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Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild expect champion reinsman Chris Lewis and Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri to dominate Friday night’s nine-event harness racing card at Gloucester Park. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has made Motu Premier - trained by Olivieri and reined by Lewis - his best bet. “Motu Premier is 21st in the second round of Inters rankings and he is primed to advance to the top bracket with a first-up win,” Manning said. “The gelding showed  class when a Chandon Final and Marathon Pace winner at his last two starts before going out in August for a let-up. He won eight races in New Zealand before scoring two victories during a brief NSW stint early this year. Since joining Ross Olivieri’s stable four months ago, he has won at five of six starts.” Manning likes Ona Happy Note as his value selection. “Ona Happy Note has not won in his past 21 starts, but he drew barrier three in moderate company and the Michael Brennan-trained gelding only needs to be somewhere near his best to figure prominently,” he said. “He won in New Zealand before recording eight Victorian victories. Three Queensland wins preceded his move to WA last year and he was a GP winner at his debut here.” Veteran tipster Bill Brindley believes the Lewis/Olivieri combination can win with Itz Bettor To Win and Motu Premier. “My best bet is Itz Bettor To Win,” Brindley said. “He’s a classy type who should have benefited from his first-up run and can win this race. I also like Motu Premier as a star bet. Brindley has selected King Lebron as his value for the night. “If he’s anyway near fit he could give them something to catch,” he said. TABradio announcer Matt Young has started the new season in “hot form” and is the current leader in the Media Guild’s tipping competition. Young is another expecting big things from Lewis. “My best bet comes up in the first with the Chris Lewis-driven Rockin The Boys,” he said. “She’s back to mares company and looks well placed here. She’s come on this preparation and I think she can win from the breeze ... pretty keen to start the night off well.” Young has opted for Cut For An Ace as his best value. “I think Cut For An Ace is racing super and has the gate speed to either lead or put himself in a top spot to get over the top,” he said. “His last run was very strong in FFA company off the pegs and this is a suitable race.” Longshot maestro Pat Harding, yet to tip his once-a-year-winner at cricket score odds, is also a fan of Rockin The Boys. “With another tough night coming up at GP on Friday and very few standouts, I thought punters could get off to a good start in the opening race with Rockin The Boys,” he said. “This mare has quite a bit of good form and Lewis should see her home.” Harding agrees with Manning about the chances of Ona Happy Note. “Not a great deal of form in the fourth, but with barrier three I thought Ona Happy Note might just provide that for punters,” he said. “Michael Grantham takes the drive for trainer Michael Brennan and that combination has had a good deal of success and it's certainly worth a bet.” Last year’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe has gone against some of his colleagues by throwing out Millview Sienna (in the same race as Rockin The Boys) as his best. “My best bet is the former New Zealander Millview Sienna, who has won two of her four WA starts,” Lowe said. “She covered plenty of extra ground, before winning here in 1.56.9, over 1730 at her last start. Drawn to lead and the one to beat.” Lowe likes Rycroft for his value selection. “My value bet is Rycroft, who has not enjoyed much luck at four starts this season and his form is better than it reads,” he said. “Should appreciate barrier two and will go well.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas has labelled Fifth Edition as his best bet. “Eight-year-old Fifth Edition is bursting at the seams to break through for another win and he gets a perfect chance to notch his 15th victory when he starts from the prized No.1 barrier on Friday night,” he said. “He is my star bet on the nine-event program.” Casellas is also keen on Rycroft. “Noted frontrunner Rycroft is my value bet when he takes on quality opposition in Itz Bettor To Win, Mach Time and Bronze Seeker in the Celebrating Melissa Renouf Pace,” he said. “Rycroft, to be driven by Shannon Suvaljko for trainer Mike Reed, is favourably placed at the No.2 barrier and he appeals as the likely pacemaker and gets an ideal chance to end a losing sequence of seven.” Media Guild president Wayne Currall has opted for the Nathan Turvey-trained and reined Livura as his best for the night. “Livura could only manage a third and a sixth at his past two starts, but that was against far superior opposition to what he meets on Friday night,” he said. “Despite starting from outside the front line, Turvey should be able to put his horse into the race at some stage over the longer journey of 2536m and prove the testing material.” Currall likes Rudimental Sol as his value selection. “This bloke has drawn the pole in the last and Dylan Egerton-Green will be attempting an all-the-way victory on the David Thompson-trained gelding,” he said. “Could prove hard to catch in a race where many runners are out of form.” To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

