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It”s a mixed bag of best bets for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park from the members of the WA Trotting Media Guild. Only two of the crew - veteran tipster Stuart Lowe and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft - have agreed on a best bet. Lowe and Havercroft believe punters can start the night off on a winning note by supporting classy four-year-old Bechers Brook in the opening event. “My best bet is Bechers Brook, who won easily at Pinjarra on Monday at his first start for five months,” Lowe said. “Previous form was outstanding and he looks too classy here.” Havercroft agrees with Lowe. “Bechers Brook looked to have plenty in reserve in accounting for his rivals on Monday,” Havercroft said. “He looks set for a big four-year-old season.” Budding racecaller Hayden King is keen on brilliant mare Maczaffair making a winning comeback in the $50,000 Mount Eden Sprint (1730m). “Maczaffair has excellent gate speed and will comfortably hold the lead,” King said. “She should be able to lead all the way over the short distance.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas believes Soho Chelsea can make a mockery of his last two efforts where he has finished at the tail of the field. “Soho Chelsea is capable of bouncing back and winning on Friday night,” Casellas said. “The Glenn Elliott-trained six-year-old will appreciate a drop in class and the No. 1 barrier. He is a noted frontrunner and Corey Peterson is sure to take full advantage of his excellent gate speed.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has made prolific winner Mitch Maguire his best for the night. “Mitch Maguire, who is switching from mobile starts, has won at three of his four appearances in stands and it is anticipated he will begin smoothly,” Manning said. “He should be able to overcome a 20m handicap, judging by the quality shown in 19 wins from 30 starts.” Longshot guru Pat Harding is pinning his hopes on Arthur Lowe. “My best bet comes up in the fourth race in Arthur Lowe,” Harding said. “He has been about the place for a while and is due for another win. With Kyle Harper aboard, barrier four should be ideal and I expect him to put up an excellent showing for punters.” TABradio’s Matt McDermott has labelled Bettor B Chevron as his best. “Bettor B Chevron meets an easier line up than at her previous starts and with barrier two and excellent gate speed she should be bouncing back to winning form,” McDermott said. McDermott’s compatriot at TABradio Matt Young is going head-to-head with Casellas by making Tisadream his best bet. “Tisadream is my best bet,” Young said. “I think this horse will return with a win over the short course. Aiden De Campo will try to lead but I think the horse can lead or breeze to win here.” Guild president Wayne Currall is keen on the chances of Scotlynn Beach. “This Gary Hall-trained pacer was responsible for a huge effort when he finished a close fourth behind Thereugo after doing all the work in the breeze with broken gear,” Currall said. “He’s drawn the pole on Friday night and can make a bold bid for an all-the way victory.”   VALUE BETS Stuart: My value bet is Rock Me Over, an ever consistent pacer who is racing better than his numerical form indicates. Drawn well in barrier two and is likely to lead here. Ryan: Maczaffair resumes from a spell and is drawn ideally in the Mount Eden Sprint. She will be camped just off what could be a hot speed, and would only need luck to be emerging at the finish. Hayden: Ultimate Major would be nigh on impossible to roll if he can lead. He has brilliant early dash, while short-priced favourite Scottlynn Beach has questionable gate speed. The winner should be established by the first turn. Ken: For value, I suggest Sea Me Smile in race seven in which should be prominent from the No. 4 barrier. Her past couple of efforts have been most encouraging. Ernie: Fanci A Dance is expected to be forward in condition when resuming for trainer Barry Howlett. He scored his second Gloucester Park win when overcoming a tough run last June.  Pat: I like Absolution over the sprint journey in the ninth race. With two wins under his belt and Shannon Suvaljko in the sulky, I expect him to complete the treble. Matt M: Scotlynn Beach has the perfect barrier draw to control affairs over the shorter distance. Matt Y: Millwood Brandy could find herself in front here and should run a good race at each-way odds. Wayne: Kasey John ran a bottler of a race at huge odds to finish a close second behind the classy Rocknroll Lincoln last week at headquarters. Just needs to repeat that run for Emily Suvaljko and he’s each-way all day. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

Veteran mare Sea Me Smile has turned the corner and excellent efforts at her past two outings suggest that she has sound prospects of ending an eight-month drought and breaking a losing sequence of 31 when she contests the $20,000 Life Is On With Clipsal Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.     The versatile seven-year-old who will be having her 135th start in a race, will begin from barrier four on the front line in the 2130m event for mares. Sea Me Smile, trained at Hopeland by Debra Lewis, will be handled by her husband, champion reinsman Chris Lewis. Sea Me Smile has impressed at her past two starts, earlier this month. She began speedily from the No. 7 barrier and burst to the front after 25m before surrendering the lead to Kingsman 200m later at Gloucester Park on October 2. She was hampered for room until the final 100m when she fought on to finish second to Kingsman. Three nights later Sea Me Smile started out wide from barrier nine and was restrained before settling down in seventh position, four back on the pegs. She was seventh on the home turn and finished strongly to be a 10m second to Bettorgrinanbarit. One of her chief rivals on Friday night is likely to be the Kevin Keys-trained Tajies Girl, who has a losing sequence of 15. The nine-year-old Tajies Girl, a veteran of 147 starts, will be driven by Michael Grantham. She possesses good gate speed and is likely to go forward from the No. 5 barrier. Tajies Girl has finished second at each of her past two starts. She fought on from fourth at the bell to finish second to Liam Neil in the 2185m Alcoa Cup at Pinjarra two starts ago and then was restrained at the start from barrier four and raced in last place in the field of six before charging home, out wide, to finish a close second to the pacemaker Shes Turbo Charged. She was at a disadvantage, with her deafeners failing to release. Shes Turbo Charged will start from the outside (barrier nine) on Friday night and there is a strong possibility that Shannon Suvaljko will take advantage of her sparkling gate speed in a bid to charge to the front soon after the start. The likely favourite is the consistent Ross Olivieri-trained Soho Changeling, who will be driven by Chris Voak from the No. 1 barrier. The Aiden Warwick-trained Millwood Brandy is also sure to be strongly fancied from the favourable No. 2 barrier. Millwood Brandy has drawn out wide at her past five starts since she set the pace from barrier one and won from Alfa Queen over 2130m on August 21.   Ken Casellas

