bred revealed improved gate speed from barrier five last Friday night and impressed with his determination when he worked hard in the breeze and fought on grimly to finish third behind the speedy Golden State.”

Budding racecaller Hayden King has opted for The Bucket List as his best for the night.

“The Bucket List was very unfortunate to have missed a spot in the Fremantle Cup,” King said. “He can win on Friday and shore up his selection for the WA Pacing Cup next week.”

TABradio’s Matt Young believes punters can add to their bank early doors by supporting Bronze Seeker.

“Bronze Seeker has drawn beautifully and is in form, looks the leader and can start the night off well for the punters,” Young said.

Media Guild president Wayne Currall is keen on Bettor Vision.

“Bettor Vision was downed as an odds-on favourite last Friday night,” Currall said. “But he was only beaten a nose by the talented Stefsbest. This looks to be an easier assignment and he could act as a banker for all-ups and quaddie punters.”



Stuart: The value bet for me is Mister Ardee. He was never in it last week from nine. He was narrowly beaten at his previous start. Better drawn here and can play a part.

Ryan: Our Max Phactor handled the massive class rise when second to My Field Marshal in the Village Kid Pace. Could fill a placing again.

Tim: Very excited to see Simba Bromac try his hand in FFA company. A big talent and a win here could see him secure a start in the Pacing Cup next week.

Pat: My value bet comes up in race eight with No. 3 Anime. I tipped him to win last week and he ran a creditable second. With Chris Voak aboard I think he can go one better.

Ernie: Whoswhointhezoo, who got a long way back and was unplaced after drawing wide last Friday, is capable of figuring in the finish if having a little luck from his slightly better barrier. He has won seven races, including four at Gloucester Park.

Ken: For value, I suggest the ultra-consistent Lord Willoughby, who will start from the back line in race six. He has resumed after a spell in fine fettle and had a torrid run last week when unplaced behind Chiaroscuro. He looks set to fight out the finish of his race.

Hayden: Be On Guard is going better than his form suggests. He is drawn awfully but is a chance in an open race.

Matt: Baptism Of Fire ideally drawn, has options and is racing well. Solid each-way chance.

Wayne: Former top-class pacer Waylade ran a slashing second behind El Jacko last start. He hasn’t graced the winner’s stall for more than two years, but he looks a genuine each-way chance here.

To view all of the Media Guild tips click here.

Good Punting!