Covered N Diamonds is a standout on Friday night’s harness racing card at Gloucester Park, according to members of the WA Trotting Media Guild. Leading tipster Stuart Lowe, The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, veteran tipster Bill Brindley, Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar and Guild president Wayne Currall have all labelled the Skye Bond-trained Covered N Diamonds as their best bet. Lowe spoke for his colleagues when he said Covered N Diamonds looked a class above her rivals in the last race. “Covered N Diamonds will be making her debut at GP, but she has won six times and run second once from her last seven starts,” he said. “All of her four WA starts at Pinjarra have resulted in four wins and she should continue the winning streak here.” Lowe’s value bet is Master Jaxon. “He has had only one run back from a spell, but spoilt his chances when he galloped away from the stand and finished last,” he said. “He had close to a 40 per cent winning rate before that run. Looks well suited here with the pole draw at the mobile start and should figure in the finish.” Manning has opted for Bettor Bling as his each-way choice. “Bettor Bling is showing glimpses of the ability which enabled her to win Gloucester Park juvenile events, including the WA 2YO Fillies Sales Classic (1730m), at her first two starts,” he said. “Now a five-year-old, the mare has run second and third over 2130m at GP midweek meetings in her past two appearances. She has drawn inside the second line on Friday night and will follow out Its My Lucknow, who is in solid form.” Brindley also fancies Master Jaxon as his value bet. “Master Jaxon can lead throughout from his inside draw and roll hot favourite Idealndiamonds,” he said. Dewar has opted for Chevrons Champion as his value selection. “Chevrons Champion is looking to break a 20-run losing streak on Friday night,” he said. “Ran a nice fourth behind Jaxon Fella last week and if she gets a good run in transit looms as a sound each-way prospect.” Currall believes R J Bopper could run a race at odds. “R J Bopper finished fourth last Friday night and is drawn to run a race from the inside of the back line,” he said. “This is a very winnable race in a field where there is a lack of depth.” Long shot king Pat Harding has labelled the costly Lets Chase The Dream as his star bet. “One of my better bets is with the Garry Hall-trained Lets Chase The Dream,” he said. “He has been very consistent in his four runs back from a spell and gate nine shouldn't worry him over the 2536m. “The other runner I like is in the fourth. This is a pretty open race with not a great deal of form among the runners. For that reason I favour Foxy Dame from the pole. In-form driver Shannon Suvaljko is aboard and the mare should give punters a good sight.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas has made Foxy Dame his best bet. “The Mike Reed-trained mare has drawn the coveted No.1 barrier and Shannon Suvaljko will be determined to get to an early lead and then dictate the terms of the 2130m event,” he said. “She should prove the bet of the night.” Like Manning, Casellas is a fan of Bettor Bling. “It’s great to see Callan Suvaljko back in the sulky after recovering from serious injuries and he has excellent prospects with the nippy sit-sprinter Bettor Bling, my best value bet on the 10-event program,” he said. “Bettor Bling will start from the inside of the back line and should enjoy an ideal passage. The five-year-old caught the eye at Gloucester Park on Tuesday evening when she flew home, out wide, from ninth at the 300m to finish a close third to Bad Round and Torrevean Mio. That followed her fast-finishing second to Chiaroscuro a week earlier.” TABradio’s announcer Matt Young believes punters can get their money early doors. “My best bet of the night is Smoldering Ashes in the opening event,” he said. “This horse has been performing superbly since entering the Capel stables of Andrew De Campo, comes up with the perfect barrier and, in a race lacking mid-race pressure on paper, can lead throughout and win comfortably.” Young has nominated Cut For An Ace as his each-way selection. “Cut For An Ace is in a hot stand, but gets into the race nicely and is flying,” he said. “With a safe start this gelding has to be considered a good chance. Strong last-start second to Heez On Fire after leading him up in the three-wide line. This time Cut For An Ace meets Heez On Fire 10m better off.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is keen on Idealndiamonds. “Idealindiamonds looks set to continue on his winning ways when contesting the TABTouch Inter Dominion Gala Dinner Pace,” he said. “Unbeaten in three local starts, he has sat on the speed in all of those and barrier four presents the opportunity for the son of American Ideal to dictate terms.” Havercroft is a fan of Shandale on an each-way basis. “Shandale has strong claims in the feature event, the J P Stratton Pace,” he said. “It would pay to overlook his last run where he dropped out and was unsuited in making a mid-race move. His previous two runs were impressive when sitting outside the leader and barrier one gives Shannon Suvaljko the opportunity to place him on the speed.” To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

