WA Trotting Media Guild Friday's Thoughts 20th December
Last week’s Golden Nugget runner-up Patrickthepiranha is all the rage with members of the WA Trotting Media Guild at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart, The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft, longshot king Pat Harding and The West Australian’s Ernie Manning have all made the Colin Brown-trained four-year-old their best bet.
Wishart summed up the thoughts of his colleagues.
“Patrickthepiranha brings Golden Nugget form to this restricted-class race then draws barrier one,” Wishart said. ”It will indeed be a Christmas gift and punters will be lining up to collect.”
TABradio’s form expert Hayden King is keen on Son Of A Tiger.
“Son Of A Tiger is a potent frontrunner and gets the draw he needs,” King said. ”He has been busting for a draw and this Friday he can finally utilise it.”
Veteran form analyst Ken Casellas, TABradio racecaller Matt Young and Guild president Wayne Currall make a strong case for Simba Bromac.
“Simba Bromac is knocking on the door and is poised to end a losing sequence of 11 by proving too smart for his 11 rivals on Friday night, despite an awkward draw at barrier five,” Casellas said. ”He’s my best bet on what appears to be a highly competitive program. He finished with a solid burst from sixth at the bell to be second to Ideal Liner last Friday night - a week after his fast-finishing head second to Our Corelli.“
“Simba Bromac was game in defeat last run and looks ready to return to the winners circle,” Young said. “He can sit parked if need be to win this.”
WARREN: Bill Haley hasn’t had much go his way of late and I’m expecting him to get a gun run here. The $11 indicative price looks extremely juicy.
RYAN: Our Jimmy Johnstone drops in class on his recent outings and the evergreen pacer keeps running good races. He gets into this field nicely.
PAT: My value bet comes up in race six with the Bond-trained Our Jimmy Johnstone. He hasn't won for a while but has been placed a couple of times and I think from barrier five over the sprint journey he can bring a smile to the punters faces.
ERNIE: Our Jimmy Johnstone, who ran an eye-catching fourth after having difficulty getting clear a fortnight ago, is due to end a seven-race losing sequence. The veteran, a winner of 28 races, is likely to be prominently positioned from gate five.
HAYDEN: Tradie is drawn to get a dreamy run on the pegs and in this mediocre line-up the gaps will open for him if the tempo is sufficient. From there, he has the necessary tools to blouse them late.
KEN: For value, I suggest As Happy As Larry in race two, a 2536m event in which he is nicely drawn at barrier two on the back line and has the ability to outmuscle the likely favourite and pacemaker Son Of A Tiger. His strong-finishing first-up second to Roman Aviator last Friday week was full of merit and he looks set for a profitable campaign for trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams.
MATT: Regal Ambition goes well in front and there doesn’t appear to be much pressure and should run out a strong 2500. He should go well.
WAYNE: The consistent Our Alfie Romeo could get out to an each-way quote in the mares race. She’s drawn awkwardly in gate nine, but there’s no doubting her ability. Each-way all day.