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Red October shapes as a star bet on Friday night’s 10-event card at Gloucester Park, according to three members of the WA Trotting Media Guild. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, Guild president Wayne Currall and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have made the Gary Hall-trained horse as their best bet for the night. Manning said Red October was poised to record his fifth win in a row. “New Zealand import Red October was most impressive when he scored last start after facing the breeze at Gloucester Park,” Manning said. “Joining the Gary Hall stable following an Auckland win, he ran second in his WA debut last January. Two wins at GP and two at Pinjarra have resulted from his past four appearances. He appears a potential feature event winner.” Currall and Havercroft agree. Veteran tipster Bill Brindley is a fan of the Annie Belton-trained Gotta Go Gabbana. “Tough mare Gotta Go Gabbana shapes up as a good bet in race two despite a wide draw,” Brindley said. TABradio’s Matt Young is keen on Frostyflyer in the fourth event. “Frostyflyer comes up with a good barrier draw and looks set to lead and run a big race here, expect him to go the journey,” Young said. Longshot king Pat Harding believes punters should continue to support last-start winner Zennart. “After another great win last week, I expect Zennart to repeat the dose in race three. Lauren Jones really has an affinity with this horse and I think Zennart can beat Vampiro and the stablemate Runrunjimmydunn.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas is expecting a bold effort from Tuas Delight. “Tuas Delight is racing first-up and is not yet in hard condition, but he makes good appeal off the front in the 2503m stand,” Casellas said. “This will be his first appearance in a stand (at his 12th start in Australia), but from barrier two he appeals as a likely pacemaker and he is my best bet. His two runs in stands in New Zealand resulted in third placings.” Last season’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe has opted for Whozideawasthis as his best for the night. “My best bet is Whozideaisthis, who resumes after a six-month absence,” Lowe said. “Had very consistent form last time in, including an all-the-way win here in 1.56.5 over 2100m. If he repeats that run, from the pole draw, he should be very hard to beat.”   VALUE BETS Ernie: Bravo Tex seems capable of overcoming gate six and a class rise from the country circuit. He won stylishly at Pinjarra, then ran a close second after facing the breeze at Narrogin last Saturday night. Wayne: Tactile Sensation came off 30m to win at Pinjarra at his last start. He should get out to a good price in a race where Tuas Delight will be short and could surprise at odds. Ryan: Lady De La Renta has won her last two, both in three-year-old fillies company, but did beat the boys four starts back. Her draw in the Western Gateway makes her a good each-way proposition. Bill: My value bet is the talented Campora in race six, following his good first-up fifth last week to Chicago Bull. Matt: Infinite Symbol has the perfect draw and I think the filly can lead. Happy to be on her at each-way odds taking on the favourite who has drawn awkwardly. Pat: Lady De La Renta for Annie Belton and Chris Voak should notch up her fourth win in five starts. Coming out of barrier one she is ideally placed in this event and should produce the goods for punters. Ken: For value, I suggest Destined To Rule in the final event. He caught the eye at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when he sustained a spirited three-wide burst from 11th at the bell to finish a meritorious fourth behind Ocean Ridge. Stuart: My value bet is Frostyflyer, who has run on well to be third at last two runs here. Better drawn and should figure in the finish. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good Punting.  Wayne Currall

Friday night’s harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park has thrown up a variety of star bets from members of the WA Trotting Media Guild. And there’s also two races where members clash with their best bets. Last year’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe is keen on Golden State. “My best bet is Golden State who ran great second in the Battle of Bunbury last week,” Lowe said. “He won at two of his previous three starts and is ideally drawn and will go close.” TABradio’s Matt Young has made classy mare Bettor Be Supreme his best for the night. “Bettor Be Supreme is third up from a spell and should be spot on,” Young said. “She is drawn beautifully and was brave on resumption over the trip from a bad draw and should lead throughout here.” Not so, according to The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, who has made Vampiro his star bet in the same race. “Vampiro, a winner at 10 of his past 14 starts, has the class to overcome gate 12,” Manning said. “He showed the typical superb fitness of a Skye-Bond trained runner when setting the pace and then holding off Runrunjimmydunn to win in a close finish last Friday.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes Has No Fear can atone for her last-start defeat. “Punters should hold no fear over taking the short price about Has No Fear in the two-year-old fillies feature,” Havercroft said. “Never finishing worse than second in four lifetime starts, she has drawn to lead and it will take a good one to get around her.” Guild president Wayne Currall disagrees with Havercroft’s views on the race. “Forget Cap In Hand went around last run after she botched the start,” Currall said. “She’s very quick out of the machine and I think she can cross Has No Fear and establish a winning break on that filly.