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The last time the members of the WA Trotting Media Guild all had different best bets, I had a $10 all up on their selections (I left my selection out). The first five legs came in and I had The War Nurse running for $2400 - not a bad return for my $10 outlay. Unfortunately, The War Nurse was a casualty and faded to finish out of the money after leading for most of the race. This week at Gloucester Park, a similar scenario has emerged and, once again, I’ll be throwing a $10 all up on the six best bets (I’ll leave my selection out again). Veteran tipster and multiple winner of the Guild’s tipping competition Ken Casellas gets the ball rolling with Son Of A Tiger in race two. “Son Of A Tiger, a winner at six of his first 10 starts in WA, has been plagued by bad draws and has been unplaced at his past five outings,” Casellas said. “He has drawn out wide at barrier eight on Friday night, but is overdue for a change of fortune. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old, to be driven by Chris Voak for trainer Matt Scott, is my best bet to buck the odds and return to the winning list against modest opposition. He is capable of sustaining a powerful finishing burst.” TABradio’s form expert Hayden King, a man of few words, believes Speed Man can bounce back to winning form in the fourth. “Speed Man draws favourably and gets his chance to lead this week,” King said. ”I think he can dictate throughout and turn over some of his better-credentialed adversaries.“ Longshot guru Pat Harding is the next cab off the rank and he believes Taroona Bromac can win the Group 1 $200,000 Retravision Golden Nugget. “Should be another great night for the Greg and Skye Bond camp with at least four winners,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night comes up in the Golden Nugget. Last week saw another impressive win for the Bond-trained Taroona Bromac. Coming out of barrier five for the 2536 metre journey should give this horse an opportunity to be well placed to record yet another win.” TABradio racecaller Matt Young steps up next and he is keen on Rosies Ideal in race six. “Rosies Ideal was unlucky in her last two runs in top mares company,” Young said. “She comes down in grade and is versatile. Expecting to see her back in the winners circle.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart’s best of the night is Ideal Liner in the ninth. “An early Xmas present for trainer Gary Hall here with Ideal Liner dropping back from open company to a conditioned race and drawing ideally in barrier two,” Wishart said. “Will be winning and hopefully by a considerable margin.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning rounds out the sixth best bet of the night in the last with Kiwi Bloke. “New Zealand import Kiwi Bloke, a Pinjarra winner at four of six WA starts, now looks set for city successes,” Manning said. “The six-year-old is expected to improve on his close second when making a Gloucester Park debut last Friday night. He is shaping to be yet another profitable proposition for trainer Ross Olivieri and Melbourne owner Merv Butterworth.” (At the current odds, a $10 all up investment would return a tidy $35,840, if all six horses salute). Guild president Wayne Currall, whose tipping record this season leaves a lot to be desired, is keen on Saleahs Comand in the opening event. “Lindsay Harper should be able to get an easier lead this week with Saleahs Comand,” Currall said. “The horse had to go too hard to hold the front last week in a sprint race and was left vulnerable over the last 100 metres. Will prove hard to run down with a couple of 30 plus quarters.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest Brett Smith’s reliable and versatile campaigner McArdles Gem in race one in which he is sure to enjoy starting from the coveted No. 1 barrier. He certainly has the ability to upset the short-priced favourite and noted frontrunner Saleahs Comand. HAYDEN: Sangue Reale may not have been in the conversation for this race a month ago, but he is thriving throughout this campaign. He is going from strength to strength and he draws exceedingly well. PAT: My value bet of the night comes up in race nine with No. 3 Zennart. Lauren Jones has a habit of bobbing up on Hall-trained horses and I think he is well placed in a small field to give punters good value. MATT: Im Soxy is a great each-way chance. He’s been unlucky his past two runs and has drawn to get a good run. WARREN: Black Jack Zac (10) has the perfect draw for him to trail the speed, importantly on the pegs. With clear running he can win and will be at each-way odds. ERNIE: Zennart has not won in his past six starts, but should be considered after nine wins and five places from 25 Gloucester Park appearances. The Gary Hall-trained veteran was racing only second-up when facing the breeze last week and he can be excused for running unplaced. WAYNE: Perennial placegetter Robb Stark hasn’t won since May, but he draws to get the run of the race behind likely leader Whoswhointhezoo. He loves the pegs and will be finishing hard. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

