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Three members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have labelled As Happy As Larry as their best bet on a night when the State’s best three-year-olds contest the Group 1 $200,000 WA Derby (2536m) at Gloucester Park. Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart, The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and TABradio racecaller Matt Young all believe the Robbie Williams-trained and driven As Happy As Larry will salute. “As Happy As Larry has been placed to perfection by the stable, dropping back from open class to this restricted-class event and on top of that comes up with a good draw,” Wishart said. “Leads easily and don’t see any dangers. Would be happy as Larry to be on at the indicative price of $1.90.” Manning agrees. “A sharp class drop will be appreciated by As Happy As Larry after running third to the brilliant Shockwave in strong company on the past two Friday nights,” Manning said. ”As Happy As Larry, a New Zealand winner before he was imported to WA by trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams, should be able to secure a commanding position from gate two. He has notched eight Gloucester Park victories.” Young also is singing the same tune. “As Happy As Larry has come back down in grade and he is flying,“ Young said. ”Should be speared off the arm to lead and win.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and longshot guru Pat Harding are firmly in Marquisard’s camp. “Marquisard grows a leg from the inside draw and only just went down last time out from the same gate,” Havercroft said. “He over-raced in the middle stages on that occasion and held on until the last few strides before being claimed by Mcardles Gem. Has had a short freshen-up for this assignment and should give a bold showing.” Harding is of the same opinion. “WA Derby night should be a fascinating night at GP this Friday with a few favourites coming home,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night comes up in race two with No.1 Marquisard. This horse has been knocking on the door and has found it hard to win, but this might be his best opportunity. With Chris Voak aboard, he is likely to be a short-priced favourite but I think he can break through for a good win.“ Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas is keen on Dennis as his star bet. “Dennis has struck top form for trainer Ross Olivieri and he looks ideally placed at barrier three in race nine at Gloucester Park on Friday night,” Casellas said. “He’s my best bet to notch his third win from his past seven starts. Dennis sustained a strong burst from 10th at the bell to finish fourth behind Miracle Moose last Friday night and he should give punters a great sight this week.“ TABradio’s form expert Hayden King, who is a narrow leader in the Guild’s tipping competition, believes Talktomeurmattjesty can get the chocolates in the fifth. “ Talktomeurmattjesty equaled the track record under very similar circumstances to these only weeks ago,” King said. ”He can roll forward, lead, keep rolling and win.” Guild president Wayne Currall has opted for Madame Meilland as his best for the night. “This will be Madame Meilland’s fourth start since a three-month spell,” Currall said. “She should be cherry ripe for this race, has drawn a perfect gate and has the services of master reinsman Chris Lewis. I can see her rolling to the top and from there she’s the horse to beat.” VALUE BETS WARREN: Madame Meilland had no luck in the feature mares race at Pinjarra, then wasn’t beaten far in the Empress Stakes last Friday. Perfect draw and the indicative price of $5 is great each-way value. ERNIE: Chris Lewis has been booked to take over driving Destined To Rule and the veteran, a winner only once from his past 40 starts, is capable of improving. He drops in class after a ninth when clashing with tough opposition last Friday night at his first appearance for more than four months. MATT: Patronus Star was impressive on debut in the west and he has the perfect draw and distance form. A big player. RYAN: Mach Da Vinci isn't liking the tight Gloucester Park circuit, but he won on class last week and is worth an each-way play from a wide draw. PAT: My value bet of the night comes up in the WA Derby. I have a feeling that No. 6, Double Expresso can bring home the bacon. She should be at good odds and, with Chris Lewis aboard, I reckon she can make it five wins in a row in what should be an excellent race. KEN: For value, I suggest Mister Bushido from the No. 3 barrier in race two. He is racing with plenty of enthusiasm and his was a splendid effort last week when he ran on from the rear with a three-wide charge to finish fifth behind Mach Da Vinci. HAYDEN: Disco Under Fire is fairly flying since joining Giles Inwood. Although drawn slightly awkwardly, if he can roll forward and maintain his advantage over One For Dave Andme he should win. WAYNE: Bettor Party might surprise a few people in the second. He is quoted at 50/1 in early markets, but his form is better than it reads. Can run a race at huge odds. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting and stay safe.   Wayne Currall

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are hoping to provide some joy for punters during this difficult period at tomorrow night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. Form expert at Radio Great Southern Warren Wishart, the king of longshots Pat Harding and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft all believe The Bird Dance can add to his picket fence when he lines up from the pole in race three. “The Bird Dance made an outstanding return last week to remain unbeaten from eight WA runs,” Wishart said. ”Love the best horses drawing gate one and he will be untroubled to make it nine in a row.“ Harding agrees. “Looks like Greg and Skye Bond could have a stellar night at GP this Friday night,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night comes up in race three with the Bond-trained The Bird Dance. This horse had another excellent win last week and coming out of barrier one this week should have no problems accounting for his rivals.” And Havercroft makes it three. “The Bird Dance looks set to continue his local undefeated Western Australian form when drawing ideally for The Clarke Pace,” Havercroft said. “On a night with a lot of standouts, I think the Greg and Skye Bond pacer can have punters off to a clucking good start to the night.