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas believes punters can get off to a great start by supporting Carte Blanche. “Race one, horse one, barrier one - that’s the winning formula at headquarters on Friday night when Carte Blanche is my No.1 selection on the 10-event program,” Casellas said. “The lightly-raced six-year-old possesses good gate speed and Chris Lewis is planning to set the pace with the gelding, who was bred and is trained by Lewis’ wife Debra.” Longshot king Pat Harding is keen on Zennart. “I thought Zennart was a little bit unlucky last week, but he looks to have drawn some weaker opposition and as a result should be able to reward punters from gate five with Lauren Jones aboard,” Harding said. Veteran tipster Bill Brindley says, apart from Chicago Bull, it’s a hard program. “This ia a tough program except for best bet Chicago Bull in the fifth race,” Brindley said. “The Lightning Strike is the one to beat in race seven.” VALUE BETS Stuart: My value bet is Im Zuleika who was a game fourth behind Maxentius and Zennart here three starts ago. Has very good Albany form and has each-way claims. Matt: Euphoric Moment has been unlucky and looks the leader here and should run a big race at each-way odds. Ernie: Muscle Torque, placed twice in four starts since a spell, should now be solidly conditioned again and ready to show form displayed in two wins at consecutive starts last year. Ryan: Max Meridius ran third in the same Northam race where Trustytrev ran fourth at Northam earlier this month, and he franked that form by winning last Friday. Max Meridius hit the line better than Trustytrev on that occasion and is suited by an inside draw. Wayne: Mac Tiger didn’t have much luck at his last start and he’s drawn to get a soft trip behind Bettor Be Supreme. Can run a race at odds. Ken: Livura, to be driven by his trainer Nathan Turvey, is a wonderfully consistent pacer who simply does not know how to perform below par. Pat: The combination of Annie Belton and Chris Voak should prevail with La Roue De Lamour. They had a wonderful win last week with Lady De La Renta  and should repeat the dose with this exciting filly. Bill: CC Chevron should get a lovely run behind likely leader Carte Blanche in the opening event and is my best each-way chance. Good punting. Wayne Currall

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have labelled Chok Chai and Lady De La Renta as star bets on Friday night’s 10-event harness racing card at Gloucester Park. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and longshot king Pat Harding believe punters can get off to a good start with the Gary Hall-trained Chok Chai in the opening event. “Chok Chai looks set for a triumphant return to Friday night racing after winning in midweek company at each of his three starts since an injury-enforced spell,” Manning said. “He has set the pace in his comeback races and barrier one gives him the chance for another all-the-way victory. Possesses an impressive career tally of nine wins and two places from 12 starts.” Harding agrees with his colleague. “Punters should get off to a great start in the first with Chok Chai,” Harding said. “The horse had a very impressive win during the week and coming out of barrier one should give Gary Hall Jr a great start to the night.” Veteran tipster Bill Brindley and last season’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe are in the Lady De La Renta camp. “Lady De La Renta is a standout in the third, going on her recent wins, and Rock Me Over appears to have too much class for the opposition in race seven,” Brindley said. Lowe is in agreement with Brindley. “Lady De La Renta has performed well against the State’s best three-year-old fillies, as evidenced by her last-start win,” Lowe said. “Will appreciate the class drop here and should win.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is keen on Rockin The Boys. “Rockin The Boys was gallant in defeat when collared by Hot Fraternity in the shadows of the post last week,” Havercroft said. “From a similar draw he should again be on the pace and will take beating if he can reproduce that effort.” But TABradio’s Matt Young disagrees with Havercroft and has made One For Sassy, in the same event, his best for the night. “My best bet is One For Sassy,” Young said. “He is a very good frontrunner and is racing super for Dean Miller. He gets the chance to lead throughout here.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas has opted for one of his favourite horses, Major Catastrophe, as his star bet. “Redoubtable stayer Major Catastrophe should appreciate a massive drop in class and win the second event on Friday night,” Casellas said. “The powerful nine-year-old was far from disgraced in finishing eighth in the Pinjarra Cup on Monday when he clashed with superstars Chicago Bull and My Hard Copy and is my best bet on an interesting program.” Guild president Wayne Currall is keen on Rock Me Over. “This Kat Warwick-trained colt drops in class in the $25,000 Milford Homes Roofline Series 3YO Colts and Geldings Sales Classic Final,” Currall said. “With Junior in the bike and from gate three he should prove too strong for his nine rivals.” VALUE BETS Ernie: Stuart McDonald's re-instatement as Ooshtaa's reinsman is a key driving engagement. McDonald drove him to win and run second at consecutive starts last month. Overlook an unplaced run last Monday, when he was set a tough task. Pat: Lady De La Renta should come up trumps for punters. She has some excellent form and with Chris Voak aboard should prove to be a good investment for punters. Bill: My value bets are One For Sassy and Alfs Odyssey. They both line up from barrier one in the final two races and can lead throughout.    Stuart: Mister Tom Dooley has been racing well and loves the stand. Being the only runner off the front gives him each-way claims. Ryan: Trustytrev has had five runs back and made late ground when fourth to Bettor Not Knowing last Saturday at Northam. I liked how he got home on that occasion and this field lacks brilliance. Matt: Gotta Go Yanky turned in a solid performance two starts ago. C D Brown jumps back aboard and looks a chance at big odds. Ken: Nothingbutadream caught the eye when he finished boldly from last at the bell to be third behind Hot Fraternity and Rockin The Boys last Friday night. Wayne: Soho Eastwood is drawn to get a soft trip in the last race. Forget he ever went around last week as he was held up and never got clear. Is an each-way chance. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good Punting.  Wayne Currall

Harness racing Punters who followed last week’s value tips from members of the WA Trotting Media Guild would have been laughing all the way to the bank. Veteran tipster Bill Brindley was spruiking Say It Now, saying it could surprise at odds - and the horse duly saluted at the juicy odds of $22.80. The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft threw out Sea Cider as a good place chance in the opening event. He confidently predicted she would get a lovely run behind leader Red Hot Roxy and that’s exactly what happened. Sea Cider finished third at $71 and paid $3.80 for the place. TABradio’s Matt Young said Blissntheblack was drawn to get a soft run and could work out late and win at each-way odds. His crystal ball is working just fine Blissntheblack came from behind the leader to win at the attractive odds of $15.80. Guild president Wayne Currall warned punters that Golden State could upstage his more fancied stablemate Bechers Brook ($1.90) and get the chocolates. Golden State duly saluted at $5. This week’s star bets from Guild members are varied and, at times, at odds with each other. Everyone believes champion WA pacer Chicago Bull will complete a winning hat-trick in the $50,000 Governors Cup, but he’ll be at unbackable odds. Last season’s leading tipster, Stuart Lowe, and Currall are fans of Madame Meilland in the Lewis Mares Final. Lowe spoke for him and his colleague when he declared the Ross Olivieri-mare was ready to break a frustrating run of minor placings. “My best bet is Madame Meilland who won impressively here in January,” Lowe said. “She’s been placed at three of her four subsequent runs and is ideally drawn in gate one and looks very hard to beat.