With two winners, three seconds and two thirds in the rich Golden Nugget Championship, astute Henley Brook trainer Mike Reed has been a major player in this time-honoured feature event for four-year-old pacers ever since Manageable finished third behind Eastern States invaders Sinbad Bay and Another Bart 30 years ago. Reed is going into Friday night’s $200,000 Group 1 Retravision Golden Nugget with a two-pronged attack of the New Zealand-bred Gran Chico and the Victorian-bred Bletchley Park. His main chance emerged as Gran Chico after the big Bettors Delight gelding drew favourably at barrier two on the front line in the testing 2536m classic. Reed has engaged big-race specialist Kim Prentice to drive Gran Chico for the first time. Prentice, who trained and drove 3/1 chance Soho Tribeca to a convincing victory over Nathans Courage and Chicago Bull in the 2016 Golden Nugget, replaces Shannon Suvaljko, who is under suspension. Prentice, no doubt, is hoping that he enjoys the same good fortune as he did when he was a late engagement to drive Im Themightyquinn in the 2011 WA Pacing Cup, replacing the suspended Gary Hall Jnr. Im Themightyquinn stormed to a brilliant victory over Mysta Magical Mach and Ima Spicey Lombo. Gran Chico, purchased in New Zealand two months ago by Jim and Wilma Giumelli for what is understood to be the second-highest price paid for a New Zealand pacer imported to Western Australia (behind the $500,000 outlaid to buy Alta Christiano in 2013). A substantial outlay to purchase a pacer does not guarantee great successes but Gran Chico is a redoubtable stayer with wonderful ability. The 2536m of the Nugget will test the 12 runners, who have chalked up 107 wins. Gran Chico revealed his staying potential in New Zealand, when in his final appearance there, he finished an excellent fourth behind champion Chase Auckland in the 3000m Methven Cup on October 13, nine days after an impressive first-up victory over 1980m at Addington. At his previous start, four months earlier, Gran Chico finished a splendid second in the group 1 $150,000 Emerald at Addington. In the 1980m Emerald, Gran Chico started out wide at barrier seven and was 12th (and last) at the bell, ten lengths from the leader before he sustained a spirited three-wide burst to finish second to Jesse Duke. Gran Chico made his WA debut against modest company in a 2130m event at Gloucester Park on November 15. After settling in fifth position he dashed to the front after 500m and was not extended in winning by a length from Dominate The Dojo after final quarters of 28.3sec. and 27.7sec.  Then he started from barrier two in the Group 1 Simmonds Steel Classic over 2130m last Friday week when he settled in fourth place and was shuffled back to sixth at the bell before finishing solidly, out six wide, to be a well-beaten sixth behind Sangue Reale. He is sure to have derived great benefit from that performance. Gran Chico possesses good gate speed but is unlikely to be able to wrest the early lead from speedy beginner and smart frontrunner Patrickthepiranha, who will be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green for trainer Colin Brown and looks certain to set the pace. Patrickthepiranha has started from the No. 1 barrier twice when he led and won the Caduceus Club Classic from Eloquent Mach and Gee Jay Kay, rating 1.56.1 over 2130m last February and when a month later he led and faded to sixth behind Eloquent Mach in the 2536m Western Gateway Classic. Therefore, there is a query over his strength to run a solid 2536m journey. Bletchley Park is a solid stayer whose three attempts over 2536m have produced a win and a second to Major Trojan in the WA Derby last April. A winner at ten of his 21 starts, Bletchley Park will start from barrier six on the front line with Michael Grantham in the sulky. Baskerville trainer Ryan Bell, who was a part-owner of 2008 Golden Nugget winner Schinzig Buller, will be hoping for a change of luck for Shockwave, a winner and placegetter over 2536m. Shockwave, who finished powerfully to cross the finishing post in first place in the 2130m Simmonds Steel Classic last Friday week before being relegated to second after a successful protest, has the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside of the back line. Aiden de Campo will be fit to drive Shockwave despite suffering bruised ribs when he was struck by a back-line runner after his drive, The Kraken, galloped at the start in a stand at Narrogin on Tuesday night. He bounced back in style in the following event by landing 7/1 chance Walsh a winner after receiving a miracle inside passage in the closing stages after the pacemaker Our Mandingo broke into a gallop in front of him. It could well be a lucky omen. Walsh is raced in the same interests as those who own Shockwave. Sangue Reale (Chris Voak) has excellent prospects of giving trainer Michael Brennan a second win in the Golden Nugget after the win of Im Victorious in 2012. Sangue Reale, who charged home from fifth at the 400m to finish a half-head behind Shockwave last Friday week, is nicely drawn on the inside of the back line and should enjoy a perfect passage behind the likely pacemaker Patrickthepiranha. Theo Aviator, trained and driven by Aldo Cortopassi, is in top form after winning the group 2 Four-Year-Old Championship from Sangue Reale and Shockwave two starts ago and then finishing strongly to be third behind those two pacers. Theo Aviator should enjoy a good run after starting from the No. 2 barrier on the back line. Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who had the distinction of preparing the first five placegetters (Ana Malak, Mighty Conqueror, Fizzing, Bright Diamond and Bettor Aim) in the Nugget last season, will be pinning their faith on the inexperienced but highly-promising Taroona Bromac, who will be driven by Ryan Warwick from barrier five. Taroona Bromac has won at nine of his 11 starts and is capable of surprising. Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr has won the Nugget with The Gold Ace (2011) and Beaudiene Boaz (2015) and will be represented by Eloquent Mach (Stuart McDonald) and Robbie Easton (Gary Hall Jnr). Eloquent Mach appeals as the better of the Hall runners. He charged home from 11th at the bell when fourth behind Sangue Reale last Friday week and has won over 2503m, 2536m and 3309m. For the record, Reed has won the Golden Nugget with Tricky Vic (2002) and Libertybelle Midfrew (2014) and has recorded seconds with Rich And Spoilt (2000), Kiwi Legend (2015) and Maczaffair (2017) and thirds with Manageable (1989) and Astra Nom McCool (2001).   Ken Casellas