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has opted for another Bond runner as his star bet. “New Zealand import Justasec showed toughness a fortnight ago when he faced the breeze and recorded his third win from five Gloucester Park starts,” Manning said. ”The gelding, who entered Greg and Skye Bond’s stable after a Kiwi win, remains highly consistent. His career tally is nine wins and three places in 13 starts.” Veteran journalist Ken Casellas likes another Kiwi import, but this time from the Debra Lewis stable. “Hampton Banner and Be My Rock arrived in Western Australia from New Zealand early this month, fresh from clashing in a 2200m event at Alexandra Park on February 14 when Be My Rock won and Hampton Banner finished fourth,” Casellas said. “The smart three-year-olds will renew their rivalry when they clash in race 10 on Friday night when I’m declaring Hampton Banner as my best bet. Hampton Banner settled in seventh and last position, 12 lengths behind the pacemaker in the February 14 event and impressed in charging home out wide on the track. Be My Rock enjoyed the run of the race behind the pacemaker before scoring in good style. Then Be My Rock was an unlucky fourth behind Roman Art at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon after being checked and losing six lengths 1200m from home.” Guild president Wayne Currall is keen on another Bond runner. “Galactic Star couldn’t buy a draw on his recent trip to Sydney,” Currall said. “He finished second, eighth and fourth from his three NSW starts, all from wide barriers. Tomorrow night he draws the pole and will take no end of beating, despite coming up against the little champ Chicago Bull, who is returning to the track after a nine-month spell.” VALUE BETS WARREN: Miss Sangrial was responsible for a sneaky good run over the mile trip on Monday from a wide draw. Very similar field here and drawn wide again, but the extra distance is in her favour. At the indicative price of $18 she is worth an each-way ticket. PAT: Value bets are few and far between, but in race six the Justin Prentice-trained Dracarys coming out of barrier four could be the way to go. She is first-up after a spell, but with Gary Hall Jr aboard could give off-course punters a good showing. RYAN: Tenno Sho at an indicative price of $16 looks to be value in the Trotters Sprint. Mr Sundon looks hard to beat, but Tenno Sho is faultless from the mobile and drawn to be on the pace. ERNIE: Lord Rosco is due to break through for his first city win. In his past eight starts, he has notched Bridgetown and Bunbury wins in addition to five seconds and a third. He ran a smart second at Gloucester Park two weeks ago. KEN: For value, I suggest Gotta Go Gabbana in the Empress Stakes. She is a stout-hearted stayer and I’m predicting she will be fighting out the finish. WAYNE: Tommy Be Good hasn’t got the class of some his rivals in the FFA, but he will duck straight in behind likely leader Galactic Star. He follows pace well and can place at a good price. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting and stay safe.   Wayne Currall

The Group 2 $50,000 4YO & 5YO Championship highlights a stellar night of pacing at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And three members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have marked Shockwave down as their best bet in the feature on a bumper 11-event card. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, TABradio’s form analyst Hayden King and Radio Great Southern’s form expert Warren Wishart have all made Shockwave their best bet. “Shockwave proved his class when winning the $200,000 Golden Nugget as favourite last December, before he was out of luck in the major cups,” Manning said. ”He ran sixth after covering extra ground in the Fremantle Cup, ahead of locking wheels when it appeared he was looming to win the WA Pacing Cup. The four-year-old looked forward when winning a trial by almost 20m last Sunday.“ King agrees. “Shockwave has the barrier and was desperately unlucky in the Pacing Cup,” King said. “He has had a little time off but now fresh he is back and ready to strike.” Wishart rounds our the trifecta. “I’m keeping it simple this week with Shockwave,” Wishart said. “Nugget winner who would have gone close to winning the WA Pacing Cup but for locking wheels late. When the best horse draws the pole it invariably wins.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas has found one at a price as his star bet. “Young trainer Joshua Dunn’s sprightly 11-year-old Oneonthewood continues to race with youthful enthusiasm and I’m making the old gelding my special in the standing start event on Friday night,” Casellas said. “He produced an eye-catching performance on Tuesday evening when he was 11th and about seven lengths from the leader Bettor Be Oscar with 300m to travel before charging home out six wide to finish fifth. He can overcome the 20m handicap on Friday night and record win No.27 at his 222nd start.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is, however, at odds with Casellas and has made Always An Honour his best bet in the same race. “Always An Honour seems to show his best form under standing start conditions with all of his six wins this season coming from behind the strands,” Havercroft said. “He made an early mistake last week which saw him settle too far back to be a threat but will be looking to sit closer this Friday.” Longshot guru Pat Harding has urged punters to keep their powder dry until the last race on the program. “The standout for me comes up in the last race with No.3 Black Jack Baby,” Harding said. “With three wins from three starts, this two-year-old looks set for a big future. Add Chris Voak aboard and you have the perfect combination to end the night on a winning note.” Guild president Wayne Currall has gone the other way and believes punters can add to their bank early doors by supporting My Carbon Copy in the open wing event. “Stuart McDonald should have My Carbon Copy in a lot handier position than he did last week when he finished a gallant fourth to stablemate Sir Galahad,” Currall said. “My Carbon Copy came from last at the 800m and was pushed four and five wide, but still managed to make ground in a quick 56.9. He can sprint over the top of them at the business end of proceedings.” VALUE BETS ERNIE: On My Oath has not won in 31 starts since his Williams success 14 months ago. But he looked ready to break through when a Pinjarra placegetter twice this month. He has won three Gloucester Park races. HAYDEN: Over Loaded was heavily backed here last time and came up just short. I am confident he can find the front and go one better. WARREN: The race shape appears better for Sergeant Oats on Friday night and I think he will settle closer from a low draw not having to work. Is capable of a strong finish on his night and should be at each-way odds. KEN: For value, I suggest Saleahs Comand, who is capable of setting the pace over the 2130m and holding on to defeat some better-fancied rivals in race seven. RYAN: Mister Bushido is drawn behind the likely leader You Gotta Have Faith and should be poised to strike upon straightening and break a nine-start losing sequence. PAT: My value bet comes up in Race 3 with No.2 Ona Happy Note. While the horse doesn't have a great deal of form, I think Lauren Jones can get the best out of her for trainer Michael Brennan. WAYNE: The consistent Lord Rosco is drawn to get the run of the race behind likely leader Saleahs Command in the seventh. He can surprise at odds. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.     

