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Diego and Mirragon are good things at Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park, according to members of the WA Trotting Media Guild. TABradio colleagues Matt Young and Hayden King have made Diego their best bet on a fantastic night of pacing, featuring the Group 1 WA Oaks. “Diego has a beautiful draw and should trail through nicely and be able to put them away whenever Junior wishes to do so,” Young said. “He looks the winner.” And Young agrees. “Diego is simply a class apart from rivals this Friday.” King said. “I think the backline draw will prove no object and he can win in any way he chooses. He has the high speed of a promising horse who will reach loftier heights than this.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas are equally buoyant about the winning prospects of Mirragon. “Victorian import Mirragon looked back to peak form when running on strongly in a Gloucester Park win last Friday night,” Manning said. “The four-year-old, who often competed in Melbourne feature events, proved his class with four Melton victories. He launched a WA career by winning last February 8 and is now chasing his fourth victory since joining Debra Lewis’ stable.” Casellas is on the same page as Manning. “Mirragon is the youngest runner in the sixth event at Gloucester Park on Friday night and the four-year-old has a decided edge in class over his seven rivals,“ Casellas said. “It’s therefore a simple and straight-forward task of nominating him as my best bet for the evening. Mirragon sped over the final 800m in 55.9sec. last Friday when he dashed home from fourth at the bell to snatch a last-stride victory over Plutonium.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is keen on Nota Bene Denario, a former Kiwi pacer who makes his Australian debut for the Gary Hall stable. “Nota Bene Denario hasn’t raced for over six months but would have derived benefit from his trial win at Byford on Sunday,” Havercroft said. “He won six times and was placed on another 22 occasions in a 49-start New Zealand career – that record suggests he should be more than competitive at his local debut.” Longshot guru Pat Harding has opted for Miss Limelight as his best bet on the 10-event card. “After a tough afternoon at GP last Friday, punters and tipsters could fare better this week,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race three with No. 2 Miss Limelight. She has run some good places and is due for a win. I think she will do well in this fillies and mares pace.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart has opted for Battlescard as his best for the night. “Have to forget Battlescard’s last start and go on his previous runs, most of which were wins,” Wishart said. “With the low draw he should find the pegs and be very hard to beat in front.” Media Guild president Wayne Currall is sticking with his best bet from last week in Boom Time, who didn’t win but finished a game third behind Mirragon. “Boom Time has run two slashing thirds at his past two starts after doing all the bullocking work in the breeze,” Currall said. “This is a race in which there looks to be plenty of pace, so if Chris Voak can give Boom Time an easier run I think he can salute at good odds.” VALUE BETS MATT: Manofthepeople wasn’t a bad run last start, steps well and looks a suitable race to earn. HAYDEN: Whoswhointhezoo has been in career-best form recently. He now steps up in class, but comes up with the pole draw. The times he has been running suggest that he is a big chance in anything he contests. ERNIE: Henwood Bay, the winner of 15 races, gets his chance to break a 17-start losing run when he begins from barrier two. The Errol Ashcroft-trained gelding finished second at Gloucester Park on March 26 after being held up. He came from three back on the pegs to run fourth last Friday night. KEN: For value, I suggest Savvy Bromac in race three. She caught the eye when she sprinted home fast from last to finish second to her smart stablemate Heavens Showgirl last Friday. RYAN: Whoswhointhezoo has shown a return to form in recent runs and gets the benefit of an inside draw here. Good each-way prospect from the pole. PAT: My value bet comes up in race six with No. 4 Mr Kiwi. He had a win five starts ago and I believe Gary Hall Jr can guide him to victory at a good price. WARREN: This is a rare city run for Budd Sidewinder, but he comes to town off a good last start win. Loves the stand and not a bad draw for him. Great each-way bet. WAYNE: I’m expecting the WA Oaks to be run at high-speed and some of these fillies will be “feeling the pinch” at the end of a gruelling 2536m trip. One filly who should relish the distance is Royal Essence. Her toughness has been on show at her past three starts where she’s done it hard outside the leader. If she can get an economical run in transit, she’ll be storming home at the business end for young Emily Suvaljko. It’s great to see Bill Crabb, the former long-time photographer at GP, and Robbie Dewar, the former Sunday Times trotting writer, being honoured with races named after them. Both gentlemen have been wonderful servants of harness racing in WA. To view all of the media guild tips click here. Good punting.   Wayne Currall

Well punters, it’s a case of get your skates on and grab the best price you can on Extradite on Friday night at Gloucester Park. The speedy frontrunner has drawn gate one in race four - the Group 3 $30,000 The Clarke Pace (2130m) - and several members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have made the Kim Prentice-trained Cory Peterson-reined pacer their star bet at the meeting. Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas, The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have all declared Extradite. “Extradite is a brilliant frontrunner and I’m making the six-year-old my best bet to notch his fourth win from six starts this season when he begins from the No. 1 barrier at Gloucester Park on Friday night,” Casellas said. “He was not extended in winning from Rock Me Over a fortnight ago, and he looks set to repeat the dose.” Manning agrees. “Extradite, who has bounced back from mediocre form, is a smart frontrunner who looks a top prospect from barrier one,” he said. “He was beaten at 15 consecutive starts before recording four wins and three places in his past nine appearances. Trainer Kim Prentice said the improvement resulted from changes to the six-year-old’s training routine. Extradite has set the pace in recent Gloucester Park wins.” Wishart is as equally taken with the horse. “Extradite just keeps raising the bar and has the ideal draw again to lead all the way,” he said. And Havercroft makes it a clean sweep. “Extradite has won the last three times he has exited barrier one and looks hardest to beat in The Clarke Pace,” he said. “After indifferent form at his last campaign, he is racing in fine form this time in and can bring up consecutive wins here.” Media Guild president Wayne Currall also believes Extradite