Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr has given punters a valuable lead by choosing to drive Bettor Get It On in preference to Alta Louisa in the Group 3 $30,000 WASBA Four and Five-Year-Old Mares event at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Hall drove Bettor Get It On last Friday night when she started from barrier five and finished strongly from sixth at the bell to be a half-head second to Alta Louisa, who impressed with her determined finishing burst after working hard in the breeze outside the pacemaker My Sweet Deal all the way.
Hall had the choice of driving either of the Justin Prentice-trained fillies this week. “They’ve both got a good chance, and I’ve chosen Bettor Get It On because she has drawn better (barrier two) than Alta Louisa (barrier seven).
“Bettor Get It On will be better suited this week with the opposition having to come around her, rather than the other way round.”
Miss Limelight, to be driven by Michael Grantham for Blythewood trainer Michael Brennan, looms large as the toughest for Bettor Get It On and Alta Louisa to beat. She will start from the No. 1 barrier and Grantham will be anxious to take full advantage of her good gate speed in a bid for an all-the-way victory.
Miss Limelight raced ten times as a three-year-old for eight wins and two seconds, while her 14 starts as a four-year-old have produced one win (at Collie in April) and seven placings. It will pay to overlook her tenth placing behind Alta Engen in the group 2 San Simeon Classic last Friday night when she raced eighth place and was badly hampered for room in the closing stages.
Punters should take into account her placings at her three previous starts — behind Fifty Five Reborn, Radiant Amber and Allwood Glow.
Hall also has sound prospects in the Etch Coatings Pace in which he will handle Alta Intrigue from the No. 5 barrier. Alta Intrigue, with four seconds from his past five starts and five seconds from his past eight starts, is overdue for a chance of fortune.
The seven-year-old, trained by Gary Hall snr, maintained his solid form last Friday night when he enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing solidly to be second to Alta Engen in the group 2 San Simeon Classic.
“He is some sort of hope,” said Hall. “The main dangers have drawn outside of him, so that helps. But he probably needs a little bit of luck to go his way.”
Alta Intrigue’s stiffest opposition is likely to come from The Tiger Army (barrier six), Watabro (barrier two on the back line), The Code Breaker (barrier nine) and Poisedtopounce (barrier seven).
“Whatabro is an each-way chance,” said reinsman Chris Voak. “The main chances have drawn a fraction wider; Whatabro is in form and has to be respected.”
Voak said that the Ross Olivieri-trained Carrera Mach made strong appeal as his best drive for the night. Carrera Mach, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old, has a losing sequence of 14, but he looks outstanding from the prized No. 1 barrier after his tremendous effort when a close second to Medieval man over 2536m last Friday night.
Carrera Mach, a $16 chance, was eleventh in the middle stages before moving to sixth at the bell and sustaining a strong three-wide burst.
“He was eye-catching, and if he goes how he did last week he will be my best drive for the night,” said Voak. “It’s a slow front line and he’s quick enough (to lead) and is feeling very perky.”