A quick look at Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park shows there could be at least four odds-on favourites. And members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have urged punters to follow the “red trail” in search of winners. Guild president Wayne Currall thinks the procession of odds-on favourites could very well start in the opening race on the 10-event card. “Sir Galahad looks like going around in the red from his ideal draw in gate one,” Currall said. “Forget about his last run where he was gassed at the start and finished a distant last behind Valbonne. Junior should take him straight to the front and he’s the one they all have to get over. Not much value on offer, but little fish are sweet.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart is thinking along the same lines. “I’m going to be different this week and make my best bet a treble,” Wishart said. “It does look a punter-friendly night and those that like to take short odds should have a great time. My three standouts are Race 5 No.1 Double Expresso, Race 6 No. 2 Major Martini and Race 10 No.1 Franco Ecuador. All three have a class and barrier draw advantage and will win.” TABradio’s form expert Hayden King is keen on Major Martini. “I think Major Martini has a bit on his rivals, particularly in terms of his sprinting power,” King said. “If he gets the right luck in running he should zoom past.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and TABradio racecaller Matt Young believe Franco Ecuador can return to winning form in the last race. “Barrier one should boost Franco Ecuador’s prospects of bouncing back to confirm he is a top contender for next month’s $200,000 WA Derby,” Manning said. “The colt scored impressive Pinjarra wins at his first two appearances, then was caught in the breeze and finished fifth when stepping up in class to tackle the Caduceus Club Classic. It was his first race in more than two  months. He appears to be a future class performer for owner Rob Watson and trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice.” Young agrees. “Franco Ecuador has the draw and should be leading and winning in a drop back in grade,” Young said. “He looks the goods.” Longshot king Pat Harding is going against the odds-on theme and has made Marquisard his best bet. “It seems that every Friday night at GP is a tough one for tipsters and punters and I think this one will be no different,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night comes up with Marquisard in Race 2. This horse has certainly been about the place in recent starts and drawing No.1 with Chris Voak aboard gives him a real chance to hit the winners’ circle.” Award-winning journalist Ken Casellas also has deserted the horses in the red, at least as his best bet. “Justin Prentice’s handy mare Pick My Pocket is sure to appreciate a drop in class this week and is my best bet to beat Parisian Partygirl and Madame Meilland,” Casellas said. “Pick My Pocket is the solitary runner on the back line and Chris Lewis will have plenty of options during the 2130m journey. She finished solidly from eighth at the bell when fifth behind Rosies Ideal last Friday night.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes brilliant filly Double Expresso is a standout in the fifth race. “Double Expresso has compiled an impressive career record, having won at 10 of her 13 lifetime appearances,” Havercroft said. “She is drawn ideally to add the three-year-old leg of the Sales Classic to her resume, having won the two-year-old leg 12 months ago, also as a red-hot favourite.“ VALUE BETS WAYNE: Rocknroll Whitby, a last-start winner at Narrogin, has drawn to get the run of the race behind likely leader Captain Mannering. He could surprise at odds. WARREN: Ana Malak hasn’t been seen since the WA Pacing Cup where he was unplaced. Did finish fourth in the two key lead-ups to that race. I can see this race being run uptempo and with his wide draw he may get out to each-way odds. HAYDEN: Iceenothink could be at OK odds and he is absolutely flying. He made ground out wide in devastating sectionals last run and if the speed is fair he can zap them late. ERNIE: Dontstopbelievin has not won in her past six starts and earlier had an 18-run losing sequence. But she showed zest when notching three Gloucester Park placings in January. The mare, a winner of three Gloucester Park races, needs only a little luck to be prominent again. MATT: Captain Mannering was really good last start and looks a solid each-way chance here. PAT: Dominate The Dojo hasn't had a great deal of luck since a second placing four starts ago. However, this is not a particularly strong field and I think Chris Lewis can guide him to victory. KEN: For value, I suggest My Carbon Copy in the opening event in which he has the ability to overcome an awkward draw at barrier seven. He had no luck at all when badly hampered for room in the final circuit and finishing fast in the late stages to be third behind Bracken Sky and Grinny Vinnie last Friday night.  RYAN: Bee Seventeen is racing too well not to be considered a chance again. The wide draw hurts but his form is good and he is likely to go around at double-figure odds. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