The WA Trotting Media Guild celebrates their big night at Gloucester Park on Friday and a few members believe Idealindiamonds is one of the star bets on the nine-event harness racing program. The West Australian's Ernie Manning, veteran tipster Bill Brindley and TABradio announcer Matthew Young are all keen on Idealindiamonds posting a hat-trick of victories. Manning summed up the thoughts of his colleagues. "Idealindiamonds has been most impressive when winning at his first two WA starts," he said. "Barrier four now boosts his chances of maintaining an unbeaten Gloucester Park record. "He showed a lot of ability in eights wins from 18 New Zealand starts. His versatility has been evident here. He faced the breeze when winning from a mobile, then led in his standing start victory." Manning fancies square gaiter Barry as his best value for the night. "Barry is a talented trotter who has the ability to be prominent when resuming from a lengthy spell," he said. "He won nine New Zealand races and has shown a glimpse of his best when running third from 30m behind at GP. He has yet to win in WA, but trainer Shane Young is likely to have him forward in condition for his first-up race." Brindley believes Mako Shadow can get punters off to a great start in the opening event and has opted for Assassinator as his value bet in the fourth race. Young agrees with his grandfather on the chances of Assassinator. "I'm sticking with Assassinator, who should be able to slide into a decent spot," he said. "There looks to be a bit of speed to his inside and I'll follow up after a solid enough run last Friday with little to no luck." Leading tipster Stuart Lowe is a big fan of Soho Tribeca. "My best bet is Soho Tribeca, who resumes after a break of nearly three months," he said. "Won his last three starts, including a $120,000 four-year-old Vicbred final at Melton. Drawn wide here, in a good field, but looks to have the class to go on his winning way." Lowe's value bet is Sheer Rocknroll. "This mare won 11 of 22 starts last season," he said. "She has been close up at two unplaced runs this season but, with the advantage of the pole draw, she is set  to get a great run in transit." Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar has labelled Our Jabari as his best. "Our Jabari won four starts ago when he did things wrong," he said. "He could take out Friday night's opening event. Did a lot of work when three-wide early and then breezing before running a two-length fourth behind Bettor Not Bitter." Dewar has nominated Driven as his best value. "Driven will out to break a 37-run losing sequence when contesting a 1730m affair," he said. "Field is not massively strong and he did run a nice race when fifth behind Idealindiamonds in a 2503m stand 10 days ago. Is better suited back to a mobile and could give some cheek." On-course aanouncer Ken Casellas and TABradio race caller Matt McDermott have made First Edition their best bet. Casellas spoke for both when he said punters would be wise to totally ignore First Edition's eighth behind Heez On Fire last Friday night. "Fifth Edition was sixth in the one-wide line at the bell, but was badly blocked for a clear passage in the final circuit and was bolting with nowhere to go all the way down the home straight last week," he said. "The gelding, trained by Skye Bond and driven by Ryan Warwick, looks a great prospect from the pole over 1730m on Friday night." Casellas has opted for B D Windermere as his value selection. "It’s a dangerous business selecting a pacer who has been unplaced at her past 14 starts and has a losing sequence of 26," he said. "But that’s what I’m doing in nominating eight-year-old mare B D Windermere as my best value bet on Friday night. Trained at Bunbury by Steve de Campo, she will be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green from barrier three in the 1730m GPHR Media Guild Tips Pace. She is capable of mustering plenty of early pace and should be prominent throughout." McDermott likes Bethany Aitch as his value tip "She had a good draw last week and ran a nice second over this trip and with any luck in the run can knock over the boys," he said. Longshot king Pat Harding is looking for omens with his star bet Earl Harbour in the race named in his honour. "If you believe in omen bets, I have one in the third," he said. "There's a horse in this race who won me the title a couple of years back - it is Earl Harbour. On Friday night he will be coming out of barrier one and I think he will be a good each-way chance for punters, particularly with Lauren Jones aboard. "Another good each-way bet should be Glow Bright. Coming from the Debbie Padberg stable with Shannon Suvaljko aboard, the horse should give punters a good sight." Guild president Wayne Currall is going up against Casellas and McDermott by naming quick beginner Debt Free Charlie as his best for the night. "Debt Free Charlie is very quick from the machine and if driver Kyle Harper can cross Fifth Edition at the start then it will go a long way to ensuring an all-the-way victory," he said. Currall likes Sightseeing Anvil as his value selection. "Sightseeing Anvil is a fast beginner from the machine and could take up the running here," he said. "The engagement of Chris Lewis is a positive move from the camp and he could represent good value." To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild believe the State's best harness racing pacer, Chicago Bull, can return from a freshen up and keep his winning record in tact when he steps out in the $25,000 Howard Porter Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Leading tipster Stuart Lowe, longshot king Pat Harding and Guild president Wayne Currall have all made the "Little Bull" their best bet on the 10-event card. Lowe summed up the thoughts of his colleagues. "My best bet is WA’s best pacer, Chicago Bull, who resumes from a seven-week break," he said. "He has gate seven - the same number he has had at four of his last five wins. Won't be any fancy price, but looks too good for his rivals again." Lowe has opted for Batavia Scooter as his value bet. "Batavia Scooter is awkwardly drawn in gate 12, but he has run good races at two of his last three starts at Gloucester Park and has each-way claims again," he said. Harding believes it's another tough night ahead for punters with a battle looming between the leading stables of Skye Bond and Gary Hall in many races. He is keen on Gaz Wannabet in the fourth event. "At his first run after a spell he put the writing on the wall with a very creditable second place and I think punters can be rewarded this week with a good win," Harding said. Currall likes Kissmecougar as his value selection. "This Collie-trained mare has a devastating sprint when held up for one run," he said. "Her last-start second behind Donegal Rundlescreek was full of merit and she should be at each-way odds again." On-course announcer Ken Casellas is keen on Mighty Mr Sharkey. "He’s the youngest and least experienced runner in the Book Your Melbourne Cup Luncheon at GP Pace, but Mighty Mr Sharkey stands out as a star bet," he said. "The New Zealand-bred four-year-old maintained his splendid form when he began speedily from barrier four and set the pace before winning easily from Tanaka Eagle at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon." Casellas also has a lot of time for Harry Hoo. "Five-year-old Harry Hoo gets my nod as the best value bet of the night when he contests the 2536m TABtouch Interdominion Starts November 24 Pace," he said. "He is racing with admirable spirit in stronger company and has the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting out wide in gate seven." The West Australian's Ernie Manning has opted for Our Zac Whitby as his best bet. "Our Zac Whitby has drawn gate two and looks hard to beat after bouncing back to his best at Pinjarra last Monday," he said. "He set a solid pace and scored by 18.4m in the Pinjarra event, which was his second race after a six-week break." Manning is a fan of Norvic Nightowl on an each-way basis. "Norvic Nightowl will be racing for the first time in 15 months and he has drawn gate eight, but his Perth tally suggests he should be respected," he said. "The New Zealand import’s 11 Gloucester Park races have resulted in five wins and five places. He scored 12 Kiwi victories and has notched seven WA wins since arriving here in 2015." TABradio's race caller Matt McDermott is a fan of Bettor Not Bitter in the stand. "He has been in winning form, is a good frontrunner and he has 10m up his sleeve on most of his main rivals - I like Better Not Bitter as my best for the night," he said.  McDermott, like Casellas, is also keen on Harry Hoo. "He should appreciate meeting this company compared to his recent outings and was an eye-catching sixth last week, making ground up from last entering the straight," he said. Veteran tipster Bill Brindley has opted for Lets Chase The Dream in the opening event as his best. "What an exciting program with the opening event providing plenty of interest," he said. "Lets Chase The Dream oozes class and has to be my best bet from the pole for new trainer Gary Hall. "Mighty Mr Sharkey is another good bet in the second after an impressive Pinjarra win Monday and shapes up as a coming fast-class pacer. Another impressive Pinjarra winner was Our Zak Whitby who can win race nine. A return to fine weather should ensure a good night for punters." TABradio's announcer Matt Young, who is the youngest member of the tipping panel, rejoins the fray this season. "My best bet is Lord Lexus who has been performing in stronger company and looks to have found his race and is worth waiting for in the last on Friday night.” he said. Young is keen on Lovers Prayer as his best value. "Value bet at odds is Lovers Prayer, who has been racing well," he said. "The key will be to try and hold the front and I think she can be very dangerous." To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

Stuart Lowe has once again shown why he's the best tipster in Western Australia after winning the WA Trotting Media Guild's tipping competition for the recently concluded 2016/17 harness racing season. Lowe, who has been the leading tipster for the past two seasons and has finished high in the placings in recent years, typically downplayed his achievement. "I've won the tipping competition at least twice," Lowe said when asked how many times he had finished on top in the Media Guild's competition."And I've run a few placings, but I'm not sure of the exact record." Lowe finished the 2016/17 season with an excellent record of 44.3 per cent for tipping winners. He also led the field for the most number of winners on a night when he selected nine winners on the card on "Black Friday" - January 13, the night of the WA Pacing Cup won by Chicago Bull. Coming to the last race, Lowe had selected nine out of nine winners and was staring down the barrel of every tipster's dream - tipping the card. Unfortunately, his selection in the last finished a close second. So Lowe wins the prizes, generously donated by the WA Trotting Association, for leading tipster and most winners on a night. Guild president Wayne Currall finished second behind Lowe with a percentage of 42.3, while TABradio's race caller Matt McDermott ran third with 41.6 per cent, just pipping form expert and previous winner Ken Casellas on 41.4. Longshot maestro Pat Harding once again walked away with the prize for the longest priced winner. Harding, who has made a habit of finding winners at cricket-score odds, tipped Firebomb at a meeting early in the season and the horse duly saluted at the juicy odds of $61.20. He also put punters on to Muffins earlier this month when the filly won at odds of better than 20/1. It's the sixth year in a row that Harding has taken the prize for the longest priced winner. Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild would like to acknowledge the ongoing support of the WA Trotting Association for their kind donations of prizes for the tipping competition. The WATA's generous contribution keeps all of WA's harness racing tipsters "on their toes" and keen to find more winners for the punting public. Wayne Currall

