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Last week’s Golden Nugget runner-up Patrickthepiranha is all the rage with members of the WA Trotting Media Guild at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart, The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft, longshot king Pat Harding and The West Australian’s Ernie Manning have all made the Colin Brown-trained four-year-old their best bet. Wishart summed up the thoughts of his colleagues. “Patrickthepiranha brings Golden Nugget form to this restricted-class race then draws barrier one,” Wishart said. ”It will indeed be a Christmas gift and punters will be lining up to collect.” TABradio’s form expert Hayden King is keen on Son Of A Tiger. “Son Of A Tiger is a potent frontrunner and gets the draw he needs,” King said. ”He has been busting for a draw and this Friday he can finally utilise it.” Veteran form analyst Ken Casellas, TABradio racecaller Matt Young and Guild president Wayne Currall make a strong case for Simba Bromac. “Simba Bromac is knocking on the door and is poised to end a losing sequence of 11 by proving too smart for his 11 rivals on Friday night, despite an awkward draw at barrier five,” Casellas said. ”He’s my best bet on what appears to be a highly competitive program. He finished with a solid burst from sixth at the bell to be second to Ideal Liner last Friday night - a week after his fast-finishing head second to Our Corelli.“ Young agrees. “Simba Bromac was game in defeat last run and looks ready to return to the winners circle,” Young said. “He can sit parked if need be to win this.” VALUE BETS WARREN: Bill Haley hasn’t had much go his way of late and I’m expecting him to get a gun run here. The $11 indicative price looks extremely juicy. RYAN: Our Jimmy Johnstone drops in class on his recent outings and the evergreen pacer keeps running good races. He gets into this field nicely. PAT: My value bet comes up in race six with the Bond-trained Our Jimmy Johnstone. He hasn't won for a while but has been placed a couple of times and I think from barrier five over the sprint journey he can bring a smile to the punters faces. ERNIE: Our Jimmy Johnstone, who ran an eye-catching fourth after having difficulty getting clear a fortnight ago, is due to end a seven-race losing sequence. The veteran, a winner of 28 races, is likely to be prominently positioned from gate five. HAYDEN: Tradie is drawn to get a dreamy run on the pegs and in this mediocre line-up the gaps will open for him if the tempo is sufficient. From there, he has the necessary tools to blouse them late. KEN: For value, I suggest As Happy As Larry in race two, a 2536m event in which he is nicely drawn at barrier two on the back line and has the ability to outmuscle the likely favourite and pacemaker Son Of A Tiger. His strong-finishing first-up second to Roman Aviator last Friday week was full of merit and he looks set for a profitable campaign for trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams.   MATT: Regal Ambition goes well in front and there doesn’t appear to be much pressure and should run out a strong 2500. He should go well. WAYNE: The consistent Our Alfie Romeo could get out to an each-way quote in the mares race. She’s drawn awkwardly in gate nine, but there’s no doubting her ability. Each-way all day. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting and, on behalf of the WA Trotting Media Guild, a Merry Christmas to all.   Wayne Currall

The last time the members of the WA Trotting Media Guild all had different best bets, I had a $10 all up on their selections (I left my selection out). The first five legs came in and I had The War Nurse running for $2400 - not a bad return for my $10 outlay. Unfortunately, The War Nurse was a casualty and faded to finish out of the money after leading for most of the race. This week at Gloucester Park, a similar scenario has emerged and, once again, I’ll be throwing a $10 all up on the six best bets (I’ll leave my selection out again). Veteran tipster and multiple winner of the Guild’s tipping competition Ken Casellas gets the ball rolling with Son Of A Tiger in race two. “Son Of A Tiger, a winner at six of his first 10 starts in WA, has been plagued by bad draws and has been unplaced at his past five outings,” Casellas said. “He has drawn out wide at barrier eight on Friday night, but is overdue for a change of fortune. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old, to be driven by Chris Voak for trainer Matt Scott, is my best bet to buck the odds and return to the winning list against modest opposition. He is capable of sustaining a powerful finishing burst.” TABradio’s form expert Hayden King, a man of few words, believes Speed Man can bounce back to winning form in the fourth. “Speed Man draws favourably and gets his chance to lead this week,” King said. ”I think he can dictate throughout and turn over some of his better-credentialed adversaries.“ Longshot guru Pat Harding is the next cab off the rank and he believes Taroona Bromac can win the Group 1 $200,000 Retravision Golden Nugget. “Should be another great night for the Greg and Skye Bond camp with at least four winners,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night comes up in the Golden Nugget. Last week saw another impressive win for the Bond-trained Taroona Bromac. Coming out of barrier five for the 2536 metre journey should give this horse an opportunity to be well placed to record yet another win.” TABradio racecaller Matt Young steps up next and he is keen on Rosies Ideal in race six. “Rosies Ideal was unlucky in her last two runs in top mares company,” Young said. “She comes down in grade and is versatile. Expecting to see her back in the winners circle.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart’s best of the night is Ideal Liner in the ninth. “An early Xmas present for trainer Gary Hall here with Ideal Liner dropping back from open company to a conditioned race and drawing ideally in barrier two,” Wishart said. “Will be winning and hopefully by a considerable margin.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning rounds out the sixth best bet of the night in the last with Kiwi Bloke. “New Zealand import Kiwi Bloke, a Pinjarra winner at four of six WA starts, now looks set for city successes,” Manning said. “The six-year-old is expected to improve on his close second when making a Gloucester Park debut last Friday night. He is shaping to be yet another profitable proposition for trainer Ross Olivieri and Melbourne owner Merv Butterworth.” (At the current odds, a $10 all up investment would return a tidy $35,840, if all six horses salute). Guild president Wayne Currall, whose tipping record this season leaves a lot to be desired, is keen on Saleahs Comand in the opening event. “Lindsay Harper should be able to get an easier lead this week with Saleahs Comand,” Currall said. “The horse had to go too hard to hold the front last week in a sprint race and was left vulnerable over the last 100 metres. Will prove hard to run down with a couple of 30 plus quarters.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest Brett Smith’s reliable and versatile campaigner McArdles Gem in race one in which he is sure to enjoy starting from the coveted No. 1 barrier. He certainly has the ability to upset the short-priced favourite and noted frontrunner Saleahs Comand. HAYDEN: Sangue Reale may not have been in the conversation for this race a month ago, but he is thriving throughout this campaign. He is going from strength to strength and he draws exceedingly well. PAT: My value bet of the night comes up in race nine with No. 3 Zennart. Lauren Jones has a habit of bobbing up on Hall-trained horses and I think he is well placed in a small field to give punters good value. MATT: Im Soxy is a great each-way chance. He’s been unlucky his past two runs and has drawn to get a good run. WARREN: Black Jack Zac (10) has the perfect draw for him to trail the speed, importantly on the pegs. With clear running he can win and will be at each-way odds. ERNIE: Zennart has not won in his past six starts, but should be considered after nine wins and five places from 25 Gloucester Park appearances. The Gary Hall-trained veteran was racing only second-up when facing the breeze last week and he can be excused for running unplaced. WAYNE: Perennial placegetter Robb Stark hasn’t won since May, but he draws to get the run of the race behind likely leader Whoswhointhezoo. He loves the pegs and will be finishing hard. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