For once, members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are in agreement when it comes to selecting best bets at Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. After weeks of differing opinions, most Guild members have settled on the same horses at headquarters, where the two divisions of the $100,000 Group 1 Sales Classic Finals (1730m) headline a stellar night of pacing. TABradio’s form expert Hayden King and longshot guru Pat Harding believe punters can get the night off to a winning start by supporting Iconic Valor. “Iconic Valor is well drawn in the first,” King said. ”He has options and continues to race in fine form. He will take all the beating.” And Harding agrees with his younger colleague. “Iconic Valor has been knocking on the door since his last win five starts ago,” Harding said. ”I think he is ideally placed over 2130 metres and with Chris Voak aboard should give punters something to smile about.“ The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, that paper’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart are all keen on Lady Jadore in the filly’s $100,000 scamper. “Unbeaten juvenile Lady Jadore gets the chance to maintain her unbeaten record when tackling the 2YO Fillies Sales Classic for trainer Annie Belton and reinsman Aldo Cortopassi,” Manning said. “The youngster, who looked most professional when winning after facing the breeze at her debut early this month, crossed to the lead when racing second-up and notched a comfortable front-running victory. Belton is a specialist with young pacers and Cortopassi, who had a choice of drives, has given punters a lead by electing to pilot Lady Jadore.“ Havercroft agrees. “Lady Jadore looked to have plenty in reserve when winning her heat of the Sales Classic at a short quote,” Havercroft said. ”At her only other start she sat outside of Lets Dance Tonight and outclassed her rivals on that occasion too.” Wishart is thinking along the same lines. “Lady Jadore won her heat well and looks better than her rivals,” Wishart said. Veteran journalist and GP enthusiast Ken Casellas and TABradio’s racecaller Matt Young make a sound case for Always An Honour in the stand. “The Justin Prentice-trained Always An Honour is a standing-start specialist and he is my best bet on Friday night to continue his dominance in stands by winning race eight,” Casellas said. “The lightly raced four-year-old, who will be driven by Gary Hall Jr, has contested eight stands for six wins, a third and a seventh placing.“ And young agrees. “Always An Honour is nicely suited over the longer trip and looks to have the edge over rivals on a tricky night of racing,” Young said. The only Guild member “flying solo” is the group’s president Wayne Currall, who has opted for Miss Sangrial as his star bet. “Miss Sangrial is lethal in a stalking role,” Currall said. “She played that role perfectly last week when she camped off the speed and finished too well for Fake News. She’s drawn to play a similar role on Friday night and driver Michael Grantham has options from her back-line draw.”   VALUE BETS HAYDEN: Chiaroscuro should be at decent odds in the FFA. He's building fitness and is very capable. He is a definite each-way chance. PAT: Vivere Damore is resuming after a spell and had two good wins priors to that. Shannon Suvaljko jumps aboard and I think she stands an excellent chance of a first-up win. ERNIE: Chiaroscuro will be racing third-up and he looks ready to reproduce form shown in two wins and a second from his last final three starts before going for a spell last winter. He finished a close-up fourth behind Ideal Liner a fortnight ago. The gelding has drawn favourably in gate three and is capable of recording his 12th Gloucester Park victory. RYAN: A Boy Named Rosie will trail You Gotta Have Faith through from inside of the second row. Did win five starts ago at Pinjarra from the back line. WARREN: Advance Your Dream finished powerfully when clear on Monday at Pinjarra to record an impressive win. Small field suits and I can see her getting a nice run. Will be at each-way odds. KEN: The Dali Express is nicely drawn at barrier two on the back line and should enjoy an ideal passage. He sustained a spirited three-wide burst from last in the middle stages to finish third behind Iceenothink last Friday night. MATT: Bee Seventeen has drawn beautiful at 10. He sat on speed and was too good at his last run. With normal racing luck he’ll go close again. WAYNE: Consistent filly My Sweet Deal, who has won seven of her 14 starts and finished in the minor placings six times, will appreciate dropping back to her own age and sex. She was outclassed by Howard Hughes on Monday at Pinjarra, but still managed to finish second in a sizzling mile rate of 1:55.7 for the 2185m journey. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

The Ross Olivieri-trained The Last Drop is being hailed as a star bet at Friday night’s harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park. Respected trotting journalist Ken Casellas and WA Trotting Media Guild president Wayne Currall have made The Last Drop their best bet on the 10-event card. “Inexperienced gelding The Last Drop is a natural frontrunner and he is my best bet on Friday night to set the pace from barrier one and hold his rivals at bay in the 2130m Choices Flooring Pace,” Casellas said. “After a moderate early pace, The Last Drop impressed in sprinting over the final quarter in 27.4sec. to win over 2692m at Pinjarra two starts ago.” And Currall agrees. “Chris Voak should spear The Last Drop straight to the front and from there he can dictate the pace of the race,” Currall said. “We all know that it’s a great advantage leading at the ribbon of light and The Last Drop is perfectly placed to further enhance that fact. Can prove a reliable banker for all-ups and the last leg of the quaddie.