will post an all-the-way victory, but has thrown out another couple of specials for the meeting. “Like most of the boys, I expect Extradite to lead all the way,” he said. “But I’m suggesting punters can get a nice little return by playing an all-up on the brilliant Lavra Joe in the opening event, into Extradite in race four, then all into Mighty Conqueror in race six. With a bit of luck we might be looking at $2.50 to $2.70. Hey, little fish are sweet!” TABradio’s Hayden King is keen on Star Of Diamonds in the Group 2 $50,000 Channel 7 Empress Stakes (2536m). “Star Of Diamonds was superb when routing her opposition in the Golden Girls Mile at Pinjarra, racing clear to win in 1:53.3,” King said. “Again she is presented with a suitable trailing draw and I think she will take plenty of beating.” Longshot guru Pat Harding believes the stable of Greg and Skye Bond will have a good night. “My best bet is a Bond-trained horse, in the main race on the night” he said. “I think Wainui Creek from barrier 10 can be well placed and run home we’ll at a bit of value.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest Cordero from the awkward barrier at No. 6 in race seven. He is due for a change of fortune after being severely checked at his past two outings. His form before those two unplaced efforts was most encouraging. ERNIE: One For Dave Andme should not be underrated after he drew barrier nine and has been beaten at his past eight appearances. He ran a stylish second on March 9 and finished fifth after covering extra ground last Friday night. WARREN: I’m expecting a better showing from Sweet Maddison from this draw. At the current fixed odds quote of $7 she is good each-way value. RYAN: Bettor Pack It should get an economical run in the Empress Stakes and some of these may not find the 2536m trip. Place play in an open race. WAYNE: Henwood Bay is poised to get a lovely run behind likely leader Extradite. He’s won both of his recent trials at Bunbury after a three-month spell and looks a great quinella hope. HAYDEN: Once again, I am going to try a place all-up. Naval Aviator draws to be behind the leader/favourite in the second; Star Of Diamonds for the aforementioned reasons should be at least be placing; Runaway Three will be on the back of the leader in the sixth, as he was last start when running second in this company. PAT: My value bet of the night comes up in race nine with No. 7 Lady Jadore. She had a win four starts ago and I think its time for her to step up again at good odds. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting.   Wayne Currall

Texas Tiger and Walsh have attracted plenty of interest from several members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and Guild president Wayne Currall believe the Gary Hall-trained Texas Tiger can continue building his picket fence. “Texas Tiger won the 4YO & 5YO Championship last week in arrogant fashion and looks hardest to beat on the card,” Havercroft said. “Gary Hall Jr didn’t move an inch last week to bring up the gelding’s sixth win in as many local starts and he has opted to drive Texas Tiger over stablemate Matai Geordie, who drew barrier one.” Currall agrees with Havercroft. “Texas Tiger surprised me with his gate speed last start when he crossed Bletchley Park,” he said. “I didn’t see that coming … but good horses can do that, and this bloke is a seriously good horse. I expect Texas Tiger to go straight to the top and win from stablemate Matai Geordie. Will be short but use him as a banker for all-ups.” Veteran trotting scribe Ken Casellas and The West Australian’s Ernie Manning are in the Walsh camp. “Five-year-old Walsh is racing in wonderful form for trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo and I’m making him my best bet this week,” Casellas said. “I’m suggesting that he will repeat the dose of two starts ago when he set the pace and ran home in 56.6sec. to win over 2130m. I am tipping he will hold up from the No. 1 barrier and get the job done in race four at Gloucester Park.” Manning concurs with Casellas. “Walsh, who recently emerged from a form slump, won after drawing the pole two starts ago and he again looks hard to beat with a barrier one advantage,” he said. “The gelding was unplaced at nine consecutive starts, but he has recorded two wins, four thirds and two fourths in his past eight appearances. He was dropped back from gate nine last week and finished a creditable fourth.” TABradio’s Matt Young is keen on Lavra Joe in the $50,000 Intersport Slater Gartrell 3YO Western Gateway Pace (2536m). “Lavra Joe has a tricky draw to contend with, but that just improves the price,” Young said. “He should be able to get off at the start and go on his winning way again.” Young’s colleague at TABradio, Hayden King, has made Tuas Delight his best bet. “Tuas Delight is drawn one on a front line that doesn’t look overly fast,” King said. “Kyle Harper is one of the best front-running reinsmen going around and I think Tuas Delight can lead throughout.” Longshot guru Pat Harding has opted for Rakasinc as his star bet on the 10-event card. “Looks a night where short-priced favourites will reign,” Harding said. “Punters should find some winners, but the returns won’t be great. My best bet comes up in race three with No. 2 Rakasinc. He has been  knocking on the door in recent runs and this could be his night.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart is a fan of Black Jack Baby, who this week was named last season’s 2YO Filly of the Year in WA. “Black Jack Baby is back in top form and this week draws well,” Wishart said. “Looks a good thing.” VALUE BETS RYAN: La Suleiman follows the favourite in the first event and, with no numerical form to speak of, could be at a long quote to appear in the placings. WAYNE: Thereugo has been racing more consistently of late. I expect trainer-driver Lindsay Harper to send him to the front and if he can get a couple of easy sectionals he should be there when the whips are cracking. KEN: For value, I suggest the enigmatic Master Publisher in the opening event, in which he looks ideally placed from barrier No. 2 and should fight out the finish. ERNIE: Pinny Tiger has yet to win at Gloucester Park and faces a sharp class rise after country wins at three of his past four starts. But he should be fresh following a seven-week break from racing and is likely to be well positioned from gate two. MATT: Lightning Jolt and Has No Fear are both going to get lovely runs behind a keen Rakasinc over the longer trip. Play both and look for a result. HAYDEN: Has No Fear relies on luck but she’s drawn to get a soft run. If the breaks go her way she will be powering home with conviction. PAT: My value bet comes up in race two with the Michael Brennan-trained Machlani coming out of barrier five over the 2536 metre journey. He hasn’t had much luck recently, but I think Michael Grantham can bring him home. WARREN: I’m going for Mighty Ronaldo for a bit of value. Brave to tip against Lavra Joe, but the price differential is too great. The race shape looks far better this week for Mighty Ronaldo and he claimed the scalp of Lavra Joe two runs ago. Opened $9 and is great value still at around $7. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting.   Wayne Currall