It’s a mixed bag of best bets from members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. Only two members - The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and longshot king Pat Harding - have settled on the same horse as their star bet for the 11-event program. “Taroona Bromac was terribly held up two starts ago in the 4YO Championship and sat on the sidelines as an emergency for last week’s 4YO Classic,” Havercroft said. ”Trainers Greg and Skye Bond will be trying to make sure he lines up next week in the Golden Nugget and so he should be accounting for his rivals on Friday.“ And Harding agrees. “My best bet of the night comes up in  race six with No. 11 Taroona Bromac,” Harding said. “I think this horse has a great future in WA and as this is a pretty weak field. I expect him to win again.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart is keen on Shadow Roll in race seven. “Shadow Roll went very well over the sprint trip behind a good one (Its Rock And Roll) on Monday at Pinjarra from the back line,” Wishart said. “Much better drawn here and he looks a good thing. It was tough for most punters last week, but there looks to be a few standouts this week.” TABradio racecaller Matt Young believes Roman Aviator can post an all-the-way victory. “Roman Aviator has drawn to lead and will run a super mile out in front,” Young said. “It looks his race to win.“ The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has advised punters to keep their powder dry until the last race. “Tiffany Rose, on trial for a trip to tackle next  month’s Victoria Oaks, is shaping to maintain her unbeaten WA record,” Manning said. ”The filly, who ran four seconds and three thirds from eight New Zealand starts, has blossomed to win each of her three races since joining Mike Reed’s stable. She scored twice over 1684m at Pinjarra, then produced a stylish front-running display in her Gloucester Park debut  a fortnight ago. The filly looks capable of matching top opposition in Melbourne.” Gloucester Park stalwart Ken Casellas is a Convert Denario fan. “A massive drop in class should enable Convert Denario to account for his rivals in the 10th event on Friday night, despite his awkward draw at barrier seven in a field of eight,” Casellas said. “Therefore, I am more than happy to make the Clint Hall-trained six-year-old my best bet.  Convert Denario was an 80/1 outsider in the Group 2 Bunbury Cup in which he led early and then sat behind the pacemaker Handsandwheels before running home solidly along the sprint lane to be a 2m second to that pacer.” TABradio’s form expert Hayden King is firmly in the camp of Gotta Go Gabbana. “Annie Belton has been attending the Christian Cullen chapel and praying for a barrier with Gotta Go Gabbana,” King said. “Her prayers have been answered and her prized mare should lead throughout.” Guild president Wayne Currall believes the speedy Saleahs Command can lead all the way in the second event. “Lindsay Harper will be keen to fire Saleahs Command out from gate two over the sprint trip,” Currall said. “He always runs a cheeky race when in front and can keep his rivals at bay here.” VALUE BETS RYAN: Mon Lillies has blistering early speed and this isn’t a strong field. Will give cheek if she finds the top. PAT: My value bet comes up in race four. With only a small field I think No. eight Vultan Tin can take the prize. Given that its a 2536 metre race, I believe he will come home with a wet sail. WARREN: Mister Ardee can run a race here from the good draw. I’m expecting some heat mid-race and he can finish off strongly. The $11 indicative price looks good each-way value. MATT: Miss Sangrial is a great each-way chance and has the gate speed to put herself into a great position. ERNIE: Gunna Get Lucky appears ready to be prominent in her return to city racing. The veteran’s only win in her past 26 starts was a Wagin victory which she notched on November 22. But she has won 10 races and can improve on a Narrogin second last Friday night. KEN: For value, I suggest Always An Honour in race eight, a 2096m stand in which he is sure to seriously test the warm favourite Kiwi Bloke. A proven standing-start performer, Always An Honour romped home at his most recent outing when he beat Five Star Major by 13 lengths at Bunbury. HAYDEN: Sergeant Oats has drawn the pole and they will likely exercise the option of leading this time with Hall Jr engaged. He can lead throughout. WAYNE: The Gary Hall-trained Just Rockon Bye could be the forgotten horse in the Group 1 Westral Mares Classic. She was most unlucky in the Mount Eden Sprint in October and will be rocketing home if the pace is on over the longer trip. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here.   Wayne Currall

Promising filly My Sweet Deal has caught the eye of a couple of members of the WA Trotting Media Guild at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and TABradio’s form expert Hayden King have made the Sweet Lou three-year-old their best bet on an exciting 11-event card. “My Sweet Deal looks set for a successful switch to the city after winning three races at Pinjarra and two at Bunbury in her past five starts,” Manning said. ”There was a lot of merit in her Pinjarra victory, after racing three-wide, last Monday week. Trained at Collie by David Hunter, the filly showed big potential from early in her career. Bunbury and Pinjarra wins were notched at her first two starts, then she ran two seconds before launching her current sequence of consecutive victories.” King is a big fan as well. “My Sweet Deal is extremely quick and is now building her strength and versatility,” King said. “She is currently our premier three-year-old filly.“ Longshot guru Pat Harding, who is finally smiling after receiving his $500 cheque for another victory in last season’s longest-priced winner category, believes Ocean Ridge can continue on his winning ways.  “After a scintillating win last week, I expect Ocean Ridge to repeat the performance,” Harding said. ”Coming out of barrier one it should be another great win for the Bond camp.“ Veteran tipster and form expert Ken Casellas is keen on Bob Wheel. “Bob Wheel is a smart frontrunner and he looks perfectly placed at barrier two for his return to racing after a two-month absence when he contest the sixth event at Gloucester Park on Friday night,” Casellas said. “The Craig Saligari-trained six-year-old is my best bet on a tantalising program.” TABradio’s racecaller Matt Young has earmarked Speed Man as his best. “Speed Man has drawn beautifully to show his best and comes down in grade a shade,” Young said. “He is very versatile and should prove too strong.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart believes squaregaiter Lord Liam can return to winning form. “Lord Liam is back to a front line draw and it should see him return to the winners’ circle,” Wishart said. “Has explosive early speed so should cross and be too good.” VALUE BETS: ERNIE: Commander Chapel, who early this  month returned after almost three years out of racing, is due to show some of the ability which enabled him to win at each of his first eight WA starts after arriving from New Zealand. The gelding has won five Gloucester Park events. HAYDEN: Tenno Sho is now in the care of Giles Inwood and should appreciate the change. He has gate speed and could lead throughout. PAT: Robb Stark has been racing consistently but gets his chance to break through for a well-earned win at a good price. KEN: For value, I suggest Robb Stark, who has drawn out wide at barrier seven in the 1730m ninth event. The five-year-old with a losing sequence of 15 performed solidly last Friday night when he sustained a spirited three-wide burst from eighth in the middle stages to finish third behind Know When To Run. MATT: Shockwave is a sleeper in the 4YO Classic. His last two runs have been sensational. WARREN: Righteous Brother at double figures is worth a play. The draw gives him the chance to settle on the pace. He can give a sight. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

