WA Trotting Media Guild Friday's Thoughts 30th November
Here we go punters! Strap yourselves in - according to the associated members of the WA Trotting Media Guild, Maczaffair is home and hosed and Mitch Maguire is streaking away to his 11th win from 15 starts at headquarters.
Only last season’s leading tipster Matt Young, budding racecaller Hayden King and Guild president Wayne Currall have settled on different specials.
King reckons punters can add to their bank early doors, if they forgive Davinci Diamond for his last-start flop.
“Davinci Diamond has come up with the ace and looks hardest to beat,” King said. “He has won eight of 10 when leading and is in career-best form, emphasised by his win in slick time two starts ago beating Saying Grace.”
Young is keen on former Kiwi pacer Ana Malak in the highly competitive Group 1 $125,000 4YO Championship (2130m) - a race for the ages.
“Ana Malak looks very talented and has come up with the draw in a slick field,” Young said. “Faces acid test but looks the winner to me.”
Currall has been taken by the performances of Our Max Phactor since crossing the Tasman.
“This tough-as-teak Kiwi has won nine from 10 in WA since heading west four months ago,” Currall said. “This bloke’s all class and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him progress through the grades this preparation.”
Longshot guru Pat Harding, veteran tipster Stuart Lowe and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believe Maczaffair will score an all-the-way victory in the $30,000 Howard Porter Memorial (2130m).
Havercroft summed up his, and his colleagues, thoughts on the race in a succinct manner.
“Forget that Maczaffair went around last Friday night,” Havercroft said. “She was pocketed for the duration of the race and should have plenty to offer this week having drawn the pole.”
GPTV’s Ken Casellas, RWWA’s Tim Walker and The West Australian’s Ernie Manning have abandoned traditional wisdom (don’t make your best bet in a stand - there’s too many things that can go wrong) by declaring Mitch Maguire.
Perhaps the senior member of the trio summed it up best.
“Mitch Maguire is on an upward spiral and should improve his already outstanding record by winning on Friday night,” Casellas said. “The Greg and Skye Bond-trained five-year-old has a winning record of 64 per cent (21 wins from 33 starts) and is a standing-start specialist, with five wins and a close second from his six appearances in stands.”
Hayden: Royal Mach will be just off the pace and is blessed with an excellent turn of foot. He made ground out wide in brutal closing sectionals behind Davinci Diamond last time and will be hard to beat.
Matt: Neighlor has drawn to lead and am thinking his form is solid enough to go the journey.
Wayne: Last season’s WA Derby winner King Of Swing will get out to a ridiculous price in the feature. Big-race driver Kim Prentice jumps in the bike in a cracker of a race.
Pat: Looking for a bit of value, Anime from barrier two in race 10 gets the nod. With Chris Voak aboard and not a great deal of exposed form in the race, he could be a good each-way bet.
Stuart: The value bet is All The Whispers, who has been racing without luck recently. He is a nice type who looks to be down in class here.
Ryan: Sokys Bigbullet is drawn to lead and he won't hand up. This represents a drop in class on recent outings.
Ken: For value, I suggest El Comacho in the eighth race in which he will certainly appreciate the No. 1 barrier. He is a splendid frontrunner and is capable of ending a losing sequence of 13.
Tim: The Bond camp look to have a stranglehold on the 4YO Championship, but Ideal Liner may be the one to spoil the party. He will need luck from barrier 10, but should be able to get his chance at some stage.
Ernie: Gotta Go Gabbana should be solidly conditioned when racing fourth-up after a spell and will be suited in fillies and mares company. The five-year-old impressed when fighting on to finish third behind Eden Franco after facing the breeze last Friday night.
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