Rakasinc and Bletchley Park are two horses who have caught the attention of several members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas and longshot guru Pat Harding have all made Rakasinc their best bet. “Barrier one is a bonus for Rakasinc and he gets the chance to break a six-run losing sequence after showing considerable potential,” Manning said. “The Nathan Turvey-trained gelding won at six of eight starts last August and September. He was at peak form in two Gloucester Park wins during early spring. The NSW import could be one to follow again.” And Casellas agrees. “Six-year-old Rakasinc is a renowned frontrunner and I’m making him my best bet on Friday night when he looks set to lead in the 2130m Get The Best Service Only Pace,” he said. “He is sure to have been improved by his stout-hearted effort last Saturday night when, at his second outing after a spell, he worked hard in the breeze and fought on determinedly to finish fifth, less than a length from the winner Walsh.” And Harding is also in the Rakasinc fan club. “I am sticking to my best bet rom last week – No.1 Rakasinc in race three,” he said. “He didn’t run too bad a race last week and with the advantage of the pole I think he can give punters a return.” TABradio’s Matt Young and Guild president Wayne Currall are keen on Bletchley Park in the $50,000 4&5YO Championship (2130m). “Bletchley Park is beautifully drawn in the feature,” Young said. “He was second in this race last year to Shockwave and I believe he will go one better on Friday night. He faces a good field but excels as a frontrunner and the middle distance is perfect for him to roll throughout and kick on strongly.” Currall is on the same page. “Lindsay Harper should be able to get an easy lead with Bletchley Park,” he said. “This horse can carve out some slick sectionals and he’ll take a power of running down over the trip. He’s the horse they all have to get over … and I don’t think they will.” TABradio’s Hayden King believes punters can profit by getting on Black Jack Baby in the last race on the 10-event program. “Black Jack Baby has a special turn of foot,” King said. “In the small field, I think she can exploit this asset and be too fast for rivals en route to the WA Oaks.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is keen on the promising Papinik in race nine. “Papinik looks set for a fine racing career on what we have seen of him so far,” Havercroft said. “He has won at his last eight appearances, including at both runs since resuming and he looks classes above his rivals again.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart has made Matai Geordie his best for the night. “This is a nice class drop for Matai Geordie,” Wishart said. “He was vying for favouritism in the Pinjarra Cup and copped interference. Back to this grade – based on his win two starts ago – he will be too good.” VALUE BETS ERNIE: The Ross Olivieri-trained Boom Time has contested three races since a spell and looks ready for his first win this time in. A winner of three Gloucester Park races, he drew attention when finishing fourth last Saturday night. KEN: For value, I suggest Bettor Finish, who is ideally drawn at barrier two in race six. He was an $81 outsider last Saturday night when he was ninth and last at the bell before finishing solidly, out four wide, to be fifth behind Quick Stride. PAT: My value bet is also the same as last week, Carrera Mach. He ran a good third last week. He’s at good odds and with Chris Voak aboard I think he can provide some joy for punters. MATT: Blue Blazer is going better than his form suggests, has a wonderful turn of foot and looks a great place chance behind Papinik. WAYNE: J B Mauney returns to the track after a three-month spell, but if he’s anywhere near fit I’d expect he’d give this race a shake. Should appreciate the expected “hot speed” and can finish over the top of them. HAYDEN: I’m trying an all-up again this week. Matai Geordie oozes class and has an edge over rivals in race two; Black Jack Zac loves the pegs in the fourth so I’m taking him place only; Papinik is a rising star in race nine; finally, Black Jack Baby in the last. RYAN: Extradite has improved lately including two recent wins, both when leading. He has quick beginners on his outside, but I expect him to hold up from the inside draw and take beating. WARREN: The Bird Dance made a great return when winning, then beaten but not disgraced in the Bunbury Cup as favourite. It’s a hot race but he opened at $26 and he will be stalking the speed. Will give a sight at odds. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting.   Wayne Currall

Gloucester Park reverts to a rare city Saturday night meeting this week. And two members of the WA Trotting Media Guild – veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas and TABradio’s Hayden King – believe punters can line their pockets by supporting Rock Me Over. “Rock Me Over has bounced back to his best form in the past month and he makes strong appeal as my best bet on Saturday night when he is ideally drawn at barrier two in race seven over 2536m,” Casellas said. “He raced without cover for much of the way when a fighting second to Patrickthepiranha last Friday night, a week after his impressive fast-finishing win over 2536m.” And King agrees. “Rock Me Over is drawn well and he gets his chance here,” King said. “His last run was exceptional – he was forced to do work but plugged away purposefully. The draw advantage over key rivals should see him hard to rock.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on Rumour Has It in race six. “Three-year-old Rumour Has It is the youngest runner in her field, but drew barrier one and looks capable of beating mature mares,” Manning said. “The Debra Lewis-trained filly has won six of her past 10 starts and impressed when a $50,000 Daintys Daughter 3YO Fillies Pace victor on February 19. Rumour Has It’s only defeat in her last four appearances came when she had to face the breeze. She has won five Gloucester Park races.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart is confident Mr Kiwi can record an all-the-way victory in race three. “This is Mr Kiwi’s race,” Wishart said. “Hasn’t had any luck in recent outings and now that he gets a draw he should be too good.” Guild president Wayne Currall, who landed his three-leg multi last week, Just For Love, Mighty Ronaldo and Mirragon at odds of almost $4, is keen on the same methodology on Saturday night. “I think there’s a few polemarkers who will lead and win,” Currall said. “I’m suggesting punters go for a four-leg multi with Mr Kiwi, Texas Tiger, Lavra Joe and Rumour Has It. Hopefully all four will post all-the-way victories.” TABradio’s Matt Young has opted for Quick Stride as his best for the night. “Quick Stride is knocking on the door,” Young said. “He looks to get a nice run close to the action and the distance is not a query … he’ll go close.” Longshot guru Pat Harding thinks it will be a tough night to find value with a few odds-on favourites. “It has been tough to find value bets, however my best bet comes up in race eight with No. 6 Rakasinc,” Harding said. “He hasn’t had a great deal of luck, but second up after a spell I think he stands an excellent chance with Emily Suvaljko aboard.