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Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park features the running of the Group 1 $100,000 2YO Golden Slipper (2130m). Most members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have found their best bets in other races, but longshot guru Pat Harding has made Black Jack Baby, the only filly in the Slipper, as his star bet for the night. “After a very tough night last Friday at GP, punters and tipsters alike are looking to fightback,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night comes up in the Golden Slipper. In my view Black Jack baby is the best two-year-old in the State and coming out of barrie two I think she will continue on her merry way and make it four wins in a row.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believe Cyclone Banner can record an all-the-way victory in the third race on the card. “Race three at Gloucester Park on Friday night abounds with pacers blessed with excellent gate speed and splendid frontrunning capabilities,” Casellas said. “And I’m tipping that Cyclone Banner will be able to take full advantage of the No. 1 barrier and turn the tables on Infatuation. I am expecting Cyclone Banner will be able to defy any early challenges from fellow four-year-olds Infatuation, American Delight and While They Pray, and I’m happy to make him my best bet.” And Havercroft agrees. “Cyclone Banner is drawn to repeat his success of two starts ago and is undefeated in Western Australia when starting from the inside gate,” Havercroft said. “He stuck on well to run third last week when unable to cross Infatuation at the start, but the draw is reversed this week making Cyclone Banner the one to beat.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has opted for smart squaregaiter Mr Sundon as his best bet. “Victorian import Mr Sundon appears to have a class edge in the trotters event after seven wins from 11 starts since his WA arrival late last year,” Manning said. “He has not raced for more than three months, but boosted his fitness with a third at Pinjarra trials last Sunday. He is adding to a list of wins by horses that Melbourne owner Merv Butterworth has sent to trainer Ross Olivieri.” TABradio’s Hayden King believes the speedy Lord Rosco can bring his winning country form to town. “Lord Rosco should sizzle off the mobile and I think he can find the lead,” King said. “If he does lead, he won't be stopped. He has been untouchable recently.” Media Guild president Wayne Currall is keen on Gee Jay Kay in race two. “Gee Jay Kay has been a non-winner of late,” Currall said. “The four-year-old gelding hasn’t saluted since November last year, but this race appears to map well for him. He’s drawn handily in gate three, should relish the longer trip and has champion reinsman Chris Lewis in the gig.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart has made Mandy Joan his best for the night. “On what looks a good night for the No. 1 saddlecloth, Mandy Joan appeals as the standout of the night,” Wishart said. “Drops in class and is better drawn. Should lead and win easily.” VALUE BETS PAT: My value bet comes up in race three with No. 5 Infatuation. Despite an excellent win last week he is at a good price this week. I believe he can make it five wins from six starts and give punters a nice return. KEN: For value, I suggest Stephen Reed’s speedy Lord Rosco in race seven, a 1730m sprint. Lord Rosco continues to excel on South-West tracks, impressing with his sparkling gate speed and as a freewheeling pacesetter. RYAN: In the same race as my best bet, Anime will drop in behind Cyclone Banner and will get the perfect chance to follow the favourite and run into the placings. ERNIE: Tuas Delight has won only once from his past nine starts, but is holding a place in Gary Hall’s strong stable and another victory could be imminent. The gelding has drawn better than when he ran seventh last Friday night. HAYDEN: Our Rhythm N Blues started near enough to favourite last run and could be at long odds this time. He breezed and stuck it out valiantly on that occasion. He doesn't win often but will be in the mix. WAYNE: Euphoric Moment appeared to have every chance last start when finishing a disappointing fourth. However, this horse isn’t a sit and sprint type - he takes time to wind up and can motor home off a hot hot pace. Can surprise at big odds. WARREN: Lord Rosco is on the quick back up after an impressive win at Bunbury on Tuesday. His early speed will put him in a forward position and the indicative price of $9 is most appealing. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

The members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are confident they can land their best bets at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas and Guild president Wayne Currall believe punters can start the night off on a winning note by backing Our Perkins in the first race on the card. “Our Perkins has been unplaced at his past five starts from unfavourable draws and he is my best bet at Gloucester Park this week to bounce back to top form for trainer Karen Thompson by winning the opening event,” Casellas said. “He has a handy draw at barrier three and Dylan Egerton-Green has excellent prospects of surging to an early lead with a pacer who has set the pace in eight of his 10 career victories.“ And Currall agrees. “Our Perkins ran an eye-catching fifth behind Lightning Jolt last Friday night,” Currall said. “He came from last at the bell and was pushed wide over the last 800m when they ran a slick 57.4. He is drawn to lead and poised to record an all-the-way victory.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and that newspaper’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have made Chicago Bull their star bet for the night. “The $1.8 million stake-earner Chicago Bull looks primed to repeat his impressive victory last Friday night, when he notched a third win in four starts,” Manning said. “He has established a creditable tally of five wins, three seconds and a third in nine races since resuming from a lengthy spell. The gelding has an imposing 43 wins from 60 Perth starts and his 75-race career features 48 victories.” Havercroft also is a big fan of the “Little Bull”. “Chicago Bull has managed to avoid Ocean Ridge this week, with the duo filling the quinella in their last three clashes,” Havercroft said. “The absence of Greg and Skye Bond-trained runners makes this field weaker than he has been facing of late.