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have labelled Ima Rocknroll Legend and Quite A Delight as stand-out bets for Friday night's meeting at Gloucester Park. Leading tipster Stuart Lowe and The West Australian's Ernie Manning believe classy mare Quite A Delight can reign supreme in the second race. Lowe said Quite A Delight appears to be down in class. "She is a classy type who has had two runs back from a spell for a win and a close second, both from wide draws," he said. Manning agrees with Lowe. "Quite A Delight is ideally suited in mares' company and appears to be regaining form shown early in her career," he said. "Nine wins and four places, including a WA Oaks second, resulted from her first 15 starts." Lowe has opted for Billy Mack as his best value for the night. "Billy Mack is going better than his numerical form indicates," he said. "Has been unplaced from wide draws at his last four runs but is much better drawn here and should be suited." Manning likes Overboard Again as his best value. "Overboard Again has been freshened since he was unplaced after enduring a tough run on June 30," he said. "The New Zealand import is noted for showing his best when beginning a campaign. He won five races in his first 10 WA starts and scored three victories from the first five appearances in his current preparation." On course announcer Ken Casellas, Guild president Wayne Currall, longshot king Pat Harding and veteran tipster Bill Brindley are all keen on Ima Rocknroll Legend. Casellas summed up the thoughts of his colleagues by declaring the horse ready to show vast improvement on Friday night. "Ima Rocknroll Legend has been restrained at the start after drawing out wide at several recent outings and has been forced to come from well back in the field," Casellas said. "However, the New Zealand-bred four-year-old makes excellent appeal as a star bet because he is perfectly drawn in the No.1 barrier on the front line and Gary Hall Jr will be looking for an all-the-way victory." Casellas has opted for Kellieann Marie as his best value. "Kellieann Marie caught the eye last Friday week when she settled in 10th position and moved to fifth (three wide) at the bell before finishing gamely to be a close third behind Blackjack Anna and Cullen Class," he said. Currall likes Machrie as his best outsider for the night. "This bloke showed a bit of promise last preparation and punters shouldn't read too much into his last-start sixth behind Thereugo," he said. "That was Machrie's first run after a three-month break and he never really got a crack at them. He's drawn the pole on Friday night and could prove hard to catch." Harding thinks punters can get off to a good start by supporting Muffins in the first event. "This Michael Brennan-trained horse will have Michael Grantham aboard and has had a couple of reasonable runs in her short career," he said. "However the pole is a great advantage and I expect her to run well." Brindley is leaning towards Eliseos Falcon as his best value. "My value bet is Eliseos Falcon in the eighth where new trainer Donald Harper is likely to attempt to lead throughout," he said. Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar has labelled Our Magic Miracle as his best bet. "Our Magic Miracle hasn't been seen under race conditions since scoring an easy win at Pinjarra last December," he said. "But he won a trial at Byford on Sunday beating the promising Shandale in 1:58.9 for the 2150m trip on a rain-affected track. Sure to go well first-up." Dewar also fancies Orphan Reactor in the first for some value. "Though she hasn't won in 15 career starts, she has been placed on eight occasions," he said. "Should be able to settle in a favourable position from her back-line draw and play a major part in the finish." TABradio's race caller Matt McDermott is keen on Khun Ratha as his best for the night. "Khun Ratha is yet to win over the longer trip, however has been a consistent placegetter with eight placings in 11 starts at the 2536m," he said. "His current form is good and should be fighting out the finish here." McDermott, like Casellas, is a fan of Kellieann Marie in the last. The West Australian's racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has been impressed with Thereugo's form and has made him his best bet. "Thereugo has been almost unstoppable of late and he is drawn to use his blistering early gate speed when contesting a heat of The Schrader series on Friday night," he said. "Successful at five of his last six starts, all at this venue and distance, the son of McArdle looks well up to taking on higher-assessed pacers for this assignment." Havercroft has thrown out Vital Energy as his value tip.  "Vital Energy could be a value prospect in the Slater Gartrell Sports Pace," he said. "The Live Or Die gelding has been mixing his efforts lately but did run consecutive placings late last month. This does represent a rise in class and there are some handy types engaged here but he may surprise at odds." Good punting. Wayne Currall

Harness racing members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have labelled two horses - Natural Disaster and Americanbootscoota - as good things at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The West Australian's Ernie Manning and leading tipster Stuart Lowe have settled on Natural Disaster as their best bet. "Natural Disaster has received a vastly improved barrier draw this week and gets his chance for a return to the winners' list," Manning said. "The gelding, to start from gate three, scored a winning hat-trick before he copped a second-line draw in last Friday night's Chandon Final. He produced a big run to finish third behind Motu Premier and looks primed to notch his fourth Gloucester Park victory." Lowe agrees with Manning's assessment. "Natural Disaster followed three good wins with a solid third last week in a strong race won by Motu Premier," Lowe said. "Should find this easier." Manning likes another Justin Prentice-trained pacer in Maia Maguire as his best value for the night. "Maia Maguire is expected to start at a generous price in view of her eight-run losing sequence and a gate-)12 draw," he said. "However the mare came from a back-line barrier when a close second to Kissmecougar at Bunbury on July 22. She has been placed at three of her last four starts." Lowe has opted for Scoobys Delight as his value selection. "My value bet is Scoobys Delight in race three," he said. "He's going better than his recent form suggests. Worked hard a fortnight ago when a close-up fifth in a race won by The Publisher. The draw in gate two brings him in with each-way claims here." On-course announcer Ken Casellas, longshot specialist Pat Harding, TABradio's racecaller Matt McDermott and Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar are all fans of Americanbootscoota. Casellas summed up the thoughts of his colleagues by declaring Americanbootscoota as a "pacer on the way up". "He should move a step closer to fast-class company by winning the Vale Laurie Kennedy Pace at GP on Friday night," Casellas said. "The big, powerful gelding will start from the prized No.1 barrier and even if he does get beaten for the early lead by Better Than Money, he then will enjoy an ideal trail behind that pacer and should unwind a strong finishing burst. Americanbootscoota has won at six of his past 10 starts and one of his strengths is his versatility." Like Lowe, Casellas fancies Scoobys Delight on an each-way basis. Harding is another tipster who believes Natural Disaster can salute. "Justin Prentice horses have been in good form and I think Natural Disaster is ideally placed to win over the 2130m distance," he said. McDermott believes Blackjack Anna in the last race could provide good value for punters. "I'm happy to take Blackjack Anna each-way again," he said. "If things pan out her way in this field she can figure in a place." Dewar is keen on former NSW pacer Whozideawasthis breaking his duck in WA. "Whozideawasthis has finished second in his only two WA starts," he said. "Settled midfield in the moving line when running on in the straight and was only beaten a head last start. Drawn nicely in gate two over the 2130m journey and looks hard to toss." The West Australian's racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has made Donegal Rundlescreek his best bet. "Donegal Rundlescreek drops well down in class for Friday’s assignment," he said. "Recent metropolitan wins have her well placed to contest a country-front race, even a wide draw should not present any concern."  Havercroft has thrown out Jambiani as his best value for the night. "Jambiani looks a great each-way proposition in the Vale Laurie Kennedy Pace," he said. "Sparks will fly early with noted frontrunner Better Than Money drawn to try and cross Americanbootscoota. If that eventuates then Jambiani will be rattling home in the shadows of the post." Guild president Wayne Currall believes punters can get in early with Rosies Ideal in the first race. "This two-year-old filly is racing in grea heart with three wins from her last five starts," he said. "Despite starting from the outside gate, I think Rosies Ideal can get punters off to a good start early in proceedings." Currall believes Ideal Diamante in the eighth race could deliver some value. "This bloke hasn't got a lot of exposed form but he has drawn the pole and has the speed to make the most of his draw," he said. "Can lead all the way over the sprint trip." Veteran tipster Bill Brindley is also a fan of Rosies Ideal. "I think Rosies Ideal and Sprinter are the two best bets on the program," he said. "My value selections are Lovers Prayer, Scoobys Delight and King Crocker on what looks like a difficult night." Good punting. Wayne Currall

