WA Trotting Media Guild Friday's Thoughts 4th October
The Ray Williams-trained Walkinshaw is all the rage at Gloucester Park this Friday night with several members of the WA Trotting Media Guild labelling him a good thing.
Longshot guru Pat Harding, The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and TABradio racecaller Hayden King are all fans of the seven-year-old horse.
“My best bet comes up in race seven,” Harding said. “Walkinshaw ran a gallant race last week and just got beaten. This week he comes out of barrier one I think he can return to winning form.”
“Walkinshaw will appreciate a pole draw after facing the breeze when he ran a courageous second behind Argyle Red last Friday night,” Manning said. “The horse notched his seventh Gloucester Park win when successful last month and he looks a profitable investment in good class races leading up to the summer carnival.”
King makes it three for Walkinshaw.
“It should be a walk in the park for Walkinshaw,” King said. “He looks set to receive an uncontested lead throughout and should be far too good for them.”
TABradio’s Matt Young, the winner of the last two Guild tipping competitions, has made Hit It Rich his best for the evening.
“Hit It Rich can roll forward in an even mares event and outstay this field,” Young said. “She has been racing in stronger fields and the drop back in class should see her return to the winners’ circle.”
However, on-course announcer and runner-up to Young in last season’s best tipster clash Ken Casellas believes Dancing With Mach can upstage Hit It Rich.
“Dancing With Mach is a lightly-raced WA-bred five-year-old and the best is yet to come,” Casellas said. “After watching her effortless victory on Tuesday of last week I am nominating her as my best bet this Friday night when she will start from the outside of the back line in race six. She led over the 2536m journey and dashed over the final 800m in 56.5sec. at her most recent outing. She is capable of making her own luck and has the ability to overcome the disadvantage of her awkward draw in this week’s 2130m event.”
The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft hopes newcomer Bill Haley strikes the right chord at his GP debut.
“Bill Haley spent a short but successful stint in Queensland to record four wins in six tries after leaving New Zealand,” Havercroft said. “The son of Rocknroll Heaven looks to have early zip and from gate one he should top the charts at his local debut.”
Guild president Wayne Currall is sure the enigmatic King Of Swing will lead his rivals a merry dance in the $50,000 JP Stratton Cup.
“I believe the rock ‘n’ roll theme can continue in the feature race,” Currall said. “King Of Swing loves to lead and is drawn to do exactly that ... he can call the tune from the pole and will dictate the pace. Whatever beats him wins.”
PAT: My value bet comes up in race five with No. 4 Our Corelli. He has been racing very consistently and I think he will give this race a big shake.
ERNIE: Hammers Law, a Pinjarra winner twice since arriving from Victoria last summer, is due to open his Gloucester Park account. He should be close to his best when racing third-up after a break.
HAYDEN: The hype horse Bill Haley will be all the rage, but Saleahs Comand should zoom across from the outside and lead. He can claim the scalp of another cups hopeful here.
MATT: Maximum Demand is a talented sit/sprinter and just needs luck here to play a pivotal part in the first.
KEN: For value, I suggest Midnight Man in race three. The Josh Dunn-trained six-year-old caught the eye at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when he flooded home from the rear to finish a well-beaten third behind Maras Ace Man. He is capable of improving on that effort.
RYAN: Spud has been impressive at his two starts in WA and may still have improvement in him. He meets the State’s best trotter in Lord Liam, who will be well favoured in the market.
WAYNE: Carrera Mach will get out to a silly price in the sprint. However, he looks a sound each-way chance, especially if the pace goes on during the early stages.