WA Trotting Media Guild Friday's Thoughts 13th July

Followers of longshot maestro Pat Harding would have been laughing all the way to the bank after the final race at Gloucester Park last Friday night.

Harding, who has won the longshot crown in the WA Trotting Media Guild’s tipping competition for the last four years and made a rare appearance in last week’s racebook, found 50/1 shot Allwoods Rocknroll.

Not surprisingly, this is not the longest-priced winner Harding has tipped this season.

Late last year, he selected Courage Tells and the horse duly saluted at the cricket-score odds of $114.50.

Uncanny!

“I was delighted with my $50 winner in the last race last week ... hopefully we can repeat the dose on Friday night,” Harding said.

Probably the longest-priced horse Harding has put on top this week is Kohli in race eight.

The State’s best pacer, Chicago Bull, makes his reappearance at headquarters on Friday night and Harding, last season’s leading tipster, Stuart Lowe, and Guild president Wayne Currall have made the “Little Bull” their best for the night.

“My best bet is Chicago Bull,” Lowe said. “The star pacer, who has won his last four stars at Gloucester Park, resumes after a four-month let up. Looks too classy for his rivals.”

Harding and Currall agree.

“Friday night should be an excellent night at GP with the return of arguably the State’s best pacer Chicago Bull,” Harding said. “He is my best bet for the night. The small field of nine should be ideal for Gary Hall Jr to make his move when he likes and I am sure he will round them up and return to racing with a convincing win.”

Currall said that Chicago Bull had had the benefit of an easy trial win at Byford last Sunday where he sprinted home in 55.4 for the last 800m.

“He’s not a big animal and he comes to hand quickly,” he said. “Should pack too much class for the opposition.”

TABradio’s Matt Young, who is setting a hot pace in this year’s tipping competition, has made Ideal Tyson his best bet on the program.

“Ideal Tyson comes down in grade and has the advantage in the draw over his main rival (Vampiro),” Young said. “He looks well suited to land a victory here.”

But The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is at odds with Young.

“Vampiro led and ran them along when claimed late by fast-class performers Galactic Star and Bettors Fire last week,” Havercroft said. “That was his third run since resuming and I think he is strong enough to overcome an awkward draw this week in easier company.”

GPTV’s Ken Casellas is keen on Speed Man.

“A solid performance in a Byford trial on Sunday morning was a strong indication that Speed Man is ready to resume racing after a spell in top shape,” Casellas said. “He is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line and should give his supporters a great run for their money. He’s my best bet.”

The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has made Millview Sienna his star bet.

“Millview Sienna was unlucky when fourth after facing the breeze at her past two starts,” Manning said. “Has shown plenty of ability in four Gloucester Park victories and looks capable of bouncing back into the winners' list.”

 

VALUE BETS

Pat: Rock Diamonds should return to winning form. Although off 30 metres, expect driver Ryan Warwick to drive a confident race and romp home in a small field.

Stuart: The value bet is Rock Diamonds, who switches to a standing-start race here. Run impressive fifths at two runs back from a short let-up. Looks suited here.

Wayne: Im Soxy is drawn to get the run of the race behind likely leader Thereugo. She’s racing as well as ever and looms as a solid place chance in this field.

Matt: Change Of Address has the perfect draw and looks set to lead and can win this to get punters off on the right foot.

Ryan: Our Corelli is drawn to follow out likely odds-on favourite Speed Man. His winning recent form in the bush suggests he could be value at an each-way price.

Ken: For value I’m suggesting Dodolicious, who has drawn perfectly at barrier one in race two. She gets an excellent chance to set the pace and end a losing sequence of 13.

Ernie: The War Nurse has a 19-run losing sequence and broke gait at her past two starts. But she can be prominent if showing form displayed in two recent placings.

To view all of the Media Guild tips click here.

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