A $3000 bargain snapped up by Craig Saligari and Chris Plozza just over 15 months ago has paid handsome dividends and is directly responsible for them owning Crocodile Kid, who is attempting to notch a hat-trick of wins when he contests the Retravision 24 Days of Christmas Giveaways Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Crocodile Kid, a striking black gelding, is awkwardly drawn at barrier five in a field of eight in the 1730m sprint in which he will clash with several smart pacers including Stefsbest, Ocean Ridge, The Dali Express and Sergeant Oats. However, he is a brilliant sprinter who has revealed great versatility in winning in fast time over 1730m on each of the past two Friday nights when handled skilfully by Michael Grantham. After a most encouraging fifth behind Ocean Ridge over 2130m at his WA debut three Friday nights ago, Crocodile Kid flourished in the following two weeks, setting the pace and winning at a 1.55.2 rate from Red October and Robb Stark and then racing three back on the pegs before sprinting home fast to beat Mon Lillies and Saleahs Comand at a 1.55.4 rate.    “He’s not just a miler,” said Saligari, who prepares the Victorian-bred six-year-old at Wanneroo. “He’s versatile and able to run all distances, with the right sort of runs. He is a good leader as well as being a good sit-sprinter.” Sailgari and Plozza are certainly not shedding any tears at their decision to outlay $30,000 to purchase the Armbro Operative gelding who is the first and only one of four foals out of the Safely Kept mare Crocodile Tears to have raced. Crocodile Tears took 44 starts to record her first victory (in an R0 event in Albury in December 2010) and managed just four country-class wins from 66 starts in Victoria. She is related to Onaventure, who had 79 starts in WA for seven wins between 2005 and 2008. Crocodile Kid is bred to be a good winner. His ancestry on his dam’s side traces back in a direct path to the mighty Aachen, who won at each of his first 20 starts (from February 1956 to December 1958). This sequence was an Australian record until 1970 when Lucky Creed recorded 24 consecutive wins. The record of 29 straight wins is now held by West Australian champion San Simeon. New Zealand mare Connenora produced Aachen and there is a direct line of mares culminating with Crocodile Tears. The current Saligari-Plozza success story began almost 16 months ago when they bought Bob Wheel from Ryan Bell for $3000. “I was doing a lot of trackwork with Ryan at the time,” Saligari explained. “Ryan basically had had enough of him. He was trackworking really well but wasn’t performing well in races. He offered Bob Wheel to us for $3000, and we took him.” Bob Wheel had won six races for Bell, including the $25,000 WA Sales Classic for three-year-olds in March 2017. He enjoyed his new environment in Wanneroo and won at his third start for his new owners, starting at 20/1, racing in the breeze and winning easily to earn $4,163.     And then, early this year Bob Wheel was successful at Gloucester Park from barriers No. 9 and No. 8 when he paid $64.10 and $51 on the tote. Before Bob Wheel contests the second event at Gloucester Park this week he had raced 36 times for Plozza and Saligari for six wins, three seconds, three thirds and $61,527 in prizemoney. “We own two-thirds of Bob Wheel and Dad has a third share,” said Saligari. “Mum and Dad have been able to buy a car out of the winnings and recently Chris thought it was time to get another horse. She made a lot of contacts and there were a few on the Trading Ring that she had a look at. And then she got on Messenger and texted a few people who have big stables over east. “We were hoping to get a nice horse and bring him on one-on-one at a smaller stable and give him all the care he needs. We came across Crocodile Kid and went through all his performances. Looking at his replays we were impressed with his gate speed and his final quarter was always good. And he can do things tough, as well. “He breezed and ran 1.54 in Sydney and he won a race (over 1609m) at Menangle, going 1.53.2, coming home in 26.7sec. That run spurred Chris on to make the decision to buy him for $30,000.” Crocodile Kid raced 50 times for ten wins in Victoria for his breeder-owner-trainer-reinsman Noel Tyndall before having nine starts at Menangle for prominent trainer Kevin Pizzuto for one win. He is proving to be a great buy, with his three runs at Gloucester Park producing a fifth and two wins for stakes of $22,266.   Ken Casellas

It’s a mixed bag of best bets from members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. Only two members - The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and longshot king Pat Harding - have settled on the same horse as their star bet for the 11-event program. “Taroona Bromac was terribly held up two starts ago in the 4YO Championship and sat on the sidelines as an emergency for last week’s 4YO Classic,” Havercroft said. ”Trainers Greg and Skye Bond will be trying to make sure he lines up next week in the Golden Nugget and so he should be accounting for his rivals on Friday.“ And Harding agrees. “My best bet of the night comes up in  race six with No. 11 Taroona Bromac,” Harding said. “I think this horse has a great future in WA and as this is a pretty weak field. I expect him to win again.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart is keen on Shadow Roll in race seven. “Shadow Roll went very well over the sprint trip behind a good one (Its Rock And Roll) on Monday at Pinjarra from the back line,” Wishart said. “Much better drawn here and he looks a good thing. It was tough for most punters last week, but there looks to be a few standouts this week.” TABradio racecaller Matt Young believes Roman Aviator can post an all-the-way victory. “Roman Aviator has drawn to lead and will run a super mile out in front,” Young said. “It looks his race to win.“ The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has advised punters to keep their powder dry until the last race. “Tiffany Rose, on trial for a trip to tackle next  month’s Victoria Oaks, is shaping to maintain her unbeaten WA record,” Manning said. ”The filly, who ran four seconds and three thirds from eight New Zealand starts, has blossomed to win each of her three races since joining Mike Reed’s stable. She scored twice over 1684m at Pinjarra, then produced a stylish front-running display in her Gloucester Park debut  a fortnight ago. The filly looks capable of matching top opposition in Melbourne.” Gloucester Park stalwart Ken Casellas is a Convert Denario fan. “A massive drop in class should enable Convert Denario to account for his rivals in the 10th event on Friday night, despite his awkward draw at barrier seven in a field of eight,” Casellas said. “Therefore, I am more than happy to make the Clint Hall-trained six-year-old my best bet.  Convert Denario was an 80/1 outsider in the Group 2 Bunbury Cup in which he led early and then sat behind the pacemaker Handsandwheels before running home solidly along the sprint lane to be a 2m second to that pacer.” TABradio’s form expert Hayden King is firmly in the camp of Gotta Go Gabbana. “Annie Belton has been attending the Christian Cullen chapel and praying for a barrier with Gotta Go Gabbana,” King said. “Her prayers have been answered and her prized mare should lead throughout.” Guild president Wayne Currall believes the speedy Saleahs Command can lead all the way in the second event. “Lindsay Harper will be keen to fire Saleahs Command out from gate two over the sprint trip,” Currall said. “He always runs a cheeky race when in front and can keep his rivals at bay here.” VALUE BETS RYAN: Mon Lillies has blistering early speed and this isn’t a strong field. Will give cheek if she finds the top. PAT: My value bet comes up in race four. With only a small field I think No. eight Vultan Tin can take the prize. Given that its a 2536 metre race, I believe he will come home with a wet sail. WARREN: Mister Ardee can run a race here from the good draw. I’m expecting some heat mid-race and he can finish off strongly. The $11 indicative price looks good each-way value. MATT: Miss Sangrial is a great each-way chance and has the gate speed to put herself into a great position. ERNIE: Gunna Get Lucky appears ready to be prominent in her return to city racing. The veteran’s only win in her past 26 starts was a Wagin victory which she notched on November 22. But she has won 10 races and can improve on a Narrogin second last Friday night. KEN: For value, I suggest Always An Honour in race eight, a 2096m stand in which he is sure to seriously test the warm favourite Kiwi Bloke. A proven standing-start performer, Always An Honour romped home at his most recent outing when he beat Five Star Major by 13 lengths at Bunbury. HAYDEN: Sergeant Oats has drawn the pole and they will likely exercise the option of leading this time with Hall Jr engaged. He can lead throughout. WAYNE: The Gary Hall-trained Just Rockon Bye could be the forgotten horse in the Group 1 Westral Mares Classic. She was most unlucky in the Mount Eden Sprint in October and will be rocketing home if the pace is on over the longer trip. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here.   Wayne Currall