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is at odds with his colleagues and believes Gotta Go Gabbana can land the prize in Madame Meilland’s race. “Gotta Go Gabbana, who has faced the breeze and won Gloucester Park 2130m races at her past three starts, gets the chance to make it four straight victories,” Manning said. “The four-year-old, a winner of six races in her last 13 appearances, is further boosting a great strike rate for trainer Annie Belton.” Longshot maestro Pat Harding is a fan of comeback pacer Zennart and has made him the best for the night. “Looking forward to another excellent night of pacing at GP with the Halls set to dominate the meeting,” Harding said. “Hall Sr is in line for four winners, but I think the best will come in the fourth with Zennart. With Lauren Jones aboard I think he can make it three wins in a row.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas is a fan of recent winner Major Catastrophe and has made him his star bet. “Nine-year-old Major Catastrophe is big and tough - and he’s racing in the best form of his career,” Casellas said. “He has earned $365,238 for his breeder-owner-trainer David Young and he’s my star bet on Friday night. He will start from the 10m mark, with Dean Miller in the sulky, and will relish the 2503m journey.” Young is keen on squaregaiter Ton Tine in the last. “Ton Tine has exploded into amazing form and Chris Lewis to drive should see this horse win from anywhere on Friday night.” Young said. Brindley said the pressure was on this week to find winners. “There’s one sure winner ... one good bet and that’s Chicago Bull,” Brindley said. “However, there’s no value in backing him at $1.10.” Havercroft has labelled the former Kiwi mare Detroit Lily as his best for the night. “Detroit Lily has a win and a second from two New Zealand starts and makes her local debut on Friday,” Havercroft said. “A recent Byford trial win suggests she will be forward enough to give a bold showing for trainer Skye Bond.” VALUE BETS Lowe: My value bet is Red Salute, whose form is better than it reads. Draw brings him in with each-way claims. Wayne: Soho Eastwood should get a lovely run just off the speed and represents each-way value in the fourth event. Ernie: Our Jaccka Mara has won only once in his past 38 starts, but he should not be left out of calculations from gate one. He ran fifth, after being inconvenienced, last start. Pat: Gotta Go Gabbana could be the one to follow. With Chris Voak aboard, this Annie Belton-trained mare was impressive last week and should make it four in a row. Ken: Sheer Rocknroll, who will start from the outside barrier, is racing first-up, but has the class to overcome her wide draw. Matt: Amelias Courage keeps drawing poorly, but her form isn't too bad. I think she could run a better race on Friday. Bill: My each-way picks are Springsteen in race two and Sheer Rocknroll in the third.  Ryan: Springsteen led easily from barrier two when second to Talktomeurmattjesty in December. Drawn the inside here and with blinkers added, he looks capable of holding the lead and the 1730m trip is in his favour. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good Punting.  Wayne Currall

Champion reinsman Chris Lewis said “the win made his day". He was talking about the persistence shown by hobby harness racing trainer Bryce Jancey, who trained his first winner at Gloucester Park early in February when Greenngold saluted. The Oakford-based trainer, who owns Greenngold with his wife, Christine, had been trying to win a race at headquarters for more than 18 years. And Lewis summed the occasion up perfectly when he said “it’s moments like these (when you win a race for a battling hobby trainer) that make it all worthwhile”. The Janceys would be the first to agree with Lewis. “Chris is a master,” Jancey said after the race. “He drove Greenngold perfectly ... he gave him the run of the race and timed his run to perfection. He was so cool.” The victory, apart from the $10,881 winner’s cheque, meant everything for the couple who have been married for 45 years. “Both Christine and me had a year to forget in 2017,” Jancey said. Sixty-six-year-old Bryce was diagnosed with prostate cancer and Christine, 64, had open heart surgery. “We’re both coming good now but we were happy to welcome in the New Year and say goodbye to 2017. This win just tops things off for us,” he said. “It’s a great tonic. We both got pretty excited and emotional when Greenngold hit the front in the home straight. “I reckon they would have heard us over at the casino ... the way we were screaming.” The Janceys used the last of their savings to buy Greenngold for $20,000 last October from Bathurst trainer Amanda Turnbull. Greenngold is well named, being out of broodmare The Baggy Green, and he broke a duck of his own when he defeated Hot Fraternity and Good Times Ahead at GP on February 2. It was not only the four-year-old gelding’s first win for the Janceys, but the horse’s first win in more than a year. His last success came at Parkes in January 2017 when he led all the way to win The Elvis Final over 2040m. That was the Greenngold’s sixth win in a row, but he seemed to lose all form after that victory. Jancey has always been around horses - what with being the president of the Orange Grove Pony Club when the couple’s three children were growing up - and was a fan of the great Mount Eden when he was in his teens. He’s been involved as a trainer for more than 18 years and has had limited success in the country with horses such as Crouchdown, Sergeant Roy, Ruthless Impression, El Slick, Ya Dreamin and Nivea Joe. But Greenngold’s victory at headquarters was the icing on the cake for the Janceys. “It was fantastic to finally get that city winner,” he said. “I honestly thought it would never happen. “And Greenngold has a strut about him too since his win. “He’s a different horse after that race ... he knows he’s won.” Jancey was right about Greenngold being a different horse after his breakthrough win at headquarters. The Janceys started Greenngold in a stand at Northam on Saturday, February 17 with Kiara Davies in the cart and the horse made it back-to back victories when he finished with a new-found determination to win running away from his opposition. Greenngold, like his win at GP, was virtually unwanted in the market and came home at the juicy odds of 12/1 and added another $4163 to his owners’ account. The Janceys haven’t been able to wipe the smiles off their faces since Greenngold’s latest win and are happily planning his next run in the hope that he can bring up a hat-trick of victories. Wayne Currall