Byford schoolgirl Emily Suvaljko celebrated her 18th birthday in style on Tuesday afternoon by giving a perfect exhibition in the sulky to land Bettor Bling a stylish winner over the odds-on favourite and pacemaker Life To The Max in C1-class mobile event. Suvaljko was driving Bettor Bling for the first time and the six-year-old mare’s win ended a losing sequence of 17. Bettor Bling, trained at Waroona by Adam Mellsop, enjoyed a perfect passage, one-out and one-back, and she finished with a determined burst to get up in the final couple of strides and win by a neck. This gave Suvaljko her fourth win in the first six weeks of the 2018-19 season. Suvaljko gave a similar copybook exhibition last Friday night when she gave $77.50 outsider Kasey John every possible chance by positioning the five-year-old in the one-out, one-back position before urging him forward in the closing stages to finish second, just a half-length from the $2.70 fancy Rocknroll Lincoln. Trainer Michael Brennan has engaged Suvaljko to drive Kasey John in the Direct Trades Supply Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and the gelding (who will start from barrier two on the back line) should again figure in the finish in a 2130m event in which the Greg and Skye Bond-trained mare Better B Chevron will be at odds-on and should make the most of her favourable draw at No. 2 on the front line. Better B Chevron had no luck when fifth behind Rocknroll Lincoln last week when she raced three back on the pegs and was badly hampered for room in the final stages. Better B Chevron should give the Bond stable and reinsman Ryan Warwick the first leg of a double, with Mitch Maguire looking a certainty off the 20m mark in the Yes Loans Handicap over 2503m. Mitch Maguire maintained his remarkably consistent form when he finished second to the speedy pacemaker Eden Franco in a fast-run 2130m mobile event last Friday night. The five-year-old raced in fifth place, one-out and one-back, before running home determinedly. He was at a disadvantage, with the nearside hopple shortening cord snapping and the pin remaining in place. Mitch Maguire has a winning record of 63 per cent, with his 30 starts producing 19 wins, four seconds and one third. Suvaljko, who was successful at her second drive in a race when Undercover Art won at Northam in February this year has three drives on Friday night: Kasey John, Quincey Brogden in race two and The Redeemer in the final event. Ken Casellas

Star trainer-reinsman Colin Brown was mystified and at his wit’s end earlier this year when speedy pacer Maxentius faded and finished last in consecutive runs at Northam and Bunbury. “X-ray examinations then revealed that the horse had a five-millimetre chip in a fetlock which required surgery to remove it.” Brown said. Maxentius was out of action for six months and Brown produced the gelding in superb condition for his first-up appearance when he started from the outside of the back line in 2130m event last Friday week. Driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, Maxentius, an 8/1 chance, settled at the rear before sustaining a powerful three-wide burst to hit the front 300m from home on the way to a three-length victory over the pacemaker Mister Rollins. The final quarters were run in 27.8sec. and 28.8sec. Maxentius will start from the outside of the front line, with Brown in the sulky, in the opening event, the 2130m Worldwide Printing Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night and looms as a serious rival to outstanding four-year-old Bechers Brook. A Maxentius victory would cap a wonderful 60th birthday week for Brown. Bechers Brook, trained by Mike Reed and driven by Mark Reed, notched his ninth win from, 16 starts when he scored a decisive first-up victory at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, rating 1.57.1 over 2185m, with final sections of 27.4sec. and 28.9sec. He raced in fifth position, one-out and one-back, before starting a three-wide move 700m from home. He got to the front 50m from the post and won easily from Ideal One and the pacemaker Rocknroll Whitby. “He’s still big in condition but has come back really well and is definitely a lot stronger than he was as a two-year-old,” Mark Reed said. “He will be hard to beat again on Friday night.” Bechers Brook, who finished a fast-finishing head second to King of Swing in the WA Derby last April, is a leading contender for the $200,000 Golden Nugget championship on December 14. So, too, is his talented stablemate Golden State, who resumed after a spell with an impressive win at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Golden State began from the outside of the front line and he finished powerfully from last (eighth) at the bell to win from the pacemaker Innocent Affair.   Ken Casellas