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest Just Makemine Diamonds in race six, in which she will start from the back line. She charged home when second to Aly Shar a fortnight ago. HAYDEN:  I’m trying something different this week – a place all-up. Disco Under Fire in the second, Aliman in the third and Chiaroscuro in the fourth. I expect all of them to sit on the pegs in races where the leader is the likely winner, so I fancy them to get into the money. ERNIE: One For Sassy last won in 2018 and has been unplaced at his past nine starts, but he drops slightly in class and should not be discarded. His 10th last week can be dismissed because he dragged a flat sulky tyre. The gelding has won nine races, including two at Gloucester Park. WARREN: Looks a nice race for Bracken Sky and not a bad draw. Likely to be at each-way odds. WAYNE: Forget Back In Twenty went around last start. He was caught wide over the sprint trip and never had a chance. Is drawn to get a cosy pegs run in the opening event and can run a race at odds. MATT: Roll With Me finally gets a draw to lead, could fly under the radar and he’ll go close. PAT: My value bet comes in race seven with the Ross Olivieri-trained Carrera Mach coming out of barrier six. He had a win five starts back and I believe is idealy placed over the 2536 metre journey to give driver Chris Voak a good win.” To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting   Wayne Currall

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are keen on three horses - Lavra Joe, Wildwest and Always An Angel - for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart and Guild president Wayne Currall believe punters can get the night off to a winning start by supporting Lavra Joe in the opening event. “My best bet comes up in race one with No.1 Lavra Joe,” Wishart said. “Punters can start the night with a win by supporting Lavra Joe. Showed his class last Saturday with a soft win. Well drawn and should win.” Currall agrees. “Lavra Joe won’t go out at any fancy price, but he should be winning,” Currall said. “Champion reinsman Chris Lewis should send the son of Roll With Joe straight to the top and then dictate the pace in front. I’ll be banking on Lavra Joe as the first leg of an all-up wager.” TABradio’s Hayden King and veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas have made Wildwest their star bet at the meeting. “Wildwest comes up with the pole in the Governors Cup, with noted frontrunner Talktomeurmattjesty drawn out wide,” King said. “I fancy Hall Jr will take luck out of the equation and try for an all-the-way win, as opposed to sitting. Wildwest is the mould of horse that can absorb pressure and keep running. I think he will step up and prove himself on Friday.” Casellas is in the same corner as King. “Wildwest, an inexperienced campaigner with only 14 starts, is still learning how to race,” Casellas said. “But he has great raw ability and should carry too many guns for his rivals in the Governors Cup on Friday night. The five-year-old, trained by Gary Hall, is perfectly drawn at the No. 1 barrier and is my best bet.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning, longshot guru Pat Harding and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft have all landed on Always An Angel as their best bet. “The Justin Prentice-trained three-year-old Always An Angel looks set for her seventh straight win after an impressive first-up victory last Friday night,” Manning said. “A third was run by the filly in her debut 11 months ago, then she made sharp improvement and scored a top win despite covering extra ground in the $100,000 Diamond Classic. Always Angel appears to have benefited from her lengthy spell.” Harding agrees. “Looks like another tough night at GP, but there is the opportunity for punters to have a win or two,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race six, the Daintys Daughter Pace. Always An Angel has been performing so well for trainer Justin Prentice and coming out of barrier three with Hall Jr aboard looks like adding to her winning ways.” And Havercroft makes it a clean sweep. “Always An Angel made an impressive return to racing last week when defeating Black Jack Baby,” Havercroft said. “A winner at six of seven career starts, including last season’s Diamond Classic, she should be further improved for this assignment and has a favourable barrier draw.” TABradio’s Matt Young is the only Media Guild tipster to “go it alone”, with his best bet coming up in race eight. “Al Guerrero has tremendous gate speed and has crossed quicker line-ups before,” Young said. “He was far from disgraced in the Golden Nugget last Friday night and with this nice drop in grade looks the leader and winner.” VALUE BETS WARREN: Space Junk resumes and the trial reads up OK. Has always shown ability and if the advertised price of $15 is correct is super value. WAYNE: Talented mare Has No Fear resumes after a two-month break, but has drawn well in race two and can play a part at each-way odds. HAYDEN: Shadow Roll is drawn to get a dreamy run over the long trip. There looks sufficient mid-race pressure and I think he can extricate over the concluding stages, before finishing too well for them. KEN: For value, I suggest Shadow Roll in race two in which he will start from the inside of the back line. His recent efforts have been most encouraging. ERNIE: Saleahs Comand has been out of luck in three unplaced runs since a win last month and he could have a change of fortune when Mark Reed resumes driving him. He scored a 10th Gloucester Park win when successful on January 15, but was back on the pegs at his next two appearances and broke gait last start. The veteran is capable of surprising. PAT: My value bet comes in race eight with No. 3 Divinia Bellezza. I think she is ideally placed to cause an upset and give punters a good return. RYAN: Vultan Tin resumes off a short let-up in the Governors Cup and Talktomeurmattjesty could set up a pace that brings last year’s Pacing Cup winner right into calculations. MATT: Just Makemine Diamonds has been racing well, this looks a suitable race and Chris Voak jumps back aboard. Looks a great each-way play. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

