Punters front up to a rare city day meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday with the first race kicking off just after 10am to avoid the clash with the footy over the road at Optus Stadium.
But the change of times has not dented the confidence of the members of the WA Trotting Media Guild who believe they have nutted out some star bets for the meeting.
The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and award-winning journalist Ken Casellas have both settled on “The Moose” as their best.
“Barrier one looks a big bonus for Miracle Moose, who should be back to peak form at his third start after a spell,” Manning said. “The Nathan Turvey-trained gelding, eased after a Gloucester Park win last April, has impressed in each of his starts since resuming. He ran second to cups prospect Magnificent Storm on July 23, then fought gamely to finish third after facing the breeze a week later. The five-year-old has won 11 races.”
And Casellas agrees with Manning.
“Any horse who finishes second to the brilliant Magnificent Storm deserves plenty of respect,” Casellas said. “Nathan Turvey’s five-year-old Miracle Moose was an excellent first-up second to Magnificent Storm two starts ago, and he looks to have splendid winning prospects when he starts from the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Vili’s Gourmet Pies Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday afternoon.”
TABradio’s Hayden Young is urging punters to fill their pockets early doors with Quick Stride in the opening event.
“Quick Stride is really getting down in class now and strikes the right race,” King said. “Forget his numerical form; he is a horse with a zappy sprint off a sit. He will be very tough to hold out.”
King’s colleague at TABradio, Matt Young, is keen on Boom Time in the fourth.
“Boom Time freshened up nicely last run and closed off well,” Young said. “It’s a tough draw but it’s the right race and he looks very hard to beat.”
Longshot guru Pat Harding has opted for Powerplay as his best bet.
“Fascinating to have a Friday meeting at GP during the day, which could see Greg and Skye Bond saluting with some well-fancied runners,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race five with No. 1 Powerplay. I think this three-year-old is ideally placed to win back-to-back races and with only a small field Chris Lewis should give wife Debra another good win.”
The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is firmly in the Bond camp with Minstrel as his star bet.
“Minstrel remains unbeaten this preparation and has had a short break with four weeks between runs going into Friday’s assignment,” Havercroft said. “He would be tough to toss if he found the top but can also win from the breeze, as he did at three starts prior to an all-the-way win from the pole last time out.”
Media Guild president Wayne Currall believes there are a few good things going around at GP.
“There’s a few shorties for Friday’s daylight meeting at GP,” Currall said. “I think punters can profit by playing an all-up investment on Wonderfull To Fly in race three, into Powerplay in the fifth, into Alta Cinderella in race seven, into Miracle Moose in the ninth. The four horses all look strong winning chances.”
ERNIE: Caruba has been unplaced at her past nine starts, but is expected to regain form when reunited with top young reinswoman Emily Suvaljko. A winner of seven Gloucester Park races, the mare has run fourth at her past two starts and looks close to success again.
KEN: For value, I suggest the Ross Olivieri-trained Quick Stride in race one. The six-year-old has managed one placing from his past 11 starts, but he is sure to appreciate a considerable drop in class.
HAYDEN: Miss Lamarr has quick beginner and potential leader Sheza Bromac inside her, so she will get a beautiful run across. In an open race, she has sensible claims.
MATT: Mortician is low flying but bumps into a good line-up, but the handicap brings him into it and he is a strong chance at odds.
PAT: My double comes in race nine with No. 2 Fanci A Dance. He had a good win two starts back, is very consistent and is ideally placed here for another victory.
RYAN: Rocknroll Elliot should be able to tuck in behind the speedy Powerplay and looks an excellent place prospect.
WAYNE: At a meeting where it’s hard to find any value, I think Wall Street Girl looks the main danger to Wonderful To Fly and could be the quinella banker.
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