It should be another stellar night for the Halls - leading harness racing trainer Gary Hall and his youngest son, champion reinsman Gary Hall Jr - at Gloucester Park on Friday night, according to members of the WA Trotting Media Guild. Longshot king Pat Harding believes Junior could walk away with four winners when he completes his sixth drive on the card with favourite Runrunjimmydunn. “Junior should get punters off to a great start in the first with Red Hot Roxy,” Harding said. “This Pacing WA part-owned mare won well last week. She has banked more than $155,000 for her syndicate and from barrier two should account for the opposition.” Veteran tipster Bill Brindley believes WA superstar Chicago Bull will win the $50,000 RWWA Cup, but has made the “Little Bull’s” stablemate Ima Rocknroll Legend his star bet. “The meeting is packed full of interest,” Brindley said. “Chicago Bull appears to be a good thing, however Ima Rocknroll Legend is my best for the night.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning thinks Runrunjimmydunn is ready to atone for his last-start defeat as an odds-on pop. “Runrunjimmydunn looks ready to re-enter the winner’s list after being unlucky when narrowly beaten at his past two appearances,” Manning said. “He faced the breeze two starts ago, then covered extra ground last Friday, when he also had a sulky tyre punctured. The four-year-old gelding, with five Gloucester Park victories, has won twice and run three seconds in his past five races.” TABradio’s Matt McDermott agrees with his colleague. “Runrunjimmydunn sustained a flat tyre when trucking wide late last week and it told at the end when he was beaten a half-neck,” McDermott said. “Though he’s drawn wide, the small field will help and he’s my best bet.” The racing co-ordinator at The West Australian, Ryan Havercroft, has labelled Chicago Bull as his best. “Chicago Bull has been in consistent form and looks hard to beat in the RWWA Cup,” Havercroft said. “With his main rival Bettors Fire drawn to his outside, he should be saluting at a short quote.” Guild president Wayne Currall agrees with Havercroft, albeit in a more succinct manner. “The little bloke’s the best horse in the race ... he just wins.” TABradio’s other Matt - Matt Young - believes the Mike Reed-trained Bechers Brook can win the $40,000 Caduceus Club Classic, a traditional stepping stone to the $200,000 Group 1 WA Derby. “Bechers Brook is a very talented three-year-old who has drawn well,” Young said. “From gate four he should be very handy to them and I think he will win the Caduceus Club Classic.” Two members who have won more Guild tipping competitions than anyone else - last season’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe and this season’s leader and favourite to take out the 2017/18 title Ken Casellas - agree that the Skye Bond-trained Tas Man Bromac will salute. “Consistency is a virtue and few pacers are as consistent as Tas Man Bromac,” Casellas said. “His 36 starts have produced 13 wins, eight seconds and eight thirds. He’s a splendid frontrunner and has impressed at his five starts in WA, leading and winning at three of them and being placed in the other two after being forced to cover a lot of extra ground. He’s my star bet.” And Lowe is in Casellas’ corner. “My best bet is Tas Man Bromac, a classy winner of the Northam Cup last start against a good field,” Lowe said. “Won three of his previous five. Ideally drawn and the one to beat.” VALUE BETS Pat: I think Mac Tiger should give punters a good sight. Didn't have much luck last week, but I think he will bounce back. Bill: Our Zac Whitby and Say It Now can surprise at odds. Ernie: Smo, with wins in New Zealand, NSW and Victoria, has a lengthy WA losing sequence. But he has drawn gate one and Aiden De Campo will take the reins. Matt M: Has been a long time between drinks for Bhagwan, but has been placed two from last four. He has good gate pace and should be fighting out the finish . Ryan: Sea Cider will be sitting in behind likely leader Red Hot Roxy and that would give her a good place chance in the opening event. Wayne: Most tipsters and punters will make Bechers Brook favourite in the Caduceus, but beware his stablemate, Golden State. Lewis jumps in the bike. Could be the blowout. Matt Y: Blissntheblack has been racing very well in the Great Southern and has drawn to get a soft run. Can work out late and win at each-way odds. Ken: Speed Man is capable of a bold showing in the Caduceus, despite the second-line draw. He’s inexperienced, but could develop into a top-flight performer. Stuart: My value bet is Maxentius who showed blistering speed to lead last start when a close-up third to Billy Mack and Runrunjimmydunn. This looks easier. Each way. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good Punting.  Wayne Currall

Bettors Fire and Runrunjimmydunn are two horses that members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have earmarked as star bets for Friday night’s harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park. Last season’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe and veteran tipster Bill Brindley are both keen on Bettors Fire. Lowe spoke for himself and Brindley when he said Bettors Fire was poised to return to the winners’ list. “My best bet is Bettors Fire, who is a speedy beginner and should be able to lead from the pole,” Lowe said. “If he does find the top, he will be very hard to beat.” TABradio’s Matt McDermott and Guild president Wayne Currall are fans of Runrunjimmydunn. McDermott summed up his and Currall’s thoughts when he said Runrunjimmydunn had found the right race on Friday night. “Runrunjimmydunn finished a close second in the Village Kid Sprint at Northam last start,” McDermott said. “On that occasion, he met a bit of early trouble, went wide to race around to the breeze and finished a neck behind Bettor B Chevron. Returning to his preferred distance where all nine wins have come. Looks very hard to beat.” Longshot king Pat Harding is looking forward to the three-year-old fillies clashing in the Dainty Daughters and has singled out the promising Lady De La Renta as his star bet. “This is a great field of fillies and it should be an excellent race,” Harding said. “I think there are plenty of chances in a race which has great depth. However, I think Lady De La Renta coming out of barrier five might have the edge on the rest. This Annie Belton-trained filly has Chris Voak aboard and has some great form to her name.