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart is keen on Just For Love in the 2YO Fillies Gold Bracelet (2130m). “Just For Love had this draw last week and ran very well behind star filly Black Jack Baby, putting a good margin between herself and the third placegetter,” Wishart said. “Should lead and be too good.” Longshot guru Pat Harding has opted for Robbie Easton as his best for the night. “Punters and tipsters enjoyed a pretty good night at GP last Friday,” Harding said. “So let's hope we can repeat the dose this week. My best bet comes up in race four with No. 6 Robbie Easton. An excellent effort to run second last week, but I am sure he can go one better this week and win for the Halls.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest Secret Reaction in the Gold Bracelet. She ran home solidly, out very wide, from the rear when a creditable sixth behind Black Jack Baby in the Westbred Classic last week. She had a tough run when an easy four-length winner at her previous outing. WAYNE: Double Expresso will hardly be a value bet because I think she’ll be sent out favourite in her race. However, I can’t recall a horse having so much bad luck in her races. She’s overdue for a victory and I’m confident it will come on Friday night. ERNIE: Star For Me has yet to win in 12 starts, but is capable of figuring prominently from her inside draw on the back line. The filly, who has recorded six places, ran fourth after she had difficulty getting clear in the Westbred Classic final last Friday night. RYAN: Neighlor was shunted at the bell last week when having his first start in six weeks. Drawn to improve on some terrible numeric form. WARREN: My value bet is Mighty Flying Deal. Connections would have had to double check when the fields came out as this horse did not draw barrier 9. Has had horrendous luck with draws and from 10 will finally get an economical run. At juicy odds he’s worth an each-way play. PAT: My second bet for the night comes up in race three with No. 7 Boom Time. A  good second last start and I think Chris Voak can steer him to victory and give punters a reasonable return.          To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

Friday night’s blockbuster meeting at Gloucester Park features two Group 1 events for the “babies”. The $80,000 Westbred Classic for 2YO Fillies (2130m) and the $80,000 Westbred Classic for 2YO C&G (2130m) highlight a star-studded night of pacing under the ribbon of lights. Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have found several best bets on the 10-event card, with Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart believing classy filly Black Jack Baby can prove a reliable banker in the first of the Group 1s. “Black Jack Baby’s recent efforts have been absolutely outstanding and from this draw she will lead and win again,” Wishart said. “Then on to the Slipper where she is a strong winning chance.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas and longshot guru Pat Harding have labelled Lightning Jolt as their star bet for the night. “Versatility is a key attribute of Lightning Jolt’s make-up and the John Oldroyd-trained seven-year-old should appreciate a slight drop in class on Friday night,” Casellas said. “Recent placings behind Mister Bushido and Valentines Brook have earned him the accolade of my best bet this week. He led and sprinted the final 400m in 27.6sec. when a splendid last-start second to Valentines Brook, two starts after his fast-finishing third behind Mister Bushido.” And Harding agrees. “Tipping and punting continues to be a challenge at the Friday night Gloucester Park meetings and this week is equally challenging,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race two with No.4 Lightning jolt. He has run a couple of good places and with Ryan Warwick aboard I think he can give a much-needed win to trainer John Oldroyd.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on Mandy Joan in the last race. “Mandy Joan, who faced the breeze when winning at Gloucester Park on June 12, has hit top form since a recent transfer to trainer Aiden De Campo’s team and looks hard to beat again,” Manning said. “The mare was placed  at her first two starts for De Campo, ahead of winning at her third appearance after the stable change. She has won eight races, including four at Gloucester Park. Barrier two is a key advantage for her.” TABradio’s form expert Hayden King has earmarked Robbie Easton as his star bet. “Robbie Easton worked like a train last week and fought on doggedly,” King said. “Providing that effort didn't gas him out, he will take all the beating this week with the draw advantage over Ultimate Offer.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is confident Millwood Gucci can return to winning form in race seven. “Millwood Gucci registered consecutive placings before a last-start failure when facing the breeze 11 days ago,” Havercroft said. “She forged to the front at those two seconds and I expect Im Batman to be happy to take the trail in a race where most runners have a long run of outs to their names.” TABradio racecaller Matt Young believes punters can start the night on a winning note by supporting The Black Cardinal in the first race. “The Black Cardinal has the perfect draw to start your night off right,” Young said. “He was unlucky last start and with a few runs under his belt he looks to lead and control the opener and add some extra dollars to your pocket for the exciting night ahead.” Guild president Wayne Currall says punters will be dancing with joy if they back The Bird Dance in race four. “The Bird Dance has won 15 of his 22 starts and is destined to progress to better races than this,” Currall said. “This is the best field he has met, but leading driver Ryan Warwick has options from gate six and the horse’s class should get him home in what appears to be a highly competitive event.” VALUE BETS WARREN: Things just haven’t gone right for Pradas Ideal Dahling lately and while the draw is a big blow this is about as weak a field as he has ever met. Worth a big each-way play at the indicative price of $21. KEN: For value, I suggest 10-year-old Bettor Party in race eight, in which he will start from the No. 1 barrier. The veteran of 210 starts has a losing sequence of 21 and has managed just one win from his past 41 starts. But his recent efforts have been excellent and point to a win in the very near future. PAT: My value bet comes up in race three with the Garry Hall-trained Our Rhythm N Blues. He had a good win two starts ago and with Junior aboard should give punters a good sight. ERNIE: Neighlor has been unplaced at his past eight starts, but he possesses more ability than his form suggests. A winner of six Gloucester Park races, he is capable of figuring prominently if having luck. HAYDEN: Bad Round is drawn to get a soft run on the pegs in a race where they should roll along. He is racing soundly and when the breaks arrive, he can shoot to victory. RYAN: Caruba has drawn well for her return to racing and won from this draw before going out for a spell. Has gate speed and will be up on the tempo. MATT: Bad Round was eye catching last start and has a beautiful trailing draw. Looks to be perfectly placed and just in need of some luck, but if he gets the breaks I think he’ll sweep over the top late for victory. WAYNE: Euphoric Moment has two “duck eggs” next to his name, but his form is much better than that suggests. Should get a lovely run from the pole and looks a safe each-way investment in race two. Good punting from home. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting from home.   Wayne Currall