Ace reinsman Mark Reed is planning to adopt similar frontrunning tactics as he did with Aliveandwell in 2009 in a bid to win the $50,000 Mount Eden Sprint at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He is bubbling with confidence about the prospects of Maczaffair, a five-year-old mare who is trained by his father Mike. Maczaffair, who will be reappearing after an absence of three and a half months, has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier and Reed said he was aiming to set the pace. “She’s flying and I expect her to run the race of her life,” he said. Aliveandwell, a 3/1 chance prepared by Andrew de Campo, started from the No. 1 barrier in the 2009 Group 2 Mount Eden Sprint and Reed set a bold pace before the gelding romped home by just under two lengths from Amongst Royalty and Has The Answers, rating 1.54.8 over the 1730m trip. Reed gave another dashing display in the sulky to land 12/1 chance Nebulizer a convincing winner over Admiral’s Avenue and Lord Marques in the 2000 Mount Eden Sprint. Mares have a poor record in the Mount Eden Sprint (formerly the State Sprint Championship) which has been run 63 times, with only eight mares winning the race in Dainty’s Daughter (1970), Pyramus (1971), Virgil Queen (1977), Kiwi Cloud (1978), Line On (1986), Whitby Miss Penny (1992), Sensational Gabby (2014) and Libertybelle Midfrew (2016). Libertybelle Midfrew, the 5/4 on favourite from barrier one, was trained by Mike Reed when she was driven by Shannon Suvaljko to an all-the-way victory over Run Oneover and Heez On Fire, rating 1.54.3 when the feature event was run over 2130m for the only time. The New Zealand-bred Maczaffair has already amassed $384,442 in prizemoney from her 18 wins, eight seconds and two thirds from 41 starts and she looms large as one of the main contenders for the $125,000 Mares Classic at Gloucester Park on December 14. Mark Reed reiterated that Maczaffair would be the pacemaker, declaring: “she’ll lead; she comes out on roller skates.”” If, as expected, Maczaffair sets the pace, Tricky Styx, the only runner off the back line and the only other mare in the race, should enjoy a perfect run behind Maczaffair. The Jesse Moore-trained Tricky Styx, to be driven by Aiden de Campo, sprinted home brilliantly to win over 1730m two starts ago. Then, last Friday week, she fought on solidly from sixth on the pegs at the bell to be fourth behind Chicago Bull in the 2130m Stratton Cup. Maczaffair, like Tricky Styx, has a good record in sprint races. She has won at two of her four attempts over 1730m and has also won over 1609m and 1684m. Rocknroll Lincoln (barrier two) and King of Swing (three) will have many admirers and each has strong each-way prospects. Rocknroll Lincoln, to be driven by his trainer Justin Prentice, has resumed after a spell in grand form with two impressive victories over 2130m. Rocknroll Lincoln has yet to compete over a sprint trip in his 13 WA starts which have produced seven wins and three seconds. As a three-year-old in New Zealand he won at a 1.56 rate over 1700m at Cambridge in January 2017 when he started from the No. 2 barrier and sat behind the pacemaker Mark of Integrity before finishing solidly along the sprint lane to defeat that pacer. Four-year-old King of Swing is the youngest and least experienced runner in the event and the stallion will be driven for the first time in a race by Stuart McDonald, who replaces Gary Hall Jnr who is in New Zealand preparing champion pacer Chicago Bull for a race at Alexandra Park on Friday week and the New Zealand Cup at Addington on November 13. King of Swing, who boasts the fine record of 22 starts for 14 wins and six seconds, has a trick y draw at No. 3, but McDonald is confident he will prove hard to beat. Gary Hall Snr, who prepares King of Swing, is seeking his seventh win in the Mount Eden Sprint, after successes with Bengeeman (2002), The Falcon Strike (2006), Im Themightyquinn (2011, 2012), Waylade (2015) and Chicago Bull (2017). Chris Lewis, who will be in the sulky behind the Barry Howlett-trained Talktomeurmattjesty, has won the race five times with Village Kid (1987), Whitby Timer (1990), Flashing Star (1997), Sneakyn Down Under (2008) and Sensational Gabby (2014). Talktomeurmattjesty is a brilliant sprinter, capable of overcoming the awkward draw at barrier seven. He resumed after a spell with an excellent second to Chicago Bull in the 2130m Stratton Cup last Friday week. He is sure to be improved by that effort. Ryan Warwick, who won the Mount Eden Sprint behind Lookslikelightning in 2005, will have many admirers. He will handle the Greg and Sky Bond-trained Vampiro, who is not particularly well drawn at barrier six. However, Vampiro, a winner at 15 of his 36 starts, is capable of unwinding a spirited finishing burst. Argyle Red, an all-the-way winner over Overboard Again and Mister Versace over 2130m two starts ago, will be having his first start for Pinjarra trainer Aiden Warwick. He will be driven by Aldo Cortopassi and his prospects slumped when he drew the No. 8 barrier. Ken Casellas

The Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln has made it back-to-back wins to start the new season, taking out the Fred Doy Memorial (2130m) at Gloucester Park last night. Reinsman Gary Hall Jnr fired the $2.50 TABtouch favourite Rocknroll Lincoln to the lead early in the race, a move which proved to be a race winner. Rocknroll Lincoln’s closest rival in the market was Mister Versace ($2.80), who was forced to settle directly behind Hall Jnr after the early move. The five-year-old came home in 56.5 to hold off a game Kasey John and Soky’s Bigbullet, while Mister Versace was couldn’t get clear running and had to settle for fourth. Trainer Justin Prentice said he left it up to Hall Jnr to decide how he would drive the son of Rocknroll Hanover and was pleased with how the race panned out. “It was good,” he said. “Junior changed his mind on the track and decided to go forward. “He showed really good speed and he got a got breather in the middle which he probably needed. “It was good for him to hit the line strongly.” It was one of three wins on the night for Hall Jnr, who also teamed up with King Of Swing in the Retravision Online Pace (2130m) and You Gotta Have Faith in the Kelvinator Pace (2130m). King Of Swing kept his Golden Nugget preparation firmly on track with his sixth win from seven starts this campaign. Hall Jnr went to the front from barrier three and never looked in danger of being beaten, despite a game effort from his stablemate Extreme Prince, who got within a metre over the closing stages. Meanwhile, Tanaka Eagle has recorded his first Friday night win at Gloucester Park since January, taking out the Electrolux Pace (2130m). Reinsman Mark Reed had little problem finding the front with Tanaka Eagle and he was able to control the tempo of the race from there. Tanaka Eagle, who competed in the Inter Dominion series last year, recorded his 20th win from 196 starts last night, much to the delight of his trainer Reg Phillips. Elsewhere at Gloucester Park, star mare Eden Franco made a strong return to the track in the Retravision.com.au Pace, where she defeated Mitch Maguire. Kyle Harper also drove a double on the night, one he trained in Thereugo, before he teamed up with the Errol Ashcroft-trained Kissmecougar in the penultimate event of the night. Tim Walker

Comeback pacer The Art Form will look to make it six wins in a row, when he lines up in the Retravision Lowest Price Guarantee Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park tomorrow night.  The six-year-old returned from a 26 month absence from the track in July when he finished fourth and has gone on to win his subsequent five starts.  Trainer Mike Reed will give the son of Art Major his first start at Gloucester Park in Friday night company this campaign tomorrow night, where he has drawn barrier eight. Reed said he was pleased with how The Art Form had handled his return to racing this campaign. “He’s has gone really well since he injured himself in the paddock 18 months ago,” he said. “I think it’s the fittest he’s been. “His work the other morning was unbelievable.” Reed said the barrier draw was some concern heading into tomorrow night’s event, but was confident The Art Form was versatile enough to overcome it. “Mark (Reed) might come out and use his gate speed,” he said. “He may be able to slot in somewhere if he can’t lead. “If he can’t get in, he can always go back as well. “He’s just as good from behind as he is in front.” Reed said The Art Form could develop into a Fremantle and WA Pacing Cup contender later this season if he was able to continue his progression through the classes. Atchoo and After Lunch represent the Reed stable in the second qualifying heat of the Preux Chevalier Pace (2130m) for the fillies and mares. Reed said he leant slightly to After Lunch in the $18,000 event. “After Lunch has got a lot of ability, but has had a lot of problems,” he said. “Her work was good this week. “Atchoo will need a lot of luck.” Meanwhile, a number of Reed’s up-and-coming pacers are nearing a return to the track ahead of their summer campaigns. Three-year-old Bletchley Park will be put in hobbles for the first time on Saturday morning, following a prosperous two-year-old campaign which featured a Golden Slipper Prelude win. Four-year-olds Golden State and Bechers Brook will be first-up at Pinjarra on Monday, or Gloucester Park on Tuesday.  Tomorrow night’s Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.22pm.  Tim Walker

