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The Group 1 $125,000 Choices Flooring 2YO Golden Slipper Pace (2130m) highlights an action-packed 10-event card at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

It’s a pity that COVID restrictions will prevent a crowd being on course, but hopefully next week we’ll all be back.

The feature event presents a quandary for a couple of members of the WA Trotting Media Guild.

Longshot guru Pat Harding has made Swingband, an impressive first-start winner at Pinjarra last Monday, as his best bet in the Slipper.

However, Media Guild president Wayne Currall won’t hear of recent New Zealand import Youre So Fine being beaten.

Time will tell.

“Could be a good night for favourites this Friday night,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in the Golden Slipper. I think barrier one will be a distinct advantage and that Swingband with Chris Voak aboard can record a good win in the main race of the night.”

Currall sees the race unfolding in a different light.

“Champion trainer Gary Hall has an uncanny knack of finding very good horses in New Zealand,” Currall said. “And I think he’s unearthed another rising star in Youre So Fine, a colt by American sire Always B Miki, who is quickly making a name for himself. This year’s lot of two-year-olds are good, without being outstanding (I guess the exception being Wonderful To Fly, but that’s against her own sex). Youre So Fine had a trial at Byford last Sunday and ran his last quarter in 28.4 for a five-length win. He appeared to do his work effortlessly and I think he might have a bit too much class for his rivals.”

TABradio’s Hayden King is keen on Alice Kay in the Group 3 $30,000 Allwood Stud Farm The Fillies & Mares Pace (2130m).

“Alice Kay has been trialing superbly and is ready to win,” King said. “She’s drawn behind Bettor Get It On, who only does what she has to. This means a late flurry from Alice Kay could catch her unawares and clinch victory.”

Award-winning trotting journalist Ken Casellas believes punters can start the night on a winning note by supporting the returning Howard Hughes in the opening event.

“Four-year-old Howard Hughes has always shown excellent potential, but he hasn’t always produced the goods and has been unplaced at his past six starts,” Casellas said. “He will reappear after an absence of four and a half months on Friday night and is sure to appreciate a considerable drop in class compared to the opposition he raced against during his previous campaign last summer.

He will start from the outside barrier (No. 9) in the opening event and has the class to overcome that disadvantage. Therefore I’m happy to make him my best bet, particularly after his commanding performance in winning a recent Pinjarra trial.”

The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes there’s no substitute for class and has opted for Shockwave as his best for the night.

“Shockwave has dominated in two runs since an injury-enforced lay-off, including a 22 metre win first-up in the Winter Cup before sitting outside Patronus Star last start,” Havercroft said. “He looks likely to dominate the small field again as a short-priced favourite.”

The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has made former Kiwi pacer Gambit his star bet for the night.

“New Zealand import Gambit has dropped sharply in class since tackling the Group 1 Auckland Cup at his last start before arriving in Perth to join Gary Hall’s stable,” Manning said. “He won impressively after facing the breeze at his WA debut last Friday night and looks capable of graduating to major races at the Gloucester Park summer carnival. Five of his six Kiwi wins were at Auckland. He ran unplaced in the Auckland Cup but the race was won by Amazing Dream, one of Australasia’s best pacers, and the Miracle Mile victor Spankem finished second.”


PAT: My value bet comes up in race three with No. 7 Nota Bene Denario. This horse has been so consistent and I believe he can record another good win.

WAYNE: Euphoric Moment has been racing in great heart of late and can run a race at odds in the third. If he can hold the back of likely leader Al Guerrero then he’s each-way all day.

HAYDEN: Black Jack Zac took the eye last week when ducking back to the inside and making good late progress. He’s perfectly drawn behind Extreme Prince, who is a quick beginner but could be vulnerable late over the extended trip. I think he can zap late and win.

KEN: For value, I suggest Major Artist in race seven, in which he is favourably drawn at barrier two. He has the ability to bounce back after unplaced efforts at his past two outings.

RYAN: Tomlous Jambo is the only maiden in the Golden Slipper but he gets a trailling draw and his recent form is sound. Place claims at $8 fixed with TABtouch.

ERNIE: Veteran gelding Qtown Rip Roaring has not won in his past 21 starts, but barrier two gives him a chance of being prominent on Friday night. A winner of 15 races, he has recently run third and fourth at Gloucester Park. Gate seven was against him when he finished a last-start ninth.

Click here to view all of the Media Guild tips for this week.

Good punting from home.