The $200,000 Retravision 4YO Golden Nugget (2536m) highlights an action-packed card of pacing at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And several members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have made Magnificent Storm their best bet in the Group 1 feature. TABradio’s Hayden King and Matt Young, Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas and Guild president Wayne Currall all believe the Ray Williams-trained gelding will keep his unbeaten streak in WA going and record 13 wins in a row. “Magnificent Storm is the best 4YO in WA and potentially the southern hemisphere,” King said. “The draw has driven him out to black odds, but ignoring veritable bad luck he is just better than them. He meets many worthy adversaries, however I think he has the versatility to overcome obstacles.” Young, King’s colleague at TABradio, agrees. “Magnificent Storm, on paper, has a bad draw but punters just need to understand that they are just getting a better price about a superstar,” Young said. “He will win the Golden Nugget.” Casellas is just as bullish. “Champions find ways to overcome difficulties, and I am more than happy to declare Magnificent Storm as my best bet this week,” Casellas said. “And that’s despite drawing the outside barrier at No. 9 in a quality field of four-year-olds on Friday night. He has been a dominant force in winning at his 12 starts in WA and I am confident he will maintain his superb form against the odds.” Currall is singing from the same hymn sheet as King, Young and Casellas. “Ray Williams has Magnificent Storm racing in tremendous heart,” Currall said. “And driver Aldo Cortopassi - one of the coolest reinsmen in the business - has developed a great understanding of the horse. Cortopassi knows his horse is not a ‘one-trick pony’ - he has options from gate nine and I’m confident he will let the horse rip at the right time. Number 13 won’t be unlucky for this bloke.” However, longshot guru Pat Harding is tipping an upset in the Nugget. He has made Patronus Star his star bet on the night. “As racing returns to GP after the lockdown, it looks like a fascinating night with a few odds-on pops,” Harding said. “Could be a good night for some outsiders. My best bet comes up in the Nugget in the shape of Patronus Star. Had a couple of good wins in recent starts and I think he is ideally placed from barrier six over the 2536m journey to give the Greg and Skye Bond stable another major win.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on Miss Limelight in race seven. “The Michael Brennan-trained Miss Limelight looks hard to beat after drawing gate one in fillies and mares’ company,” Manning said. “She has come up with barriers six and five, and a back-line draw, when beaten at her past three starts. The four-year-old has an impressive career tally of eight wins and three places from 13 starts. Her Gloucester Park record is two wins in three appearances.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes punters can get the night off to a winning start with Bettor Be Oscar in the opening event. “Bettor Be Oscar stands out for me on a night where I think punters can build a bank early,” Havercrift said. “He hasn’t won since June, but nine placings since then suggest he has been about the mark. He held out the pacy Talkerup when last drawing the inside barrier and I’d expect Aiden De Campo to elect to lead throughout.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart has opted for another polemarker as his best bet. “Papanik made a nice return at Pinjarra last month in what could have been a tricky race,” Wishart said. “Just knows how to get the job done and from the perfect draw should be too good again.” VALUE BETS HAYDEN: Simba Bromac was a strong effort from the moving line last start, eventually working into second place. He can camp behind the leader here and be too powerful over the staying trip. MATT: Bettor Finish is racing well and has a nice draw. If he can do everything right he will be close enough and with luck can be dangerous late. KEN: For value, I suggest Simba Bromac in race four in which he should lead early and then take the sit behind Talktomeurmattjesty before unwinding a spirited finishing burst. WAYNE: Twentynine Twelve follows speed well and he looks each-way all day in the first from his trailing draw.  PAT: My value bet comes up in Race 10 with No. 1 Joelene. She ran a good third at her last start, first-up after a short break, and I believe Colin Brown can drive her to a well-earned victory. ERNIE: As Happy As Larry, a winner of four standing-start races, is capable of overcoming a 50m handicap. He has competed in mobiles won by class pacers Vampiro, Galactic Star, Chicago Bull and Patronus Star when unplaced at his past four starts. RYAN: I’m happy to be on The Kraken each-way at the indicative price of $26. Never saw daylight in the Nights Of Thunder heat, then hoisted at a vital stage last time out. WARREN: There were a few I could have gone to for a value bet, but decided on As Happy As Larry. Never easy off 50m, but I just think the way this race sets up he’s a huge chance. Has been placed off the 50m relatively recently. Definitely be on him at the $11. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting from home.    Wayne Currall

Antero and Miracle Moose are two pacers who have caught the eye of several members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for Friday night's meeting at Gloucester Park. Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas and TABradio's Matt Young have singled out Miracle Moose as their best bet. “A dazzling burst from 10th at the bell to finish second to Babyface Adda last week makes it easy to choose Miracle Moose as my best bet on Friday night when he will start from the outside barrier in the seventh event,” Casellas said. “The five-year-old went six wide on the home bend and thundered home.” And Young agrees. “Miracle Moose is flying, small field suits and he should sit last and go coast-to-coast in the final circuit,” a confident Young said. Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft are firmly in the corner of Antero in race two. “Antero has been racing well and finally gets a draw where he can dictate terms,” Wishart said. “In that role he should be winning.” Havercroft is just as confident. “Antero battled away from the breeze last week and comes up with the pole this Friday,” Havercroft said. “Led all of the way six starts ago when defeating Ideal Investment under similar conditions. His main danger, Bettor Be Oscar, is drawn on his back too, and that is where Gary Hall Jr will hope to keep him.” Longshot guru Pat Harding is tipping a big night for the Halls. “It looks as though the father and son team of Gary Hall and Gary Hall Jr could enjoy some good winners at GP this Friday night, particularly in the first three races,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in the main race on the program, with No. 6 Patronus Star. He has an excellent record and won well last week. I expect him to repeat that performance.” But Media Guild president Wayne Currall doesn’t see the Group 1 Simonds Steel $125,000 4YO Classic (2130m) playing out that way. “Magnificent Storm has been the dominant horse in this age group all over summer,” Currall said. “He has never tasted defeat in Australia with 11 wins in a row. Trainer Ray Williams has the son of American Ideal flying and Aldo Cortopassi has developed a great understanding of the horse. He’s my best bet.” TABradio’s Hayden King is keen on Mattjestic Star in the opening race on the 10-event card. “Mattjestic Star is drawn to lead in the first and he is a demon to catch out in front,” King said. “He rated a quick mile rate when leading throughout in September last year and should win.