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas, who is in great form and is leading the Guild’s tipping competition, has made Major Catastrophe his best for the night. “He’s big and tough and determined - that’s Major Catastrophe, who is my star bet on Friday night in the stand over 2503m,” Casellas said. “The nine-year-old, trained by his breeder-owner David Young, is racing with great heart and has bright prospects of notching his 25th win at his 101st start. He raced wide early and ran home powerfully to finish a half-head second to Tas Man Bromac in the 2560m Northam Cup last Saturday night.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on former Kiwi pacer Arthur Lowe. “Arthur Lowe has strong prospects of maintaining an unbeaten WA record when he makes his Gloucester Park debut,” Manning said. “To be driven for the first time by Gary Hall Jr, the gelding was most impressive when he opened his local career with three Pinjarra wins last month. The New Zealand import, a winner at only four of 48 starts before arriving in WA, appears to have improved sharply for trainer Nathan Turvey.” TABradio’s Matt Young feels punters can get off to a flyer by supporting Overboard Again in the opening event. “Overboard Again returned with a great run on Tuesday night and strips fitter here and looks very hard to beat,” Young said. Racing co-ordinator at The West Australian Ryan Havercroft is at odds with Young and has made his best bet Real Lucky in the same race. “Real Lucky, though up in grade here, was very impressive when leading and saluting last week,” Havercroft said. “He looked to have something in reserve in the run to the line, even after rattling off a 55.6 last half.”   VALUE BETS Stuart: The value bet is Infinite Symbol, who followed a Northam win with a fast-finishing fifth here last week. Draw brings her in with big claims. Bill: My value bet is Madam Meilland in the last race. Matt M: Mon Lillies has exceptional gate pace to take advantage of barrier one to make it four wins this prep. Wayne: Go West U Terror returns to the track after 10 months and has raced against better fields than this. Can run a race at odds if his fitness levels are there. Pat: Mac Tiger should give punters a good sight. Michael Grantham will drive and I believe he can prevail in a field where there is not a great deal of exposed form. Ken: For a shade of value, I’m looking to C C Chevron. She has been unplaced at her past seven starts, but she should be in a commanding position from her pole draw. Ernie: Mac Tiger would only need to reproduce form shown in a first-up GP win last November and he could be prominent. The widely-travelled gelding has won 14 races. Matt Y: Mighty Flying Thomas, coming from a last-start sixth in the Albany Cup, will get the trip. Just needs some luck from the draw. Ryan: Ella Gant Player has the draw to surprise in a strong Daintys Daughter 3YO Fillies feature. The better chances have drawn wide. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good Punting.  Wayne Currall

Several members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have made the Bob Mellsop-trained Real Lucky their star harness racing bet at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The $50,000 Worldwide Printing Lord Mayors Cup (2536m) highlights an action-packed nine-event program where finding winners will test punters. But The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft, leading tipster Stuart Lowe, TABradio’s Matt Young and Guild president Wayne Currall all believe the polemarker Real Lucky can score an all-the-way victory for champion reinsman Gary Hall Jr. Havercroft spoke for his colleagues when he said Real Lucky had been flying of late and had drawn perfectly to score his third win from his past four starts. “Real Lucky ran a close second to Abraxas Blues in a heat of the Nights Of Thunder but failed to qualify for the final at his last outing,” Havercroft said. “This Friday he has drawn the pole and should be returning to winning form in the fourth race.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is a fan of consistent mare Alkiras Desire. “Alkiras Desire looks set to break through for her first Gloucester Park win in the seventh race after being placed at six of seven starts there,” Manning said. “Champion reinsman Chris Lewis, who had a choice of drives in the race, elected to stay with her. Second and third at headquarters in her past two appearances, she should be solidly conditioned after six starts since a spell.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas has pinned his hopes to another mare in an earlier race. “Forget Tajies Girl’s last-start failure at Northam and support her to lead all the way in the second event on Friday night,” Casellas said. “The Kevin Keys-trained eight-year-old excels as a frontrunner as she showed two starts ago when she set the pace and won from Gotta Go Gabbana. She is my star bet this week.” Longshot king Pat Harding believes finding winners will be a tough task on Friday night. “However, in the Lord Mayors Cup I expect Chicago Bull to bounce back to the winners’ circle,” Harding said. “He’s ideally placed from barrier two and this should prove a great opportunity for Hall Jr to take him to an early lead and land an all-the-way win.” Veteran tipster Bill Brindley thinks punters can get off to a flyer by supporting Speed Man in the opening event. “My best bet is Speed Man in the first race for the three-year-olds,” Brindley said. “He has plenty of ability and should prove too classy for the opposition. Stablemate Ima Rocknroll Legend can give Gary Hall and his son, Junior, a winning double by taking out the third race.” VALUE BETS Ryan: Ohoka Punter is drawn to get an economical run in the Lord Mayors Cup. With Bettors Fire the likely leader, expect one of five Gary Hall runners to keep the leader honest.  Stuart: Chuck Norris is back to a mobile here and is well drawn. His recent efforts have been good and he can figure at each-way odds. Matt: Chuck Norris has come up with the good draw and gets the nod for me as best value. Wayne: Hot Fraternity has drawn the outside gate, but he drops in class and if Bailey McDonough can work him to the top he’ll prove the testing material. Ernie: Whitbys Gamble, who returned in fine fettle from a Kalgoorlie campaign, has impressed when third at Pinjarra and fourth at GP during the past fortnight. Ken: Its My Lucknow begins from the inside of the back line in the Worldwide West Perth Pace. The Sarah Suvaljko-trained mare continues to compete with refreshing enthusiasm Pat: The consistent Alkiras Desire should prevail. With Chris Lewis aboard I feel she could be a good bet for punters. Bill: Albany pacer Good Times Ahead has displayed his talent in previous trips to GP and with Aldo Cortopassi in the cart is my value bet at the meeting.    Good punting. Wayne Currall