Veteran tipster Bill Brindley showed all his experience when he led the members of the WA Trotting Media Guild with eight winners from last week's meeting at Gloucester Park. Brindley tipped the first six winners on the card, including value selections Donegal Rundlescreek ($5.50) and Natural Disaster ($5.30), before finishing strongly with The Revolution ($2.70) and Mileys Desire ($4.30). It was an outstanding effort, rating just behind leading tipster Stuart Lowe's superb nine winners earlier this year. Brindley summed up most Guild members' thoughts on their best bet for the night. "It is hard to go past Chicago Bull as the best bet, however Jack Mac also looms as a special on his outstanding form in this State," Brindley said. "Livura should lead throughout for the in-form Nathan Turvey and the Justin Prentice-trained and driven Quite A Delight is my value bet." Lowe has opted for Motu Premier as his best bet on a quality card of pacing. "My best bet is in race five - Motu Premier," he said. "He's a promising type who has won all three of his starts in WA. Last week he breezed at Bunbury before defeating a good field over 2100m in 1.55.6. A repeat of that run would make him very hard to beat here." Lowe likes Budd Sidewinder in the last as his value bet. "This horse has returned to form at his last two starts with a win and close third in the country," he said. "Drawn wide, but this field is not overly strong, and he gets his chance to earn." TABradio's race caller Matt McDermott and Guild president Wayne Currall have also nominated Motu Premier as their best bet. "Motu Premier has recorded nine wins in his last 11 starts and is unbeaten in WA," McDermott said. "He defeated some nice horses in Sydney before making his way west and from gate two, barring any unforeseen circumstances, will be winning here." McDermott likes Rub Of The Green as his next best. "Great win at Narrogin last start in really good time off 60m and was an excellent first-up second at his start prior at Pinjarra," he said. "If Rub Of The Green jumps safely enough from the stand and can land close to them he'll be right in the finish." Currall is a fan of Livura in the second last. "This bloke has been crying out for a draw and he gets it in gate two on Friday night," he said. "Should run to the front and lead them a merry dance." The Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar has opted for Jack Mac in the rich Golden Slipper as his best bet. "Jack Mac will be going for six on end in Friday night's $125,000 Choices Flooring Golden Slipper Stakes," he said. "Won by two lengths over 2130m at Gloucester Park when doing all the work in the race, drawn beautifully in gate two and to be driven by Chris Lewis - hard to see him getting beat." Dewar likes Shes Artful as his value for the night. "Shes Artful has drawn ideally in gate one," he said. "She finished a close fourth behind stablemate Donegal Rundlescreek last Friday night. Looks set to get the pie ride in transit and at a backable price could be a good each-way investment." On-course announcer Ken Casellas is at odds with Dewar, making Donegal Rundlescreek his best bet. "Donegal Rundlescreek gives every indication of being a strong stayer and she should be capable of overcoming a back-line draw and winning over the 2536m trip on Friday night," he said. Casellas likes The Storm Chief as his best value for the night. "He has a losing sequence of 10, but he's drawn to lead in this race and could prove hard to run down for reinsman Michael Grantham." The West Australian's Ernie Manning is a big fan of Americanbootscoota. "Americanbootscoota has won four of his past five races and is establishing impressive statistics for trainer Debra Lewis," he said. "The gelding has been unplaced only twice in 11 starts since a transfer to her stable. It would not surprise if he graduated to cups class by next summer." Manning likes Quite A Delight as his best value. "She is resuming after a seven-month break from racing and should not be underrated despite her 11-start losing sequence," he said. "Trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice is expected to bring her back to form this time in." Longshot king Pat Harding believes it will be a favourite’s night. "I have a feeling that this Friday night should be a good night for favourites at GP," he said. "Punters should get off to an excellent start in the first with The Publisher. It was an excellent win last week and with Gary Hall Jr aboard should make it three wins in a row." Harding has gone for Velvet Feels Good as his value selection. "Looking for a bit of value for punters, I went to the last with Velvet Feels Good," he said. "With Chris Voak aboard this horse does have a bit of form and could prove a good each-way bet." TABform racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has opted for The Publisher to get punters off on the right foot in the first. "The three-year-old had the same barrier over the same trip when untroubled in rating a smart 1:56.5 here last week," he said. "Can lead all the way again and give punters a good start." Havercroft is another Guild member who fancies Motu Premier. "Motu Premier is drawn to continue his unbeaten WA record when he contests a heat of The Chandon series," he said. "In three local starts he has shown versatility, winning from both stand and mobile starts. This assignment presents his best draw since arriving from Sydney and he looks up to the rise in class." Good punting. Wayne Currall

