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Harness racing punters who followed longshot maestro Pat Harding would have been laughing all the way to the bank after last week’s meeting at Gloucester Park. Harding, who has won the WA Trotting Media Guild’s longest-priced winner competition for the last seven years in a row, tipped Courage Tells who duly saluted at the massive odds of $114.50. Not only did Harding steer punters on to Courage Tells, but he also tipped the main quaddie for the night, which paid $3756.50 for $1. “I never thought a horse trained by Skye Bond and driven by Ryan Warwick would get out to such a big price,” Harding said. “I think I’ll be hard pressed to top the price that Courage Tells got out to.” And members of the Media Guild will be hard pressed to stop Harding making it eight wins in a row for the longest-priced winner. Harding believes punters can get off to a great start with Cott Beach in the first race. “Cott Beach has drawn gate five in a small field and she should be suited,” he said. “I am sure driver Nathan Turvey can notch up another great win with this classy filly.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and TABradio’s Matt Young have earmarked Rock Diamonds as their best. Manning spoke for both when he said Rock Diamonds had drawn favourably and should appreciate a class drop. “Rock Diamonds figured prominently in legs of the 4YO series,” he said. “He ran third to Ultimate Machete in the 4YO Classic, then won the 4YO Championship. A backline draw set him a tough task in the Golden Nugget, but he is poised to bounce back.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas, Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar and yours truly are keen on Zach Maguire. Casellas spoke for his colleagues when he said Zach Maguire had resumed from a spell in splendid form. “Zach Maguire has the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the backline,” he said. “The five-year-old, trained by Gary Hall and to be driven by Gary Hall Jr, is my star bet on a highly competitive 10-event program.” Leading tipster Stuart Lowe has made Madame Meilland his best bet. “Madame Meilland, who has had three wins and three placings from six WA starts, is down in class from her last two city runs and is well drawn,” he said. “She’s the one to beat.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is keen on Mistahmistah. “Mistahmistah showed good early toe when winning his only start to date at Addington in July as a $1.10 favourite,” he said. “He is drawn the pole after the scratching and if he has derived benefit from a spell, then he would give a handy field of three-year-olds something to chase.” VALUE BETS Pat: Assassinator has had a few places since changing stables and is overdue for a win. I think with Chris Voak aboard and off 10m he can cash in. Ernie: Tommy Be Good is capable of overcoming a 30m handicap judging by his Pinjarra win when he scored from The Bucket List and Ohoka Punter, who ran first and second in the Inter Dominion Consolation. Matt: Shes Artful in the ninth meets a decent field but she has the draw and wasn’t disgraced last Friday in the Group 1. Should be cheeky at odds. Ken: Ohoka Punter has drawn out at barrier six, but I’m selecting him to outmuscle and beat his stablemate Ideal Alice, who looks set to lead over the 2536m journey. Robbie: The Trilogy has been in consistent form of late and is poised to get a charmed run from the pole. Looks each-way all day. Wayne: Costa Del Magnifico should take up a handy position from his good draw and appeals as a good each-way chance. Stuart: My value bet is Maximum Demand who has won his last two standing-start races and returns to standing-start conditions here. Ryan: Lord Lexus caught my eye three starts ago when flashing home late. I expect him to get a similar run if dropped out in a race where the best chances are drawn the backline. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