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning has made Diego his star bet for the night. “Diego will attempt a second straight win and looks hard to beat from gate two,” Manning said. “He was caught wide when unplaced behind Bletchley Park in the Village Kid Sprint two starts ago. Trainer Gary Hall then dropped Diego sharply in class and he scored a front-running victory. The gelding, who stays in similar company, had notched six victories from his past nine appearances.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest Im Rocknroll Magic in race two. He impressed last week when he ran home powerfully from fifth at the bell to finish second to Queen Shenandoah in the Group 2 Nights Of Thunder final. MATT: Jesse Allwood has been unlucky as of late, this race suits and with even luck in running should go close. WARREN: Mattjestic Star runs his best races in front and will get every opportunity from the draw. At the indicative price of $9 is worth an each-way ticket. RYAN: Mattjestic Star grows a leg when drawing the inside and his recent efforts at Pinjarra have been sound. PAT: My value bet comes in race seven with No. 6 Major Stare. With only seven runners, this race is wide open but with Chris Voak aboard I think he stands an excellent chance. WAYNE: Manofthepeople is considered a country horse, but his form of late has been good enough to give him an each-way chance in the stand. He flies the tapes and Kyle Harper will have him bowling along in the lead. HAYDEN: I think Talktomeurmattjesty will power his way to the top. Over the long trip, many may be reluctant to pursue his tearaway lead on the assumption he will come back to them. However, I fancy patience may be misplaced and fortune will favour the brave.  ERNIE: Whozideawasthis, a 10-year-old who has been beaten at his past seven starts, must be showing a lot at trackwork to have remained in top trainer Gary Hall’s stable. He has now drawn favourably, after dropping back from eight when he ran unplaced in last week’s Ray Duffy Memorial. He has won 24 races, including 11 at Gloucester Park. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are confident of steering punters in the right direction for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart believe Fifty Five Reborn can post an all-the-way victory in race six. “Fifty Five Reborn is likely to gain a vital advantage when starting from gate one and she could score her first win in eight starts since a spell,” Manning said. “The Colin Brown-trained four-year-old fought on gamely to run second after facing the breeze last Tuesday week. Seven of her eight wins have been at Gloucester Park.” And Wishart agrees. “My best bet is Fifty Five Reborn,” Wishart said. “She’s a very talented mate who finds the right race here and I expect her to lead throughout.” But TABradio’s Matt Young has different thoughts. He has made Roll With Me his best bet in the same race. “Roll With Me was unlucky last start and is suited at the trip and this class,” Young said. “His versatility should see him be very hard to beat.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and Guild president Wayne Currall are keen on Diego in race three. “A winner at four of six local appearances, Diego is a big class-dropper on his last-start Village Kid Sprint run,” Havercroft said. “He couldn't get into a race run at blistering speed and gets his chance to return to winning form here in a much easier field.” Currall is thinking along the same lines. “Diego was most impressive when he led over 2130m four starts ago and carved out a slick mile rate of 1:55.1,” Currall said. “On that occasion he covered the last 800m in a blistering 55.1. Maddison Brown is expected to send him straight to the top from his good draw and they’ll struggle to get near him if he runs those sort of times.” TABradio’s Hayden King has made Divinia Bellezza his star bet on the eight-race card. “I can see Divinia Bellezza getting forward, then accepting cover on noted breeze horse Headline Act,” King said. “Although she was well beaten, she was making stealthy progress last start, so I can see her getting over the top here.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas, who was on fire last week with eight winners from the 10 events, and longshot guru Pat Harding have pinned their faith on Patronus Star in race four. “A deflated sulky tyre soon after the start knocked Patronus Star out of action in last week’s Four-Year-Old Championship, and I’m making the brilliant pacer my best bet this week to make amends for that misfortune by winning the Ray Duffy Memorial on Friday night,” Casellas said. “Last season’s WA Derby winner is poised to set the pace from the No. 1 barrier and he should carry too many guns for his rivals, including his talented stablemate Howard Hughes, who surged home along the sprint lane to beat him at Pinjarra at his previous outing.” Harding’s thoughts are aligned with Casellas. “On what is a light program at GP this Friday night, my best bet comes up in race four with Patronus Star,” Harding said.. “This Bond-trained horse has been very consistent since he returned from a spell. I expect him to win in a close tussle with his stablemate Howard Hughes.” VALUE BETS  ERNIE: Headline Act has been without a win in her past 15 starts, but she is among pacers from trainer Tony Svilicich’s stable who should not be underrated. She performed creditably when running second at Pinjarra and fifth at Gloucester Park in races last week. WARREN: Triroyale Brigade is better suited here from the low draw. Should settle nice and handy and give a good sight. MATT: Champagne Prince can fly the tapes and could get the start necessary to put himself in a winning position. RYAN: Bad Round loves an inside draw, placing behind Cyclone Banner last month when last drawing the pegs.  WAYNE: It’s been a long while between drinks for the connections of Mileys Desire, but the mare loves the pegs and can run a race at odds in race seven. HAYDEN: Bettor Finish is drawn to get a glorious run on the pegs over the long trip. He won in lesser company on Monday, but if there is any heat on he can be the one to capitalise. KEN: For value, I strongly suggest Divinia Bellezza in race seven, a 2536m event which will suit her perfectly. She stormed home with a six-wide sizzling late burst when eighth behind Extradite on Tuesday of last week. PAT: My value bet comes up in race two with No, 11 Delightfulreaction. She ran a good second last week and over the 2536 metre journey I think Aiden de Campo can bring her home with a strong finish. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.     

