Day At The Track

Waylade ready to end losing run of 14

11:21 PM 06 Jul 2016 NZST
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Smart five-year-old Waylade has been placed at each of his seven starts in his current campaign and he is ready to end a frustrating losing sequence of 14 when he contests the $23,000 Percy Lind Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park harness racing on Friday night.The son of Washington VC should have sufficient class to overcome the disadvantage of drawing out wide at the No. 7 barrier.

Trainer Gary Hall sen. said that he was more than pleased with Waylade’s strong effort to finish third to stablemates Run Oneover and Ideal Alice in the 2536m Winter Cup last Friday night and that the gelding was ready to bounce back to winning form.

He said that he was far from super confident and he suggested that the hardest for Waylade to beat could be stablemate Classic American, who has a losing sequence of 13 and has been unplaced at his past 12 starts.

“Classic American is ideally drawn at barrier two and he was unlucky when seventh in the Winter Cup last week when he raced three back on the pegs and was badly hampered for room in the final stages,” Hall said.

Classic American is a noted sit-sprinter, but Clint Hall could be tempted to make a bid for the early lead in this week’s event. Classic American has set the pace only three times (all over 2130m) in his 46 starts in Western Australia.

He led from barrier two and won by three lengths from Erskine Range in September 2014 and drew No. 1 both times when he led and won easily in the San Simeon Classic and Binshaw Classic early in 2015.

Gary Hall jun. will resume as Waylade’s driver after Stuart McDonald brought the gelding home with a spirited burst from tenth with two laps to travel and from seventh (three wide) at the bell in the Winter Cup.

Hall, who handled the Winter Cup winner Run Oneover, said: “Waylade went really good and he’s due to win one of these races, especially when he draws inside these other horses (Run Oneover and Ideal Alice).”

Waylade meets inferior opposition (as a whole) in this week’s race and he should prove one of the best bets on the ten-event program.

Simply Susational, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has been unplaced from wide draws at his past two starts after leading and winning easily from Ima Tragedy and Change Gear on May 27. He will start out wide at No. 8 this week, but is capable of a bold showing.

Ken Casellas

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