What a night of harness racing at Gloucester Park! The best Inter Dominion Championship Final we’ve seen in many years and three other high-quality Group 1 events on a stellar 11-event card. Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have identified classy New Zealand four-year-old Ultimate Machete and star Victorian mare Ameretto as stand outs in the Golden Nugget and Mares Classic respectively. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar, the West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and yours truly have labelled Ultimate Machete as the best of good things. Manning spoke for his colleagues when he said Ultimate Machete was shaping as the next rising star in Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen’s stable. “Ultimate Machete already looks a strong 2018 Inter Dominion hope,” Manning said. “He won the New Zealand Free-For-All from Tiger Tara on November 17 and only a week later scored in the Four-Year-Old Classic at Gloucester Park. Probably would have started favourite from any draw and barrier one is a big bonus.” Leading tipster Stuart Lowe, TABradio’s Matt Young and longshot king Pat Harding are keen fans of Ameretto. Lowe echoed the thoughts of his fellow tipsters when he waxed lyrical about the Kerryn Manning-trained mare. “My best bet on a star-studded night is the brilliant Victorian mare Ameretto,” Lowe said. “She was too strong when winning the Norms Daughter Classic two starts ago. Covered a lot of extra ground when a close-up third in the Parliamentarians Cup last week. Draw favours her this week.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas has settled on Mighty Mr Sharkey as his best for the night. “Leading trainer Skye Bond has Mighty Mr Sharkey racing keenly and the four-year-old looks a star bet when he starts from barrier four in the third heat of the Sky Racing Drivers series,” Casellas said. “He has been unplaced at his past four starts against quality opposition, but has the ability to return to the winning list at good odds.” Veteran tipster Bill Brindley has earmarked A Piccadilly Princess as his star bet. “Mark Purdon is set for a big night on Friday with live chances in three of the four Group 1 events,” Brindley said. “I think A Piccadilly Princess could start the night off on the right note for him.” VALUE BETS Ernie: Sea Me Smile has run unplaced in her past four races, but a return to mares company will suit her. She is a winner of five Gloucester Park races. Robbie: Devendra has had a disappointing campaign but could pay expenses with victory in the Inters Consolation. Ryan: Lisharry, from inside of the back-line, would be a great each-way prospect if Skippy Rascal is able to hold the lead in the first of the Sky Racing Drivers heats. Wayne: Bettor Bling is drawn to get the run of the race in the Invitation Ladies Drivers race and looks to be each-way all day. Stuart: Ohoka Darcy was luckless last week when unplaced. He won well at two previous starts and is drawn better here. Matt: Shes Artful was very good on resumption in a top-class race. She steps down in grade and is nicely drawn with Deni Roberts to do the steering. Pat: The Bucket List will give punters a good sight in the Inters Consolation. The Brennan/Grantham combination should see punters on the winning end. Ken: The Bucket List caught the eye last Friday night when he ran home solidly from sixth on the home turn to finish fourth behind Chicago Bull. Bill: Shes Artful is drawn well in the ladies event and can feature at odds. To view all of the Media Guild tips for this week click here. Good Punting.  Wayne Currall

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are divided on best bets for Friday night’s action-packed harness racing card at Gloucester Park. The third and last round of the Inter Dominion heats will decide the 10 finalists for next week’s $1.1M grand final, while the $30,000 Parliamentarians Cup has attracted the best mares in Australasia and the $50,000 Westral 4YO Championship is shaping up to be a classic. Only two Guild members - TABradio’s Matt Young and yours truly - agreed on a special for the night. “Eden Franco should be leading and winning in the International Invitational Drivers series,” Young said. “Trainer Colin Brown has lobbed legend Chris Lewis to drive his mare and that fills me with more confidence come Friday.” Leading tipster Stuart Lowe fancies the Victorian raider Motu Meteor in the 4YO Championship. “My best bet is Motu Meteor,” he said. “The speedy Victorian was never likely when sixth last week behind Ultimate Machete in fast time. Better drawn here and comes in with strong claims.” Longshot maestro Pat Harding is keen on star Victorian mare Ameretto. “Last week's win by Ameretto was excellent and Kerryn Manning has the horse flying on all fours,” he said. “Barrier seven should not be a problem for this very talented visitor.