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believes Fake News can return to winning form in the last race. “Fake News has drawn better than when unplaced at her past two starts and she should also appreciate a slight class drop,” Manning said. “A winner of six Gloucester Park events, she had awkward barriers in races won by Ocean Ridge and Our Alfie Romeo during the last three weeks. Looks ready for the 11th victory of her career.” TABradio’s form analyst Hayden King is keen on Lightning Jolt in race three. “Lightning Jolt now appears for Aldo Cortopassi and has been dealt the inside barrier,” King said. “He has gate speed and can lead throughout if Aldo so chooses.” Radio Great Southern’s form expert Warren Wishart says punters can kick the night off on a winning note by supporting While They Pray. “While They Pray brings the best form into this race and was dominant last start from the breeze after drawing wide over the sprint trip,” Wishart said. “Should control this race - most likely from the breeze - and be too strong.” TABradio’s racecaller Matt Young is confident Bill Haley will rock them in race six. “Bill Haley has powered home impressively at his last two starts,” Young said. ”The smaller field with less depth looks to suit him perfectly.“ But longshot king Pat Harding disagrees with his younger colleague, and has settled on Ocean Ridge in the same race as his star bet. “Looking forward to another good night of competitive racing at GP this week,” Harding said. ”The standout for me comes up in race six with Ocean Ridge. This Bond-trained horse has looked good in his last two wins and I think he can make it three in a row. I’m more than happy to make him my best bet of the night.“ The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has tipped Gardys Legacy to continue in his rich vein of winning form. “Gardys Legacy has been successful at his last five outings, including a last-start dead-heat with Jaspervellabeach,” Havercroft said. “On that occasion he sat in the breeze and his rivals were only getting to him in the shadows of the post and he looks the one to beat again.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest the Ross Olivieri-trained Atmospherical, who is resuming after a three-month absence. He is versatile and from the No. 1 barrier should be in a commanding position throughout the 2130m journey. WAYNE: Four starts ago Anime drew the inside of the second row over the 2536m journey and duly saluted. He’s drawn the same marble again and should be afforded every favour behind likely leader Lightning Jolt. Looks a great each-way prospect. ERNIE: Mister Bushido has been beaten at his past seven starts, but he is fresh and appears close to breaking through. He had a tough run before finishing seventh last Friday night. HAYDEN: The Dali Express is in really top form and, if he can find the right run, he can upstage some of his more fancied adversaries.  WARREN: Waylade drops enormously in class for this and I suspect will be at each-way odds. Can’t see him missing a top-three finish and is an excellent winning chance. MATT: Rum Delight has the early speed to cross in the stand and if he led he would halve his odds. Worth a throw at the stumps. PAT: My value bet comes up in the last race of the night with No 2 Captain Mannering. He did have a win two starts ago and I think he can repeat the dose with Chris Voak aboard. Voak does have a habit of winning the last race on the card. RYAN: Hoiho has been mixing mobile and stand appearances recently while racing consistently on the country circuit. Can position up well from a good draw here. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here.   Good punting.    By Wayne Currall  

Another mixed bag of best bets from members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for this Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. Only two members - longshot guru Pat Harding and Guild president Wayne Currall - have agreed on a best bet on the 10-event card. Harding and Currall believe punters can start the night off on a winning note by supporting Sir Galahad. “So pleased to see some capacity fields at GP this Friday night compared to last week,” Harding said. ”My best bet of the night comes up in race one and should get punters off to an excellent start on what promises to be an exciting night. Coming out of barrier six, the Garry Hall-trained Sir Galahad looks the goods and should make it four wins in a row.“ And Currall agrees. “I searched high and low for something to beat Sir Galahad in the opening event,” Currall said. “In the end, I surrendered to logic and went for the horse with winning form. Sir Galahad won’t have it as easy as last week, but the 2536m race gives champion reinsman Gary Hall Jr plenty of time to slot the horse in and then come with one strong run. He’s the one they all have to beat.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on the consistent Theo Aviator in race seven. “Theo Aviator is showing toughness by holding top form after having raced prominently in a series during November and December,” Manning said. “He won the 4YO Championship, then ran third in the 4YO Classic and fourth in the Golden Nugget. A fortnight ago, the gelding fought on gamely to finish fourth after facing the breeze. He looks ready for his 14th win.” This season’s leading tipster, TABradio’s Hayden King, believes James Butt gets his chance to return to the winner’s list. “On a highly competitive night of pacing, James Butt gets his chance to lead and win,” King said. “He was his own worst enemy last time and can bounce back this time.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart, who is running a very close second behind King after tipping eight winners last Friday night, has opted for Tiffany Rose as his star bet. “Tiffany Rose looks well placed here with the low draw,” Wishart said. “Should find the lead and in that role I can’t see anything getting over her.“ TABradio’s Matt Young has made As Happy As Larry his best bet. “As Happy As Larry is racing very well and is suited in this grade,” Young said. “He should be able to breeze and be too strong here.“ Veteran tipster Ken Casellas likes the chances of Bettor Pack It. “On a highly competitive program on Friday night when selecting more than a couple of winners will be a notable feat, I have earmarked Bettor Pack It as my best bet - to lead all the way from barrier one in race eight,” Casellas said. “The Terry Ferguson-trained four-year-old led when a fighting second to Culpeka in the Albany Cup at her most recent appearance.