WA Trotting Media Guild Friday's Thoughts 16th August
It’s a mixed bag of best bets from members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park.
The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and longshot king Pat Harding believe talented three-year-old gelding Wildwest will keep his unbeaten record intact when he steps out in race nine.
“Wildwest has won by significant margins at each of his three starts and appears to have potential that could make him the next stable star at trainer Gary Hall’s property,” Manning said. “Imported from New Zealand after scoring by almost 40m last May, he recorded a WA debut victory by more than 35m at Pinjarra last month. He was not extended in a 9.5m win at his first Gloucester Park appearance. He is aimed at the Golden Nugget, but seems certain to also be entered in the Fremantle Pacing Cup and WA Pacing Cup.”
Harding agrees with Manning.
“There is no doubt that Gary Hall has yet another outstanding horse in his stable in Wildwest and despite the wide barrier I believe he can notch up yet another impressive win,” Harding said.
Leading tipster Matt Young is keen on the enigmatic King Of Swing in the opening event.
“King Of Swing is a beast in front and he has drawn to lead,” Young said. “He should be winning by as far as Gary Hall Jr feels like.”
TABradio’s racecaller Hayden King thinks punters should keep their powder dry until the last race.
“Remit Me Whitby looks set for an all-the-way victory, almost identical to Tuesday,” King said. “She has improved out of sight to be one of our topline two-year-olds.”
On-course announcer Ken Casellas has been impressed with Eloquent Mach’s form.
“Three-year-old Eloquent Mach has returned after a spell in wonderful form and he looks set to complete a hat-trick by overcoming a 20-metre handicap on Friday night,” Casellas said. “He has been most impressive in winning stands over 2096m and 3309m on the past two Friday nights after resuming racing for champion trainer Gary Hall following a four-month absence.”
The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is a fan of Our Corelli in the fourth race.
“Our Corelli has his best draw since transferring to the Debra Lewis stable and looks poised to return to winning form,” Havercroft said. “In April he last drew barrier one, while in the care of Justin Prentice, and led all of the way for a comfortable victory.”
Guild president Wayne Currall believes the consistent Dominate The Dojo can finally break through for a well-deserved victory.
“This speed machine from the Kevin Keys stable has run four seconds and two thirds from his last six outings,” Currall said. “His last win was over the sprint trip in May when he led all the way in a mile rate of 1.55.7. He’s drawn out wide but champion reinsman Chris Lewis will use his abundant pace off the arm to cross the field. From the top he’s the horse they all have to beat.”
ERNIE: Bechers Brook has a five-run losing sequence, but would not surprise if he displayed the form which delivered 12 wins in his first 24 races. A winner of six Gloucester Park events, he has this week drawn better than when fourth to Major Trojan last Friday night.
PAT: I think the August Cup is a wide open affair but I have a feeling that No. 9 Vultan Tin can get the job done. With the race over 2536 metres, I don't think the wide barrier will affect his chances.
MATT: Bad Round has been racing well without much luck, looks to be some pace on over the mile and Shannon Suvaljko can weave some magic at double-figure odds.
HAYDEN: Hot Fraternity has multiple avenues from which he can achieve victory. This versatility may prove vital in a tactical race.
KEN: She Could Be Good has charged home from the rear to be placed at her past two outings and will be mighty hard to beat this week.
RYAN: From a backline draw, Cyber Storm went to the line hard held on debut and should have finished closer than fourth. Drawn the pole this week, he can make his own luck if he leads.
WAYNE: Last-start winner Free To Air should get a cosy run behind likely leader Whoswhointhezoo and can run a race at each-way odds.