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believes Soho Tribeca will continue on his winning ways. “Soho Tribeca looks set to remain the only unbeaten horse in the series despite having drawn wide,” he said. “He is improving in leaps and bounds, and has a racing style which is difficult to counter. Soho Tribeca has gone forward, then run his last 800m in 54.5sec. and 54.6sec in the first two rounds of heats. Rivals find it virtually impossible run him down.” Gloucester Park TV’s Ken Casellas is a fan of Fernleigh Rebel. “Seven-year-old Fernleigh Rebel has managed one win from his past 42 starts, but he makes strong appeal as a best bet proposition when he contests the third heat of the Binshaw Pace,” he said. “Trained by Clint Hall, Fernleigh Rebel will be driven by star reinsman Chris Lewis and is favourably drawn in four. He possesses splendid gate speed and has good prospects of getting to an early lead.” Veteran tipster Bill Brindley has selected New Zealand superstar Lazarus to break his duck on WA soil. “My best bet is Lazarus,” he said. “I think he’ll get up outside the leader and outstay his opposition in the run home.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is in the Chicago Bull camp. “Chicago Bull has drawn to lead and win in the first of the Inter Dominion heats,” he said. “He enjoyed an economical run along the fence on Tuesday at Bunbury and should have plenty in reserve for this assignment.” Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar has singled out former Kiwi mare Reaza Grunter in the opening event as his best for the night. “Reaza Grunter was sent back to trials after breaking when fancied last week,” he said. “She has since won a trial at Byford in fast time and if she stays in her gear then she will prove mighty hard to roll.” VALUE BETS Matt: Kerrin Joseph is drawn to get a good run. Performances have been solid and in a lot stronger company, should settle handy and will be dangerous late. Wayne: On a night where, short prices will be everywhere, I think Kyle Harper’s speed machine Thereugo could get out to each-way odds from his back-line draw. Stuart: My value bet is Kerrin Joseph who gets his best draw for some time and should give punters a good sight here. Pat: He won’t be much value, but Chicago Bull has drawn the pole and should prove too strong for the rest of the field. Could make a nice banker. Ernie: Tisadream is a multiple feature events victor who can return to the winners’ list with a little luck in running. His trainer Andrew De Campo’s team is in-form. Ken: Space Junk is undefeated at three starts in WA and will be making his debut at GP after impressive victories at Pinjarra, Narrogin and Northam.  Bill: For some value I suggest Bettor Be Lively. His form is better than it looks on paper and he can run a race at odds. Ryan: Major Crocker finished his heat off nicely at Bunbury on Tuesday night and represents good each-way value. With two fourths from his two heats, he would need to figure in this to make the rich final. Robbie: Zach Maguire is drawn awkwardly in the last, but there’s plenty of speed drawn inside of him. He could prove a nice way to go home. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

The Inter Dominion has finally arrived and the “Fab Four” - Lazarus, Lennytheshark, Soho Tribeca and Chicago Bull - look set to dominate the harness racing series. Most members of the WA Trotting Media Guild, along with betting agencies throughout Australia, believe Kiwi superstar Lazarus will have his colours lowered by Soho Tribeca in the opening heat at Gloucester Park on Friday night and they have labelled 2015 Inters victor Lennytheshark and reigning Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup champ Chicago Bull as the best of good things after both pacers drew ideally in their respective heats. While most Guild members have tipped Soho Tribeca to halt Lazarus’ winning run, TABradio’s announcer Matt Young and GPTV’S Ken Casellas have made the Kim Prentice-trained and reined pacer their best bet. Young explains. “Soho Tribeca has finally come up with a marble but against the best horse in the Southern Hemisphere in Lazarus,” he said. “I'm still very keen and believe he will lead and win this and make his mark as a genuine threat in the final. If Lazarus beats Soho Tribeca on Friday, the series is as good as over.” And Casellas agrees. “The five-year-old Soho Tribeca is drawn to lead and he should carry too many guns for the brilliant Lazarus, who faces an acid test from the outside barrier in the field of nine,” he said. “He is my star bet on what should prove a dazzling night of pacing action.” Leading tipster Stuart Lowe, longshot king Pat Harding, Guild president Wayne Currall and veteran tipster Bill Brindley are all keen on Chicago Bull. Lowe spoke for his colleagues when he declared Chicago Bull WA’s best pacer. “Chicago Bull has won 13 of his last 20 starts and looks a live chance in the final,” he said. “Set a new Gloucester Park track record for 1730m of 1.51.6 two starts ago. Looks hard to beat here from barrier two.