There’s a certain sense of symmetry about Ken Casellas’ best bet at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Casellas, the driving force behind the establishment of the WA Trotting Media Guild in 1977 and the organisation’s inaugural president, has opted for the “old bloke” Maximum Demand as his star bet on the 10-event card. The well-respected octogenarian has sided with Maximum Demand and believes there’s plenty of life left in those old legs. “It’s not often that I select a 13-year-old pacer with a winning record of just 10 per cent as my star bet for the week,” Casellas said. “But I’ve plumped for the old war horse Maximum Demand to land the bacon in the seventh event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Maximum Demand has managed just one win from his past 41 starts over the past two years, but he is racing with youthful enthusiasm for Harvey trainer Kevin Egerton-Green and driver Jocelyn Young. He will start off the 10m mark in the 2503m stand and I’m tipping his sparkling finishing burst will carry him to victory.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on the “Crazy Burglar”. “Mad Robber looks set to score a repeat win for trainer Gary Hall after again drawing barrier one,” Manning said. “He was most impressive when leading from the pole and drawing away to notch victory by almost 6m when a number of tipsters made him their best bet last Friday night. Two weeks ago, the veteran had extended his losing sequence to six and it seemed unlikely he would be successful on consecutive Friday nights. But barrier one can bring a change of fortune.” Longshot guru Pat Harding and Guild president Wayne Currall believe Our Alfie Romeo can lead all the way. “ Looks like this Friday could be a good night for Greg and Skye Bond,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night comes up in race five with Our Alfie Romeo coming out of barrier one. She will start favourite but had great form coming into the race and should lead from start to finish.“ Currall agrees. “Our Alfie Romeo is poised to bounce back from her last-start defeat,” Currall said. “I can see Ryan Warwick firing her to the top from the pole and making them all stretch their necks to get near her.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart is happy to Know When To Run. “Know When To Run is a talented type fitter for his first-up run,” Wishart said. “Well drawn and looks too good for his opposition.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is riding punters to keeping their powder dry until the last race. “Tiffany Rose is yet to miss a cheque from 10 lifetime appearances and has won at both local starts,” Havercroft said. ”Mike Reed has lofty ambitions with the filly for later in the season, and so she should be accounting for her small bunch of rivals this Friday.” TABradio’s form expert Hayden King is talking up the chances of Hy Leexciting. “Hy Leexciting is drawn to lead and gets another opportunity to win one in town,” King said. “He should go all the way.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest Just Makemine Diamonds in the opening event in which she is favourably drawn at barrier three. She was hopelessly blocked for a run and was full of running when an eye-catching third behind Dracarys last Friday night. ERNIE: Cut Above has been beaten at her past seven starts, but gate one gives the five-year-old a chance to bounce back. Her unplaced run last week can be overlooked because she got her tongue over the bit and broke gait. The mare has won 12 races, including four at Gloucester Park. PAT: My value bet comes up in race six with Space Junk. There's not a great deal of exposed form in this race but I think the Olivieri/Voak combination should prevail. WAYNE: The smart Zennart is first-up after a four-month spell, but will give them something to chase if he’s anywhere near his top. WARREN: Just Rockon Bye‘s overall form is strong. From this draw, I’m expecting her to get a nice run on the pegs. I’m expecting the gaps to open and look for her late. I think the indicative price of $21 is great value. RYAN: Eden Franco didn't show much last time in but is classy and has had four weeks off since her fading first-up fifth behind Just Rockon Bye. Will be at luxury odds. HAYDEN: Regal Ambition has been a quiet achiever recently and if the cards fall his way in the first he will be competitive. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

Call him the “Crazy Burglar”, the “Deranged Intruder” or the “Insane Thief” - whatever tag you put on Mad Robber, you can add another one. On-top selection with all nine members of the WA Trotting Media Guild, with five making Mad Robber their best bet at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Former RWWA chief handicapper and now Radio Great Southern’s form expert Warren Wishart best sums up the thoughts of his colleagues and fellow Mad Robber fans - The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, TABradio’s form analyst Hayden King, Guild president Wayne Currall and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft. “The best bet of the night comes up in race two with No.1 Mad Robber,” Wishart said. “This is astute placement by master trainer Gary Hall - it sees this horse meeting inferior opposition from the best draw. Should lead and win on a night many short-priced favourites should salute.“ Longshot guru Pat Harding believes another Hall-trained horse - the unbeaten Wildwest - will make it eight on the bounce. “ It should be a good night for favourites at GP this Friday,” Harding said. “Many have drawn favourably. My best of the night comes up in race five with Wildwest. He is without a doubt the best four-year-old in the State and while there is quite a bit of talent in the race, Wildwest from barrier six should bring home the bacon.“ Former president of the Guild and renowned form expert Ken Casellas is keen on Mighty Conqueror from the leading yard of Greg and Skye Bond. ”Mighty Conqueror was gallant in defeat a fortnight ago when he did all the work in the breeze and was nabbed in the final couple of bounds by Motu Premier,” Casellas said. “He certainly lost no admirers after that effort and he’s my best bet at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he should set the pace and prove too smart for his rivals in the Pat Cranley Memorial.” And TABradio’s racecaller Matt Young agrees. “Mighty Conqueror has the gate speed to lead and I’m expecting the five-year-old gelding to re-announce himself as the best in the State on Friday night.” Young said. VALUE BETS WARREN: I’m expecting an improved showing from Sarah Goody on Friday night. Well drawn and her best form would see her go close. Worth an each-way ticket. PAT: Simba Bromac is a talented horse due for a win. This week could see him fulfil his promise. ERNIE: Overboard Again will appreciate a class drop after running seventh last Friday night when he had difficulty getting a  clear run in the JP Stratton Cup. He has won eight Gloucester Park races. HAYDEN: Mighty Flying Deal should be at an each-way price and is racing in august fashion. If he can lead he will be hard to beat. WAYNE: Eloquent Mach will get out to a ridiculous price in the 4YO Championship. He’s often been the giantkiller and he’s drawn to get a drag into the race. RYAN: Mon Lillies takes on some in-form mares this week but will enjoy an inside draw over the sprint trip. Could surprise. KEN: For value, I suggest a solid each-way wager on Captain Mannering from barrier three in the opening event. He is a good frontrunner and his strong finishing burst to win easily from Justasec at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon was an impressive performance. MATT: Dennis has been racing well without much racing luck. He’ll be a decent price and looks a chance in an open first race to start the night. Vale “Pommy Mick” The Gloucester Park community is sad to farewell Michael “Pommy” Ditchfield. The part-owner of Destined To Rule had been battling cancer, but despite his failing health he was usually on course to cheer his horse on. And the Gods were smiling when Destined To Rule delivered for Mick at odds of 20/1 in a stand at headquarters last month. My last memory of Mick was him hooting and hollering for Destined To Rule all the way down the straight and hugging trainer and part-owner Sonia Zucchiatti as their horse saluted.  To view all of the Media Guild tips click here.   Wayne Currall