Backing winners on a cold, wintry night warms the hearts of punters. And members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have gone all out this week in a bid to find the best bets at tomorrow night’s Gloucester Park meeting. The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes punters can add to their bank early doors by unloading on Cyclone Banner in race two. “Cyclone Banner worked at both ends of the race last week and was still too good for his opposition,” Havercroft said. “He led comfortably from this draw three starts ago and it’ll take something special to beat him this Friday.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas is keen on Robbie Easton in the fourth on the card. “Robbie Easton has drawn out wide at barrier No. 8, but I’m tipping that will not prevent him from winning the Retravision Pace on Friday night,” Casellas said. “He’s my best bet to repeat the dose after his convincing victory last Friday night.” Guild president Wayne Currall is confident classy filly Double Expresso can shake off the bad luck that has dogged her recently and post an overdue victory. “Double Expresso’s last four placings all could have been wins with an ounce of luck,” Currall said. “She has to overcome an awkward draw in the Group 1 $80,000 3YO Fillies Westbred Classic (2130m), but she’s the best horse in the race and is due for some good luck. I’m confident the cream will float to the top this week.” Longshot guru Pat Harding has singled out Poisedtopounce in the Group 1 $80,000 3YO C&G Westbred Classic (2130m) as his best bet. “A tough night at GP last Friday night, but hopefully better this week for punters and tipsters alike,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race six with the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Poisedtopounce. Although coming off the inside of the back line, I expect him to be well placed to live up to his name in the home straight and record a good win.” TABradio’s form expert Hayden King believes Arma Einstein will prove too smart for his 10 rivals in race 10 and post an all-the-way victory. “Arma Einstein is drawn to lead all the way,” King said. “He did all the work last start in the Group 1 and now comes up with the pole. He should bring up a double for trainer/driver Colin Brown, who also has the smart Typhoon Tiff engaged in race eight.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart are of the firm belief that punters can go home on a winning note by cashing in on brilliant filly Black Jack Baby in race 11. “Black Jack Baby was a dominant two-year-old early and has bounced back after a stable change,” Manning said. “Looks hard to beat again and should be a top chance in next month’s Golden Slipper Pace at Gloucester Park.” And Wishart agrees. “Black Jack Baby made a stunning return to racing earlier this month, sizzling home to beat a smart colt in Talks Up A Storm,” Wishart said. “Drawn to stroll to the front and just wins.” VALUE BETS RYAN: Gangbuster won at consecutive starts from this draw before a last-start fifth and has the favourite drawn on his back. Goes well in front. KEN: For value, I suggest Poisedtopounce from the inside of the back line in the Westbred Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings. He has impressed with his versatility in winning at his past five outings, all in standing-start affairs. WAYNE: Henwood Bay ran a cheeky race at odds last week and looks another solid each-way chance in the second. He should lob on the back of likely leader Cyclone Banner and can add value to the exotics. PAT: My value bet comes up in race eight with Madame Meilland. I believe she is due for a win and Friday night could see that come to fruition at a good price. HAYDEN: Bracken Sky is drawn to the lead in the first and looks the one to beat. He has been racing without luck and much better than recently suggested. ERNIE: Intheskyrocket has been on the improve and pacers from Greg and Skye Bond’s stable can never be underestimated. WARREN: Very soft win by Robbie Easton last week from a wide draw when confidently driven by Hall Jr. Can see a similar run here and would love to be getting $6 each-way that’s for sure. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting from home.   Wayne Currall

Winners, including best-bet selections, have been hard to find at Gloucester Park over the last couple of weeks. But members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have done the form for Friday night’s meeting and have come up with some selections they think can line the pockets of punters. Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart believes punters should keep their powder dry until the last on the program - or at least increase their winnings - by supporting Talks Up A Storm. “I’m saving the best for the last race on the card this week in Talks Up A Storm,” Wishart said. “He’s a very talented two-year-old, who beat a good field in the Sales Classic before a break. Resumed in good fashion from a wide draw finishing third behind Overjoyed in a strong race. Well drawn and he should lead and win.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on Miracle Moose in race eight. “New Zealand import Miracle Moose, with four wins and four seconds from his past eight starts, is in the best form he has shown since beginning to race in WA early this year,” Manning said. “He  won at Pinjarra and Bunbury ahead of a Gloucester Park victory last Friday night. Trainer Nathan Turvey looks set for much more success with the four-year-old.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas is confident punters can get the night off on the right note with a hit of caffeine. “There is no substitute for class - and Double Expresso represents the class in race one on Friday night,” Casellas said. “Narrowly beaten into second place at each of her past three starts, Double Expresso has the class to overcome the outside barrier on the front line and record her 13TH victory from 20 starts. The Ross Olivieri-trained filly is big, strong and speedy and can certainly turn the tables on Blockjorg, who has beaten her at her past two outings.