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes Culpeka can continue on his winning ways. “ Culpeka has been racing in fine form, winning at his last five outings, including a last-start win in the Albany Cup when going from last-to-first in the final lap,” Havercroft said. “This is tougher and he is drawn awkwardly, but he has the services of Chris Lewis, who will extricate him from inside of the back line.” VALUE BETS PAT: My value bet comes up in race six with No.1 James Butt. With Chris Voak aboard and a couple of good places after a spell, I think he is ready to win and I expect a forward showing over the 2130 metres. WAYNE: Parsisian Partygirl should appreciate a trailing draw in the eighth race. She has a paralysing burst when held up for one sprint and can win this, especially if the sparks fly early. ERNIE: Charlie El has not been placed in his past 12 starts, but gate two gives him the chance to bounce back and be a first-three prospect. He drew the back line when finishing ninth and fifth on the last two Friday nights. HAYDEN: Dontstopbelievin went around at odds on last time and should be a much better price this week in a similar field. She will be hard to hold out. WARREN: Vampiro would have to be the unluckiest horse in the State drawing nine for the third consecutive time. While there is speed underneath him, I can see him racing handy. He could have won all three of the features, so he clearly brings the best form in. The offer of $6 is available on fixed odds. I think he is a great bet. MATT: Jilliby Jake is a solid chance of rolling to the top and is suited in this class. KEN: For value, I suggest Mister Bushido in race seven. He was most impressive first-up last Friday night when he thundered home to be second to Touch Of Success. RYAN: Twoandahalf Tigers trailed Sokys Bigbullet all of the way to finish second in the Village Kid Sprint at Northam on Saturday. Drawn well behind a fast beginner and can get the same run here into the placings. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

It’s a virtual smorgasbord for punters at Gloucester Park on Friday night with seven different best bets - two of them in the same race - from WA Trotting Media Guild members. Guild president Wayne Currall gets the ball rolling in the opening event where his best for the night, Golden State, starts out in gate seven from the 2536m start. “Golden State has had four runs back since a five-month spell and should be cherry ripe to deliver the goods,” Currall said. “He drops appreciably in class in this race and I’m hoping driver Michael Grantham uses the horse’s speed from the mobile to take up the early running. If Golden State finds the front his nine rivals will find it very hard to run him down.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on Crocodile Kid in race three. “Crocodile Kid provides the rare example of a pacer that can be declared as best bet only one week after running last,” Manning said. “But he endured a tough run in the breeze last Friday night and now gate one has swung the odds back in his favour. A winner of 13 races, he deserves to break through for another victory after twice running second by a head at Gloucester Park in recent weeks.” Next cab off the rank is TABradio’s Matt Young, who has opted for Mighty Santana in race four as his star bet. “Mighty Santana has been racing very well and can do his fair share of work,” Young said. “I expect him to be too strong for his rivals.” The Longshot King, Pat Harding, steps up to the plate next and the man who has won the Guild’s longest-priced winner competition for several years in a row, predicts pre-post favourite Ocean Ridge will take out the $50,000 The West Australian Nights of Thunder Final (1730m). “On what should be a very competitive night of racing, my best bet comes up in the sixth race, the feature Nights of Thunder Final,” Harding said. “I think Ocean Ridge from barrier three is the one to follow. After an excellent win last week, I think he can give punters more joy and make it two in a row.” Veteran journalist Ken Casellas, who this week penned a moving tribute to Joe Petricevich, 97, who passed away on the eve of the WA Pacing Cup, has come up with the aptly named Sameplace Sametime in the tribute race for the late trainer. Not surprisingly, Mr Casellas - Kenny to his mates - gave a wink and a nod to the heavens when he nominated Sameplace Sametime as his star bet in the Vale Joe Petricevich Pace (2130m). Kenny explains. “There’s plenty of value at Gloucester Park on Friday night and I’m suggesting as my best bet Sameplace Sametime, a Kevin Charles-trained mare with a losing sequence of 15,” he said. “The five-year-old is sure to appreciate a favourable draw at No. 2 on the front line and she should be prominent throughout.” But TABradio’s Hayden King took the losing-sequences theory to another level when he settled on Leftrightgoodnight as his best bet in the same race. The Sonia Zucchiatti-trained 10-year-old gelding hasn’t saluted in more than 40 races, but that hasn’t deterred King. “Leftrightgoodnight has really run into some form recently and he is drawn to secure a delicate run behind the leader,” King said. “Daylight is likely to come and he can outgun them late.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft rounds out the night with Howard Hughes as his best. “Howard Hughes has impressed at two Pinjarra outings since arriving from New Zealand and appears a likely WA Derby candidate,” Havercroft said. “It is hard to see any of his rivals in this being able to stop his undefeated local record from continuing.