The State’s best trotter, Lord Liam, and consistent four-year-old Robbie Easton are expected to continue on their winning ways at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have earmarked the two horses as best bets on the 10-event card. The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and Guild president Wayne Currall believe Lord Liam can extend his picket fence to eight in a row. “Lord Liam has won at his last seven runs, all from behind the mobile,” Havercroft said. “Bob Mellsop has the State’s in-form trotter firing and he should be fresh with three weeks since his last run.” Currall agrees. “Lord Liam is racing in a rich vein of form,” Currall said. “He knows where the winning post is and his will to win must be a delight to his owners/breeders, the Matthews family. Victory on Friday night will take the 10-year-old’s earnings past the $250,000 mark.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart are firmly in the Robbie Easton camp. “Robbie Easton is in line to complete a winning hat-trick for trainer Gary Hall and could emerge as a genuine Golden Nugget contender after being in the shadow of his classy four-year-old stablemates headed by Wildwest,” Manning said. “Last Friday night, Robbie Easton jumped up from midweek class and faced the breeze on his way to an impressive victory. He has been a Gloucester Park winner at three of his past five starts.” Wishart is just as enthusiastic. “My best bet comes up in race seven with No. 5 Robbie Easton,” Wishart said. “This looks an easier assignment than last week when he was too strong. Just looks a good thing.“ Veteran form expert Ken Casellas is keen on the chances of Carter Micheal. “Carter Micheal is a model of consistency and the Nathan Turvey-trained six-year-old is my best bet this week when he starts from barrier five in the Glenroy Chaff Pace,” Casellas said. “The New Zealand-bred gelding has been most impressive on the past two Friday nights with close seconds in fast time behind Major Pocket and Bettor Reward.” TABradio racecaller Matt Young likes the chances of Ocean Ridge in the opening event. “Ocean Ridge bombed the start on Monday at Pinjarra and was a big run into second place behind the very smart Gee Jay Kay,” Young said. “The 2536m suits this pacer and he should be winning.” Longshot guru Pat Harding has settled on Our Alfie Romeo as his best for the evening. “My best bet of the night comes up in race six with the ever consistent Our Alfie Romeo from the Bond camp,” Harding said. “Coming out of barrier three this horse should continue on her winning way and notch up another impressive performance.“ But TABradio form expert Hayden King disagrees with Harding’s summation of the race. “Crystal Sparkles was magnificent last week when determinedly chopping down Vincenzo Peruggia in the shadows, who looked to have committed another theft,” King said. ”She can lead and win, showing that she is up to these ahead of the Mares Classic.” VALUE BETS RYAN: Anime resumes from a well-deserved break and could run a race. Will have the option of dropping to the pegs from barrier two.  WAYNE: Parisian Partygirl is drawn to get the run of the race in the sixth. She loves the pegs and will be thundering home at the business end of the event. ERNIE: Oneonthewood has not won in his past 18 starts, but he is due to break the victory drought. Seven places have been run by the veteran in his last eight appearances. Chasing his ninth standing start win, he should be fresh when racing for the first time in a month. WARREN: My best value is in race four No. 2 El Hombre. This is lovely placement by the stable taking on horses with considerable less earnings and on top of that he gets a plum draw. If he can lead he will go close and is likely to be at each-way odds. KEN: For value, I suggest Twilight Saga in race eight, a 2503m stand in which she will start from the inside on the front line and should enjoy a perfect run, either leading or sitting behind the pacemaker. She has managed just one placing from six starts this season, but will pay to follow. MATT: Cracka Star got home well last start and both runs back have been solid. It’s an open event and definitely worth something each way on. PAT: My value bet comes up in race seven with the Mike Reed-trained Valbonne. With Michael Grantham aboard I think he can give punters good value for money. HAYDEN: Mad Robber looks to have finally been incarcerated in the leaders back position this week, but if he gets out he should come all over the top. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

Punters take heed - backing Bettor Reward in the opening event at Gloucester Park on Friday night will give you a great start to the evening’s proceedings. That’s according to several members of the WA Trotting Media Guild, who have made the Clinton Hall-trained pacer their best bet on Parliamentarians Cup night. Form expert Ken Casellas, TABradio’s form analyst Hayden King, TABradio’s racecaller Matt Young and Guild president Wayne Currall all believe champion reinsman Chris Lewis will steer Bettor Reward to an all-the-way victory. Casellas summed up the thoughts of his colleagues when assessing the merits of Bettor Reward. “Eight-year-old Bettor Reward is a speedy beginner and he should give punters a flying start to Friday night’s meeting by relishing the No. 1 barrier in race one and leading all the way over the sprint trip of 1730m,” Casellas said. “Bettor Reward has been unplaced at his past three starts since he started from barrier one and set the pace before winning by three lengths at a fast 1.52.7 rate over 1730m seven weeks ago. He’s my best bet this week to repeat the dose.” Class mare Dracarys is another horse many members of the Guild have made their star bet on the 10-event program. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft are all confident she’ll return to the track a winner. Manning’s comment echoed the thoughts of his colleagues. “Four-year-old Dracarys, looking set for victory at her first start in six months, has shown outstanding potential by notching 10 wins from 14 appearances since joining trainer Justin Prentice’s stable,” Manning said. ”The Kiwi import opened her WA account with wins at five consecutive appearances. She again struck top form last autumn, when recording four straight victories. The $125,00 Mares Classic (2536m) in December will be among her Gloucester Park summer carnival targets.” Longshot guru Pat Harding believes it could be a good night for the Michael Brennan/ Michael Grantham combination. “My best bet comes up in race two with Braeview Bondi coming out of barrier two,” Harding said. “He’s looking for three wins in a row and I think he has an excellent chance off doing just that.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest Waltzingwithsierra in race seven in which she is ideally drawn on the inside of the back line. She is a talented sit-sprinter who is sure to be charging home at the business end of proceedings. HAYDEN: Phar From Kalahari has strung a few impressive runs together and has been assigned a cosy draw. She is a live chance, regardless of what happens. MATT: Waltzingwithsierra is getting better with every run and represents each-way value with some racing luck. WAYNE: Black Jack Zac is drawn to get the run of the race behind likely leader Bettor Party in the fourth. Can fly late at an each-way quote. ERNIE: Absolution is on an 11-run losing streak and has won only twice in his past 44 races. But he looked ready to break the drought when third at Gloucester Park on the past two Friday nights. There was plenty of merit in his $30,000 Preux Chevalier Pace effort a week ago. WARREN: Race six, No. 5 Mighty Conquerer. If the indicative price of $7 is correct then it will be Christmas in November for punters as Mighty Conqueror, despite the rise in class, looks a cups class horse and can account for his rivals. RYAN: Diamond Geezer has a habit of finding his way into the minor money often enough for him to be an each-way chance in the last. PAT: My value bet comes up in race six with the Brennan/Grantham team with The Bucket List. He is ideally placed in barrier two and although his recent form isn't that good I think he can give punters a great sight. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