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, TABradio’s race caller Matt McDermott and Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar have all made Lennytheshark their star bet. Manning spoke for his colleagues when he said Lennytheshark was a genuine superstar. “Lennytheshark has drawn ideally at gate three and has proven he can handle Gloucester Park,” he said. “His three wins there have been highlighted by the 2015 Inters final and he looks a major chance to take the title again this year. He has looked back to peak form in Victoria wins at his past three starts.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is keen on Kiwi pacer Ultimate Machete. “Ultimate Machete was impressive in winning the Woodlands NZ Free-For-All last Friday defeating Tiger Tara, who is a $13 chance for the Inter Dominion series,” he said. “This week he has drawn the pole for his assignment in the Yes Loans 4YO Classic and will be very short but should be winning.” VALUE BETS Matt Young: Sheer Rocknroll gets the perfect draw to have a soft run in a race with plenty of depth. Ken: The Trilogy, to be driven by his trainer Kristian Hawkins, is racing with great enthusiasm. Stuart: Superfecta, who had very good form in New Zealand before a solid second here at only WA run, is well drawn and should be respected. Pat: Livura hasn’t had much luck in his last two races, but with Chris Lewis aboard and a good draw should be hard to beat. Wayne: El Jacko is drawn to get a soft run behind likely leader Bettor Be Lively and can be dangerous late. Bill: Costa Del Magnifico has drawn the pole and will take a power of beating in the lead. Ernie: Mr Mojito, a winner at 11 of 23 starts, covered extra ground from a second-row draw when unplaced in strong company last start. Can bounce back here. Matt McDermott: Lazarus was at $2.25 with TABtouch midweek. While Soho Tribeca himself is going great guns and has the favourable draw, better than evens for the New Zealander is hard to ignore. Robbie: Noted frontrunner Thereugo’s class could see him overcome an unfavourable back-line draw. Ryan: Sokys Bigbullet has impressed since joining the stables of Tony Svilicich and looks to have a bright future as outlined by his success in the Bunbury Cup last Saturday. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

Last season’s top harness racing two-year-old filly Cott Beach is poised to continue on her winning ways when she steps out in the last race at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Cott Beach returned to the track earlier this month after a four-month break. She’s now a three-year-old and she put a field of older pacers to the sword at Bunbury with her scintillating turn of foot from the mobile to lead all the way. Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild believe she’s the best of good things. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, leading tipster Stuart Lowe, and the West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have all put a star next to Cott Beach’s name. Manning spoke for his colleagues when he said Cott Beach looked as good as her juvenile days at her return. “Cott Beach emerged as WA’s star two-year-old filly last season when winning at six of 10 starts and she appears to have bounced back as good as ever,” he said. “She was most impressive when winning first-up with a strong front-running display over 2100m at Bunbury on November 5. “The filly had not raced since a second to brilliant juvenile Jack Mac in the Golden Slipper last July and she should be fitter for her city return. Expected to lead all the way from gate six.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas and Guild president Wayne Currall are keen on Ohoka Darcy. Casellas spoke for himself and Currall when he said Ohoka Darcy should be in a commanding position from the start from gate two. “On a program in which punters should get plenty of value, Ohoka Darcy gets my nod as the star bet of the evening,” he said. “Chris Lewis will drive the Nathan Turvey-trained five-year-old for the first time in the third heat of the Kersley Pace. “Ohoka Darcy has been freshened up since he sustained a spirited three-wide burst from ninth (and last) in the middle stages to finish third behind Tanaka Eagle on October 20. Four starts before that he led from the pole and won from Our Zak Whitby over 1730m in a 1.56.1 rate.” TABradio’s announcer Matt Young is a fan of Rub Of The Green. “Best of the night is in the FFA in the shape of Rub Of The Green,” he said. “He returned