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have underlined the difficulty in finding a winner on Friday night’s WA Pacing Cup harness racing card with a variety of best bets. Leading tipster Stuart Lowe and TABradio’s Matt Young believe the Mike Reed-trained Bechers Brook can salute. “Bechers Brook dead-heated for second when narrowly beaten last start,” Lowe said. “Won three of previous four starts. Ideally drawn here and is the one to beat.” Young agrees with Lowe’s prediction. “Bechers Brook has been very impressive since returning, great draw and looks the best on the card,” Young said. The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and veteran tipster Bill Brindley  are fans of Americanbootscoota. Havercroft spoke for him and Brindley when he said Americanbootscoota would appreciate the drop in class in the second race. “Americanbootscoota should relish a massive class drop when contesting a heat of the Nights Of Thunder this Friday,” Havercroft said. “His last effort was an eighth behind Lazarus when starting at $165.80, but he will likely jump an odds-on favourite for this assignment.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believes Bad Round can keep his winning run going. “Bad Round has drawn ideally at barrier two and looks set to complete a winning hat-trick for trainer Debbie Padberg, who has been enjoying a run of run of success lately,” Manning said. “Reinsman Shannon Suvaljko, a prolific winner again this season, seems certain to drive him aggressively and he should be hard to catch.” Longshot king Pat Harding is keen on Chicago Bull making it back-to-back wins in the cup.“I think this is going to be a pretty tough night at GP on Friday,” Harding said. “The highlight will be the Pacing Cup and I believe Chicago Bull can make up for his recent placings with a good win in this event. Barrier nine won't worry him because of the 2936 metre race distance. Hall Jr is pretty good at judging pace over the longer distances and I expect Chicago Bull to return to his winning form.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas has settled on Three Blind Mice as his star bet. “Seven-year-old Three Blind Mice is racing with youthful enthusiasm and he has the speed and strength to overcome the awkward No. 5 barrier and win on Friday night,” Casellas said. “He has been freshened up since he led and scored an easy victory over Ohoka Darcy and Johnny Disco four Fridays ago.” Guild president Wayne Currall has opted for Kerrin Joseph to get the chocolates. “Kerrin Joseph has been consistent of late from unfavourable barriers,” Currall said. “Champion reinsman Chris Lewis is expected to take advantage of his rails draw and attempt an all-the-way victory. Will prove mighty hard to roll in front.” VALUE BETS Stuart: My value bet is Have Faith In Me, who became Australasia’s fastest ever pacer when he won the 2016 Miracle Mile in 1.47.5. His best run in WA was three starts ago when he went down by a long neck to Lazarus, who won in track record time. Nicely drawn and should go close. Matt: Jaxon Fella comes up with the good draw and looks a big chance to lead and run a race at each-way odds. Ryan: Bettors Fire should get an economical run and could surprise in a Pacing Cup robbed of the two New Zealand superstars, Lazarus and Ultimate Machete. Bill: Raffaello and Glow Bright are my two best outsiders. Ernie: Tommy Be Good has not been racing up to his best lately and is capable of improvement. His opposition is strong, but reinsman Aiden De Campo should be able to position him prominently. Pat: Raffaello is on the inside of the back line and has certainly been knocking on the door. With Morgan Woodley aboard should give punters a good sight. A good each-way bet. Ken: Nifty sit-sprinter Real Zeal is likely to settle well back after starting from barrier six. But he looks capable of unwinding a spirited finishing burst. Wayne: Wolowitz has been out of the winners’ list for almost four years. But he’s drawn to run a cheeky race here. His best would just about win this. 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 pinpointed champion New Zealand pacer Lazarus, classy mare Maczaffair and leading harness racing trainer Gary Hall’s latest edition to his stable, Wardan Express, as star bets for Friday night’s Fremantle Pacing Cup meeting at Gloucester Park. All three pacers will be sent out as hot favourites and, barring accidents, should prove the testing material in their respective races. Guild president Wayne Currall spoke for his colleagues when he said Lazarus was on track to overtake Monkey King ($3,332,513) as the fourth richest pacer in the southern hemisphere. “Blacks A Fake with earnings of $4,575,456 is the richest standardbred in the southern hemisphere, but Lazarus is looming large,” Currall said. “The word champion is bandied about too much, but it’s deserved in the case of Lazarus. “Victory on Friday night and again in next week’s WA Pacing Cup would see Lazarus surpass the third richest pacer in Australasia, Smoken Up ($3,607,985). “Trainer/driver Mark Purdon has also pencilled in the Hunter Cup and the Miracle Mile for the best pacer he’s ever trained. Wins in either, or both, would put Lazarus within touch of Im Themightyquinn, the second richest with stakes of $4,567,456. “Lazarus deserves to be talked about in the same breath as the above champions he’s the real deal and will prove it again in the Fremantle Cup.” Leading tipster Stuart Lowe, TABradio’s Matt Young and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believe Wardan Express will make a winning debut for the Hall camp. Lowe spoke for his two comrades when he said Wardan Express had his hoof on the till. “My best bet is Wardan Express who has finished down the track at three WA runs,” Lowe said. “However, he faces a big drop in class here and has his best draw in WA in barrier three.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas has opted for Dredlock Rockstar as his star bet. “Veteran pacer Dredlock Rockstar bounced back to his best with an impressive victory at Bunbury last Sunday week and he should maintain that form by winning on Friday night,” Casellas said. “He is ideally drawn at the No. 2 barrier and is my star bet on the splendid 10-event program.