WA Trotting Media Guild Friday's Thoughts 29 May
It’s another mixed bag of best bets from members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for Friday night’s 10-event card at Gloucester Park.
Only two tipsters - TABradio’s racecaller and form expert Hayden King and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft - have agreed on a best bet.
“The $2.40 seems an outrageously good price for Ultimate Offer in the second race,” King said. “This horse is going almost ineffably well and this race shapes up perfectly. Driver Chris Voak can watch it unfold early and come around when he sees fit. Ultimate Offer looks a put-in, take-out proposition.”
“Ultimate Offer has been going beautifully in the South West and his last win was full of merit after being checked mid-race and losing ground,” Havercroft said. “He lassoed the whole field to score on that occasion and Boyanup trainer Dennis Roche should be taking the spoils home down the Forrest Highway late Friday night.”
The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believes Taroona Bromac can make it back-to-back wins in race seven.
“Taroona Bromac has shown big potential since being imported from New Zealand to join Greg and Skye Bond’s stable,” Manning said. “He looks back to his best form and shapes as a summer carnival prospect. The horse is yet another example of the Bonds’ astute selections from Kiwi racing.”
But Manning’s assessment of the race doesn’t sit well with TABradio’s racecaller Matt Young, who has made Always An Honour in the same race as his star bet.
“Always An Honour has the perfect draw, has superior speed to lead and looks to control the race and get the victory,” Young confidently predicted.
Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart is keen on the returning Gran Chico in race six.
“Gran Chico resumes here and I’m expecting a big preparation from this four-year-old, who we haven’t seen since the Golden Nugget,” Wishart said. “He comes up with the ace draw and should lead. When the best horses draw well they win and he should.”
Longshot guru Pat Harding expects Unconditional to take out the Group 1 $100,000 2YO Fillies Diamond Classic (2130m).
“So nice to see some full fields at GP this Friday night where I expect a good showing from the Greg and Skye Bond stable,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in the feature race, where I think the Bond-trained Unconditional from barrier six can take the major prizemoney. She has been in excellent form and with Ryan Warwick driving in superlative form I think she can add the Classic to her resume.”
Guild president Wayne Currall believes punters can build on their bank early doors by supporting classy filly Tiffany Rose in the opening event.
“Tiffany Rose was unsuited racing in the breeze in the WA Oaks,” Currall said. “Astute trainer Mike Reed has given the filly a freshen up and I expect her to take up the running from gate two. From there Shannon Suvaljko should be able to dictate terms and Tiffany Rose should prove too good for her opposition.”
HAYDEN: Ideal Investment is set to be a generous price in the final event and finds a great barrier. There are plenty of speed horses amongst the line-up, including some that tend to overrace. Off a hot speed, he can get through late and zip over the top.
RYAN: Gangbuster has a 29-start losing sequence, but draws the inside this week and will be up on the pace in an even field.
ERNIE: Lightning Jolt possesses talent and gets his chance to display winning form again when matched against an evenly balanced field. He needs only luck in running to figure prominently.
MATT: Minor Catastrophe is a smart filly, could be a solid run race and she has a good turn of foot. Keep very safe.
WARREN: Runaway Three meets a handy field in the third race, but I think he will lead and give a huge sight. Forget last run when he did too much work but his two runs prior were very good. At the indicative price of $11 he is great each-way value.
PAT: My value bet comes in race two with Ultimate Offer. With three wins and two seconds from his last five starts and star reinsman Chris Voak aboard, I think he can prove good value for punters.
WAYNE: Trainer Terry Ferguson collected the Group 1 WA Oaks earlier this month with Sports Package and he has a great chance of making it two Group 1s in a month with Bettor Beach Belle. The filly dead-heated for second on debut behind Always An Angel in the fastest of the three Diamond Classic heats and will appreciate her trailing draw and the services of A.C. Lewis.