with an effort that was sure to see him fit enough for this run. He’s drawn to lead and over the short course he looks the winner on paper.” The Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar is keen on Lets Chase The Dream. “This Gary Hall-trained pacer is still in the Inters and has to win here to justify his place in the series,” he said. “He posted an all-the-way victory at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon and he can go on with it here.” Veteran tipster Bill Brindley fancies the Barry Howlett trained Talktomeurmattjesty. “He’s a classy customer resuming from a spell,” he said. “Chris Lewis has been engaged for the drive and I think he should prove too strong for his main rival, Messi.” Longshot king Pat Harding has made Herrick Roosevelt his best bet. “Herrick Roosevelt should be able to win the Golden Nugget Prelude.” he said. “Faces some good opposition but looks like a Golden Nugget finalist.” VALUE BETS Ernie: James Galleon could improve with Gary Hall Jr electing to drive. Stuart: Space Junk is up in class but well drawn. Will go close. Ryan: Space Junk is drawn to get a similar run as he did when he won at Narrogin. Ken: Kid Colossus meets moderate opposition and is capable of fighting on gamely. Wayne: Rocknroll Lincoln can upstage the more fancied players in the Nugget Prelude. Matt: Auctioneers Elsu has been absolutely flying. Can win the first at good odds. Robbie: Mcardles Gem has drawn the back line in the opening event but can still win. Bill: Courage Tells is dropping in class. Has been running good times in stronger fields. Pat: The Bond-trained Messi is capable of leading all the way from his inside draw. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

In-form harness racing mares Bettor Boa and Donegal Rundlescreek appear to be star bets on Friday night’s card at Gloucester Park. At least that’s the way many members of the WA Trotting Media Guild see things unfolding at headquarters on a night when quite a few horses will be vying to impress before the rich Inter Dominion series kicks off in a fortnight. Leading tipster Stuart Lowe and the West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have earmarked Donegal Rundlescreek as a star bet. Lowe spoke for him and Havercroft when he said Donegal Rundlescreek had been super consistent this preparation. “Donegal Rundlescreek has won three times and been placed five times, from eight starts this season,” he said. “Gets her best draw for some time and should lead and win.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, veteran tipster Bill Brindley, Guild president Wayne Currall and TABradio’s race caller Matt McDermott are all keen on Bettor Boa. Manning echoed the thoughts of his colleagues when he said Bettor Boa had bounced back to top form and had impressed in her first two starts this campaign. “She won first-up from Sarah Goody on October 20,” he said. “Sarah Goody turned the tables and won a week later, but there was a lot of merit in Bettor Boa's second after covering extra ground.” Gloucester Park TV’s Ken Casellas and Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar are fans of Just Bet On Black. Casellas spoke for him and Dewar when he said Just Bet On Black had a distinct class edge on his rivals. “Just Bet On Black has drawn out wide, but is my star bet this week,” he said. “The Colin Brown-trained and driven five-year-old is not purely a frontrunner and he could well be saved for one crack at the leaders in the final circuit.” Longshot king Pat Harding is keen on Sarah Goody making it successive wins at GP. “Sarah Goody certainly looks the goods,” he said. “She had an excellent win last start and Chris Lewis should be able to bounce her out of barrier four and take up the running. I believe the strongest opposition will come from the stablemate Tajies Girl, so a quinella could be in order.” VALUE BETS Stuart: Johnny Disco is drawn to repeat his win from last week. Ryan: The Trilogy looks a great each-way prospect in the time-honoured York Cup.  Ernie: Gangbuster would be hard to beat if he reproduces the form he showed in July. Bill: Run Oneover could appreciate being driven quietly off a hot speed. Wayne: James Galleon could give them something to catch if he can cross at the start. Matt: Braeview Bomber ran an eye-catching fourth last start and is drawn well here. Ken: Braeview Bomber should be in a commanding position throughout. Robbie: Mac Tiger has been trialling well and has drawn the pole. Pat: Bettor Boa should give punters something to smile about. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