In youth we learn; in age we understand. That could well be the message to Hayden King, the newest and youngest member of the WA Trotting Media Guild. King was confidence personified when he claimed Mister Versace would lead all the way in the $22,000 Fred Doy Memorial (2130m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “Mister Versace will be able to hold up from the inside draw and was responsible for an outstanding effort from last at the bell at his last start,” King said. “He reeled off brilliant closing sectionals and this looks at his mercy.” Bold words indeed. Most of the older, wiser members of the WATMG know through bitter experience that “there’s no such thing as a good thing”. But King was undaunted and went on to proclaim another of his selections, Tanaka Eagle, as “unbeatable”. “Although not much value, I recommend taking Tanaka Eagle with my best bet,” he said. “He will lead from the advantageous gate and finds a race he can't lose.” Brash words when you consider Tanaka Eagle hasn’t placed at his past five starts. A much more cautious approach was adopted by three other members of the WA Trotting Media Guild when assessing their best bet. Veteran tipster Stuart Lowe, long-serving harness racing writer at The West Australian Ernie Manning and TABradio racecaller Matt McDermott have labelled former Kiwi pacer Our Max Phactor as their best. “My best bet is the former New Zealander Our Max Phactor, who has won all four WA starts,” Lowe said. “He was very impressive in winning here last week after racing in the breeze throughout. Should be too good here.” Manning also was singing the praises of Our Max Phactor. “This versatile former Kiwi should be able to handle his switch to a mobile start after racing from stands at three of his local appearances,” Manning said. “His tally from 19 mobile starts is nine wins and seven places.” McDermott is of the same opinion. “Our Max Phactor looks a nice pacer with four unbeaten starts in WA from various distances and start conditions,” McDermott said. “Back to a mobile on Friday night over 2536m he should be rolling forward and, if not leading, could possibly breeze and control things from there.” Longshot guru Pat Harding (watch him folks, he’s yet to strike this season) believes Mitch Maguire can continue on his winning ways. “My best bet comes up in race two with No.4 Mitch Maguire,” Harding said. “This is a very consistent horse and should win again. There's not a huge amount of opposition and I expect him to go to the front and lead all the way.” GPTV’s Ken Casellas hasn’t let Rocknroll Lincoln’s wide draw dampen his spirits. “Drawing the outside barrier is a significant disadvantage at Gloucester Park,” Casellas said. “But Rocknroll Lincoln has the class to overcome this and is my best bet on Friday night. The Justin Prentice-trained entire was most impressive first-up last Friday week when he revealed wonderful acceleration to charge home from the one-out, one-back position to win from Speed Man.” TABradio’s Matt Young, like King, believes veteran pacer Tanaka Eagle can return to the winners’ list. “Tanaka Eagle has drawn to lead and meets a moderate field and thought he would lead and win this race,”Young said. The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is keen on the Kristian Hawkins-trained Dontstopbelievin. “Dontstopbelievin was classes above her rivals at Kellerberrin on Sunday and her form prior to that was more than sound,” Havercroft said. “She looks to have a bright future and appears well-placed in the Preux Chevalier heat this Friday.” Guild president Wayne Currall is at odds with Havercroft and has made the other Hawkins mare, She Could Be Good, as his best bet. “I know She Could Be Good is returning to racing after a three-month break, but the last time she drew the pole over 2130m she led all the way in a slick 1:56.9,” Currall said. “If she can run anywhere near that time they won’t be catching her on Friday night”   VALUE BETS Hayden: Not much value here, but Tanaka Eagle will lead and win. Double him up with Mister Versace, my best bet, for some value. Stuart: My value bet is Qtown Rip Roaring, who is racing better than his numerical form indicates. He is aided here with a drop in class and a good draw and should go close. Ernie: Collie mare Kissmecougar ran last in a six-horse field a week ago, but she had difficulty getting clear and should have finished closer. Her nine wins include two at Gloucester Park. Matt M: Whoswhointhezoo turned in a nice run on Monday, leading easy and sticking with the winner beaten only two metres in a 56.4 last half. Not sure what price he'll start with other chances in the race but drawn well enough to take advantage. Pat: My value bet is Mister Versace. Coming out of barrier one, he is ideally placed to repeat his performance four starts ago when he led from this draw and won. With Chris Voak aboard, I expect him to run really well. Ken: For value, I suggest Bettor Finish, the polemarker in race four. He has been placed at three of his four starts since resuming from a spell and is close to a win. Matt Y: Glow Bright is a throw at the stumps, could race close and handy and worth a small bet at big odds to open the program. Ryan: Sokys Bigbullet has had three runs since resuming and drawn to be in the breeze, which is where he wants to be. Others have better numerical form, but he’s not without claims. Wayne: Chiaroscuro was responsible for an outstanding effort last start at GP. He tramped three wide for the last 800m, which was run in a slick 56.8, when a gutsy third behind Mighty Flying Deal. With better luck in running he can win this at odds. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting Wayne Currall

Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr has no hesitation in declaring Im Themightyquinn as the best horse he has prepared. The retired champion won 58 races, including three Inter Dominion Championships and earned $4,567,456 in prizemoney. But Hall was unable to win the prestigious Victoria Cup with three attempts with Im Themightyquinn. “He didn’t have any luck in his three Victoria Cup runs and now I’m hoping it will be fourth-time lucky with Chicago Bull in the Cup on Saturday night,” Hall said. Chicago Bull has won at 39 of his 59 starts and is in peak form after effortless wins at his past nine starts. He is handily drawn at the No. 3 barrier on the front line in this week’s $200,000 Victoria Cup over 2240m. He possesses excellent gate speed, but it is problematic that he will be able to cross the speedy Tiger Tara, who begins from the No. 2 barrier. Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr said “There’s a bit of speed on the inside and the outside and I’ll have a few decisions to make early. But he’s good enough to win.” Tiger Tara, trained by Kevin Pizzuto and to be handled by Todd McCarthy, appeals as the toughest for Chicago Bull to beat. Tiger Tara and Chicago Bull last clashed when they met in the final of the Inter Dominion Championship over 2936m at Gloucester Park last December. Tiger Tara led from the No. 1 barrier and was still in front on the home turn.  He fought on grandly to finish third behind Lazarus and Chicago Bull. Before that, he raced in the breeze when second to Chicago Bull in a 2536m qualifying heat, led and won a 2100m heat from Lazarus (at Bunbury) and had a tough run in the breeze when second to Lennytheshark over 2130m. Im Themightyquinn contested the Victoria Cup at Melton in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He was favourite at $3.50 in 2010 when he was in 11th place in the one-wide line, under lock and key with 500m to travel before getting clear approaching the home turn and thundering home, six wide, to finish third to Mr Feelgood. In 2011, Im Themightyquinn was the $4.20 second favourite from the No. 2 barrier. He raced in sixth position in the one-out, two-back position and was held up for most of the final circuit before finishing last behind Smoken Up. Then a year later he was the $1.60 favourite from barrier three. He led for the first 500m and then trailed the pacemaker Terrorway before getting clear 300m from home and after going three wide on the home turn and hitting the front 130m from the post he wilted slightly and finished third behind Caribbean Blaster. Ken Casellas