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have labelled brilliant filly Cott Beach as a good thing in Friday night's harness racing Group 1 Owners Only Westbred 2YO Fillies Pace 2130m) at Gloucester Park. TABradio race caller Matt McDermott, longshot king Pat Harding, veteran harness racing tipster Bill Brindley and Guild president Wayne Currall are all keen on the Gary Elson-trained Cott Beach in the $100,000 feature. McDermott summed up the thoughts of most tipsters. "On a terrific night of pacing, I am making Cott Beach the best bet," he said. "The filly has an outstanding record of five wins and two seconds from her eight career starts. Barrier five could be a little tricky, however she has the class to overcome the draw." McDermott is sticking with the fillies and is also keen on Sarah Goody. "She is racing really well with a placing in the WA Oaks four starts back," he said. "And she followed that up with an easy win over the short course in quick time. Sarah Goody is the one to follow here." Leading tipster Stuart Lowe is also a fan of Sarah Goody. "My best bet is in race five, number four Sarah Goody," he said. "She has won easily at two of the last three starts to take her stake money to $118,000, which is vastly more than any other runner in this race. Should win again." Lowe's value bet comes up in race nine in the form of polemarker Kasey John. "Has been running good races from wide draws at his last four runs in the country," he said. "In a similar field here but much better drawn and gets his chance to win a city race." Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar thinks punters can get off to a good start by backing Ima Rocknroll Legend in the first. "He's drawn awkwardly in gate six, but he has won three of his past four starts including a two-metre win over the well-performed Ideal Tyson," he said. "A repeat performance wouldn't surprise." And Dewar is keen on the chances of Our Zak Whitby in the sixth race. "Our Zak Whitby looks hard to toss," he said. "He has won four of his last five outings and the Ed Dewar-prepared juvenile should get a lovely run through from his back-line draw and be hard to beat." The West Australian's Ernie Manning has opted for Bettor B Chevron as his best for the night. "Better B Chevron has established an impressive strike rate by winning at seven of her past 11 starts," he said. "The former Kiwi filly won stylishly at Gloucester Park last Friday night when she completed a winning hat-trick for the Greg and Skye Bond stable." Manning, like Lowe, is also a fan of Kasey John. "Barrier one could tip the odds in favour of Kasey John and give him the chance to break a 10-run losing sequence," he said. Harding, who found Qtown Rip Roaring ($9.20) last week and also tipped punters into the quinella ($51.60) and the exacta ($108.30), believes trotter Earl Harbour represents value in the last race. "There's not a great deal of winning form in this race but I think Earl Harbour will give punters a good each-way chance," he said. Brindley is another who fancies Sarah Goody. "She appeals a good bet and Rock Me Over and Handsandwheels will be hard to beat in the other feature races. Enjoy A Malabu is my best each-way in the trotting event due to his good race manners." Currall thinks former Kiwi mare Donegal Rundlescreek can lead all the way in the eighth event from her inside alley. "She showed in New Zealand she's got plenty of pace from the mobile," he said. "I think she can give them something to catch from the top." Wayne Currall

They're touting it as the $64,000 question - will harness racing driver Chris Lewis push forward at the start on speedy beginner Sarah Goody in search of the lead in the $100,000 Owners Only Westbred 3YO FIllies Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night? If the State's leading reinsman can wrest the lead away from the three pacers drawn to his inside then Sarah Goody will be mighty hard to gun down and even if she doesn't lead, then the flashy Kevin Keys-trained Rich And Spoilt bay, almost black, filly could still prove the one to beat. Sarah Goody is the best performed filly in the race with nine wins, six placings and more than $118,000 in prize money. And connections are hoping she can boost that tidy sum by $64,000 - the winner's cheque for Friday's feature - by scoring a perfect 10. Keen harness racing fans know how quick Sarah Goody is out of the machine - and how many races she's won by dictating the pace in front - but Keys maintains she's just as good, if not better, coming from behind. "Sarah Goody has got a few strings to her bow," Keys said. "I actually think she's better from behind. That may sound strange, considering the number of races she's won when leading, but she has a great turn of foot and can sprint really fast when held up for one run. She's been up for a fair while now but she's doing well and she appreciates the little breaks I give her in between runs." Knowing the speed Sarah Goody shows from the machine, it would be surprising if Lewis doesn't "put the handlebars down" at the start and put her in a strong position in front. The Justin Prentice-trained and driven Allamerican Queen has drawn the pole and has shown speed from the mobile before. Her three wins have all come after Prentice sent her to the front after she'd drawn inside alleys. It's problematical whether Allamerican Queen has the speed to hold Sarah Goody at the start, but Prentice, who also has Betshesprecious (gate 10) and Somewhereonlyiknow (11) in the race, will certainly want to hold the back of the favourite if he's crossed at the start. The prize money for the minor placings is quite generous - $16,000 for second and $7000 for third - and Prentice will be doing all he can to give his filly the best chance of earning. Sarah Goody is definitely the horse to beat - her form over the past few months tells you that - and Allamerican Queen, Betshes Precious, Somewhereonlyiknow and Karen Elizabeth (gate 8), who is shooting for a hat-trick of wins, appear the best of the rest. Wayne Currall

Friday night's Group 1 Owners Only Westbred 3YO Colts and Geldings Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park has attracted a quality field of youngsters but if there's one pacer in the race that was bred to win such a prestigious $100,000 feature then you should look no further than Our Zak Whitby and his form's not half bad either. He's won at four of his past five starts and will have the services of champion harness racing reinsman Chris Lewis. The Edwin Dewar bred, owned and trained Mach Three bay colt is bred in the purple with Dewar breeding from his great, grand dam Remit. Dewar also bred and owned Our Zak Whitby's grand dam, Whitby's Merit (15 wins and more than $107,000 in stakes), and the dam, Zerina Whitby (eight wins and just over $55,000 in prize money). "Our Zak Whitby's from the same family as Adore Me and a few other stars from the Mark Purdon camp," Dewar said. "Remit is a half-sister to Adore Me's great, grand dam Time Lag - it's a great family." Adore Me, who was retired about two years ago, holds the Australasian record for a mile by a pacer. She set the record for the fastest mile by a pacer outside of North America when she stopped the clock at 1:47.7 at Menangle in March, 2015. Adore Me was New Zealand’s champion three and four-year-old, but her career went to another level when she smashed the world record for the 3200m standing start, winning New Zealand’s greatest harness race, the New Zealand Cup at Addington. She then recorded a series of huge summer performances which left little doubt she was the greatest female harness horse produced in the southern hemisphere. The five-year-old mare was retired after 36 starts for 26 wins and seven placings for $1,677,032 in earnings, including 12 Group 1 wins. It's certainly a blue-blood family and Our Zak Whitby is only now starting to show the potential that Dewar always expected from the horse. "He was very unlucky as a two-year-old and never seemed to get a draw, especially in the big races," Dewar said. "He then developed hoof problems and we had to wait until his hoof grew out before we could put him back into work. That's why you never saw much of him as an early three-year-old. He's only now starting to hit his straps and he's racing in the best form that he ever has. It's an interesting race on Friday night with many chances, but I expect him to acquit himself well." Our Zak Whitby will have to be at his best after drawing poorly in gate 12 for Friday night’s feature although that is somewhat offset by Lewis' ability in the bike, it is a very even field with several realistic winning chances. Cases can be made for last-start winners Kerrin Joseph (gate 11), Baylan Jett (4) and the ever consistent grey Anvil Rollover (6), who is shooting for five wins on the trot. Throw in the WA Derby winner Handsandwheels (3), Davinci Diamond (2), Justin Prentice's two charges Bettor Be Lively (7) and Courage To Live (10), along with Lord Willoughby (9) and Bob Wheel (8) and you have a cracker of a race. However, there can only be one winner and if that winner is decided on breeding then Our Zak Whitby gets the nod. Wayne Currall