Harness racing Punters take heed - Chicago Bull has finally lobbed a barrier, former Kiwi mare Eden Franco shoots for five in a row in WA and Tas Man Bromac arrives from New Zealand with big wraps. That’s the scene at Gloucester Park on Friday night when the memory of James Brennan is celebrated via the $50,000 feature named in his honour. He was widely regarded as “the father of harness racing in WA” and the man behind the concept of an annual championship featuring the very best horses in Australasia. The WATA staged the inaugural Australasian Trotting Championship in 1925 and the Inter Dominion was born. Former WATA worker and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is an unabashed fan of Chicago Bull in the James Brennan Memorial Pace (2130m). “The Bull was back to his brilliant best last start,” Havercroft said. “From barrier two he should be able to dictate terms and bring up consecutive victories.” Longshot king Pat Harding knows a good thing when he sees one. “Chicago Bull is the State's best horse,” he said. “He should prove too tough for the likes of Soho Tribeca, Motu Premier and Shandale.” Veteran tipster Bill Brindley is another lauding the feats of “Minnie Quinny”. “Chicago Bull leads and wins,” he said. “He’s the best for the night.” Three good judges - the West’s Ernie Manning, last year’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe and TABradio’s Matt McDermott - say that Eden Franco can keep her unbeaten record in tact for trainer-reinsman Colin Brown in the eighth, the $18,000 Gannon’s Harness Colours Pace (2130m). Manning said Eden Franco had emerged as a quality pacer after her last win. “She downed Runrunjimmydunn by a big margin in a 1:54.5 rate over 2130m,” he said. “Looks set for her sixth consecutive win.” Lowe agrees. “Despite drawing wide, Eden Franco looks a class above her rivals and should win,” he said. McDermott makes it a clean sweep. “I love the way this mare has gone about her work in four Australian starts,” he said. “She has been rolling forward in her races and was outstanding last start.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas is singing the praises of newcomer Tas Man Bromac at his first outing at headquarters. “After watching Tas Man Bromac’s stylish performance to win a 2400m stand at Winton in September, I have chosen him as my star bet this week,” he said. “He should give Perth pacing fans a sample of his ability by winning the fifth race.” Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar has suggested Your Excused in the opening event. “Your Excused’s form of late has been promising,” he said. “Despite drawing awkwardly in gate seven he could take out the first at each-way odds.” CHANCE AT ODDS Ryan: I expect Rocknroll Whitby to improve from a favourable draw. Pat: Prince Of Whitby should give punters a good sight. Bill: Our Jaccka Mara is drawn to run into the money. Ernie: King Lebron is due to re-enter the winners’ list. Stuart: Rub Of The Green should appreciate drawing in the middle of the field here. Matt: Arturus ran into form with a recent all-the-way win at Pinjarra. Ken: Punters should hold fire until the last with Highview Sadler. Robbie: Charlie El gets his chance to break through. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have labelled Our Zak Whitby as the best bet on Friday night’s harness racing card at Gloucester Park. Leading tipster Stuart Lowe, TABradio’s race caller Matt McDermott, the West Australian’s Ernie Manning, veteran tipster Bill Brindley and Guild president Wayne Currall have all made Our Zak Whitby their star bet for the night. Manning summed up the thoughts of his colleagues when he said Our Zak Whitby should get punters off to a winning start in the opening event. “Our Zak Whitby is showing the class to be a prominent contender for Gloucester Park’s four-year-old series, culminating in the Group 1 Golden Nugget Championship during December,” Manning said. “He is ideally drawn in gate two on Friday night, giving him a strong chance to further boost an impressive record of eight wins, four seconds and three thirds from his past 18 starts. He won stylishly from the talented Kerrin Joseph at Pinjarra on Monday.” Manning fancies the well-performed Bettor Reward as his value selection. “Bettor Reward is capable of sharp improvement on a fourth after facing the breeze first-up at GP last Tuesday week,” he said. “The Justin Prentice-trained gelding, who had not raced for three months, showed considerable potential in 11 victories from his first 19 starts. He has not won in his past nine appearances, but it should be considered he has often competed in