Shannon Suvaljko, who will represent Western Australia along with Gary Hall Jnr at the Australian Drivers’ Championship at Globe Derby Park on November 3, has a drive in all ten events at Gloucester Park on Friday night. But after bringing home 6/1 chance Absolution with a spirited late burst to win from the 5/2 on favourite and pacemaker Amelias Courage at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night, he said that he was unable to declare any of his ten runners as a strong winning chance. “Most of them have reasonable place prospects and I consider that my best winning prospect is Bad Round in race six,” he said. “He is a versatile pacer and should be prominent after starting from barrier three.” Bad Round, a six-year-old trained by Debbie Padberg, has a losing sequence of 18 and has managed just one placing from those starts since Suvaljko set the pace with him from the No. 2 barrier and won from Trustytrev in April this year. Suvaljko also said that Bad Round’s ten-year-old stablemate Glow Bright was in sound form and that he gave the gelding a blow-out chance in the first event. Suvaljko had the choice of driving A Boy Named Rosie, Always Arjay and Shes Turbo Charged in the Fred Doy Memorial. He opted for Shes Turbo Charged, who will start from the outside of the back line. Suvaljko drove her to an all-the-way victory over Tajies Girl last Friday night. Always Arjay, who set the pace for Suvaljko and won a 2503m stand last Friday night, is poorly drawn at No. 9 this week. He will be handled by Nathan Turvey and Mark Reed has been engaged for A Boy Named Rosie, who will start from the no. 5 barrier. Ken Casellas

Sparks are likely to fly in the early stages of the $22,000 Fred Doy Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night when polemarker Mister Versace and veteran pacer Sokys Big Bullet are expected to be locked in a battle for the early lead. If that transpires and the early speed is fast, it will play into the hands of classy five-year-old Rocknroll Lincoln, who faces a testing time from the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line in the 2130m event. Rocknroll Lincoln is an M4-class pacer and the best-assessed runner in the race and the Justin Prentice-trained stallion will have the services of champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr who drove the horse four times as a four-year-old for two wins (including the group 3 Narrogin Cup in which he beat Our Jimmy Johnstone). Prentice produced Rocknroll Lincoln in fine fettle for his first-up run at Gloucester Park last Friday week when Jocelyn Young was in the sulky. Rocknroll Lincoln started from barrier six and enjoyed a perfect passage, one-out and one-back, before sprinting home brilliantly to get up and win from the pacemaker Speed Man, with final quarters in 28.3sec. and 27.7sec. Chris Voak will drive Mister Versace for Banjup trainer Annie Belton and he is sure to seriously contemplate attempting an all-the-way victory. Voak took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier four starts ago when he guided Mister Versace to a strong all-the-way win over Madame Meilland. However, Mister Versace is likely to be challenged hard for the lead by nine-year-old Sokys Big Bullet, who will start from the No. 2 barrier. Reinsman Giles Inwood said that he was sure that the gelding’s trainer Tony Svilicich would instruct him to attempt to get to an early lead and then set a solid pace. Sokys Big Bullet’s three runs since resuming from a spell have been encouraging. He followed his third to Speed Man and fourth to Argyle Red with a fighting second to the pacemaker Overboard Again last Friday night when he worked hard three wide early (from barrier six) and then in the breeze. The Errol Ashcroft-trained Forever Remembered ran a splendid trial for this week’s race when she started from barrier seven and was last in a field of 11 at the bell before dashing home from eighth at the 400m and going six wide on the home turn to get up and win from Neighlor. Forever Remembered will again be driven by Kyle Harper, who is hoping that the eight-year-old will become only the second mare to win the Doy Memorial, which was first run in 2006. The only mare to have won the race was the Victorian-bred Smooth Hayley, who was driven by Chris Lewis and defeated Mon Gee and Master Beaudale. Lewis, who has also won this event with Tee Pee Village (2008), Sneakyn Down Under (2013) and Our Jericho (2016), will drive the Svilicich-trained Cyclone Mitch from barrier seven. The ten-year-old’s most recent success was in March 2016. Ken Casellas