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is a forgiving soul and believes punters should follow his lead. “Ultimate Offer’s failure at $1.40 last week was a tough watch for those that followed me in, but I’m taking confidence from Dennis Roche throwing his up-and-coming pacer in again this week,” Havercroft said. “Drawn better this time in barrier two, I am prepared to forgive his last outing and predict him to return to his previously irresistible form.” TABradio’s Matt Young believes there’s still life in the old legs of Our Jimmy Johnstone, the rising 12-year-old pacer. “Our Jimmy Johnstone is perfectly drawn to lead and control the free-for-all event,” Young said. “He will appreciate the distance and looks the best of the night.” However, longshot guru Pat Harding doesn’t agree with Young. “Tipping winners continues to be tough at GP, but hopefully we can turn the tide this week,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race six with the Greg and Skye Bond-trained No. 4 Ocean Ridge. I have tipped Ocean Ridge against his stablemate Taroona Bromac because Ryan Warwick has chosen to drive him and he is certainly in a purple patch of form.” TABradio’s form expert Hayden King has made My Prayer his best for the night. “My Prayer is drawn to be behind the leader and that looks the absolute perfect spot,” King said. “Dancing With Mach usually overraces and My Prayer should get a heavenly run behind the speed and zip over the top.” But Guild president Wayne Currall disagrees with King’s assessment of the race. “Champion reinsman Chris Lewis should be able to get an easy lead with polemarker Dancing With Mach,” Currall said. “From there he should be able to dictate the tempo of the race and only let her off the leash turning for home. She should then be able to outsprint her opposition to the line.” VALUE BETS WARREN: Advance Your Dream was a sneaky, good run last Friday in a fast-run race relative to the night. Back to fillies grade with most of the main players drawing out. Can see her getting a good run and will be finishing hard. The indicative price of $26 looks great value. ERNIE: Trainer Gary Hall is persevering with Tuas Delight though a Bunbury win has been the only victory in his past 13 starts. The veteran impressed when he ran fourth after facing the breeze last Friday night. He has gate one this week. KEN: For value, I suggest Pamy June, who will start from the backline in the Group 3 Harry Capararo Westbred Mares feature event. She has hardly put a foot wrong since resuming after a 12-month absence, with two wins and two seconds from four appearances. She is sure to be steaming home on Friday night. RYAN: Following out my best bet after the scratching of Art Tutor, Affluent Bell doesn’t know how to run a bad race and can bob up into the placings at a rated price of $31. MATT: Diamond Dove is getting back to a suitable grade against the mares. She has a powerful turn of foot and could be very dangerous late. PAT: My value bet come up in race 10 with No. 3 Black Jack Baby. She is resuming from a spell but had an excellent record before that. Add a very small field and Chris Voak aboard and it gives her an excellent opportunity to record a win. HAYDEN: Blue Chip Adda is a fairly large price considering how devastating she can be off a soft run. If the pace is on and the gaps come her way, look out. WAYNE: Comeback pacer Twoandahalf Tigers is set to get the run of the race behind likely leader Marquisard in race four. He looks a great each-way chance from the draw. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting from home.   Wayne Currall

It’s another mixed bag of best bets from members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for Friday night’s 10-event card at Gloucester Park. Only two tipsters - TABradio’s racecaller and form expert Hayden King and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft - have agreed on a best bet. “The $2.40 seems an outrageously good price for Ultimate Offer in the second race,” King said. “This horse is going almost ineffably well and this race shapes up perfectly. Driver Chris Voak can watch it unfold early and come around when he sees fit. Ultimate Offer looks a put-in, take-out proposition.” Havercroft agrees. “Ultimate Offer has been going beautifully in the South West and his last win was full of merit after being checked mid-race and losing ground,” Havercroft said. “He lassoed the whole field to score on that occasion and Boyanup trainer Dennis Roche should be taking the spoils home down the Forrest Highway late Friday night.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believes Taroona Bromac can make it back-to-back wins in race seven. “Taroona Bromac has shown big  potential since being imported from New Zealand to join Greg and Skye Bond’s stable,” Manning said. “He looks back to his best form and shapes as a summer carnival prospect. The horse is yet another example of the Bonds’ astute selections from Kiwi racing.” But Manning’s assessment of the race doesn’t sit well with TABradio’s racecaller Matt Young, who has made Always An Honour in the same race as his star bet. “Always An Honour has the perfect draw, has superior speed to lead and looks to control the race and get the victory,” Young confidently predicted. Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart is keen on the returning Gran Chico in race six. “Gran Chico resumes here and I’m expecting a big preparation from this four-year-old, who we haven’t seen since the Golden Nugget,” Wishart said. “He comes up with the ace draw and should lead. When the best horses draw well they win and he should.” Longshot guru Pat Harding expects Unconditional to take out the Group 1 $100,000 2YO Fillies Diamond Classic (2130m). “So nice to see some full fields at GP this Friday night where I expect a good showing from the Greg and Skye Bond stable,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in the feature race, where I think the Bond-trained Unconditional from barrier six can take the major prizemoney. She has been in excellent form and with Ryan Warwick driving in superlative form I think she can add the Classic to her resume.” Guild president Wayne Currall believes punters can build on their bank early doors by supporting classy filly Tiffany Rose in the opening event. “Tiffany Rose was unsuited racing in the breeze in the WA Oaks,” Currall said. “Astute trainer Mike Reed has given the filly a freshen up and I expect her to take up the running from gate