“ VALUE BETS WAYNE: Mister Ardee should get out to a juicy price in the fourth event. He’s been about the place of late and just needs a quick pace to rocket home. ERNIE: Mandy Joan impressed when clearly winning a Byford trial last Sunday and looks capable of a big first-up run despite having drawn gate 12. The mare, who last raced in August, has won three Gloucester Park events. MATT: Leftrightgoodnight has a beautiful draw and with an ounce of luck will have last crack at them. The old boy is capable of winning. PAT: My value bet comes up in race nine the trotters event. I believe Spud coming out of barrier No.5 is long overdue for a win. He has been about the place in his last few races, but gets his chance to record a much-needed victory. KEN: For value, I suggest Mandy Joan in the Im Themightyquinnfinal. The David Thompson-trained mare will be at juicy odds from the outside of the back line at her first appearance after a spell. She has impressed with convincing wins in Byford trials on the past two Sunday mornings. HAYDEN: Im Full Of Excuses won't be too short and he is drawn to trail the leader in the FFA. He has proven formidable from this position before and he seems to be really hitting his straps recently. He will be hard to beat. RYAN: You Gotta Have Faith has been thereabouts at recent outings and loves being out in front. The draw brings him right into calculations. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here.   Wayne Currall

The $450,000 Group 1 WA Pacing Cup (2936m - almost four laps around Gloucester Park) takes pride of place at headquarters on Friday night. No prizes for guessing who’ll take home the major prize, with husband and wife team Greg and Skye Bond qualifying seven of the 12 starters - a record for the time-honoured event. But which Bond-trained pacer will pocket the winning $288,000 cheque? Members of the WA Trotting Guild are divided in their summation of the great race. TABradio’s youngest racecaller and form analyst Hayden King was so impressed by Vampiro’s gallant effort in last week’s Fremantle Cup that he’s made the courageous six-year-old gelding his best bet on a star-studded 11-event card. “Vampiro sizzled across and led from the outside barrier last week and can do the same once more,” King predicts. “He set the fractions in track record time and was very plucky, going down by a narrow margin. He can go one better this week.” Four other Guild members believe Vampiro’s stablemate, Galactic Star, will win the cup, while one has opted for another Bond runner, Mighty Conqueror, to rule the roost. Radio Great Southern’s form expert Warren Wishart and veteran stats man Ken Casellas believe the Bonds will dominate the cup, tipping Galactic Star to salute from stablemates Vampiro, Mighty Conqueror and Our Jimmy Johnstone. Wishart’s best bet is As Happy As Larry, who steps out in the 10th event. “As Happy As Larry is my best and punters will be just that if they invest heavily on the pacer,” Wishart said. “He led with ease last start and just went a shade to quick mid race but fought on well. Only danger drawn to his outside - Larry will lead and win.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is in the same corner. “As Happy As Larry looks close to a win after four runs since resuming,” Havercroft said. “He led until the shadows of the post last week and the extra 400m won’t worry him.” Casellas, along with longshot guru Pat Harding, have found one earlier in the program. “Ocean Ridge has been unplaced at his past three starts, but he is poised to bounce back to winning form by taking full advantage of the No. 1 barrier in the second heat of the Nights of Thunder on Friday night - and he’s my best bet,” Casellas said. “He started from barrier one four starts ago when he set the pace and won from Ideal Liner over 2536m.” Harding agrees. “Another great night of racing ahead at GP this Friday night,” Harding said. “My best bet for the meeting comes up in race two with Ocean Ridge coming out of barrier No. 1. He hasn't had a great deal of luck at his last three starts, but did have some good wins before that. I think he is ideally placed over the sprint distance to lead and win.“ The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on Joe With The Flow in race nine. “Joe With The Flow is in line for a Gloucester Park winning hat-trick after two recent smart victories and has the early speed to take advantage of gate three,” Manning said. ”He handled a class rise in fine style when notching a front-running success two weeks ago. A winner of five Gloucester Park races, he should be a top chance for the long-time formidable combination of trainer Ross Olivieri and reinsman Chris Lewis.“ But TABradio’s racecaller Matt Young disagrees with Manning. “Tyler Brett, getting down in grade, looks very well placed to win,” Young said. “He is versatile and looks the goods.” Guild president Wayne Currall envisages The Dali Express posting an all-the-way victory in the third heat of the Nights of Thunder. “Concession driver Corey Peterson jumps in the bike for the first time behind The Dali Express,” Currall said. “From the pole, Peterson will be keen to make every post a winner with the freewheeling The Dali Express. The Ross Olivieri-trained black gelding ran a slick 55.8sec. for his last 800m when he led all the way over 2130m here in September. They won’t catch him if he reproduces that effort.” VALUE BETS HAYDEN: Dracarys was a brilliant winner last start and she won't be too short this week. She can sit off the pace and whiz home all over the top. WARREN: Golden State is drawn to get a great run and fitter for two runs back. He was an eye-catcher from the back last week. I’m thinking he will be each-way odds and is a knockout chance. RYAN: Clarenden Hustler has been thereabouts without threatening lately, but a good draw over the sprint