Polemarker Vampiro looks like returning to winning form at Gloucester Park on Friday night, according to the majority of WA Trotting Media Guild members. Two in-form members - The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and Radio Great Southern’s form expert Warren Wishart - have made the Greg and Skye Bond-trained pacer their best bet on the program. “Vampiro led and won at $1.38 when last drawing the coveted inside barrier here back in July,” Havercroft said. “Looks hardest to beat and well positioned to return to winning form.” And Wishart agrees. “ Vampiro gets his chance to show his class ... will dictate terms from the front and be too strong,” Wishart said. “Couple him up with Wildwest earlier in the night and just wait to collect.” Both Havercroft and Guild newcomer Wishart are in red-hot form. Havercroft tipped seven winners last week and is a clear leader in the tipping competition with a very healthy percentage of more than 50 per cent. Wishart, with six winners to his name last Friday, is not far off the pace and is running equal third. Longshot guru Pat Harding, who is yet to land one at cricket-score odds, believes it could be a good night for favourites. “My best bet has to be Wildwest in race four,” Harding said. “This horse is all class and just keeps winning. Coming out of barrier two in an eight-horse field, I expect him to literally romp home.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, a veteran of Melbourne Cup carnivals and Inter Dominions, is keen on another Bond runner, El Jacko, in the seventh race. “El Jacko, who showed class when a close second behind Rocknroll Lincoln in the last WA Pacing Cup, gets his chance to end an eight-run losing sequence,” Manning said. “The gelding impressed last month when narrowly beaten into second place in races that Our Jimmy Johnstone and Our Corelli won. He now drops slightly in class and will be fancied to notch his 22nd victory.” Form expert Ken Casellas believes Pradas Ideal Dahling can score in the ninth race. “Pradas Ideal Dahling has returned to top form with a vengeance and he is my best bet on Friday night,” Casellas said. “He was a gallant second to Beltane over 2130m last Friday night when, from barrier seven, he settled down in eighth place before surging forward to work hard in the breeze over the final 1400m. That followed a strong win over 2536m at his previous outing.” However, Guild president Wayne Currall disagrees with Casellas. “I’m making the much-improved Cyclone Jim my best bet in the same race as Ken has gone for Pradas Ideal Dahling,” Currall said. “The lightly raced four-year-old entire has been racing in career-best form since entering Hayden Reeves’ stable and is shooting for three on the bounce. I think he can do it from his favourable draw in gate three.” TABradio’s form analyst Hayden King, who also landed seven winners last week, believes punters can start the night on the right foot by supporting Livura in the opening event. “Livura is drawn to get the run of the race over the long trip,” King said. ”There looks to be sufficient pressure throughout and he can get out and fly past them.” TABradio’s racecaller Matt Young, the winner of the tipping competition for the past two years, has opted for Just Rockon Bye in the third race. “Just Rockon Bye  ran a superb third in last Friday’s Group 2 sprint,” Young said. “She drops back to mares company and looks the leader and the winner. She is the standout on the program.” VALUE BETS RYAN: Tubbs Farquhar will sit on the well-fancied Wildwest and look to get sucked into the placings. He will get the right run to fall into the minor money here. WARREN: The Trilogy’s recent efforts have been good and this draw suits him. The indicative price of $6 looks very appealing and if correct is definitely the best value bet of the night. PAT: Atmospherical is coming off 10m in the stand and I think is ideally placed to win this race from his stablemate Carrera Mach. ERNIE: Gordon has been unplaced at his past 10 starts, but could surprise when racing first-up after a transfer to trainer Tony Svilicich. The gelding, a Wagin and Narrogin winner, should appreciate gate one. Svilicich has developed prolific winners including Mysta Magical Mach and Has The Answers. KEN: Major Pocket should appreciate a drop in class after his wilting 10th behind Argyle Red in the Mount Eden Sprint last week. WAYNE: Gangbuster has been running some good races from the strands. Morgan Woodley jumps in the bike and he’s capable of getting the horse into a prominent position from his frontline draw. HAYDEN: Carrera Mach is in hot form and should be at an each-way price. He was strong to the line when victorious last week. MATT: Maximum Demand will be each-way odds again and back to his more preferred start type of the standing start. Short-course stand and will kick home strongly. He’s overdue for a win. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

In 1913 Vincenzo Perrugia pulled off one of the greatest art thefts of the 20th century. The diminutive Italian coolly walked into The Louvre dressed as a worker, lifted the Mona Lisa off the wall, wrapped the painting in his smock and boldly made his exit out the same door. At Gloucester Park this Friday night, the equine Vincenzo Perrugia will attempt to land his own coup when he tackles 11 rivals for the major share of the $10,500 on offer in the opening event. And three WA Trotting Media Guild members - two of whom are in red-hot form - believe the aptly named six-year-old gelding (Art Official - Cee Ya Later) can give owner-trainer Tony Svilicich a grin as wide as the little Italian thief surely sported as he ambled down the steps of The Louvre with the Mona Lisa tucked under his arm. TABradio form analyst Hayden King, who tipped eight winners on last week’s card, Radio Great Southern’s form expert Warren Wishart, who finished with six from 10, and Guild president Wayne Currall have made Vincenzo Perrugia their best for the night. “Vincenzo Peruggia looks set to lead and be nigh on impossible to roll on Friday,” King said. “He smoked home late last week and this looks a gift for him.” Wishart is preaching from the same pulpit. “Expect another big night for leaders and Vincenzo Perrugia excels in that role,” Wishart said. “And from this draw he should lead all the way.” Currall makes it three. “Vincenzo Perrugia can steal this race if, as expected, Lindsay Harper can take control early doors from gate two,” Currall said. “Like his namesake, this enigmatic pacer has a few tricks up his sleeve but on his best behaviour he’ll prove the testing material.” Longshot king Pat Harding, yet to strike this season with his one at big odds, has labelled Patrickthepiranha as the standout for the evening. “Should be a good night at GP for favourites this week,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night comes up in race four with the return to racing of the top flight Patrickthepiranha. He had a good win at his last start before a spell and I think he can return with a good win coming out of barrier three.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believes potential topliner Wildwest can make it six from six. “Unbeaten four-year-old Wildwest, returning after his short break, appears a leading contender for the $200,000 Golden Nugget (2536m), $300,000 Fremantle Pacing Cup (2536m) and $450,000 WA Pacing Cup (2936m),” Manning said. “The gelding scored the first of his five wins when successful  by 37m in New Zealand last May. He then joined Gary Hall’s stable and opened his WA account with a 35m victory at Pinjarra. Three clear-cut wins were notched by the bay at Gloucester Park in August.” Renowned form guru Ken Casellas is keen on Overboard Again. “A splendid first-up performance last week by Overboard Again has influenced me to make the New Zealand-bred seven-year-old my best bet on Friday night where he is ideally drawn at barrier two in the eighth event,” Casellas said. “Overboard Again raced three wide for the first circuit and then in the breeze before fighting on determinedly to finish second to Mighty Flying Deal last Friday night, with final quarters of 28sec. and 27.7.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes Arma Indie can bounce back to winning form. “Arma Indie was upset three weeks ago when run over by Just Rockon Bye as a short-priced favourite,” Havercroft said. “She was unbeaten at four starts this campaign prior to that assignment and should be fresh and ready to return to the winner’s list.” VALUE BETS HAYDEN: There was nothing wrong with Carter Michael's last run - they just made it mathematically impossible for him to win. His previous form was excellent and he will be hard to beat. WARREN: Pradas Ideal Dahling was back in winning form last start and with that confidence boost can run a race at double-figure odds. WAYNE: Parisian Partygirl loves the pegs and from her pole draw she should get every opportunity to run a bold race. Should be at each-way odds and is capable of causing a boilover. PAT: Carrera Mach ran a creditable fourth last week but I think he will give punters a great sight. ERNIE: Clarenden Hustler, who broke an eight-run losing sequence by winning at Gloucester Park last month, has been forced to face the breeze when unplaced in two subsequent events. A winner of 18 races, he needs only a little luck to again figure prominently. KEN: Carrera Mach has a losing sequence of 11, but will pay to follow. He was eighth at the bell and fought, five wide, to finish fourth behind Our Perkins last Friday night. RYAN: Wesley has good recent form and is likely to be at a liberal each-way quote from an awkward draw. Has place claims. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