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is a fan of Ima Rocknroll Legend. “Ima Rocknroll Legend is not in the elite bracket of Gary Hall’s stable, but he has become established as one of the most consistent pacers competing at Gloucester Park and he appears to have hit top form,” Manning said. “He should be able to overcome an outside gate, judging by his win after racing three-wide last Friday. His GP tally is three wins and six places from 12 starts.” Veteran tipster Bill Brindley has earmarked Maczaffair as his best bet. “Maczaffair has to be my best bet despite a wide barrier,” Brindley said. “She is low flying and can make it a hat-trick of victories. The classy Idealndiamonds is my other best bet.” Longshot king Pat Harding believes the Fremantle Pacing Cup will be fought out between the two Purdon horses, Lazarus and Ultimate Machete. “I think Lazarus and Ultimate Machete will fight out the finish of the Fremantle Pacing Cup with the WA horses Chicago Bull and Soho Tribeca filling third and fourth,” Harding said. VALUE BETS Wayne: Collie pacer Mighty Flying Deal has been racing in career-best form and looks a great each-way chance in the second event. Stuart: Bronze Seeker had a great run behind the leader when second last week. Likely to get a similar run here from the pole. Matt: De La Tourbie in the first race needs a touch of luck, but A C Lewis is in form and she should run well on her latest effort. Ryan: Devendra is drawn to surprise in what could be a high-speed Fremantle Cup. If the leaders burn early, look for Chris Voak to be extricating him in the late stages. Ken: American Boy is capable of leading from the No. 4 barrier and beating quality performers, including Our Jimmy Johnstone, A Piccadilly Princess and Delightful Offer. Ernie: Red Salute has slipped down in class and the veteran gets his chance for another victory after striking interference and then being slow away at his past two appearances. Bill: Red Salute and Glenferrie Rustler are my value bets. Both horses should go out at good each-way prices and can win with the right runs. Pat: Idealindiamonds won’t be sent out at any fancy prices but should be a good thing for punters.         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 confidently looking forward to Friday night’s harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park. New Zealander Mark Purdon’s two stable stars - Ultimate Machete and Lazarus - will go around as long odds-on favourites and should land the cash. Apart from those two obvious selections, Guild members believe star mare Maczaffair will continue on her winning way when she takes on the boys in the first heat of the Im Themightyquinn Pace. Leading tipster Stuart Lowe summed up the thoughts of his colleagues - longshot king Pat Harding, veteran tipster Bill Brindley and Guild president Wayne Currall - when he earmarked last month’s Inters champ Lazarus as his best bet for the night. “Lazarus is Australasia’s best pacer and has drawn the same barrier that he had when he won the Inter Dominion Final at his last start,” Lowe said. “This looks a much a much easier race to win.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and TABradio’s Matt Young are keen on Maczaffair. Manning spoke for him and Young when he said Maczaffair was poised to repeat last week’s victory. “Maczaffair has the gate speed to cross and provide a carbon copy of her comfortable all-the-way win in last Friday’s Coulson Final,” Manning said. “Trainer Mike Reed has astutely placed the four-year-old, a WA Oaks winner and Golden Nugget runner-up. He has also skilfully handled her preparation and she shows no sign of training-off.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas has opted for another mare, Alkiras Desire, as his star bet on the 10-event program. “Alkiras Desire came up trumps in the random barrier draw with the coveted No. 1 position in the Clipsal By Schneider Electric Pace for mares on Friday night,” Casellas said. “This should give the five-year-old a winning edge over her 10 rivals with champion reinsman Chris Lewis set to attempt an all-the-way victory.” VALUE BETS Stuart: Bronze Seeker won well here five starts ago. Has failed to get into his races at four starts since, but the draw here brings him in with each-way claims. Pat: Inters champion Lazarus and Ultimate Machete will scorch around Gloucester Park and are obviously the best bets of the night. A double is probably the way to go. Bill: Lazarus and Ultimate Machete look unbeatable, but for some value I’m suggesting Im Rockaria in the third and Starlight Brigade in the ninth. Wayne: Former Kiwi Bright Diamond ran a great race at Pinjarra last month at her Australian debut. She would have derived great benefit from that outing and can win. Ernie: Extreme Prince has gate four after he drew unfavourably and finished last in his past two. The powerful Hall stable is persevering with him despite moderate form. Matt: Hindu Kumara has drawn beautifully and is a place special I think. But he can also surprise at odds. A strong proposition for first-four backers. Ken: James Galleon has won at nine of his 29 starts and has been freshened up since he finished 11th on November 17. He has the ability to bounce back to his best form. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Good punting. By Wayne Currall

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have labelled classy mare Maczaffair as the best of good things for Friday night’s last harness racing Gloucester Park meeting of 2017. The Mike Reed-trained pacer will be very short, but should be winning. The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft summed up the thoughts of his colleagues when he said Maczaffair should post an all-the-way victory. “Maczaffair showed blistering gate speed when second to Ultimate Machete in the Golden Nugget,” Havercroft said. “She should have no trouble in fining the top in The Coulson Final and will take rolling.” Longshot king Pat Harding believes Livura can deliver some good cheers to punters. “I thought that one of the better bets comes up in race three with the Nathan Turvey-trained and driven Livura,” Harding said. “Should get a good run from gate four and follow up a good third at his last start with a win.” Leading tipster Stuart Lowe has marked the consistent Skippy Rascal as his best for the night.“My best bet is Skippy Rascal who has drawn perfectly in one,” Lowe said. “Was a strong winner when he drew the pole three starts ago and is racing well enough to repeat the dose.” Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar fancies Idealindiamonds. “This Skye Bond-trained pacer is building up an imposing record in WA,” Dewar said. “He goes back another 10 metres for his last-start win but he’s in terrific form and can go on with it here.” Guild president Wayne Currall is confident punters can start the night on a winning note by supporting polemarker Handsandwheels. “Handsandwheels can use his speed from the machine to take up the running in the opening event,” Currall said. “He’s a last-start winner and will prove the testing material here.” TABradio’s Matt Young also is a fan of Skippy Rascal. “Skippy Rascal has come up with the draw and is racing well,” Young said. “He should lead and prove very hard to beat and give Dodolicious plenty to think about.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas is keen on Itz Bettor To Win in the second race. “The outside of the backline is certainly not an ideal position, but Itz Bettor To Win has the class to overcome this disadvantage and win on Friday night,” Casellas said. “The lightly-raced New Zealand-bred six-year-old has a distinct edge in ability over his 11 rivals and is my star bet for the meeting.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning also is in the Maczaffair camp. “WA Oaks winner Maczaffair looks ideally suited with barrier two in the Coulson Final, which is restricted to mares,” Manning said. “She fought on tenaciously to finish second after facing the breeze in a Coulson heat and will be hard to beat if reproducing her performance to finish second to Ultimate Machete in the Golden Nugget two starts ago.” Value Bets: Ryan: Bonsu loves the stand and is drawn on the pegs from which she is always a place chance. Pat: Three Pints appeals (pardon the pun). With the ever-reliable Shannon Suvaljko aboard, I think punters might be able to cash in. Stuart: My value bet is the promising Lightning Jolt, who was a slashing winner from gate eight at his last start. The pole draw here brings him in with strong claims. Robbie: Ella Gant Player is an each-way proposition. At her last three outings the filly has won and been placed twice. Hard to beat from gate three. Wayne: Tommy Be Good has drawn the inside of the backline and loves the trailing draw. Can figure in the finish, particularly off a hot speed. Matt: Sightseeing Anvil has been warming up and this looks a good race for him. May find the top and be very hard to run down. Ken: Looking for value, I’ve come up with Galactic Star. He has drawn barrier four and Ryan Warwick should have him in a favourable position all the way. Ernie: Johnny Fox showed plenty of ability when a New Zealand and Melbourne winner. Unplaced at his past four starts, but should get a soft run on Friday night. Good punting and a Happy New Year to all. Wayne Currall

Harness racing Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have labelled some good things at Gloucester Park on Friday night that should ensure your stockings are bulging with goodies come the big day on Monday. The Gary Hall-trained Ima Rocknroll Legend, his stablemate Herrick Roosevelt and Skye Bond’s Vampiro are all considered star bets from members of the Guild. On-course announcer Ken Casellas, the West Australian’s Ernie Manning and TABradio’s Matt Young are keen on Ima Rocknroll Legend. Casellas spoke for his colleagues when he said Ima Rocknroll Legend put the writing on the wall with an eye-catching first-up performance last Friday night. “Ima Rocknroll Legend has the talent to overcome the significant disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier on the front line and win on Friday night,” he said. “Last week he was making his first appearance in four months and is sure to have derived considerable benefit from that run.” Longshot maestro Pat Harding, veteran tipster Bill Brindley and Sunday Times columnist Robbie Dewar are all in the Vampiro camp. Harding echoed the thoughts of his comrades when he said Vampiro could make it successive wins at headquarters. “This should be a good meeting for punters just before Christmas and I think they can get off to a good start in the second with Vampiro,” he said. “Skye Bond and Ryan Warwick had a good win last week with Vampiro and from barrier two I expect them to repeat the dose.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and yours truly have earmarked Herrick Roosevelt as their best bet. Havercroft spoke for him and Currall when he said Herrick Roosevelt should make the most of his improved barrier draw. “Herrick Roosevelt was brave last week when sitting outside Wrappers Delight in their heat of Friday’s Christmas Gift,” he said. “He is drawn to reverse his fortunes with Wrappers Delight drawn to his immediate outside.” Leading tipster Stuart Lowe is keen on squaregaiter Sunnys Little Whiz as his star bet. “The best bet is Sunnys Little Whiz who had won 12 times and run second three times from her previous 15 starts, before breaking last start and finishing unplaced,” he said. “Should return to winners’ list here.” VALUE BETS: Ken: El Hombre drops quite a deal in class and he is my recommendation as the value bet of the night, even though he has drawn out wide at barrier eight.  Ernie: El Hombre has been beaten at his past seven starts, but ran eye-catching fourths after being four back on the pegs at his last two appearances. Matt: Major Catastrophe has come back very good and likely to make his presence felt here. He is big and strong and with a safe start will give this a shake. Pat: I’m looking at doubling up on Vampiro into Herrick Roosevelt. They’ll both be short, but they should be winning. Bill: My value bet comes up in the opening event in Khun Ratha. Ran a good race last week and can surprise at odds. Also fancy C C Chevron on an each-way basis in the fifth. Robbie: Auctioneers Elsu has drawn badly on the outside of the front line in the second last, but she is racing in great heart and can figure in the finish. Ryan: Red Salute hasn’t won since March, but is an interesting runner dropping back into a stand. Ross Olivieri horses are always well educated from behind the strands. Wayne: Walkinshaw is set to get the run of the race behind likely leader Herrick Roosevelt and looks like figuring in the placings. Stuart: The value bet is Alfa Queen who is a smart beginner and well drawn in an even field. Respect. To view all of the Media Guild Tips for this week click here. Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year from all members of the WA Trotting Media Guild. Wayne Currall

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

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