tough company.” Lowe likes Northern Emperor on an each-way basis in the last. “My value bet is Northern Emperor, who is nicely drawn on the pole on the second line,” he said. “Recent form is better than it reads and he should figure in the finish.” McDermott is keen on classy mare Sheer Rocknroll as his best value. “A small field in the mares race but on paper still a hot contest,” he said. “Sheer Rocknroll has held her own without winning against the boys recently. She’s been going back with similar draws and finding the line nicely. Two starts ago driver Morgan Woodley had a tight grip on her going to the post in the Stratton. I like her each-way here.” Brindley is hoping for better results than last week. “Champion reinsman Chris Lewis could make it a winning double with Our Zak Whitby and Itz Bettor To Win,” he said. “And Itz Bettor To Win’s trainer Ross Olivieri can win the final race with my value bet, Aurelius.” Currall is keen on Major Reality on an each-way basis. “Major Reality ran a great race first-up when she motored home to finish third behind Simply Susational a fortnight ago,” he said. “That was the mare’s first start in more than six months and she would have derived plenty of benefit from the outing.” Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar has made Mach Time his best bet. “Mach Time hasn’t won since August, but he gets the chance to lead on Friday night over the 2130m trip after drawing gate two,” he said. “Could post an all-the-way victory.” Dewar likes the former Victorian pacer Glenferrie Breeze in the last for some value. “Glenferrie Breeze has drawn ideally in gate three in what isn’t the strongest field seen at headquarters,” he said. “A maddie at a price.” On-course commentator Ken Casellas has opted for Itz Bettor To Win as his best bet. “Itz Bettor To Win drops dramatically in class and he looms as a star bet when he contests the Rubix Plumbing Pace over 2536m,” he said. “The lightly-raced New Zealand-bred six-year-old has the ability to overcome the disadvantage of starting from out wide at barrier eight and should have no difficulty in stepping up in distance.” Casellas suggested Just Bet On Black for a shade of value. “Just Bet On Black will start from the prized No.1 barrier over the 1730m sprint trip,” he said. “He certainly gets his chance to end a sequence of five unplaced runs. Trainer Colin Brown excels as a frontrunning driver and Just Bet On Black is a stylish frontrunner who gets a perfect opportunity to beat smart four-year-old Im Rockaria, who has drawn poorly at barrier eight.” Longshot king Pat Harding believes it could be a tough night for punters. “I thought that in the third, the race for the mares, that number two, Chevrons Champion for Nathan Turvey, might be the way to go,” he said. “She has a good draw and did win at her last outing. Obviously the two Skye Bond horses will provide the stiffest opposition.” Harding is keen on squaregaiter Itsgettingcalder for his value tip. “Itsgettingcalder with Chris Voak aboard is racing in great heart and should make it four wins in a row,” he said. “The Bob Mellsop-trained Lord Liam is the likely danger.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is keen on speed machine Thereugo as his star bet. “Thereugo looks very hard to go past in the Manta Tiling Westbred Final,” he said. “Blessed with brilliant gate speed, the son of McArdle should roll straight to the front without any trouble and from that position he should be saluting.” Havercroft fancies Ohoka Punter as his value for the night. “Ohoka Punter would have derived benefit from his first-up fourth last week and looks the best of Gary Hall’s chances in the open-class race, with the Inter Dominion series just weeks away,” he said. “Gary Hall Jr has elected to take the drive and the son of Bettors Delight would take his career earnings past $1m with a victory on Friday.” To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have labelled the smart The Odd Lover and prolific-winning mare Dodolicious as star bets on Friday night’s 10-event harness racing card at Gloucester Park. The feature event on a fantastic night of pacing is the $50,000 Mount Eden Sprint (1730m) where 10 Inter Dominion-bound horses will do battle over the sprint trip for serious cash and valuable ranking points but most Guild members have looked elsewhere to find their best on an action-packed night of pacing. Leading tipster Stuart Lowe, TABradio’s race caller Matt McDermott and TABradio’s announcer Matt Young all believe The Odd Lover will prove the testing material in the night’s only stand. Lowe summed up the thoughts