trip in a nine-horse field gives him options. KEN: For value, I suggest Theo Aviator in race 10 when I predict he has the class to upset the favourite As Happy As Larry over 2536m. He should be storming home off a soft passage. PAT: Bob Wheel won’t know himself coming out of barrier one. Has good gate speed and I think Michael Grantham can keep him out in front in the first race. ERNIE: Mighty Santana has won only once in his past nine starts, but shows signs of a return to form that delivered him three Gloucester Park victories. After three unplaced runs, he impressed when facing the breeze and finishing fourth a fortnight ago. MATT: Our Jimmy Johnstone is beautifully drawn and the old boy has options. Should get a lovely run and could be the fresh legs late. WAYNE: The last time Nitro Lad came out of gate one at GP he finished a close third behind Tarooma Bromac at big odds. He’s poised to play a part in the last at good each-way value. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here.   Wayne Currall

Punters, take heed! Jump on polemarker Braeview Bondi to open his winning account at Gloucester Park when he steps out in race seven at headquarters on Friday night. Gary Hall Jr jumps in the bike behind the Michael Brennan-trained five-year-old gelding and the champion reinsman looks certain to bid for an all-the-way victory. Braeview Bondi is a unanimous selection from WA Trotting Media Guild members, with The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, TABradio’s form analyst Hayden King and TABradio’s racecaller Matt Young all banking on the bay as their best bet on Group 1 $300,000 Fremantle Cup night. “Braeview Bondi should be hard to beat with the advantage of barrier one after he started from gate seven, faced the breeze and finished a close second on New Year’s Eve,” Manning said. ”He has run Gloucester Park seconds in three of his past five starts and is due to open a winning account at the track.” King agrees. “Braeview Bondi has been racing superbly and now gets his chance to lead,” King said. ”I would be very disappointed if he didn't win.” Young rounds out the trio of support. “Braeview Bondi has come up with the prized pole position and over the 2536m he should lead, roll along and win with a leg in the air,” Young said. Guild president Wayne Currall thinks punters can bank on Its Rock And Roll in the opening event. “Colin Brown should have this bloke primed to produce his best against a moderate line-up,” Currall said. “Its Rock And Roll hasn’t been at his dominant best this season, but he loves to roll along in front and will definitely give them something to catch. Can act as a banker for all-ups.” Longshot guru Pat Harding and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft are in star mare Our Alfie Romeo’s corner. “My best bet of the night comes up in race nine with No. 3 Our Alfie Romeo,” Harding said. “While she was a little disappointing last week, I think she can bounce back for a good win. With only a small field of eight, I think she can bring some joy to punters.“ Havercroft agrees. “Our Alfie Romeo suffered a gear failure at her last outing, a close-up fifth when breezing on New Year’s,” Havercroft said. “She might have to work to get the top here with Talkerup drawn the inside, but her consistent recent form suggests she can still win from the breeze.” Radio Great Southern’s form expert Warren Wishart has nominated Pick My Pocket as his best. “My best bet is in race eight with No. 3 Pick My Pocket,” Wishart said. “This looks a good race for her. I thought her last run was very good against the males, so back to a conditioned mares race she looks well placed.” Veteran trotting man Ken Casellas is keen on Anime in the sixth. “Honest seven-year-old Anime has managed just one win from his past 25 starts and two wins from his past 50 starts, but he is my best bet on Friday night,” Casellas said. “Shannon Suvaljko should have the Phil Costello-trained gelding dictating terms in front or in a commanding position close to the leaders and he should fight out the finish.” VALUE BETS ERNIE: Back To The Beach has been beaten at his past 10 starts, but a second placing last Friday night indicated he is near form which has won him eight Gloucester Park races. Barrier nine is likely to ensure he starts at value prices. HAYDEN: Crocodile Kid could be at OK odds from the inside of the second row. He is a powerful sit-sprinter who can run over the top late. MATT: Theo Aviator wasn’t a bad effort last run and this race looks hot early. Could suit him coming down in grade slightly. WAYNE: Marquisard, a 40/1 winner at headquarters two starts ago, looks set to receive all the favours behind likely leader Courage Tells in the third. Can surprise in an open race. PAT: My value bet of the night comes up in the main race, the Fremantle Cup. While My Field Marshall will be all the rage, I have a feeling that the Gary Hall-trained Caviar Star from barrier three might just pop up.  Certainly I believe he’s a good each-way bet. RYAN: Courage Tells grows a leg from this draw and won when last drawing the pole here over this trip. That was a while ago, but history doesn’t lie. WARREN: Crocodile Kid’s recent form is strong and this looks a weaker race to what he has been competing against in recent runs. With nothing drawn to his outside, he has options and the indicative price of $5 looks great each-way value. KEN: For value, I suggest Gee Jay Kay, who looms as a major player in race three in which he will start from barrier two on the back line. He had little luck last Friday night when hampered for room in the final lap when seventh behind Hy Leexciting. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here.   Wayne Currall

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

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