Nominal favourite Cott Beach appeals as the horse to beat in Friday night's $100,000 Owners Only Westbred 2YO Fillies Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park. The lightly framed harness racing  filly has won at five of her eight starts and banked more than $72,000 for her lucky connections. The Advance Attack two-year-old will bump her earnings past the $136,000 mark, courtesy of the $64,000 winner's cheque, if she can salute in the Group 1 feature and it would take a brave man to suggest that she couldn't. Blythewood trainer Gary Elson has done a remarkable job to keep Cott Beach racing at her peak. She has been very consistent in her first season of racing with five wins, two seconds and a fourth in an ominous warning to Cott Beach's 11 rivals, Elson said his filly would be an improved horse from last week when she was sent straight to the front by regular reinsman Nathan Turvey and ran the opposition ragged to win by an ever-increasing margin. "She was short of a run last week," Elson said. "She's a lot fitter after that run last week and I expect her to be hard to beat. I was pleased that she had a relatively easy time of it in front last week." Cott Beach has drawn awkwardly in gate five for Friday night's assignment, but Elson doesn't see the draw as being a hindrance. "I'll talk to Nathan about the tactics," he said. "But it's hard not to use her at the start because she's got such good gate speed. It may have looked like she was a bit slow out last week when she took a while to get past the inside horse (Infinite Symbol) but it's always hard to cross the horse drawn directly on your inside. She also had a little bit of a skip and hop just before they sent them away. I think she'll be able to muster more pace from the middle of the line." Elson said Cott Beach was continually surprising him in her work at home. "I work her with the older horses, like Sprinter," he said. "She's a headstrong little thing and can sit on the back of a horse like Sprinter and follow speed really well and she's got a great turn of foot when she follows pace - she can really ping when she's held up for one run." Elson said Cott Beach would, in all likelihood, have one more start this campaign. "If she goes as well as I expect her to on Friday night then we'll set her for the Golden Slipper in a couple of weeks," he said. "I know a horse like Jack Mac would be hard to beat, but she'd give him a run for his money if she happened to get a sit on him." Hardest for Cott Beach to beat could be the polemarker Infinite Symbol, who finished second to her last week, and the Diamond Classic winner Cimorene, who upset odds-on favourite Miss Sangrial but Cimorene's chances were dealt a severe blow when she came up with gate nine at Tuesday's barrier draw. Wayne Currall

Friday night's $100,000 Owners Only Westbred 2YO Colts & Geldings Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park is a prime example of why it's never been easier to own a runner in a Group 1 harness racing feature. Likely favourite Rock Me Over, drawn in gate five, is owned by Pacing WA - a syndicate formed by long-time harness racing enthusiast Ross Waddell. Over the past two years, Waddell has bought horses at the Perth yearling sales and syndicated the horses. These included Group 1 winners Red Hot Roxy and The Real Ideal. "Many of the owners in Red Hot Roxy are also involved in Rock Me Over," Waddell said. "We're having a lot of fun at the moment. And we're hoping it continues on Friday night with Rock Me Over. "Kat (Warwick, the trainer) says the horse has trained on since his great second behind Jack Mac in the Pearl Classic earlier this month. We've all got our fingers crossed that he can do the job." Rock Me Over appeals as the horse to beat, despite his awkward draw in the middle of the field. His second behind the richly talented Jack Mac was a sterling effort. Rock Me Over was beaten by 10m, but he beat the rest of the field by a widening 15m and in a race record time of 1:55.9 for the 2130m trip. Rock Me Over, who has the splendid record of two wins and four placings from his seven starts for earnings of $46,000, also has the services of champion reinsman Gary Hall Jr. He possesses good speed from the mobile, which gives Junior the option of going forward at the start or looking to slot in and finish over the top of them in the straight. "I'm enjoying getting new owners involved in harness racing," Waddell said. "We're lucky here in WA that we have the best venue in Australasia to watch the sport. Gloucester Park is a family-friendly track where everyone can have fun." Waddell's Pacing WA and Trotsynd Pty Ltd, Gloucester Park's licensed syndication arm, earlier this year entered into an exciting new partnership. They bought horses at March's Perth yearling sales and are in the process of syndicating the pacers. "I couldn't be happier with our new partnership," Waddell said. "Pacing WA has had a lot of success introducing new owners to the sport, but the new partnership with Trotsynd should take it to another level." Trotsynd secretary and the WA Trotting Association CEO Michael Radley agrees. "It's an exciting opportunity," Radley said. "We looked at what Ross had done over the past two years and we think we can help grow the ownership base through the new partnership. Our discussions have been around how we can improve the ownership experience. Syndicate members will receive regular newsletters and video updates on the horse during the breaking-in, trialling and hopefully racing and winning. There will also be social functions held for the new owners." A prospectus on horses offered for syndication can be viewed on the Gloucester Park website and expressions of interest can be made to Wayne Currall

