WA Trotting Media Guild Friday's Thoughts 2nd August
The consistent Chiaroscuro, fast-class star Simba Bromac and exciting former New Zealander Wildwest have all been earmarked as best bets by members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for tomorrow night’s meeting at Gloucester Park.
TABradio’s racecaller Hayden King and RWWA’s racing communications co-ordinator Tim Walker have made Chiaroscuro their best for the evening in the $30,000 The Kerry Clarke 4YO & 5YO Westbred Pace (2130m).
“Chiaroscuro looks set to zoom across from gate four and take the lead,” King said. “He is the class and wins the feature.”
And Walker agrees.
“Chiaroscuro has been racing competitively in stronger races than this,” Walker said. “Should be good enough to stamp his authority on this race.”
Longshot king Pat Harding and TABradio’s Matt Young are keen on Simba Bromac.
“My best bet of the night comes up in race three with No. 2 Simba Bromac,” Harding said. “He did have a win two starts ago and is ideally drawn to win again here, particularly with top reinsman Chris Lewis aboard.”
Young supports Harding’s view.
“Simba Bromac has been racing in great form and has a great barrier draw to get another well-deserved win on the board,” Young said.
The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and that paper’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft like what they see with Gary Hall’s latest Kiwi import.
“WIldwest already looks a solid prospect for the $200,000 Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park in December,” Manning said. “He could not have been more impressive when winning by 35.4m in his WA debut at Pinjarra last Monday. The gelding had shown potential when winning in New Zealand at his only previous start. He then drew attention by finishing within 4m of WA Derby winner Major Trojan when second in a Byford trial on July 21.”
Havercroft agrees with his colleague.
“Wildwest remains undefeated in two starts following a win in New Zealand and at his local debut at Pinjarra on Monday,” Havercroft said. “In an incident-packed race on Monday he cleared out from his rivals and looks to have ability.”
On-course announcer at Gloucester Park Ken Casellas has made Speed Man his best for the night.
“It should be a case of youth triumphing over age and experience when punters ponder their investments in race six on Friday night,” Casellas said. “Four-year-old Speed Man is drawn somewhat awkwardly at barrier six, but he is my best bet, taking into consideration that he will surely appreciate a drop in class. He has had only 34 starts for 11 wins and 11 placings, whereas his nine older rivals have had a combined total of 1215 starts, an average of 135 starts.”
Guild president Wayne Currall believes El Jacko can bounce back from his last-start defeat.
“El Jacko never got into the race won by Our Corelli last week,” Currall said. “I think there’ll be plenty of speed in this sprint race and El Jacko can finish over the top of them.”
HAYDEN: Smoldering Ashes has been at the top of his game and ready to win for some time. For his sake, I hope he hasn't missed his chance.
TIM: Beltane was a big win earlier this week. Strikes an even race here and it’s definitely winnable. May be working back to his best form and can score again here.
PAT: I think the last race is a pretty open affair, but over the 2536 metre journey I think Beltane with Chris Voak aboard can prevail and give punters some value.
MATT: Major Rush hit the line well last start and the pace could be genuine in this and he will be getting home nicely. A win is near for the little fellow.
ERNIE: Bee Seventeen has not been placed in his past six starts, but he showed a glimpse of his best when running on to finish fourth last Friday night. He is a winner of five Gloucester Park races.
RYAN: Cracka Star loves the standing-start conditions and represents each-way value in an open race after the scratching of Our Major Mama.
KEN: Star Fromthepalace’s recent efforts have been extremely good and she is capable of a bold showing, despite the marked disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier.
WAYNE: Destined To Rule has been consistent of late, loves the stands and has champion reinsman Chris Lewis doing the steering. Looks each-way value from the front line.