WA Trotting Media Guild Friday's Thoughts 26th July
The return of WA Derby winner Major Trojan will be one of the highlights of Friday night’s 10-event card at Gloucester Park.
The majority of the WA Trotting Media Guild members believe that Major Trojan will make a winning return to the track, with The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and RWWA’s racing communications co-ordinator Tim Walker making the Gary Hall-trained colt their best bet.
“An impressive trial win at Byford last Sunday indicates Major Trojan is forward in condition for his first race since a clear victory in the WA Derby last April,” Manning said. “Imported to Perth after two New Zealand wins, Major Trojan returned to his peak when successful in a Derby Prelude during late March. He looks an ideal prospect for next season’s Golden Nugget.”
And Walker agrees.
“Derby winner Major Trojan returns here and if he’s half the horse he was in the derby, he will return in winning form,” Walker said.
Longshot guru Pat Harding has been impressed with Our Corelli’s recent form.
“On a tough night, my best bet comes up in race seven with No.3 Our Corelli,” Harding said. “This horse has been a model of consistency with four wins in a row. Coming out of barrier three in a small field, I believe he can make it five wins on the trot for the Debra Lewis stable, which is in wonderful form.”
But leading tipster Matt Young disagrees with Harding and has made El Jacko his best in the same race.
“El Jacko was very much eye catching first-up and is drawn to be close enough in a small field,” Young said. “His turn of foot will see him get the victory.”
On-course announcer Ken Casellas is keen on Majorpride in the eighth race.
“The Justin Prentice-trained filly Majorpride has drawn awkwardly at barrier six, but she has the class to overcome this disadvantage and is my best bet on Friday night,” Casellas said. “She was most unlucky in the Dainty’s Daughter Classic at Pinjarra last Monday week when she was last in the field of 12 at the bell and was badly hampered in the back straight by a tiring runner before unwinding a powerful late burst to finish third behind Mandy Joan and Countess Grace.”
The John Higgins Memorial Final has divided three members of the Guild.
Novice racecaller Hayden King is a big fan of Son Of A Tiger.
“I really like Son Of A Tiger as a horse and I fancy he will be extricated from the inside early into a prominent moving line position,” King said. “I think he will jet home over the top.”
But The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is keen on the rejuvenated Maras Ace Man in the same race.
“Maras Ace Man has been unplaced just once since entering the care of Michael Grantham earlier this year,” Havercroft said. “He has been a model of consistency of late and has improved so much he now has to be respected in Friday night company.”
And just to complicate matters more, Guild president Wayne Currall has made Convert Denario his best bet in the Higgins Final.
“The engagement of champion reinsman Chris Lewis has made me bullish about the prospects of Convert Denario,” Currall said. “The horse has had four wins and two minor placings from seven starts since crossing from Victoria to join Clinton Hall’s stable. With Lewis doing the steering, I think he’ll prove too strong for his nine rivals.”
ERNIE: Smoldering Ashes is on a six-run losing sequence and has won only once in his past 17 starts. But the gelding looked ready to break his drought when he ran second after starting from a 60m handicap and facing the breeze at Bunbury last Saturday night.
TIM: Son Of A Tiger put together three in a row and now comes to town and has a good draw as the only runner off the back line. Looks to be a nice each-way bet here.
PAT: Bechers Brook has been knocking on the door since his last win four starts ago and is well drawn in barrier three. He should give punters a good run for their money.
MATT: Bettor Reward has drawn poorly, but is expected to bounce back and with G. Hall Jr in the gig, I expect a big run.
KEN: The Dali Express galloped our at the standing start and ruined his chances in the BOTRA Cup last week. He did, however, perform well to finish sixth after working hard in the breeze.
HAYDEN: I am keen on Burning Rubber. He will get a dreamy pegs run, and find the gaps when horses outside start to weaken over the longer trip. I think he will replicate his last-start win.
RYAN: Lord Liam is reliable from the mobile, a last-start winner and has strong claims against the best of the local trotters.
WAYNE: Dennis has drawn the pole in the John Higgins Memorial Final. Although his form doesn’t read as well as some of his rivals, he will appreciate the pegs and can run a race at odds.