Long shot king Pat Harding found Ima Rocknroll Legend last week and he duly saluted at the juicy odds of $13.40 and $3.30 for the place. "Great to steer harness racing punters into Ima Rocknroll Legend," Harding said. "Couldn't believe it paid so well - don't often get that about a Gary Hall-trained horse." Harding, a long-time member of the WA Trotting Media Guild, believes punters can get off to a great start in the second at Gloucester Park on Friday night with the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Cerato. "He's been badly drawn at his past two starts, but coming out of gate two this week gives him a great each-way chance," Harding said. "Later in the program, Allamerican Queen, trained and driven by Justice Prentice, is another good each-way bet. She has a bit of form and should give punters a good sight." Leading tipster Stuart Lowe has labelled Sarah Goody as his best for the night. "She had a hard run at her last start when she finished fifth," Lowe said. "Was impressive when an all-the-way winner in 1.54.3 at her previous run. Likely to lead here and should be very hard to beat." Lowe believes Our Jericho could get out to a good price. "He ran his best race for some time when third to Chicago Bull in fast time two weeks ago," he said. "Draw brings him in with each-way claims." Sunday Times scribe Robbie Dewar is a fan of Stroganoff. "He gets his chance to break an eight-run losing streak on Friday night," Dewar said. "He's drawn nicely in gate one and could lead like he did last week - but he's not opposed to an Abraxas Blues this week." Dewar thinks Four Legged Frenzy offers value in the last. "She hasn't won in 14 starts but last week's close second to Mako Shadow gives her a great chance to break through," he said. Veteran tipster Bill Brindley has advised punters to follow champion reinsmen Chris Lewis and Gary Hall Jr on Friday night. "My best bets are Sarah Goody, Fanci A Dance and El Hombre -all good drives for Chris," Brindley said. "Chicago Bull is a great drive for Gary and Beaudiene Boaz and Soho Wall Street can give him a winning treble." Brindley likes infinite Symbol for some value. "She's drawn well and is a good each-way chance," he said. "Together with Three Blind Mice and Bettors Reward they appeal as a good all-up place bet." The West Australian's Ernie Manning and Media Guild president Wayne Currall are Chicago Bull fans. "I think Chicago Bull is shaping to be WA's best hope in the Inter Dominion Championship later this year," Manning said. "He brilliantly won the Fremantle Pacing Cup and WA Pacing Cup last January, then returned with a highly impressive victory on June 9. "Trainer Gary Hall is keeping him ticking along with a brief winter campaign before he spells and then begins his Inters preparation. Hall has astutely elected to give him non-ambitious goals at this stage and the horse should come through in fine style, fully primed to be aimed at the Inters." Manning likes Chevrons Champion for a bit of value. "She appears to be regaining zest for in-form trainer Nathan Turvey and I think she is a sound value bet," he said. "The four-year-old, a winner of 12 races, is on a 10-run losing streak. In fact, she was not placed in five starts leading up to her second over 1730m at Gloucester Park last Saturday night. But it seems Turvey could be about to turn the tide with her." Currall has waited until the last event for his value selection. "Atlastalone drops a good deal in class in the last on the card," he said. "Drawn wide but has the services of in-form concession driver Michael Grantham and could surprise at odds." Wayne Currall

Chicago Bull's return to the racetrack earlier this month was nothing short of sensational. The Little Bull returned to the harness racing track after his stellar summer - dominant wins in the Group 1 $300,000 Fremantle Cup (2536m) and the Group 1 $450,000 WA Pacing Cup (2936m) - in an unsuitable scamper over the 1730m sprint trip at Gloucester Park. He was drawn wide and was taking on race-hardened rivals, some of whom were good frontrunners and were being touted as hard to get over but it all mattered for little when Chicago Bull's regular driver Gary Hall Jr asked the pony-sized pacer for an effort after the field settled down following the early speed burn. Chicago Bull accelerated so quickly that he went from first to last and took the lead from Erskine Range at the bell lap. A second quarter of 27.5 had his rivals off the bit and chasing hard but the little bloke had plenty in reserve as he led the field home. New World Order and Our Jericho were taking ground off Chicago Bull near the line, but the bird had well and truly flown. It was an outstanding return to the racetrack - the mile rate for the 1730m was 1:53.2, only 0.8 of a second outside of Run Oneover's track record for the distance - and underlined the raw talent of Chicago Bull. On Friday night at Gloucester Park Chicago Bull takes on a field of M2-M4 pacers in the $23,000 Buy A Share In A Horse Today With Trotsynd Pace (2130m) and he will be odds-on to take his prize money past the $900,000 mark and lift his splendid record to 20 wins and eight placings from his 32 starts. It's an imposing record and one that Chicago Bull will certainly add to in the future. The Chicago Bull drive is just one of many top drives for champion reinsman Hall. He also has excellent prospects of taking home the major end of the purse in the Try Our New Winter Menu at Steelo's Westbred Pace (2130m) with the much-improved Soho Wall Street. This Glenn Elliott-trained horse has "jumped out of the ground" of late and has now progressed to fast-class ranks. He can win again on Friday night, despite the wide draw.  Junior also has sound each-way prospects in earlier events with Three Blind Mice in the Trotsynd - The Cheapest and Easiest Way to Own a Horse Pace  (2130m) and Beaudiene Boaz in the $35,000 Winter Cup (2536m).  Wayne Currall

Brilliant two-year-old filly Cott Beach has been given a freshen up by Blythewood harness racing trainer Gary Elson and will prove the testing material in the $30,000 Westsired 2YO Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Cott Beach burst on to the scene with a slashing last-to-first victory in the $50,000 Champagne Classic (2130m) in April. On that occasion, race driver Nathan Turvey dropped the Advance Attack filly to the rear of the field and then brought her with a barnstorming finish that saw her swamp the leaders in the straight to win running away. It was the run of a horse with the potential to add much more to her stakes of more than $52,000. Since Cott Beach's win in the Champagne Classic, she has finished fourth and second behind the smart Miss Sangrial - and there were legitimate excuses for the filly's efforts on both occasions. Her run to finish fourth behind Miss Sangrial at Bunbury in May was out of character. Turvey told stewards after the race that Cott Beach became unsettled after a false start and when the race did get under way she over-raced and pulled herself into the ground after racing wide and at the back of the field behind winner Miss Sangrial. Then at headquarters at her next start she finished second, beaten only 4.6m behind Miss Sangrial after matching motors down the back straight and all the way to the line. At GP on Friday night, Cott Beach will come out of gate two and most punters will expect Turvey to give her her head at the start and take up the running from her inside draw. Cott Beach has shown a blistering turn of foot from the mobile in the past. Her first three wins were recorded after Turvey sent her to the front after she sped out of the machine. She was always going to draw well in the preferential barrier draw that gives fillies the inside marbles over the colts and geldings and when she came up with gate two it guaranteed that Cott Beach would be sent out as the favourite with punters. Her sire Advance Attack has been a revelation this season. He is the leading 2YO sire in WA with eight wins, four seconds and a third from 29 starts. Hardest for Cott Beach to beat on Friday night could be the filly who is drawn directly inside of her, Infinite Symbol. This Julie O'Neill-trained filly recorded a hat-trick of wins when she downed The War Nurse and Miss Sangrial at headquarters last Friday night over the sprint trip of 1730m. It was a tough win from the Indomitable Saab filly, following her earlier victories at Pinjarra and Bunbury. She has speed out of the machine - evidenced by her all-the-way victory at Pinjarra when she was sent forward from a wide draw to take up the running - but her driver Wayne Reid may elect to take the trail behind the speedy Cott Beach. Either way, the two fillies are set to dominate the event and the early speed battle could very well determine the outcome of the race. Wayne Currall

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