Darling Downs horseman Aldo Cortopassi is driving in wonderful form and looks set for a winning double at Gloucester Park on Friday night with Roman Aviator in race three and Shadow Roll in the seventh event. He trains Roman Aviator, who is sure to relish a perfect draw at barrier one on the front line in a 1730m sprint event. The five-year-old Roman Aviator has been plagued by unfavourable barriers in recent months but has performed creditably with third placings at three of his past five starts from barriers five, nine and eight. His most recent success was eight starts ago when he began from the No. 6 barrier as an 82/1 outsider. After racing wide in the early stages, Roman Aviator was restrained to the rear before moving forward in the middle stages to the one-out, one-back position. He then unleashed a powerful burst to hit the front in the final 50m and won from the fast-finishing Bettor Party at a 1.56.7 rate over 2130m. Roman Aviator is an excellent frontrunner and Cortopassi is sure to use this quality in a bid for an all-the-way success in a race in which he will clash with smart eight-year-old As Happy As Larry, who will be resuming after a six-month absence. As Happy As Larry, trained and driven by Robbie Williams, will start from barrier six and is capable of a bold first-up showing. Early this year he impressed with placings behind pacers of the calibre of Mighty Conqueror, Im Soxy and Warfare. His latest success was six starts ago when he finished strongly from sixth at the bell to beat Lady De La Renta at a 1.56.1 rate over 2130m early last April.    Shadow Roll, trained at Mt Helena by Ray Williams, is a promising four-year-old who has had 14 starts for six wins and eight placings. He is ideally drawn at barrier two in the 1730m Westral Vertical And Panel Blinds Pace. Shadow Roll has resumed after a spell in fine style with a first-up Pinjarra victory followed by a close third behind Flying Mister Ideal over 2185m at Pinjarra and a wonderful second to Its Rock And Roll over 1684m on the same track. He was most impressive on Monday afternoon when he was eighth at the bell before finishing with a powerful burst to beat all but the stylish frontrunner Its Rock And Roll. The final quarters were run in 28.5sec. and 27.6sec.

Kiwi Bloke, a slow developer who was unplaced at his first 15 starts in New Zealand, has blossomed over the past 12 months and looks set for a strong effort at his debut at Gloucester Park when he contests the Westral Venetian And Honeycomb Blinds Handicap. The comparatively inexperienced six-year-old has developed into a reliable standing-start specialist, with five of his six wins coming in stands. His final seven starts in New Zealand produced two wins (in stands), two seconds and one third and he has had five starts in Western Australia for Oakford trainer Ross Olivieri and reinsman Chris Voak for four wins (three in stands) and one third placing. At his most recent outing, at Pinjarra last Monday week, Kiwi Bloke broke for just one stride soon after the start before dashing to the front after 150m and setting a solid pace to win by three lengths from Burning Shadows, with slick final quarters in 27.5sec. and 27.6sec. Kiwi Bloke is by Courage Under Fire out of the Falcon Seelster mare A Good Kiwi Chick, who raced nine times for four wins, one placings and $15,897. A Good Kiwi Chick’s claim to fame is that she is a half-sister to Kiwi Ingenuity (by Christian Cullen), who amassed $516,821 in stakes from 11 wins and eight placings from 27 starts. She was a brilliant three and four-year-old and at her only Australian start she finished fourth behind Monkey King in the Miracle Mile at Menangle in November 2009. The clash between Kiwi Bloke and Always An Honour should be a highlight of the 11-event program. Always An Honour, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old, is trained by Justin Prentice and will be driven by Gary Hall Jnr. He is also a standing-start specialist, with five starts in stands producing four wins and a third placing. At his most recent outing, Always An Honour dashed over the final 400m sections in 27.9sec. and 28.8sec. to win a 2503m stand at Bunbury on November 16 by more than nine lengths. Adding interest to Friday night’s race will be the return to racing after a ten-month absence of the Ross Olivieri-trained Jimmy Mack, who will start off the 10m mark with Chris Lewis in the sulky. Jimmy Mack warmed up for this assignment when he set the pace and sprinted over the final quarters in 28.7sec. and 27.8sec. in winning a 2116 standing-start trial by eight lengths from Packed Carefully on Sunday morning.   Ken Casellas

Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond will be making a last-ditch bid to qualify the inexperienced but highly-promising four-year-old Taroona Bromac for a start in the $200,000 Retravision Golden Nugget on Friday week by winning the Westral Outdoor Patio Blinds Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. An impressive performance by Taroona Bromac will strengthen his claims for inclusion in the Golden Nugget field. Leading reinsman Ryan Warwick will handle Taroona Bromac from the No. 2 barrier on the back line in Friday night’s 2130m event and the New Zealand-bred gelding should prove too smart for the opposition, which includes Braeview Bondi, Fake News and After Lunch. Taroona Bromac raced four times in New Zealand for three wins and a second and has had six starts in Western Australia for five wins the first three in effortless fashion in modest company at Kellerberrin and the other two when he set the pace and scored by 13m from Robb Stark over 2130m at Gloucester Park and when leading and beating Whoswhointhezoo by four lengths over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, with a final quarter in a sizzling 26.3sec. The only glitch in Taroona Bromac’s form is his 11th placing behind Theo Aviator in the 2130m group 2 Four-Year-Old Championship two starts ago. He started from the outside of the back line, raced in eighth position in the one-wide line before starting a three-wide move 950m from home and moving into sixth place at the bell. However, he made little impression with the third 400m section of the final mile in 27.9sec. He battled on to finish four lengths behind the winner. The Michael Brennan-trained Braeview Bomber makes strong appeal as the toughest rival for Taroona Bromac on Friday night. The New Zealand-bred five-year-old worked hard in the breeze for much of the way when a fighting second to the pacemaker Just Makemine Diamonds over 2536m last Friday week when the final three quarters whizzed by in 28.9sec., 27.6sec. and 28.8sec. Fake News, an Alta Christiano mare prepared by Gary Hall Snr, will start out wide at barrier eight at her first appearance as a four-year-old. A winner at seven of her 22 starts, Fake News impressed in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning when she sat behind the pacemaker Twilight Saga before dashing to the front 100m from the finish and winning by more than two lengths, with final quarters of 28.7sec. and 28.1sec.             The lightly-raced After Lunch bounced back to form last Friday night when she raced in sixth position, burst to the front with 750m to travel and won by more than four lengths from Minimum Wage in modest company. She will start from barrier five.   Ken Casellas

Star reinsman Chris Voak freely admits that Gotta Go Gabbana is a pain to drive, but he is lavish in his praise of the tough six-year-old who has drawn perfectly at barrier No. 1 and should prove hard to beat in the Group 1 $125,000 Westral Mares Classic over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Voak is hoping that Gotta Go Gabbana will make amends for the bad luck she suffered when an 8/1 chance in this feature event 12 months ago. Gotta Go Gabbana started from the No. 2 barrier in last year’s Mares Classic when, in a spirited bid to wrest the early lead from the polemarker Tricky Styx, she locked wheels with Dontstopbelievin and had to be retired with a badly damaged sulky wheel. Voak also has unpleasant memories of the 2015 Mares Classic in which he drove the 11/8 favourite Frith, who started from the outside barrier (No. 9), raced four wide for the first 450m and then in the breeze before fading badly to finish last, 132 metres behind the winner, Nike Franco. Voak also knows that favourites have been beaten in the past five Mares Classics and that Gotta Go Gabbana will have to be on her best behaviour as the likely favourite on Friday night. The most recent favourite to win the Mares Classic was the Chris King-trained Leda McNally, who set the pace from barrier five and won by two and a half lengths from Famous Alchemist in November 2013. This gave Voak his only success in the event. Gotta Go Gabbana, who will be having her fourth start after a beneficial autumn and winter spell, is prepared by Annie Belton, who bred and races the mare with her husband Colin. She is out of Kinney Hanover mare Lady Gabbana, who managed only two wins in minor events at Northam and Gloucester Park from 64 starts, with a notable highlight of her career being her second placing to Supreme Royalty in the group 1 two-year-old fillies State Sires Series final in June 2008. Gotta Go Gabbana, who is related to Bow And Arrow and Snakes And Ladders, top-line performers in Perth in the 1980s, has had 48 starts for 12 wins, 11 seconds, eight thirds and $148,614 in stakes. She will start from the No. 1 barrier for the fourth time. From her previous starts from barrier one Gotta Go Gabbana finished seventh behind El Barcelona at Gloucester Park in November 2016 after breaking gait soon after the start, led and won from Truleylucky over 1684m at a 1.55.8 rate at Pinjarra in November 2017 and led and won from won from Mileys Desire over 2536m at Gloucester Park in June 2018. Voak, who is mindful that Gotta Go Gabbana has a tendency to pull in her races, will be keen to jump to the front and dictate terms. He has been delighted with the mare’s past two runs --- sustaining a spirited burst from the rear to finish fourth behind Our Alfie Romeo in the Norms Daughter Classic last Friday week and then trailing the pacemaker Bettor Reward, getting clear 250m from home and finishing strongly four wide to be third behind Caviar Star and Speed Man over 2130m last Friday night. Blythewood trainer Michael Brennan will be looking for a strong performance from the talented Miss Sangrial, who will be driven by Kyle Harper from the favourable No. 2 barrier. Miss Sangrial, who will be having her fourth run after a spell, has led and won at ten of her 16 victories. Arma Indie (barrier three) and Dracarys (four) are racing keenly and have sound prospects. Arma Indie, trained by Mike Reed and to be handled by Michael Grantham, maintained her splendid form when she started from barrier two and enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before fighting on to finish second to Our Alfie Romeo in the Norms Daughter Classic. Dracarys, trained at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, has resumed after a spell in good form, following a first-up third behind Bill Haley with a tough win from the breeze (beating Millwood Molly) and a solid third in the Norms Daughter Classic after enjoying the perfect trail behind the pacemaker Our Alfie Romeo. She will be driven by Gary Hall jnr, who has won the Mares Classic with Im Elsa (2011), Majorly Foxy Styx (2014) and Ideal Alice (2017). Prentice also has been prominent as a trainer in the Mares Classic with a third placing by Bettor Dreams (2014), a win by The Parade (2-016) and a third with Quite A Delight (2017). Leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond, who won the 2012 Mares Classic with Baby Bling, will be pinning their faith on the ultra-consistent Our Alfie Romeo, an easy all-the-way winner of the 2130m Norms Daughter Classic last Friday week. But Our Alfie Romeo, to be driven by Ryan Warwick, faces a stern test from the outside of the back line. Chris Lewis, who had the choice of driving Queen Shenandoah, Sarah Goody and Pick My Pocket, has opted to handle the Kevin Keys-trained Sarah Goody, who finished strongly from the one-out, one-back position to score an impressive win over 2130m last Friday night. Sarah Goody is ideally drawn on the inside of the back line and has sound prospects of giving Lewis his third win in this event, after victories with Jilsander in 2007 and Ima Spicey Lombo in 2010. Queen Shenandoah, trained by Ross Olivieri, will be driven by Aldo Cortopassi and Nathan Turvey has been engaged for the Prentice-trained Pick My Pocket.   Ken Casellas