Astute Byford trainer David Thompson holds a strong hand in the opening event at Gloucester Park on Friday night with three runners in the 2130m Retravision Westbred Pace and in-form young reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green has given punters a valuable lead by choosing to drive Liam Neil in preference to stablemates in preference to Whoswhointhezoo and Our Perkins. Thompson has got away to a flying start in the 2018-19 season with six wins and three placings from his first 12 starters, while Egerton-Green is in seventh position in the Statewide drivers’ premiership table with seven winners and 31 placegetters. Four-year-old Liam Neil is in sparkling form, with three wins and a last-start third to The Art Form from his past four starts. He will start from barrier six in the field of nine, with Whoswhointhezoo (barrier two) and Our Perkins (three) are better drawn. Stuart McDonald will drive Whoswhointhezoo, an all-the-way winner over subsequent city winner Lot Twenty One two starts ago, and Aiden de Campo has been engaged for Our Perkins, who led and won for Egerton-Green at Pinjarra three starts ago. Liam Neil is by Modern Art and is out of Jane Elouise, a winner of four races from 14 starts, including the group 3 Sales Classic for two-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park in February 2006. Liam Neil is a half-brother to three winners, including Soho Jackman, who earned $282,518 from 26 wins and 25 placings from 94 starts. Liam Neil is the youngest runner in Friday night’s race, which promises to provide a keen struggle for early ascendancy between the polemarker Bhagwan (Mitch Miller) and the massive gelding Whoswhointhezoo. Liam Neil possesses a strong finishing burst and he and he and the Aiden Warwick-trained Hastalavista will have many admirers. Hastalavista, who will be driven by Aldo Cortopassi, is awkwardly drawn at barrier eight, but the six-year-old has the ability to overcome this significant disadvantage. He was placed once from four starts as a four-year-old and reappeared in August after a 13-month absence. His six outings in this campaign have produced five wins and a second placing. The Neil Lloyd-trained Bhagwan is an M2-class performer and the noted frontrunner is sure to appreciate meeting lower-assessed rivals on extremely favourable terms.   Ken Casellas

Less than a month after he trained his last winner 78yo Ken Giudice died suddenly at home on 27th September. At Northam on 1st September Ken Giudice trained his first winner for more than 16 years when Leeseme Lifestyle won at Northam with Ken’s brother Barry at the reins. His previous winner had been Divine Justice at Narrogin on 10th February 2002. Leeseme Lifestyle followed his win with a close second to Bettorgrinanbarit at his next start at Pinjarra on September 10th. It was to be Ken Giudice’s final starter as a trainer. Ken Giudice trained his first winner with Scotch Valley at York in September 1971 and like every one of his 17 wins as a trainer Scotch Valley was driven by his brother Barry. Ken Giudice’s funeral will be held at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park on Wednesday 10th October commencing at 10:30am.   Alan Parker

Chicago Bull’s driver Gary Hall Jnr forecasted improvement in the six-year-old ahead of last night’s Group 2 J.P. Stratton Cup (2130m) and, sure enough, he delivered one of his best performances yet this campaign. The returning Talktomeurmattjesty made Chicago Bull work for the lead in the early stages of the $50,000 event. Hall Jnr initially took a sit behind Talktomeurmattjesty, before he made his move to the front on the turn out of the home straight the first time. Despite having to run a slick 37.0 lead time to eventually find the front, Chicago Bull never looked in any danger of being beaten throughout the run and went on to win by 8m. Talktomeurmattjesty and Argyle Red finished second and third respectively. Chicago Bull flies out for Victoria on Wednesday, before his first run on the east coast in the Victoria Cup next Saturday. Owner Glen Moore said he wasn’t concerned by the early speed Chicago Bull had to use to find the front. “It worked out very well for us early,” he said. “We had the plan that Junior was going to be aggressive early because we had the gut feeling the one horse (Talktomeurmattjesty) may hand over. “Junior had to work around the bird cage bend a bit, but then he relaxed nicely.” Moore said he was confident Chicago Bull was ready for his first trip to the east coast and indicated there could be even more improvement left in the gelding. “We’re really happy with him,” he said. “We’ve left a bit of improvement in him because we haven’t been doing too much at home. “His coast is still a little dull, so we think he is on the way up. “They have to prove themselves when they travel. “We’re comfortable with the fact that we think he will travel alright.” Chicago Bull completed a winning treble on the night for the Gary Hall Snr and Jnr combination, after Overboard Again and King Of Swing saluted earlier in the night. The news wasn’t as good for the Hall’s other short price favourite on the night Speed Man, who had little luck in the Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace (2536m). Last season’s leading driver Shannon Suvaljko also enjoyed a double at the meeting with Shes Turbo Charged and Always Arjay. Tim Walker