The Ross Olivieri-trained Thats Perfect is a popular choice as a best bet with members of the WA Trotting Media Guild for Friday night’s meeting at Gloucester Park. Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas and TABradio’s Matt Young believe punters can add to their banks by supporting Thats Perfect in race nine. “Thats Perfect drops down in class when he starts from an awkward draw at barrier six in the third heat of the 1730m Nights of Thunder on Friday night and he is my best bet for the evening,” Casellas said. “He was doing his best work at the finish when fifth behind Bletchley Park in the Group 2 Village Kid Sprint last week. He is likely to have to work hard in the breeze this week, but I’m sure his class will tell at the finish.” Young agrees. “Thats Perfect is coming out of a stronger race and with that run under his belt this should be a good race for him,” Young said. “Small field suits and looks to be speed on.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart is keen on Master Publisher in the opening event. “No. 2 Master Publisher in the first race is a capable type who looks well placed in this,” Wishart said. “Has gate speed, so he should lead and will be too good for them.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft has made prolific winner Magnificent Storm his star bet. “Magnificent Storm is undefeated through 10 local starts, jumping as an odds-on favourite on each occasion,” Havercroft said. “The son of American Ideal did all of the work at his last outing when tiring late and will be favoured to start his four-year-old season with Group 2 success.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believes Jack William can make it back-to-back victories. “Jack William has barrier one for the second time in a week and looks capable of repeating the front-running victory he notched last Friday night,” Manning said. “Trainer Nathan Turvey has elected to retain leading reinswoman Emily Suvaljko as Jack William’s driver when he attempts to record the 15th win of his career. The Victorian import, who last week broke a 14-run losing sequence, appears to have regained his best form.” Longshot guru Pat Harding is pinning his hopes on Carrera Mach. “A tough night for tipsters and punters alike at GP last week, hopefully we can all do better this week,” Harding said. “My best bet comes in race three with No.11 Carrera Mach. This horse is overdue for a win and has been about the place in four starts since a spell. I think this is his best chance to reward punters.” TABradio’s Hayden King has opted for Touch Of Success as his best bet for the meeting. “Although drawn awkwardly, I feel Touch Of Success may have a class edge over rivals,” King said. “He has tremendous gate speed, however they may be reluctant to use it. In any case, he can sit off them and be strongest late if the speed is honest, which I think it will be.” Guild president Wayne Currall believes Kilowatt Kid can post an all-the-way victory in the first heat of the Nights of Thunder series. “Kilowatt Kid has come up with the ace and driver Ryan Warwick will attempt to lead from start to finish,” Currall said. “The horse has had five starts back from a spell and should be at his peak now. He can carve out some strong sectionals and should prove too strong for his rivals.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest Vivere Damore off the 20m mark in the 2503m Westral Blinds And Awnings Handicap. She is in wonderful form and will be flying home. MATT: Quick Stride is racing well and just needs tempo on to power over the top for victory. WARREN: Jesse Allwood hasn’t had much luck lately and off the front can land a nice forward position and run a race at odds. RYAN: Rabchenko would come into calculations should Hayden Charles be able to find the top. Unsuited when breezing last time out. ERNIE: Cavalry Call has been beaten in his past eight races and he faces a big class jump after running third at Busselton on January 1. But gate one is a bonus and his trainer Peter Tilbrook is inform. PAT: My value bet comes up in race six with No. 5 Delightful Reaction. Coming off the inside of the 10 metre line, I think Aiden De Campo can steer her to victory. HAYDEN: If you put a pen through Gran Chico's last run where he worked hard, he was building into some really promising form. I think he can regather his handicap and he may be too good for rivals at a generous price. WAYNE: Race two is an open affair and I think Marquisard will get out to a good each-way price. He’s drawn awkwardly on the inside of the backline, but if Aldo Cortopassi can get him into the clear he will be charging late. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

The last meeting at Gloucester Park for 2020 will be run on Thursday night and members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are confident of ending the year with a bagful of specials. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and longshot guru Pat Harding are confident Taroona Bromac can end the year with a victory. “New Zealand import Taroona Bromac, co-trained by Greg and Skye Bond, impressed when he led and ran second to stablemate Justasec at Gloucester Park last Monday,” Manning said. “Barrier two has boosted Taroona Bromac’s prospects of breaking a six-run losing sequence. He showed a lot of potential when winning twice at Christchurch and now has a career record of 13 victories from 30 starts. Six of his wins have been at Gloucester Park.” And Harding, who looks likely to add another longest-priced winner title to his CV, agrees. “It has been a tough year for tipsters and punters alike and this New Year's Eve meeting looks like being more of the same,” Harding said. “My best bet of the night comes up in race nine with Taroona Bromac coming out of barrier two. There's not a great deal of exposed form in this race, but a last-start second and a good barrier draw gives this horse a great chance.