Tough Caribbean Blaster four-year-old mare Caruba won three races in Western Australia in the space of seven days! The mare began her winning streak at Wagin on November 22. Four days later she scored again at Gloucester Park and, last Saturday night (November 30), she completed the hat trick at Narrogin. Tintin In America's talented son Gods Spirit NZ scored a dashing end-to-end win in 1:52.6 at Menangle last Saturday night (November 30). It was the five-year-old gelding's eighth lifetime success and his seventh at the Sydney headquarters' track. Tintin In America was also represented by a winner in New Zealand in Bella Sara, a 1:58.2 winner at Dunedin. Yirribee Pacing Stud bred three individual winners for the week in two States. Hudsen led throughout at Shepparton to notch his third win from four starts this season, Kiss Cam (by Million Dollar Cam) won in 1:56.5 at Redcliffe, while the trotter The Girls Gotflair posted win No. 4 at Kilmore. Million Dollar Cam was also represented by the three-year-old filly Didnt I, who sat parked before winning for the third time at Bathurst. Caribbean Blaster, Tintin In America and Million Dollar Cam are standing alongside Lazarus, Lennytheshark, Warrawee Needy and Fear The Dragon at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW) this season.   By Peter Wharton

Promising filly My Sweet Deal has caught the eye of a couple of members of the WA Trotting Media Guild at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and TABradio’s form expert Hayden King have made the Sweet Lou three-year-old their best bet on an exciting 11-event card. “My Sweet Deal looks set for a successful switch to the city after winning three races at Pinjarra and two at Bunbury in her past five starts,” Manning said. ”There was a lot of merit in her Pinjarra victory, after racing three-wide, last Monday week. Trained at Collie by David Hunter, the filly showed big potential from early in her career. Bunbury and Pinjarra wins were notched at her first two starts, then she ran two seconds before launching her current sequence of consecutive victories.” King is a big fan as well. “My Sweet Deal is extremely quick and is now building her strength and versatility,” King said. “She is currently our premier three-year-old filly.“ Longshot guru Pat Harding, who is finally smiling after receiving his $500 cheque for another victory in last season’s longest-priced winner category, believes Ocean Ridge can continue on his winning ways.  “After a scintillating win last week, I expect Ocean Ridge to repeat the performance,” Harding said. ”Coming out of barrier one it should be another great win for the Bond camp.“ Veteran tipster and form expert Ken Casellas is keen on Bob Wheel. “Bob Wheel is a smart frontrunner and he looks perfectly placed at barrier two for his return to racing after a two-month absence when he contest the sixth event at Gloucester Park on Friday night,” Casellas said. “The Craig Saligari-trained six-year-old is my best bet on a tantalising program.” TABradio’s racecaller Matt Young has earmarked Speed Man as his best. “Speed Man has drawn beautifully to show his best and comes down in grade a shade,” Young said. “He is very versatile and should prove too strong.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart believes squaregaiter Lord Liam can return to winning form. “Lord Liam is back to a front line draw and it should see him return to the winners’ circle,” Wishart said. “Has explosive early speed so should cross and be too good.” VALUE BETS: ERNIE: Commander Chapel, who early this  month returned after almost three years out of racing, is due to show some of the ability which enabled him to win at each of his first eight WA starts after arriving from New Zealand. The gelding has won five Gloucester Park events. HAYDEN: Tenno Sho is now in the care of Giles Inwood and should appreciate the change. He has gate speed and could lead throughout. PAT: Robb Stark has been racing consistently but gets his chance to break through for a well-earned win at a good price. KEN: For value, I suggest Robb Stark, who has drawn out wide at barrier seven in the 1730m ninth event. The five-year-old with a losing sequence of 15 performed solidly last Friday night when he sustained a spirited three-wide burst from eighth in the middle stages to finish third behind Know When To Run. MATT: Shockwave is a sleeper in the 4YO Classic. His last two runs have been sensational. WARREN: Righteous Brother at double figures is worth a play. The draw gives him the chance to settle on the pace. He can give a sight. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

In-form Serpentine trainer Matt Scott is bursting with enthusiasm at the winning prospects of Rock Me Over, who has drawn perfectly at barrier one on the front line in the opening event, the 1730m Simmonds Steel Precision Laser Cutting Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Rock Me Over, to be driven by Shannon Suvaljko, has an outstanding record from the No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park, having started there six times for four wins, one second and one fourth placing. “He’s in a rich vein of form,” said Scott. “And he’s such a happy horse at the moment and he has pulled up well after last Friday’s amazing run when second to Four Starzzz Forsa.” Rock Me Over was restrained from barrier five last week and dropped back to last in the field of seven when the lead time in the 2130m event was a sizzling 35.1sec. Suvaljko attempted to catch the leaders napping when he set Rock Me Over alight after a lap. The five-year-old moved to second with 1150m to travel, but he was kept three wide by Four Starzzz Forsa in the breeze, outside the pacemaker Thereugo. Wisely, Suvaljko again restrained Rock Me Over, who was eased back to last position. Rock Me Over was sixth on the home turn and sprinted strongly, out four wide, to finish second. “To make two runs like that last week was quite remarkable,” said Scott. “I thought that it would be a super run if he finished fourth or fifth. The hard run won’t worry him, and he has raced three times in a week before. “I think that his best run was three starts ago on a Tuesday when Chris Voak drove him and the horse faced the breeze and won, with a 55.8sec. last half. “He can lead from barrier one this week. He held out Mon Lillies when he won four starts ago. It’s a quick line this week with Bhagwan, Dominate The Dojo, Tanaka Eagle (as well as Mon Lillies and Extreme Prince). But I think he can hold them out and set the pace.”   Ken Casellas