two. From there Shannon Suvaljko should be able to dictate terms and Tiffany Rose should prove too good for her opposition.” VALUE BETS HAYDEN: Ideal Investment is set to be a generous price in the final event and finds a great barrier. There are plenty of speed horses amongst the line-up, including some that tend to overrace. Off a hot speed, he can get through late and zip over the top. RYAN: Gangbuster has a 29-start losing sequence, but draws the inside this week and will be up on the pace in an even field. ERNIE: Lightning Jolt possesses talent and gets his chance to display winning form again when matched against an evenly balanced field. He needs only luck in running to figure prominently. MATT: Minor Catastrophe is a smart filly, could be a solid run race and she has a good turn of foot. Keep very safe. WARREN: Runaway Three meets a handy field in the third race, but I think he will lead and give a huge sight. Forget last run when he did too much work but his two runs prior were very good. At the indicative price of $11 he is great each-way value. PAT: My value bet comes in race two with Ultimate Offer. With  three wins and two seconds from his last five starts and star reinsman Chris Voak aboard, I think he can prove good value for punters. WAYNE: Trainer Terry Ferguson collected the Group 1 WA Oaks earlier this month with Sports Package and he has a great chance of making it two Group 1s in a month with Bettor Beach Belle. The filly dead-heated for second on debut behind Always An Angel in the fastest of the three Diamond Classic heats and will appreciate her trailing draw and the services of A.C. Lewis. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting from home.   Wayne Currall

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have different opinions on their star bets for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. Only The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and the paper’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have agreed on a best bet for the 10-event card. Both Manning and Havercroft have labelled Balcatherine as their best. “Balcatherine impressed when winning last Friday night and looks set for a string of victories before she is aimed at the Mares’ Classic,” Manning said. “The four-year-old joined Gary Hall’s stable after New Zealand wins at her first two starts. She won once from three appearances in her first WA campaign, but seems better this time in . She has recorded two wins and three places from her past five starts.” And Havercroft agrees with his colleague. “Balcatherine has been racing superbly from wide or backline draws and comes up with the pole this week,” Havercroft said. “Rated 1.54.3 to win here last week coming off the pace and is drawn to dictate here, which should make it hard for her rivals to get over her.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas is keen on Valbonne in race two. “Forget Valbonne’s ninth placing behind Just Rockon Bye last week,” Casellas said. “That’s my message as I label the Mike Reed-trained four-year-old as my best bet on Friday night. He has the ability to overcome the awkward draw in barrier six in which he will clash with another talented four-year-old in Dracarys. Valbonne travelled smoothly in the one-out one-back position last Friday night before being hopelessly blocked for a run in the final circuit.” TABradio’s Hayden King believes those punters who burnt their fingers on Chicago Bull last week should butter up again on Friday night. “I have pegged Gary Hall Jr down for six winners again this week, so here's hoping he can emulate his previous feat,” King said. “I think the best has been saved until last and Chicago Bull will make amends and reverse the result on Our Jimmy Johnstone this week. There was no shame in getting run down after working and running a 26.8 third quarter last week.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart says Gotta Go Gabbana will atone for recent defeats. “Gotta Go Gabbana is my best bet on what looks a punter-friendly night,” Wishart said. “With at least six odds-on favourites, Gotta Go Gabbana looks the standout of the night.  Easily the best credentialed mare in the race, she comes up with a lovely draw in two and will shoot straight to the top and from there she will be too good.“ Guild president Wayne Currall has formed a clear idea of how race three will be run and won by Machlani. “Dominate The Dojo is one of the quickest beginners from the mobile in WA,” Currall said. “He will take up the early lead but usually surrenders the top to the first horse that arrives on the scene - and I’m tipping that horse will be Machlani from his cosy draw in gate two. He ran a creditable fourth behind Bletchley Park last week and is poised to end a losing sequence of five.” Longshot guru Pat Harding is keen on Marquisard in race seven. “Well punters and tipsters did a little better at GP last week and hopefully the trend will continue,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night is No. 2 Marquisard. He had a good win three starts ago and with Shannon Suvaljko  aboard and a good barrier I think he can win again. VALUE BETS ERNIE: Bolta has not won in his past six appearances, but he could run a big race at his second start from a stand. He finished second at Pinjarra when making his standing start debut on May 11. RYAN: Mon Lillies is unplaced at her last eight outings but loves to lead. The inside draw gives her a chance to return to form. KEN: For value, I suggest Star Fromthepalace in the Diamond Classic. She is competing with admirable zest and looks set to be in the lead or close to it throughout the 2130m journey. HAYDEN: Mister Bushido is listed at $6, which looks stupendous value. He is in search of the hat-trick and won a shade cosily last start. WARREN: On a difficult night to find anything of value with any chance, I’ve gone for Dracarys at the indicative price of $4.50. After a great first-up run nothing has gone right for this mare, but this is as weak a race as she has found in her time here and she can bounce back to winning form. WAYNE: Lavra Joe has drawn the outside of the front row in the opening event and most punters will put a line through his name because of the awkward draw, but not me. He will relish a fast pace and will be charging late. PAT: My value bet comes up in race two with No. 6 Valbonne. He has been knocking on the door and was unlucky last week, but I think Michael Grantham can steer him to victory for trainer Mike Reed. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting from home.   Wayne Currall