Bletchley Park and The Dali Express are two horses singled out by members of the WA Trotting Media Guild as good things for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and the newspaper’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft both believe Bletchley Park can score again. “Bletchley Park looks primed to notch the third win from four starts since a spell and he can consolidate his credentials for the $200,000 Golden Nugget (2536m) in December,” Manning said. “The WA Derby runner-up scored his ninth victory when setting the pace and drawing almost 12m clear of rivals last Friday night. Trainer Mike Reed is likely to also enter him in the $300,000 Fremantle Pacing Cup (2536m) and $450,000 WA Pacing Cup (2936m), both to be run next January.” Havercroft agrees with his colleague. “Bletchley Park cruised to an easy all-the-way victory here from the same draw last Friday,” Havercroft said. “His main rival again, Ocean Ridge, couldn’t get around him on that occasion and it’s hard to see it happening this week.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart and Guild president Wayne Currall   are keen on The Dali Express making it successive wins. “The Dali Express was able to lead and win from this draw last start defeating a good horse in Ocean Ridge,” Wishart said. “No problem with the extra distance - he leads and wins again.” Currall agrees. “Champion reinsman Chris Lewis will send The Dali Express straight to the top and it could be race over,” he said. “Doesn’t appear to be too much pressure and he is poised to post another all-the-way victory.” Longshot king Pat Harding has made Walkinshaw his best for the night. “Walkinshaw had a great win last week after three runs back from a spell and I see no reason why he can't repeat the dose on Friday night,” Harding said. TABradio’s Matt Young believes Space Junk can record a hat-trick of victories. “Space Junk has returned to his best after his last two runs and should go on his winning way again in the stand this Friday night,” Young said. Young’s colleague at TABradio Hayden King is keen on Starlight Brigade at odds. “Starlight Brigade flashed home last week and now has come up with the pole,” King said. “He will be in the finish at each-way odds.” But on-course announcer Ken Casellas has earmarked Hy Leexciting, in the same race, as his star bet. “Veteran pacer Hy Leexciting is racing with tremendous verve for owner-trainer Ian Barker and the eight-year-old is my best bet on Friday night,” Casellas said. “Colin Brown, one of the State’s finest frontrunning drivers, will be keen to take up the running in the early stages and then lead his rivals on a merry dance. Hy Leexciting over raced in the breeze last Friday night but still fought on doggedly when a close third behind James Butt and Major Pocket.” VALUE BETS ERNIE: Cott Beach, unplaced at her past five starts, is due for a return to form. The five-year-old, a winner of 15 races and almost $300,000, covered extra ground when a recent first-up  eighth. RYAN: Major Pocket looked the winner until being claimed in the shadows of the post by James Butt last time out. Drawn to be handy again and can go one better. WARREN: The Bucket List is fitter following three runs back this time in and has shown a liking for the 2536m. In a small field he is likely to be each-way odds and look for him late. WAYNE: Destined To Rule has finished in the placings at seven of his past 10 starts. He’s overdue for a win and he is handicapped to turn the tables on favourite Space Junk. PAT: My value bet comes up in the Media Guild Cup. I expect a great run from The Bucket List. Trainer Michael Brennan has high hopes for this horse over the summer and after a good fourth last week I think he can win over the 2536m. MATT: Regal Ambition has the gate speed to find the top and is a good frontrunner and will handle the distance fine. If connections choose to lead I believe he is a great winning chance. HAYDEN: Mighty Flying Deal found the line well from an unpromising position last week and he has drawn handily this time. Michael Grantham has been engaged and he will be in the finish. KEN: For value, I suggest Regal Ambition in race eight. He is a splendid frontrunner and if he is able to get to an early lead he should have sound prospects of ending a sequence of nine unplaced efforts. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting Wayne Currall

In last week’s column we sang the praises of Matt Young for tipping the card at a recent Saturday night meeting at Bunbury. What we didn’t report was that The West Australian’s Ernie Manning also tipped the card at the same meeting. Apologies to Ernie for that oversight and belated congratulations to him for realising the dream of every tipster. Now to dissect tomorrow night’s meeting at Gloucester Park by members of the WA Trotting Media Guild. TABradio racecaller Hayden King and Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart are keen on Warfare. “The Justin Prentice-trained Warfare is drawn to lead and should be too good off a let-up,” King said. “He can progress through to FFA class.” And Wishart agrees. “My best bet comes up in race three with No.1 Warfare,” Wishart said. “Very talented type who gets a good draw. I think he should lead all the way.” Leading tipster Young believes El Jacko is poised to return to the winners’ list. “El Jacko has drawn to receive the perfect run and has a good turn of foot and should finish over the top of the leaders in the Navy Cup,” Young said. Longshot guru Pat Harding is a fan of the Ray Williams-trained Walkinshaw. “After last week's tough meeting there might be a few more wins for punters this week,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in the second race with No. 6 Walkinshaw. This is his third run back after a spell and I think he can prevail in this small field. He’s due for a win and this might be his best opportunity.” Guild president Wayne Currall has made another Williams-trained pacer as his star bet for the meeting. “Major Pocket has been nothing but consistent this campaign with six minor placings from his past eight starts,” Currall said. “Expect him to be driven more aggressively from gate three and he just might prove too strong at the business end.” Manning and his colleague, The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft, have settled on Arma Indie as their best. “Arma Indie has emerged as one of WA’s most promising pacers when winning clearly at her past three starts and looks set to confirm she is a summer carnival prospect,” Manning said. “The four-year-old, who joined Mike Reed’s stable after two New Zealand wins within eight days last January, has shown she has the gate speed to take advantage of barrier one. She won by 13.2m and 23.1m in Gloucester Park races before her 6.8m victory at Pinjarra  last week. She looks an ideal proposition for the Mares Classic in December.” Havercroft agrees. “Arma Indie has resumed from a spell in devastating fashion, winning at all three starts since her injury-shortened Oaks campaign,” Havercroft said. “In two of her three wins she found the front and from the inside draw this week she will likely lob into the lead and be hard to run down.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas believes punters would be wise to get on Vincenzo Perrugia. “Septuagenarian owner-trainer Tony Svilicich has New Zealand-bred six-year-old Vincenzo Peruggia racing with admirable enthusiasm and the gelding is my best bet this week after drawing favourably at barrier three,” Casellas said. “Vincenzo Peruggia looks like founding the top and is capable of leading his rivals on a merry dance. He put the writing on the wall last Friday night when he raced without cover and finished a desperately close second to Bettor Party.” VALUE BETS HAYDEN: Sea Me Smile is flying lately and will sit off the pace in the first. She could soar home over the top with the speed on. WARREN: James Butt is in a much more suitable race tonight. Some of his runs last preparation were very good and at each-way odds. I think he can win. MATT: The old timer Maximum Demand will get a soft run and if he gets any luck he will be sprinting home powerfully at double-figure odds. He’s getting better with every run. PAT: I think Chris Voak can have James Butt well placed to come home strongly and give punters some value. WAYNE: On a night where there doesn’t appear to be too much value, I think Waylade could get a soft run behind likely leader Thereugo and run a race at huge odds. ERNIE: Presidentmach has not won in his past seven starts, but the gelding should not be overlooked from a pole draw. He started from barrier seven when unplaced last Friday night. A winner of 16 races, he recently ran second to the talented Wildwest. RYAN: Jaxon Fella will drop out to last from the wide draw. He erupted late four starts ago and in a small field here he won’t be far from them if there is any speed on. KEN: For value, I suggest Athabascan in the final event. He’s tough and is overdue for a change of fortune. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