Hopeland trainer Giles Inwood is looking forward keenly to a new experience watching the first square-gaiter he has prepared contesting the Etch Coatings Mobile Sandblasting Trot over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “Tenno Sho is ready to run a good race and I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t finish in the top three,” Inwood said. “I have leased him from Nathan Turvey and he arrived at my stables on Monday of last week. Nathan said that Tenno Sho (who has a losing sequence of 11) needed a change of environment. “Tenno Show is a bit more highly strung than my pacers. I lead him in his work and take him to the beach.” Inwood has engaged Chris Voak to drive Tenno Sho and Voak was impressed when he handled the seven-year-old in a workout on the Byford track on Tuesday morning, saying: “He’s a good frontrunner and a good each-way chance.” Tenno Sho, who should appreciate the prize No. 1 barrier, won five times in Victoria before Turvey prepared him for six wins (four at Pinjarra and two at Bunbury). He has raced nine times at Gloucester Park for three seconds and two thirds. Considerable interest will centre on the Nigel Johns-trained Rock Tonight, who will be driven by Morgan Woodley from the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line. Rock Tonight, a New Zealand-bred eight-year-old, gave a powerful performance at his second appearance in Western Australia when he worked hard in the breeze before finishing with great determination to win from the pacemaker Lord Liam over 2692m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week. Rock Tonight, who has a history of erratic behaviour in his races, is sure to prove very hard to beat if he trots smoothly on Friday night when he will again clash with the brilliant Bob Mellsop-trained Lord Liam, who will be driven by Maddison Brown from barrier seven. Lord Liam had won eight times in a row before his last-start defeat and he again will be a strong contender this week when his clash with Rock Tonight, Tenno Sho, Ton Tine, Spud, Tokyo Joe and Lightning Calder should provide plenty of action.   Ken Casellas

Chris Voak, who is driving in superb form, has given punters a strong lead by choosing to handle Queen Shenandoah in preference to stablemate Just Makemine Diamonds in the Simmonds Steel Fencing And Gates Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Voak drove hot favourite Just Makemine Diamonds to an impressive all-the-way victory over Braeview Bondi at a 1.57.9 rate over 2536m last Friday night and later in the program he was in the sulky behind Queen Shenandoah, a 50/1 outsider from barrier eight in a 2130m event in which she enjoyed an ideal passage, one-out and one-back, before finishing solidly to be a one-length second to the pacemaker Ocean Ridge, who rated 1.57.1. Queen Shenandoah and Just Makemine Diamonds (to be driven by Chris Lewis) are five-year-olds by American sire Somebeachsomewhere and are trained by Ross Olivieri. They are on trial for the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic on Friday of next week. Queen Shenandoah will start from the inside of the back line and Just Makemine Diamonds is drawn at barrier two on the back line. They should fight out the finish with smart last-start winners Radiant Amber and Tajie Baby, who will have many admirers from favourable front-line barriers. Olivieri is pleased with the progress of Just Makemine Diamonds and Queen Shenandoah, declaring: “There’s nothing between them at the moment.” Voak shares the trainer’s admiration for the stablemates, saying: “I like both mares and it is hard to split them. “Queen Shenandoah is classy and is still on the way up. From barrier ten she will sit and sprint home. She’s a fast mare and can definitely win; she just needs luck.”  Both the New Zealand-bred Queen Shenandoah and the Victorian-bred Just Makemine Diamonds are well travelled. Queen Shenandoah has won once in New Zealand, four times in Victoria and three times in South Australia, while Just Makemine Diamonds has been placed in New Zealand and New South Wales and has won twice in Victoria, six times in South Australia and once in WA. Radiant Amber, to be driven by Aiden de Campo for Baskerville trainer Ryan Bell, is handily drawn at barrier two on the front line and is racing keenly, with five wins on country tracks from her past nine starts. Tajie Baby, trained by Sue Wiscombe and to be driven by Lindsay Harper, is a speedy beginner and is well suited from the No. 3 barrier. She led from barrier three and won by a head from Flying Mister Ideal over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. Voak is also enthusiastic about the prospects of the Annie Belton-trained Gotta Go Gabbana in the Simmonds Steel Decorative Screens Pace over 2130m in which the six-year-old mare will start from the inside of the back line, immediately behind the likely pacemaker Bettor Reward. “She will improve heaps on her second-up fourth behind Our Alfie Romeo, Arma Indie and Dracarys last week,” Voak said. “Ten is the worst draw for her; she’s hard work, she pulls and is not easy to drive. But she’ll go good.” Last week from the outside barrier (No. 9) Gotta Go Gabbana settled down in 11th position before sustaining a strong three-wide burst. Bettor Reward, to be driven by Chris Lewis for Serpentine trainer Clint Hall, should prove hard to beat from the No. 1 barrier. He has started from barrier one at Gloucester Park six times for three all-the-way wins, a third, a fourth and a seventh.   Ken Casellas

Trainer Hayden Reeves has 14 pacers in work at his Coolup stables and he will be a busy man at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he starts eight horses in the eighth event, the $18,000 Etch Coatings Pace over 2130m. He hopes to dominate the event and has a leaning towards Unwritten Rule, who will be driven by Bailey McDonough from the No. 2 barrier on the front line. McDonough had the choice of the stable runners and he opted for Unwritten Rule, a four-year-old he drove to victory in slow time at Wagin last Friday night when the gelding started from the back line and settled down in seventh position, one-out and two-back, before starting a three-wide move at the bell. Unwritten Rule got to the front 220m from home when the leader Ultimate Joe broke into a gallop. Unwritten Rule has raced only twice at Gloucester Park for a sixth and an eighth placing. “My best chances are Unwritten Rule and Whitbys Gamble (barrier six),” said the 38-year-old Reeves, who explained that eight was his favourite number as well as being the date of his birthday (September 8, 1981). “The plan is for Unwritten Rule to jump to the front, and if he does, he won’t be handing up. They are my initial thoughts, but if Whitbys Gamble (to be handled by Morgan Woodley) finds herself in a prominent position in the early stages, she may even roll to the top. It’s very hard to make plans with so many runners.” One horse given a strong chance of foiling a Reeves bid for victory is veteran New South Wales-bred gelding Change of Address, who is handily drawn at barrier three on the front line and should appreciate a drop in class. Change of Address, to be driven by Rob Abercromby, has a losing sequence of 62 and has won just once from his past 86 starts. However, his recent form, including fourths at Northam and Narrogin, has been encouraging.   Ken Casellas

