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WA Media Guild thoughts 8th April

05:00 PM 08 Apr 2020 NZST
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Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond are due for a big night out at Gloucester Park tomorrow night, according to the members of the WA Trotting Media Guild.

Among some of the Guild’s best bets are The Bird Dance, Mighty Santana and Tarooma Bromac - all from the strong camp of the Bonds.

The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and Radio Great Southern’s form expert Warren Wishart believe The Bird Dance will bounce back from a last-start defeat as an odds-on favourite.

“The Bird Dance, a victim of unusual circumstances last start, looks set to bounce back into the winners’ list after drawing gate one,” Manning said. “He won at nine consecutive appearances before being pressured in the lead a fortnight ago by American Brave, who over-raced and took charge of his reinsman. The Bird Dance was eased, but then had to face the breeze and his eighth can be overlooked.”

Wishart agrees.

“Expect The Bird Dance to hit back hard here after a forgive run last start,” Wishart said. ”Has the pegs draw to lead all the way. I do like the best horse drawing one - they invariably win.“

Guild president Wayne Currall thinks another Bond-trained horse in Mighty Santana, another runner who had his colours lowered as a short-priced elect, can make amends in race four.

“Mighty Santana was a good thing beaten last start,” Currall said. “He was full of running and only got a crack at them late after being held in a pocket. This race maps well for him and looks to be a drop in class. He looks primed to get the chocolates.”

Longshot king Pat Harding is another tipster who has opted for a horse from the Bond stable as his star bet.

“Could be an excellent night for the Bond camp this Thursday night,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race seven with the Bond-trained Taroona Bromac. Coming off 20 metres, he should be ideally placed to pounce on the leaders and give the Bonds a treble.“

Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas is keen on Miracle Moose in race three.

“Supercharged finishing bursts from Miracle Moose in the past couple of weeks have stamped the four-year-old as a pacer well worth following, and he’s my best bet on Thursday night to overcome the awkward draw at barrier seven,” Casellas said. “He surged home from 10th at the bell to finish second to Soho Thunderstruck last Friday night and came from 12th at the bell to win from Bettor Be Oscar the previous week. He started from the No. 7 barrier on both occasions.”

TABradio form analyst Hayden King likes Machnificent in the last race on the 10-event card.

“ Machnificent showed incredible speed at the beginning and end of a recent trial,” King said. “He will lead and should race away late.”

But The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has made Lavra Joe his best bet for the night in the same race.

“Lavra Joe seems to be the two-year-old measuring stick at the moment, toughing out victories from the breeze at his last two outings,” Havercroft said. ”The small field suits again and the son of Roll With Joe appears to be improving with every run.”

TABradio racecaller Matt Young believes punters can add to their bank by supporting Soho  Thunderstruck in the opening event.

“Soho Thunderstruck was dominant last start,” Young said. “I think he’ll let the dust settle and work to the breeze and control the race to victory again.”

VALUE BETS

ERNIE: Absolution has not won in his past 25 starts and was out of the placings at his last 11 appearances. But he drew barrier one on Thursday night and can be prominent. A winner of 10 races, he locked wheels when finishing only 11th last week.

WARREN: Star Fromthepalace drops back to fillies grade having competed against the boys in last weeks WA Derby. Was placed in the Western Gateway Pace the start prior and the indicative odds of $16 represents fantastic Easter treats.

WAYNE: Dominate The Dojo flies the gate and I can see him crossing to an early lead in the first. Chris Lewis will then take a sit behind Valbonne. He doesn’t win that often, but he looks a good place bet and one for the exotics.

PAT: My vale bet comes up in the second with No. 5 Naval Aviator. This horse has shown little or no form in recent races but he’s better than that and I think Aldo Cortopassi can record a good win at a good price.

KEN: For value, I suggest Braeview Bondi , the lone back-row runner in the sixth event on the program. The five-year-old continues to race in fine style for trainer Michael Brennan and reinsman Michael Grantham.

HAYDEN: Cavalry Call is drawn softly and he could run into a place like he did last Friday.

RYAN: As Happy As Larry is one of many value-priced runners in the Easter Cup. The spread of talented horses off handicap marks gives the backmarkers every chance of getting into the race.

MATT: Son Of A Tiger is not racing too bad, back to a standing start and distance will suit. Expecting a bold performance.

To view all of the Media Guild tips click here.

Good punting from home.

 

Wayne Currall

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