Interesting night of pacing at Gloucester Park on Friday night with many of the WA Trotting Media Guild members selecting the same horses as their star bet on the 10-event card. Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believe Gardys Legacy will score an all-the-way victory in the $50,000 Pearl Classic (2130m). “Gardys Legacy is a talented three-year-old who won the only heat of this series to qualify for this race,” Wishart said. “Meets them all again, but draws the pole this time. I love the best horse drawing the best barrier - invariably they win. Should lead all the way.” Havercroft agrees. “Gardys Legacy looks set to collect the biggest pay cheque of his career in the Group 2 Pearl Classic on the back of some consistent form including a fourth in the WA Derby,” Havercroft said. “Connections are loving the random barrier draws in which the Bettors Delight gelding has now drawn peg one or two in his last five starts.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and longshot king Pat Harding have made squaregaiter Princess Mila their best. “Smart trotter Princess Mila won a Byford trial on Sunday and looks set to bounce back from a last-start unplaced run, when she galloped in the early stages,” Manning said. “The Victorian import, who quickly hit form when beginning to race recently for trainer Gary Hall, won impressively at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park last month.” Harding is singing from the same songbook as Manning. “There have certainly been lean pickings for punters and tipsters at GP over the past few weeks, however this week Gary Hall Jr could be the driver to follow with the possibility of four winning drives,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night comes up in the stand start trot. The Gary Hall-trained Princess Mila with Junior aboard already has some impressive stats since a spell and is worth following.” TABradio’s Hayden King, who has established a healthy lead in this season’s tipping competition, has made Valbonne his star bet. “Valbonne is drawn to run to the front and his form is excellent,” King said. “I think he will lead and win, with the $4 price touted looking exceptional value. It could be a terrific night for the Albert Walmsley colours.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas has opted for Madame Meilland in race two as his best for the night. “Ross Olivieri’s bonny mare Madame Meilland gets a good chance to end a losing sequence of 21 when she starts from the No.2 barrier in the Westral Pace over 2536m on Friday night,” Casellas said. “Things haven’t gone her way at several recent starts and I’m making her my best bet to bounce back into the limelight this week.” TABradio’s Matt Young believes punters can get off to a great start by supporting Hes Royal Blue in the opening event. “Hes Royal Blue finally comes up with a good barrier to lead over the mile and this is his pet distance,” Young said. “He should lead and win and get the punters off on the right foot.” But that ain’t the way it’s going to play out, according to Guild president Wayne Currall, who has made Balcatherine his best bet in the same race. “Balcatherine was crying out for clean air when she finished a most unlucky third behind Arma Indie last week,” Currall said. “She will follow out likely leader Hes Royal Blue from her backline trailing draw and should have the last crack at them.” VALUE BETS WARREN: Oneonthewood won well two starts ago at Pinjarra and the draw here gives him an each-way chance. RYAN: Tanaka Eagle has relished the change of environment since entering the stables of Peter Tilbrook. Will be at generous odds and has been finding his way into the placings recently. ERNIE: Neighlor has not been placed in his past seven starts, but will appreciate gate one after drawing seven and eight at his past two appearances. He has won 16 races, including six at Gloucester Park. PAT: My value bet comes up in race seven with No.5 Queen Shenandoah with Chris Voak aboard. I think she can give this a real shake and give punters a good boost. HAYDEN: In keeping with the Walmsley theme, Lord Rosco looks a huge price at $7 in the first. He has options from the wide gate considering his superb gate speed. He looks a threatening chance of making it four in a line. KEN: For value I suggest Our Rhythm N Blues, who will start from the outside of the backline in the Retravision Pace. He’s been knocking on the door recently - and perhaps it will open this week. MATT: Sightseeing Anvil has the speed to lead or settle very close to them and is racing well enough for this. He looks a great each-way chance. WAYNE: Mileys Desire races best when she finds the pegs. She is drawn behind likely leader Countess Grace in race seven and can run a race at big odds. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting from home.   Wayne Currall

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are in agreement on their best bets on a couple of pacers going around at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Karen Thompson-trained Our Perkins is popular as a star bet on the 10-event card with TABradio’s Hayden King and Matt Young, as well as Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart. “Our Perkins should shoot straight to the front and will take all the beating,” King said. ”He has a slow beginner drawn to his inside and is busting to win one.” Young agrees. “Our Perkins has come up with the perfect draw,” Young said. “He is an excellent frontrunner and looks set to lead throughout.“ Wishart also is keen on Our Perkins. “My best bet comes up in race two in No. 2 Our Perkins,” Wishart said. ”Looks well placed here from the low draw after a good effort last start. Should lead and be too good.” Guild president Wayne Currall and longshot guru Pat Harding believe Soho Thunderstruck is poised to return to winning form in race seven over the sprint trip. “Soho Thunderstruck has been consistent without winning lately,” Currall said. “The last time he started over the 1730m at the ribbon of light he finished a gallant second behind My Carbon Copy in a slick 1:54.6. They sprinted their last 800m in 55.7 with Soho Thunderstruck doing it tough in the breeze. He’ll most likely have to breeze again in this race outside of likely leader Ideal Investment, but I think he could prove too tough over the concluding stages.” Harding is in agreement. “Another fascinating night of racing coming up at GP this Friday,” Harding said. “Certainly form has gone out the window in recent meetings, but hopefully some of the favoured horses should come home. My best bet of the night comes up in race seven with No. 3 Soho Thunderstruck. I think this Kim Prentice-trained horse is due for another win and is ideally placed over the 1730m journey.