Before we launch into this week’s best bets from members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for Friday night at Gloucester Park, special congratulations should go out to TABradio’s racecaller Matt Young. Young, who recently won the Guild’s top tipster award for the second year running, realised a dream of every tipster when he tipped the card at last Saturday’s eight-race program at Bunbury. A $10 all-up wager on Young’s eight winners would have netted almost $500. Guild newcomer Warren Wishart, the former RWWA chief handicapper, opened his tipping debut in style with six winners, including his best bet and best value selection. Wishart believes Ocean Ridge can bounce back from his last-start defeat as an odds-on favourite. “Ocean Ridge is a high-class horse and is beautifully drawn in gate two,” Wishart said. “He should control things from the front and be too good for these.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft, who set the bar high for the other Guild members with eight winners on the firs night of the new season, is keen on Kingslayer. “Kingslayer has been impressive at his three local starts, all of those victories under standing-start conditions,” Havercroft said. “If he steps safely he should be saluting in a modest Friday night field.” Longshot guru Pat Harding is also a fan of Kingslayer. “My best bet comes up in race seven with No. 3 Kingslayer for Greg and Skye Bond,” Harding said. “With three wins in a row, he is ideally placed to make it four and I suspect he will lead all the way over the 2096 metre journey.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning likes the look of Bletchley Park. “Bletchley Park could not have bene more impressive when he won by 18m at a Gloucester Park midweek meeting on August 27,” Manning said. “The four-year-old was having his first start in four months and should improve considerably with the benefit of that race. He showed class when second in the WA Derby last April and has won at eight of 15 starts. The Mike Reed-trained horse looks a strong contender in the Golden Nugget later this year.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas believes another Bond-trained horse will salute. “Hit Is Rich is the least experienced runner in the fourth event on Friday night, but she’s my best bet on an attractive program when I expect her to improve on her 45 per cent winning record,” Casellas said. “The New Zealand-bred six-year-old is favourably drawn at barrier two and Ryan Warwick should have her in a commanding position throughout. She had a tough run in the breeze when a fighting third behind stablemate She Could be Good last Friday night.” TABradio racecaller Hayden King is confident punters can boost their bank early doors. “Saleahs Comand can sizzle across the face of the field and lead the first,” King said. “We saw last week how potent he is from the front and the same result is likely.” Guild president Wayne Currall, however, is at odds with King. “Bettor Reward has drawn the pole in the first race and with champion reinsman Chris Lewis in the bike he appeals as the horse they all have to beat,” Currall said. “This looks like a significant drop in class and there is no one better at getting a horse off the arm than ACL.”   VALUE BETS WARREN: Cut For An Ace can be a big improver from the good draw. He does have some impressive form over the sprint trip and I think he can win. Because of his figure form he could be around or just under each-way odds. RYAN: Our Corelli is likely to get out to a luxurious quote from his wide draw and it’s hard to knock his recent form, boasting seven wins from his last 10 this preparation. PAT: My value bet of the night is in the third with No. 3 Neighlor. With only a small field of nine I think Shannon Suvaljko can bounce him out of the barrier over the sprint journey and give punters an excellent sight. ERNIE: Delightfulreaction, who faced a difficult task from gate nine when unplaced last week, could have better luck with a draw inside the back line. In her past six starts, she has won twice at Gloucester Park and also run two places there. KEN: For value, I suggest The Dali Express in the final event. The Ross Olivieri-trained gelding is expected to lead from the No. 1 barrier and has sound prospects of upsetting the hot favourite Ocean Ridge. HAYDEN: The Dali Express will be some chance to upstage Ocean Ridge in the last. He should be able to lead and give a sight. WAYNE: Major Pocket won’t be suited by the draw or the sprint trip, but his form is hard to ignore - five seconds from his last six starts. Can mow them down off a hot pace. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting Wayne Currall

Friday night at Gloucester Park marks the beginning of the 2019\20 metropolitan harness racing season. But before we dissect tomorrow night's card, we should acknowledge the WA Trotting Media Guild’s winners for the 2018\19 season. Matt Young made it two in a row when he finished on top as the leading tipster, Pat Harding won the longest-priced winner (for maybe the ninth time in a row) and Ken Casellas and Wayne Currall shared the spoils for the most winners on a night (nine on a 10-event card). Congratulations to all our winners. Polemarkers Mad Robber and Our Corelli are two horses earmarked by members of the Guild as star bets on Friday night. The newest member of the panel, former RWWA chief handicapper Warren Wishart and now a form analyst on Radio Great Southern, is keen on Mad Robber, as is TABradio racecaller Hayden King and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft. “The best bet of the night comes up in race nine in Mad Robber,” Wishart said. “He looks beautifully placed over the sprint distance drawing barrier one. Should lead and win.” King and Havercroft agree. “Mad Robber has the pole again and the result should be as predictable as last week,” King said. “He is a very competent frontrunner and this looks his for the taking.” “Mad Robber led easily last week from the same draw and this field looks no better,” Havercroft said. “I’m not sure any of these are good enough to get around him over the sprint distance.” Longshot guru Harding and The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believe Our Corelli will continue on his winning ways. “Could be a good night for favourites for the first Friday night meeting of the season at GP,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night come up in race five with Our Corelli. He again has the benefit of barrier one and should make it two wins in a row. His last win was impressive and he should give another excellent front-running exhibition.” Manning concurs. “Our Corelli gets the chance to repeat his impressive all-the-way win last Friday after again drawing gate one,” Manning said. “The gelding will be hard to run down, judging by the way he scored by almost 11m and rated 1:52.7 over 1730m last week. He looks a Fremantle Pacing Cup and WA Pacing Cup hope, on the strength of six wins in nine starts since a transfer to trainer Debra Lewis.” TABradio’s Young has gone with another polemarker in the shape of Extreme Prince. “Extreme Prince has returned with good form, awfully unlucky last run and has the draw to go the journey,” Young said. On-course announcer Casellas is looking at another horse who has drawn the pole to keep the winners rolling in. “The Trilogy switches back to mobile racing on Friday night and gets an ideal opportunity to end a losing sequence of 10 by leading all the way from the No. 1 barrier,” Casellas said. “My best bet on the night possesses excellent gate speed and relishes the role of pacemaker. The Kristian Hawkins-trained and driven The Trilogy has been racing in good form in stands at his past four starts, the most recent being three Fridays ago when he started off 30m and sustained a spirited burst from last to finish a close second to Eloquent Mach.” Guild president Currall is the only member of the panel not to make a polemarker his best bet. “Aldo Cortopassi will have a look for the lead from gate two with Major Pocket, but the rails horse Waimac Attack may have too much speed at the start,” Currall said. “Forget Major Pocket went around last week when he finished down the track behind the ‘Crazy Burglar’ - he was tramping three and four deep when they were scooting home in a slick 56.4. Major Pocket’s four previous runs were terrific efforts and I think he’ll break his drought in this race.” VALUE BETS WARREN: I expect improvement tonight from Hot Fraternity, and I also think he will be at each-way odds. This race shapes far more ideally for him and he will give a great sight. HAYDEN: Sir Nicholas is racing well but always needs luck. He has won over this track and distance before and he could blouse them late. RYAN: Spud’s numerical form doesn’t look enticing, but this assignment for his local debut should represent a big drop in class. A recent second at Byford trials suggests he is ready to go. PAT: I thought Michael Joseph was a tad unlucky last week. He’s coming out of barrier four over the sprint distance and should give punters an excellent sight. ERNIE: Champion trainer Gary Hall is persevering with nine-year-old The Arsonist, who has not won in his past 13 starts, and the gelding  should be kept under consideration by punters. He can improve on a ninth last Friday, when  racing for the first time in five months. MATT: Lightning Calder trialled well at Northam and, even though off 30m, should run a big race at decent odds. KEN: Michael Joseph could provide some good value by bouncing back to his best in race eight. He will pay to follow, taking into account his strong second to Roman Aviator two starts ago. WAYNE: El Hombre finished third behind Our Corelli last week and this represents a drop in class. He’s drawn to get the world perfect run behind the ‘Crazy Burglar’ and could finish right over the top at each-way odds. Two former Media Guild members are doing it tough at the moment. Stuart Lowe and Robbie Dewar are struggling with health problems. On behalf of all Guild members and the harness racing fraternity, we wish them both all the best and hope to see them back on their feet in the near future. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