Chicago Bull will take centre stage yet again at Gloucester Park tomorrow night, but it’s some of the lesser likes that has driver Gary Hall Jnr excited heading to the 10 race program. Hall Jnr teams up with trainer Gary Hall Snr on four short price favourites, including Chicago Bull and WA Derby winner King Of Swing. Tomorrow night’s Group 2 J.P Stratton Cup (2130m) will round out Chicago Bull’s preparations for the Victoria and New Zealand Cups over the next month. Hall Jnr said getting the six-year-old through the run in one piece was his priority. “First and foremost, we would like him to win,” he said. “We wouldn’t like him to be beaten before Melbourne. “We do hope him to get through the run.” Hall Jnr said he would look to adopt similar tactics with Chicago Bull to what he has done in previous starts, hoping to slowly work his way to the front from barrier six. Chicago Bull’s stablemate Runrunjimmydunn is expected to provide the most formidable opposition tomorrow night, but Hall Jnr said a lot would have to go right for him to beat Chicago Bull. The first of Hall Jnr’s favourites on the night is five-year-old  consistent gelding Overboard Again in the Glenroy Chaff Pace (2130m). Overboard Again has barrier one for tomorrow night’s event and Hall Jnr said he was hopeful he would be able to lead all the way. “He worked really well yesterday,” he said. “There are a couple of fast beginners outside of him, but I’m confident. “I think from the pole he will be able to hold the lead and be hard to beat.” King Of Swing went down narrowly to Motu Premier in last Friday night’s Media Guild Cup and has the chance to bounce back in tomorrow night’s Yes Loans Pace (2130m) from barrier three. Despite being beaten as a $1.50 chance last week, Hall Jnr said he was pleased with King Of Swing’s performance and expected him to get back on the winners list tomorrow night. “After a lap last week I thought he was no hope,” he said. “He pulled really hard and he hadn’t had the preparation we would’ve liked leading into that race. “If that race was this week, I think he would win.” Fellow four-year-old Speed Man was also as a short price favourite last week, but, similarly to King Of Swing, Hall Jnr said he expected a bold showing tomorrow night. “Speed Man is in really good form,” he said. “This looks like a drop in class for him and hopefully he will end up outside the leader at some stage.” Tomorrow night’s Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.20pm. Tim Walker

Chicago Bull has his final start in WA on Friday night at Gloucester Park in the $50,000 J P Stratton Cup (2130m) before heading east for an ambitious campaign that includes the Victoria Cup, the New Zealand Cup and the Inter Dominion series. He’ll be at unbackable odds again and every member of the WA Trotting Media Guild won’t hear of hear of him being beaten. Longshot king Pat Harding has made him the best bet for the night, despite the $1.04 on offer. “The obvious stand out at GP on Friday is Chicago Bull in the J P Stratton Cup,” Harding said. “With only seven runners, this extraordinary horse should notch up another easy win as he heads towards the Inter Dominion.” Prominent tipster Stuart Lowe, The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and the racing co-ordinator at The West Australian Ryan Havercroft believe classy four-year-old King Of Swing will make amends for his last-start defeat. “The best bet is the brilliant King Of Swing, who was narrowly beaten in the Media Guild Cup last week,” Lowe said. “He won his previous four starts and looks classes above his rivals.” Manning agrees with Lowe’s summation of the race. “King Of Swing will appreciate a class drop after his close second to Motu Premier in the Media Guild Cup last Friday,” Manning said. “He was keen in that event when making only his second appearance after a month out of racing. The WA Derby winner had notched victories at his previous five starts and he looks a genuine Golden Nugget prospect.” Havercroft thinks his colleagues are on the money. “King Of Swing lost no admirers last week when outstayed by the accomplished Motu Premier,” Havercroft said. “He drops back in distance, and enormously in grade to an M0 front race and should return to winning form.” Novice racecaller Hayden King is keen on Destined To Rule in the stand. “Destined To Rule finds the perfect opportunity to lead and should record his first city win,” King said. GPTV’s Ken Casellas thinks punters can strike early with Madame Meilland in the opening event. “Classy mare Madame Meilland should give punters a flying start to Friday night’s meeting by proving too good for her rivals in the opening event,” Casellas said. “She’s my best bet and I’m extremely confident she will make amends for her most unlucky eighth behind Tricky Styx last Friday night when she raced in the breeze and was travelling like a winner before locking wheels with the pacemaker Better B Chevron 120m from the finish.” Last season’s leading tipster Matt Young believes Suspicious Life can post an all-the-way victory. “Suspicious Life is returning and has brilliant gate speed, should lead and control the race ultimately returning to the winners’ circle,” Young said. Guild president Wayne Currall is happy to make Amelias Courage his star bet. “Amelias Courage was rolled as a short-priced favourite last start,” Currall said. “But they did run home the last 800m in a slick 56.7 - and that was against the boys. She’s drawn wide but will appreciate dropping back to mares company and can bounce back here.” VALUE BETS Pat: For a bit of value I thought Loaded Aussie in the last race of the night could be the way to go. Coming out of barrier seven over the sprint journey is not great, but I think he stands a good each-way chance, particularly as there’s not a great deal of exposed form in the race. Stuart: The value bet is Always Arjay, who covered plenty of ground last week when sixth to Mitch Maguire. He was placed at three of his previous four starts and should appreciate a return to stand conditions. Ernie: Suspicious Life clearly won a recent trial and is expected to run a big race when resuming. The lightly-raced gelding has won three Gloucester Park events and he ran two seconds there shortly before being spelled last June. Ryan: Glow Bright's recent form, though numerically unappealing, has been sound and he should be emerging late from a soft draw. Hayden: Suspicious Life will spear to the front and lead all the way in a low-pressure contest. Ken: For value, I suggest Always Arjay in the fourth event, a 2503m stand. The Matt Scott-trained gelding is a standing-start specialist and if he reproduces his strong effort when second to The Bucket List in the BOTRA Cup in July he will notch his 17th victory. Matt: Estilo, now with the Kristian Hawkins stable, is nicely drawn and in an even race over the mile, could be a big price and worth having something on at each-way prices. Wayne: Forever Remembered needs the pace on in a race where Speed Man will go around as a short-priced favourite. However, if the Shattering Class mare gets conditions to suit she can run a big race at huge odds.    To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

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