“ The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on The Bird Dance in the night’s standing start event. “The Bird Dance, a winner at 12 of 18 starts, has shown quality and can be expected to begin safely from a stand,” Manning said. “The New Zealand import clearly won a standing start event from the 30m line at Pinjarra last Monday and looks back to the form he showed in wins at each of his first eight WA starts. He looks another strong prospect for co-trainers Greg and Skye Bond.“ Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas believes Pradas Ideal Dahling can make it back-to-back wins. “Pradas Ideal Dahling has resumed after a spell in wonderful form and Dylan Egerton-Green should celebrate his first drive behind the seven-year-old by guiding him to victory in the Larkhill Vets Pace on Friday night,” Casellas said. “The Wayne Justins-trained gelding is my best bet. He was not extended in winning easily last Friday night after racing wide early and then without cover.” However, The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft disagrees with Casellas and has made polemarker and last-start winner Marquisard his best bet in the same race. “Marquisard loves it in front and is drawn to repeat his success from last Friday,” Havercroft said. “You wont get any of the juicy $8.50 from last week here, but he is drawn to lead and they couldn't get past him last week.” VALUE BETS HAYDEN: Balcatherine has been touted as an $8 elect in the predicted prices, which seems ludicrous. She is drawn behind the likely leader and has been in outstanding touch. She shan't miss a place and will be hard to beat. MATT: Captain Proud hasn’t been racing badly, lovely draw to follow the speed and could be dangerous late with luck. WARREN: I’m expecting big improvement from Typhoon Tiff in race six. I’m expecting her to utilise her gate speed and shoot to the top. As we saw first-up, she is hard to beat when she leads and the $5.50 on the fixed odds is good value. WAYNE: Walsh relishes the role of sniper and he gets the chance to play that part behind likely leader McCardles Gem in race three. Looks each-way all day from inside of the backline. PAT: My value bet comes up in race three with No. 5 Jack William. He’s been placed in three out of five races and I believe is poised to win over the 2130m journey. ERNIE: Dominate The Dojo has not won in his past 21 starts, but he looks close to more city victories. He has been placed in four his past seven races and last Friday night ran fourth at Gloucester Park. KEN: For value, I suggest Art Tudor from barrier one in  race one. He drew No. 1 when a very easy all-the-way winner four starts ago. All he needs to do this week is hold out Antero in the early stages, with that pacer also possessing excellent gate speed. RYAN: Lavra Joe, at an indicative price of $5.00, represents value for the State’s in-form two-year-old. Drawn tough but he loves his work, usually from the breeze position and he can win from there again. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting from home.   Wayne Currall

The $120,000 Group 1 WA Oaks (2536m) takes pride of place at Gloucester Park on Friday night and two members of the WA Trotting Media Guild believe the race is as good as run and won. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and longshot guru Pat Harding have made outstanding filly Double Expresso their best bet on an exciting 10-event card. “Star filly Double Expresso could probably have won the WA Oaks from any barrier, and it is a bonus that she drew gate three,” Manning said. “Looking exceptional since early in her two-year-old season, she has a career tally of 12 wins from 16 starts, with five victories in her past six appearances. She beat a strong field when leading two weeks ago.” And Harding agrees with his colleague. “Could be a pretty tough night at GP this Friday with not too many stand outs, but my best bet of the night comes up in race five - the feature event for the three-year-old fillies,” Harding said. “The one that looks head and shoulders above the rest is Double Expresso. With her impressive record and the Ross Olivieri/Chris Lewis combination, I think she can really step up in this race.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart and Guild president Wayne Currall claim punters can start the night off on a winning note by supporting the favourite. “The Buckeye Bullet is a progressive four-year-old, who switches back to the mobile after a devastating win last week from the stand,” Wishart said. “Love the fact he’s drawn low, so he should lead and win.” Currall concurs with Wishart. “This preparation The Buckeye Bullet has recorded four wins and two seconds from his seven starts,” Currall said. “He’s really hit his straps and Ryan Warwick should be able to send him to the top from gate two and dictate terms out in front. He’ll be short but should be winning.” TABradio racecaller Matt Young is very keen on Bee Seventeen in race two. “Bee Seventeen has come up with a good barrier, finally,” Young said. “He has been racing really well against the trend of the races he has been in and I am expecting him to lead throughout on Friday night. I’m very confident.” But hold your horses! Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas has declared Eloquent Mach in the same race. “Unplaced at his six starts this season, including a first-up ninth at odds-on behind Saleahs Comand two weeks ago, doesn’t appear to be much recommendation for four-year-old Eloquent Mach on Friday night,” Casellas said. ”But, as the old saying goes; ’there’s no substitute for class’, and therefore I’m prepared to forgive Eloquent Mach for these below-par efforts and make him my best bet this week. I’m sure he has benefited a great deal from his first-up performance. It would be unwise to overlook his 10 wins from 16 starts last season.“ TABradio’s form expert Hayden King is keen on Pradas Ideal Dahling in race eight. “Pradas Ideal Dahling has superb gate speed and there are question marks over the early pace of those drawn inside him,” King said. ”He was responsible for a doughty effort from the breeze last start and I think he will lead all the way this Friday.