WA Trotting Media Guild Friday's Thoughts 3rd January

The first city meeting of 2020 kicks off at Gloucester Park on Friday night and members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have been hard at work studying the form to give punters a heads-up in finding those elusive winners.

TABradio’s form analyst Hayden King believes punters can start the night on a winning note by supporting polemarker Back To The Beach in the first.

“Back To The Beach draws to lead and his recent efforts have been commendable despite what is numerically suggested,” King said. “He should lead throughout.”

Veteran tipster Ken Casellas is keen on Gee Jay Kay.

“There is plenty of excellent exposed form in the Simmonds Steel Pace on Friday night and I’m confident that Gee Jay Kay, my best bet for the evening, will be able to overcome starting from the inside of the back line,” Casellas said. “The Ross Olivieri-trained four-year-old is the youngest runner in the race and he has the ability to win and upset some of the better-fancied runners, including stablemates Stefsbest and Iceenothink.“

The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believes squaregaiter Mr Sundon will bring up his hat-trick in WA.

“Mr Sundon looks set to maintain an unbeaten WA record after winning two Gloucester Park events by a total of almost 48m at his only appearances since arriving from Melbourne to join Ross Olivieri’s stable,” Manning said. “He ran two Melton placings shortly before heading west. The Merv Butterworth-owned gelding, who won eight Victorian races, should not be troubled by a 10m handicap in the cup.”

Longshot king Pat Harding has opted for consistent mare Our Alfie Romeo as his star bet.

“My best bet for what I believe will be a tough start to the New Year comes up in race three with Number 11 Our Alfie Romeo,” Harding said. “This is the class horse of the field and she has won twice as much money as any of her competitors and should add to that tally with ease.“

The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and Guild president Wayne Currall are fans of Ideal Liner.

“Ideal Liner has been racing well and has the gate speed to capitalise on the inside draw here,” Havercroft said. “He previously held up when terrorised by Golden State when last drawing the pole, and rolled to the front from barrier two when an all-the-way winner over this trip three starts ago.”

Currall agrees.

“Gary Hall Jr should have Ideal Liner cruising in the lead and it looks a matter of how far,” he said. “Will be deep in the red, but could serve as a banker for all-ups.”

 

VALUE BETS

HAYDEN: Im Soxy can lead throughout in the FFA. He ran home hard last start and he can bank a spot in the cups.

KEN: For value, I suggest the redoubtable Athabascan in the opening event. He’s as tough as nails and is racing with admirable enthusiasm. His fighting third behind Zennart last week was a splendid effort.

ERNIE: Cup hope Mighty Conqueror, who ran eighth after breaking gait in last Friday night’s Village Kid Sprint, should not be underrated. He began fast, paced faultlessly and ran a close second to Golden Nugget winner Shockwave over 2185m at Pinjarra trials last Sunday.

PAT: My value bet comes up in race five with the Gary Hall-trained Caviar Star coming out of barrier five. His last two starts have resulted in a first and a second and I believe he has an excellent chance of bringing up another win.

RYAN: Bracken Sky was enormous when collared late by Anime last week. On that run and consistent form prior, he must be close to his first local win.

WAYNE: Golden State flies the gate and may just find the front from gate three in the FFA. He would certainly give them something to catch if he finds the pegs.

Good punting and a Happy, Healthy New Year from the WA Trotting Media Guild.

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