WA Trotting Media Guild Friday's Thoughts 25th January
Bettor Aim and Saying Grace - both from the leading yard of Greg and Skye Bond - have been earmarked as specials on Friday night at Gloucester Park by members of the WA Trotting Media Guild.
RWWA’s racing communications co-ordinator Tim Walker and multiple winner of the Guild’s tipping competition
Stuart Lowe have made Saying Grace their star bet at the meeting.
“This is a strong FFA, with a number of horses coming out of the Pacing Cup engaged,” Walker said. “But Saying Grace lost no admirers with his performance there and looks a good bet here.”
“My best bet is Saying Grace, who has gone enormously well to be just behind the placegetters in the Fremantle Cup and the Pacing Cup at his last two starts,” Lowe said. “He is ideally drawn in one here and in an easier race.”
The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and the racing co-ordinator at The West Australian Ryan Havercroft believe the impressive Bettor Aim can continue on his winning ways.
“Bettor Aim could not have been more impressive when running the fastest time in Nights Of Thunder qualifying heats,” Manning said. “He should be able to overcome barrier nine in the final, judging by the style in which won his heat by almost 10m. The gelding has won at seven of nine starts since the Bond stable imported him after a Christchurch victory last year.”
Havercroft is in total agreement.
“Bettor Aim was way too good for his rivals last week and looks the one to beat in the Nights Of Thunder final,” Havercroft said. “He rated 1.52.4 in winning his heat and looked to have a little in reserve.”
The on-course announcer at headquarters Ken Casellas is keen on Liberty Rose.
“Star reinsman Gary Hall Jr has been in devastating form with 10 winners in the past week and he will have an army of admirers when he drives Liberty Rose on Friday night.” Casellas said. “Liberty Rose has been placed at her three starts since resuming from a spell and the four-year-old is my best bet this week. She is ideally drawn at barrier two on the front line and this could prove a telling advantage over the ultra-consistent Lord Willoughby, who has drawn barrier No. 3.”
Longshot king Pat Harding has made James Butt his star bet.
“My best bet of the night comes up in race seven with James Butt,” Harding said. “Although coming out of barrier No. 9, the longer distance of 2536 metres should suit and with Chris Voak aboard should record back-to-back wins.”
TABradio’s Matt Young has opted for Bettor Not Bitter, another Bond runner, as his best for the night.
“Bettor Not Bitter meets a perfect line-up to return to the winners’ circle,” Young said. “He has the gate speed to lead and control the race.”
Guild president Wayne Currall and budding racecaller Hayden King believe punters can add to their bank early doors by supporting Chiaroscuro in the opening event.
“The last time Chiaroscuro drew the pole at GP he recorded a comfortable all-the-way victory over this distance in a mile rate of 1:57.5,” Currall said. “Will waltz to the front for Dylan Egerton-Green and from there he’s the one they all have to get over. Can get punters off to a flyer.”
King is in agreement.
“Chiaroscuro can lead and win as he did here just weeks ago,” King said.
Tim: The Nights Of Thunder Final looks an intriguing race on paper and it might set up for an opportunist type horse like Soho Chelsea. Will hopefully be near the speed and tough enough at the finish.
Stuart: My value bet is Bettor Be Lively, who stormed home to run second in a fast run race last week behind Bettor Aim. He is drawn to win here.
Ernie: Lets Cut Loose will switch back to a mobile after standing start races at his past three appearances. All of his 14 wins in New Zealand and NSW have been from mobile starts. The Gary Hall-trained gelding is due to break an eight-run losing sequence.
Ryan: Machrie gets a draw enabling him to run into the placings again. He came from last at the 400m to run third a week ago and will sit closer this week.
Ken: For value, I suggest Iam Lambros in race eight. The Craig Abercromby-trained five-year-old has good potential and is racing with commendable enthusiasm. He should be in a commanding position throughout from barrier three.
Pat: My value bet of the night should see a double for trainer Ross Olivieri and driver Chris Voak in the ninth with Morant. He has good form on the board and should prevail in what is a pretty strong race.
Matt: Righteous Brother is racing soundly and meets a moderate line-up and I think he is capable of running a big race at odds.
Wayne: Gotta Go Chocolate will be sent out at huge odds in race three, but he could get the run of the race behind expected leader and favourite Bettor Not Bitter. Can run into the money without surprising.
Hayden: Soho Wonder can explode late off a soft run to win.
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