of his colleagues when he said The Odd Lover only needed to step well for his class to shine through. “My best bet is The Odd Lover who has won or been second at 19 of 21 lifetime starts,” Lowe said. “He galloped away off 10m last start but was still able to win in a smart 2.01 mile rate after a big last half.” Lowe’s value bet is Glow Bright. “Glow Bright broke through for a long overdue win three starts ago,” he said. “Unplaced at two subsequent runs, but finished close up each time. Better drawn here and should have each-way claims.” McDermott believes Beaudiene Beach Babe can break her maiden status in the eighth race. “This filly was a good trial winner leading throughout at Bunbury and sprinting strongly over the last few sectionals,” he said. “Unfortunately, things didn't go to plan first-up at Wagin but she can bounce back with the right run here.” Young’s roughie is Jay Jays Jet in the last. “Jay Jays Jet has been consistent and this race looks to be even enough that he can overcome the draw,” he said. “He is down in grade on recent efforts and I think he could be a genuine knockout chance at big odds.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, veteran tipster Bill Brindley and Guild president Wayne Currall are all keen on Dodolicious. Manning spoke for all when he said Dodolicious had established an outstanding career record and looked hard to beat in an event restricted to mares. “The five-year-old, who has won 18 races and run nine places from 31 starts, showed exceptional ability from the time she was winning two-year-old features,” Manning said. “She then proved her class by winning a NSW Oaks heat and finishing second in the final. Trainer Skye Bond has freshened the mare since her winning hat-trick in Gloucester Park 2130m races last month and her preparation appears ideally timed for the Group 1 Mares Classic in December.” Manning has opted for Star Of Bethany as his value selection.  “Star Of Bethany, having her first race for trainer Kevin Keys, is expected to take advantage of gate one and champion reinsman Chris Lewis could attempt an all-the-way win,” he said. “The filly displayed talent when she ran third as favourite in a GP event last April. Next start she finished fourth after striking interference in a Sales Classic. Keys has had considerable success with young pacers.” Brindley, who is also a big fan of The Odd Lover and Sarah Goody, likes Bebrave in the last event on an each-way basis. “In a race where there’s not much exposed form I thought Bebrave could run a cheeky race at odds,” he said. Currall is hoping the speedy Bhagwan can make the most of his rails draw and attempt an all-the-way victory in the fifth race. “Old Bhagwan hasn’t saluted for more than a year, but his recent form hasn’t been too bad,” he said. “With Colin Brown in the bike he should get a comfortable lead and give them something to chase.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas has opted for Soho Chelsea as his best bet. “Soho Chelsea has struck a purple patch for Hopeland trainer Glenn Elliott and the five-year-old has excellent prospects of recording his 13th win on Friday night,” Casellas said. “He is my star bet for what promises to be a really competitive night of harness racing. Elliott should enjoy a quinella result, with Soho Wall Street strongly favoured to finish second to his stablemate. Gary Hall Jr has given punters a good lead by opting to drive Soho Chelsea in preference to Soho Wall Street.” Casellas likes Mach Time on an each-way basis in the sixth race. “Mach Time gets his chance to break through for an overdue victory after five placings from his past six starts,” he said. “Mach Time raced without cover early before enjoying a perfect trail, one-out and one-back, when a fighting second to the pacemaker Rycroft last Friday night.” Longshot maestro Pat Harding is keen on Soho Tribeca in the feature event. “The highlight for me on a great night of pacing is the Mount Eden Sprint and I have nominated Soho Tribeca as my best bet,” Harding said. “I am sure that Kim Prentice will take advantage of gate three and bounce the horse to the front. Chicago Bull is obviously a serious challenger but he could get hemmed in.” Harding, like McDermott, fancies Beaudiene Beach Babe. “From gate five five, trainer-driver Justin Prentice should be able to work her into a favourable position,” he said. “It could top off a good night for the Prentice family.” To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. Wayne Currall

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

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