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes Taroona Bromac can overcome a wide draw in race nine. “Taroona Bromac ruined his chances when breaking after the start in the Easter Cup,” Havercroft said. “The start before he accounted for his rivals when resuming from a spell and he should be fitter for his third-up assignment.” VALUE BETS ERNIE: Veteran mare Talkerup has won only once in her past 35 starts, but she should run a big race from gate one. She had barrier six and a second-line draw when unplaced in her past two races. PAT: Marquisard has been about the place of late with not a lot of luck. With not a great deal of exposed form in the race, I think Aldo Cortopassi can steer him to victory. WARREN: Pradas Ideal Dahling was brave in defeat last week after breezing and this looks a thinner race. Will have to do the work again but fitter for two runs back and at the indicative odds of $5 is great each-way value. WAYNE: Mon Lillies has had three runs back from a little freshen up. She’s finished down the track in all three starts from wide gates, but she’ll appreciate the back-line draw on the pegs behind likely leader Talkerup. Can surprise at cricket-score odds. MATT: Athabascan was a great run in the breeze a few starts ago and looks like he’ll have to do it tough again here, but this is a winnable race at odds. KEN: Countess Grace has a touch of class and I was impressed with her wholehearted finishing burst from last to fourth behind Millwood Molly last week. She’s an each-way chance in the Race for Roses. HAYDEN: Delightfull put in a couple of encouraging runs before breaking through on Monday at Pinjarra. She showed great acceleration after the start in a stand trial at Byford on Sunday. If she leads, I don't think they will beat her. If she sits near the speed she will go very close.  RYAN: Miss Sangrial was first over the line in last year's running of the Race for Roses before being disqualified due to a handicapping bungle. Not averse to starting off back marks and can repeat the feat. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting from home.   Wayne Currall

Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond are due for a big night out at Gloucester Park tomorrow night, according to the members of the WA Trotting Media Guild. Among some of the Guild’s best bets are The Bird Dance, Mighty Santana and Tarooma Bromac - all from the strong camp of the Bonds. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and Radio Great Southern’s form expert Warren Wishart believe The Bird Dance will bounce back from a last-start defeat as an odds-on favourite. “The Bird Dance, a victim of unusual circumstances last start, looks set to bounce back into the winners’ list after drawing gate one,” Manning said. “He won at nine consecutive appearances before being pressured in the lead a fortnight ago by American Brave, who over-raced and took charge of his reinsman. The Bird Dance was eased, but then had to face the breeze and his eighth can be overlooked.” Wishart agrees. “Expect The Bird Dance to hit back hard here after a forgive run last start,” Wishart said. ”Has the pegs draw to lead all the way. I do like the best horse drawing one - they invariably win.“ Guild president Wayne Currall thinks another Bond-trained horse in Mighty Santana, another runner who had his colours lowered as a short-priced elect, can make amends in race four. “Mighty Santana was a good thing beaten last start,” Currall said. “He was full of running and only got a crack at them late after being held in a pocket. This race maps well for him and looks to be a drop in class. He looks primed to get the chocolates.” Longshot king Pat Harding is another tipster who has opted for a horse from the Bond stable as his star bet. “Could be an excellent night for the Bond camp this Thursday night,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race seven with the Bond-trained Taroona Bromac. Coming off 20 metres, he should be ideally placed to pounce on the leaders and give the Bonds a treble.“ Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas is keen on Miracle Moose in race three. “Supercharged finishing bursts from Miracle Moose in the past couple of weeks have stamped the four-year-old as a pacer well worth following, and he’s my best bet on Thursday night to overcome the awkward draw at barrier seven,” Casellas said. “He surged home from 10th at the bell to finish second to Soho Thunderstruck last Friday night and came from 12th at the bell to win from Bettor Be Oscar the previous week. He started from the No. 7 barrier on both occasions.” TABradio form analyst Hayden King likes Machnificent in the last race on the 10-event card. “ Machnificent showed incredible speed at the beginning and end of a recent trial,” King said. “He will lead and should race away late.” But The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has made Lavra Joe his best bet for the night in the same race. “Lavra Joe seems to be the two-year-old measuring stick at the moment, toughing out victories from the breeze at his last two outings,” Havercroft said. ”The small field suits again and the son of Roll With Joe appears to be improving with every run.” TABradio racecaller Matt Young believes punters can add to their bank by supporting Soho  Thunderstruck in the opening event. “Soho Thunderstruck was dominant last start,” Young said. “I think he’ll let the dust settle and work to the breeze and control the race to victory again.” VALUE BETS ERNIE: Absolution has not won in his past 25 starts and was out of the placings at his last 11 appearances. But he drew barrier one on Thursday night and can be prominent. A winner of 10 races, he locked wheels when finishing only 11th last week. WARREN: Star Fromthepalace drops back to fillies grade having competed against the boys in last weeks WA Derby. Was placed in the Western Gateway Pace the start prior and the indicative odds of $16 represents fantastic Easter treats. WAYNE: Dominate The Dojo flies the gate and I can see him crossing to an early lead in the first. Chris Lewis will then take a sit behind Valbonne. He doesn’t win that often, but he looks a good place bet and one for the exotics. PAT: My vale bet comes up in the second with No. 5 Naval Aviator. This horse has shown little or no form in recent races but he’s better than that and I think Aldo Cortopassi can record a good win at a good price. KEN: For value, I suggest Braeview Bondi , the lone back-row runner in the sixth event on the program. The five-year-old continues to race in fine style for trainer Michael Brennan and reinsman Michael Grantham. HAYDEN: Cavalry Call is drawn softly and he could run into a place like he did last Friday. RYAN: As Happy As Larry is one of many value-priced runners in the Easter Cup. The spread of talented horses off handicap marks gives the backmarkers every chance of getting into the race. MATT: Son Of A Tiger is not racing too bad, back to a standing start and distance will suit. Expecting a bold performance. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting from home.   Wayne Currall

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

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