WA Trotting Media Guild Friday's Thoughts 26th April

Last year’s WA Derby winner King Of Swing is expected to make a winning return to the racetrack at Gloucester Park tonight, according to the majority of WA Trotting Media Guild members.

All but one - longshot guru Pat Harding - believe King Of Swing is ready to recapture his winning ways after a five-month spell.

The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and RWWA’s racing communications co-ordinator Tim Walker have made the Gary Hall-trained King Of Swing their best bet on the program.

“King Of Swing showed class and looked set for an outstanding future when he won last year’s WA Derby on a limited lead-up program,” Manning said. “He won at seven of his first nine WA starts before disappointing with four unplaced runs last October and November. However, he looked back to his bet in an easy win at Pinjarra trials last Sunday and should be hard to beat first-up.”

And Walker agrees.

“The Derby winner of last year returns here,” he said. “If the real King Of Swing shows up, he’s classes above these. Can lead or breeze here and be too good. Expect a big campaign from him.”

For the record, Harding has Warriors Code on top in King Of Swing’s race, the hot favourite not even figuring in his first four.

The longshot king believes unbeaten filly Double Expresso can take it up to the boys in the  $50,000 Group 2 Champagne Classic (2130m).

“Without doubt, one of the standouts at this week’s meeting at GP comes up in race nine with No. 2 Double Expresso,” Harding said. “This filly is in superlative form and is the best horse that Ross Olivieri has in his stable. Combine that with the driving talents of Chris Lewis and you have a wonderful combination that should romp away with another tremendous win.”

However, budding racecaller Hayden King is locking horns with Harding. He’s declared Poisedtopounce in the Champagne Classic.

“Poisedtopounce was a brilliant winner at Pinjarra and I think he will lead all the way,” King said. “Could be at an OK price with several touted and untapped runners.”

GPTV’s Ken Casellas is keen on the consistent As Happy As Larry.

“Seven-year-old As Happy As Larry is racing in the best form of his career and he gets the nod as my best bet,” Casellas said. “He has drawn somewhat awkwardly at barrier five in race three, but has the class to overcome this disadvantage. He gave a wonderful performance in the 2902m Easter Cup last week when he met with early interference and still finished a nose second to Mighty Conqueror.”

The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has settled on Arma Indie as his star bet.

“Arma Indie was brave at her local debut when runner-up to Typhoon Tiff in the Daintys Daughter Classic here in February,” Havercroft said. “She was subsequently found to have a bone chip which might have contributed to her defeat on that occasion and if back to her best, can ignite her Oaks campaign from the pole.”

Guild president Wayne Currall believes Herrick Roosevelt can get the job done from the pole in race seven.

“Forget Herrick Roosevelt even went around last week,” he said. “He was knocked sideways on the turn and was lucky to stay on his feet. He’s drawn the ace tonight and will take no end of beating on the rails.”

VALUE BETS
ERNIE: Madame Meilland has won five Gloucester Park races and is capable of overcoming a second-line draw when racing third-up after a spell. The mare has not won in her past seven starts, but ran a stylish last-start fifth after she had difficulty getting clear.
TIM: Madame Meilland is a nice mare in a good race. Drawn on the second row may not be a bad thing here if there is early pace as expected. Can be descending on them late.
PAT: I think the Brennan/Grantham combination can get the goods with The Bucket List. He has been very consistent and I think he can get the money here.
HAYDEN: Come Dance With Me was exceptional running home from midfield to win at Bunbury. The last half was superb and with any pace and a trail forward she can streak straight past.
KEN: Come Dance With Me will start from the outside of the back line in the Johnson Final. But she possesses a supercharged finishing burst and looks set to fight out the finish.
RYAN: Carrera Mach has won first-up in the past and resumes this week from a trailing draw. King Of Swing will likely be short in the same race and has the propensity to do things wrong.
WAYNE: Im Full Of Excuses hasn’t won for more than three months, but he’s been about the place in that time. Will appreciate the pole draw and he has the master in Chris Lewis doing the steering. He’s each-way value all day.

To view all of the Media Guild tips click here.

Good Punting.