It should be a wonderful night for punters at Gloucester Park on Friday night - if the best bets from the members of the WA Trotting Media Guild all salute. Seven Guild members have settled on seven different star bets for the 10-event card at Australia’s best harness racing venue. Longshot guru Pat Harding is, uncharacteristically, playing it safer than most by declaring odds-on favourite Wildwest. “Notwithstanding the rain, we can expect another sizzling performance from Wildwest in race three,” Harding said. “I have made him my best bet again and barrier 11 is not likely to be a problem over the 2536 metre journey. This is a most exciting horse with a brilliant future.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on Handsandwheels from the Andrew De Campo yard. “Handsandwheels, nearing a $500,000 stake-earnings milestone, gets his chance to complete a winning hat-trick,” Manning said. “The five-year-old, part-owned by Perth Cup winning jockey Kyra Yuill, is racing better than ever after a slight lull which followed his 2017 WA Derby win. Trainer Andrew De Campo has him on target for the Fremantle Pacing Cup and WA Pacing Cup at Perth’s summer carnival. He has the impressive tally of 14 Gloucester Park wins.” RWWA’s racing communications co-ordinator Tim Walker has made the consistent Eloquent Mach his best. “You have to respect Major Trojan in this race, but I think his stablemate Eloquent Mach can find the front here and be super hard to beat,” Walker said. On-course announcer Ken Casellas believes The War Nurse can bounce back to winning form. “The Debra Lewis stable continues to shine and The War Nurse has bright prospects of giving the Hopeland trainer her 52nd winner of the season on Friday night,” Casellas said. “The four-year-old mare is versatile and driver Jocelyn Young will have options from the No. 5 barrier - either to make use of her sparkling gate speed or to restrain her and rely on a strong finishing burst. Punters should forgive The War Nurse’s fading eighth behind Carter Micheal over 1730m last Friday night on a rain-soaked track.” TABradio racecaller Hayden King is a fan of Mister Ardee, especially after drawing the pole for his assignment. “Mister Ardee gets his best chance to break through here,” King said. “He has drawn the pole and should lead throughout for a deserved win.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes Just Rockon Bye can win first-up from a spell. “Just Rockon Bye didn’t fire in her first preparation for Gary Hall, but her 19 career wins suggest she has ability,” Havercroft said. “There isn’t a lot drawn to her inside and her main rivals will have to get around her to win.” Guild president Wayne Currall rounds out the seven individual star bets by opting for Beltane in race nine. “Beltane has returned to somewhere near his best with two wins and two placings from his last four starts,” Currall said. “Trainer/driver Nathan Turvey has options from his backline draw and should be able to position his charge in a prominent position to strike when the whips are cracking.” VALUE BETS PAT: I think the Justin Prentice-trained Aristocratic Star with Gary Hall Jr aboard can bring home the bacon. It's only a small field and he should give punters some joy at the end of the night. ERNIE: Rock Me Over has  not won in his past 22 starts, but looks ready to break the drought. He has impressed when a Gloucester Park placegetter at his past four starts for trainer Matthew Scott, who took over the gelding’s preparation early this year. TIM: Smoldering Ashes is working up to a win. Whether he has the pace to match The War Nurse time will tell, but I think he’s ready to win. KEN: The redoubtable Im Soxy in race six, in which he is favourably drawn at barrier two, is nearing another win. He continues to race with commendable zest and is sure to fight out the finish. HAYDEN: Looks Official has been most impressive at her last two appearances. She is capable of causing a real blowout against these top fillies. RYAN: Vincenzo Perrugia caught the eye last time out and is drawn to lead. That was Emily Suvaljko’s first drive on him and she stays on this week. WAYNE: Most punters will be looking to what horse can run second behind Wildwest. I think that horse could be Presidentmach from his favourable draw in gate two. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

It’s a mixed bag of best bets from members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and longshot king Pat Harding believe talented three-year-old gelding Wildwest will keep his unbeaten record intact when he steps out in race nine. “Wildwest has won by significant margins at each of his three starts and appears to have potential that could make him the next stable star at trainer Gary Hall’s property,” Manning said. “Imported from New Zealand after scoring by almost 40m last May, he recorded a WA debut victory by more than 35m at Pinjarra last month. He was not extended in a 9.5m win at his first Gloucester Park appearance. He is aimed at the Golden Nugget, but seems certain to also be entered in the Fremantle Pacing Cup and WA Pacing Cup.” Harding agrees with Manning. “There is no doubt that Gary Hall has yet another outstanding horse in his stable in Wildwest and despite the wide barrier I believe he can notch up yet another impressive win,” Harding said. Leading tipster Matt Young is keen on the enigmatic King Of Swing in the opening event. “King Of Swing is a beast in front and he has drawn to lead,” Young said. “He should be winning by as far as Gary Hall Jr feels like.” TABradio’s racecaller Hayden King thinks punters should keep their powder dry until the last race. “Remit Me Whitby looks set for an all-the-way victory, almost identical to Tuesday,” King said. “She has improved out of sight to be one of our topline two-year-olds.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas has been impressed with Eloquent Mach’s form. “Three-year-old Eloquent Mach has returned after a spell in wonderful form and he looks set to complete a hat-trick by overcoming a 20-metre handicap on Friday night,” Casellas said. “He has been most impressive in winning stands over 2096m and 3309m on the past two Friday nights after resuming racing for champion trainer Gary Hall following a four-month absence.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is a fan of Our Corelli in the fourth race. “Our Corelli has his best draw since transferring to the Debra Lewis stable and looks poised to return to winning form,” Havercroft said. “In April he last drew barrier one, while in the care of Justin Prentice, and led all of the way for a comfortable victory.” Guild president Wayne Currall believes the consistent Dominate The Dojo can finally break through for a well-deserved victory. “This speed machine from the Kevin Keys stable has run four seconds and two thirds from his last six outings,” Currall said. “His last win was over the sprint trip in May when he led all the way in a mile rate of 1.55.7. He’s drawn out wide but champion reinsman Chris Lewis will use his abundant pace off the arm to cross the field. From the top he’s the horse they all have to beat.” VALUE BETS ERNIE: Bechers Brook has a five-run losing sequence, but would not surprise if he displayed the form which delivered 12 wins in his first 24 races. A winner of six Gloucester Park events, he has this week drawn better than when fourth to Major Trojan last Friday night. PAT: I think the August Cup is a wide open affair but I have a feeling that No. 9 Vultan Tin can get the job done. With the race over 2536 metres, I don't think the wide barrier will affect his chances. MATT: Bad Round has been racing well without much luck, looks to be some pace on over the mile and Shannon Suvaljko can weave some magic at double-figure odds. HAYDEN: Hot Fraternity has multiple avenues from which he can achieve victory. This versatility may prove vital in a tactical race. KEN: She Could Be Good has charged home from the rear to be placed at her past two outings and will be mighty hard to beat this week. RYAN: From a backline draw, Cyber Storm went to the line hard held on debut and should have finished closer than fourth. Drawn the pole this week, he can make his own luck if he leads. WAYNE: Last-start winner Free To Air should get a cosy run behind likely leader Whoswhointhezoo and can run a race at each-way odds. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

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