There’s a certain sense of symmetry about Ken Casellas’ best bet at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Casellas, the driving force behind the establishment of the WA Trotting Media Guild in 1977 and the organisation’s inaugural president, has opted for the “old bloke” Maximum Demand as his star bet on the 10-event card. The well-respected octogenarian has sided with Maximum Demand and believes there’s plenty of life left in those old legs. “It’s not often that I select a 13-year-old pacer with a winning record of just 10 per cent as my star bet for the week,” Casellas said. “But I’ve plumped for the old war horse Maximum Demand to land the bacon in the seventh event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Maximum Demand has managed just one win from his past 41 starts over the past two years, but he is racing with youthful enthusiasm for Harvey trainer Kevin Egerton-Green and driver Jocelyn Young. He will start off the 10m mark in the 2503m stand and I’m tipping his sparkling finishing burst will carry him to victory.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on the “Crazy Burglar”. “Mad Robber looks set to score a repeat win for trainer Gary Hall after again drawing barrier one,” Manning said. “He was most impressive when leading from the pole and drawing away to notch victory by almost 6m when a number of tipsters made him their best bet last Friday night. Two weeks ago, the veteran had extended his losing sequence to six and it seemed unlikely he would be successful on consecutive Friday nights. But barrier one can bring a change of fortune.” Longshot guru Pat Harding and Guild president Wayne Currall believe Our Alfie Romeo can lead all the way. “ Looks like this Friday could be a good night for Greg and Skye Bond,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night comes up in race five with Our Alfie Romeo coming out of barrier one. She will start favourite but had great form coming into the race and should lead from start to finish.“ Currall agrees. “Our Alfie Romeo is poised to bounce back from her last-start defeat,” Currall said. “I can see Ryan Warwick firing her to the top from the pole and making them all stretch their necks to get near her.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart is happy to Know When To Run. “Know When To Run is a talented type fitter for his first-up run,” Wishart said. “Well drawn and looks too good for his opposition.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is riding punters to keeping their powder dry until the last race. “Tiffany Rose is yet to miss a cheque from 10 lifetime appearances and has won at both local starts,” Havercroft said. ”Mike Reed has lofty ambitions with the filly for later in the season, and so she should be accounting for her small bunch of rivals this Friday.” TABradio’s form expert Hayden King is talking up the chances of Hy Leexciting. “Hy Leexciting is drawn to lead and gets another opportunity to win one in town,” King said. “He should go all the way.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest Just Makemine Diamonds in the opening event in which she is favourably drawn at barrier three. She was hopelessly blocked for a run and was full of running when an eye-catching third behind Dracarys last Friday night. ERNIE: Cut Above has been beaten at her past seven starts, but gate one gives the five-year-old a chance to bounce back. Her unplaced run last week can be overlooked because she got her tongue over the bit and broke gait. The mare has won 12 races, including four at Gloucester Park. PAT: My value bet comes up in race six with Space Junk. There's not a great deal of exposed form in this race but I think the Olivieri/Voak combination should prevail. WAYNE: The smart Zennart is first-up after a four-month spell, but will give them something to chase if he’s anywhere near his top. WARREN: Just Rockon Bye‘s overall form is strong. From this draw, I’m expecting her to get a nice run on the pegs. I’m expecting the gaps to open and look for her late. I think the indicative price of $21 is great value. RYAN: Eden Franco didn't show much last time in but is classy and has had four weeks off since her fading first-up fifth behind Just Rockon Bye. Will be at luxury odds. HAYDEN: Regal Ambition has been a quiet achiever recently and if the cards fall his way in the first he will be competitive. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting   Wayne Currall

Cracking reinsman Chris Voak gave punters a strong lead when he opted to drive Space Junk in the $30,000 Kersley final over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. He had the choice of trainer Ross Olivieri’s other runners Iceenothink and Atmospherical, who have drawn favourably at barriers No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, with Space Junk out wide at barrier eight. “Space Junk has drawn badly, but I’ll stick with him,” Voak said. “I have always rated Space Junk highly, but he’s had a horrific campaign. He’s been up for a long time after his injury and hasn’t shown the horse that he promised to be. If he doesn’t show something this week, I think he will be asking for the paddock. Space Junk won three standing-start races in a row in September before a seventh in a stand behind Destined To Rule and a close fourth behind Carrera Mach after a tough run in a 2503m stand. Perhaps a return to mobile racing this week will enable Space Junk to bounce back to top form. Iceenothink will be driven by Stuart McDonald and Mitch Miller has been engaged for Atmospherical. Voak drove Iceenothink when the seven-year-old finished third behind Gran Chico and Dominate The Dojo last Friday night. Iceenothink was badly cramped for room. “He impressed me,” Voak said. “He had heaps to give. If I’d had a trouble-free run Shannon (Suvaljko) would have been fumbling for the ear plugs on Gran Chico. I pretty much pushed Shannon through to the dust sheet to the line, I finished that quick and Gran Chico really wasn’t going anywhere. “Shannon had eased up on him and his horse stopped and I couldn’t stop mine. If I had come wide Shannon would have had to get fair dinkum on Gran Chico, for sure.”   Ken Casellas

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