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart, who has a stranglehold on this year’s tipping contest, and Guild president Wayne Currall, who pulled off the impossible by tipping the card last week, believe punters can fill their pockets early doors with smart two-year-old Finvarra. “My best bet comes up in the first with Finvarra, who has drawn favourably in gate two,” Wishart said. “Brilliant debut then had to face the breeze last run when he showed great determination to hang on for third. Well drawn and should lead and win. Let’s hope it’s another big night for punters.” Currall is singing from the same hymn sheet. “I expect Gary Hall Jr to send Finvarra straight to the top in the opening event,” Currall said. “The American Ideal colt eventually wrested the lead away from rivals and ran them ragged at his debut victory at Pinjarra earlier this month when he scored by more than 10m in a slick mile rate of 1:54. This is a better field but he can record his second win from three outings.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas is keen on Thats Perfect, despite his horror draw. “It’s always pretty tough to win from the outside barrier, but I’m confident that Thats Perfect can overcome the disadvantage of starting from the No. 1 barrier and win race three on Thursday night,” Casellas said. “He’s my best bet on a good, competitive program after putting in a marvellous effort to finish fifth behind Vivere Damore in the Christmas Gift when he had no luck at all and ran on from last at the bell.” TABradio’s Hayden King, who is poised to take second place in the tipping competition, has made Black Jack Zac his star bet for the meeting. “Black Jack Zac is flying,” King said. “The polemarker Destined To Rule is a slow beginner, so even though Blackq Jack Zac doesn't fly out, I think he will get to the front. He should close 2020 out on the right note.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinaror Ryan Havercroft has opted for classy squaregaiter Princess Mila as his best bet. “Princess Mila looks the measuring stick in the Trotters Cup,” Havercroft said. “She has been consistent since arriving from Victoria and the 30m handicap holds no fears after stepping safely and winning from 20m two starts ago in metropolitan company.” TABradio’s Matt Young believes brother David can end the year on a high with Baylan Jett in  “Baylan Jett finds a winnable race and has early speed,” Young said. “He should get close enough to them and can win this.”   VALUE BETS ERNIE: Just Makemine Diamonds has not won in her past 15 starts, but showed a glimpse of form when she ran fourth after starting from the second row at Gloucester Park on December 18. Has now drawn gate one and is in line for her 10th win. PAT: My value bet comes in race six with the Ross Olivieri-trained Just Makemine Diamonds. With Chris Voak aboard and the barrier one draw, I think she can give punters a nice return. WARREN: Jesse Allwood is in great form and put in a good effort in a handy field here on  Monday. I think this race sets up well for him. Great each-way bet. WAYNE: Old Maximum Demand will line up for his 242nd and final start at headquarters on Thursday night and wouldn’t it be fitting if the rising 14-year-old bowed out a winner. I’ll be having something each way on the old bloke. KEN: For value, I suggest Mr Kiwi, unplaced at his past five starts, to be prominent in race nine in which he is capable of showing up strongly, despite his awkward draw at barrier six. He had a tough first-up run when eighth behind Free To Air last week and he will be improved by that effort. HAYDEN: Roll With Me has trialled up well. Although drawn awkwardly, he cannot be disrespected and will be further improved from last week's first-up effort. RYAN: The Kraken just doesn’t know how to run a bad race and I’d expect improvement from this draw. It’s a strong field so we get a price about a good horse from the best draw. MATT: War Spirit is a big price, but his form is good enough to win this at a big opening price. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting and many more winners in 2021.   Wayne Currall

Talk about forgiving souls. Two members of the WA Trotting Media Guild are that and more after nominating American Brave as their star bet on an action-packed 10-event card at Gloucester Park on Friday night. American Brave has got any amount of ability, but he has proved extremely costly for punters at his last three starts when defeated as an odds-on favourite. Racecaller Richie Bell has even labelled him the “money muncher”, but that hasn’t stopped TABradio’s Hayden King and veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas making the Gary Hall-trained pacer their best bet. “I think the market may shy away from American Brave this time as he is becoming costly for favourite punters,” King said. “However, he had a flat tyre last start and did well considering. He has enormous potential and I think it's a matter of time before he puts it all together.” And Casellas agrees. “American Brave has been beset by misfortune at his four runs after resuming from a spell, and he is long overdue for a change of luck,” Casellas said. “He fared poorly in the random draw in race two on Friday night, but he has the ability to overcome barrier seven. He is my best bet this week after his gutsy effort last Friday night when he raced for almost the entire event with a flat offside sulky tyre, was seventh at the bell and badly blocked for a run in the back straight before getting clear and charging home, five wide, to finish fourth behind One For Dave Andme.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart are keen on Perfect Major in race six. “Perfect Major drops in class after winning the RWWA Cup and running a creditable fifth from gate eight in the WA Pacing Cup,” Manning said. “The Ross Olivieri-trained Victorian import impressed when recently scoring wins at his first four WA starts and he earned cups runs when a Pat Cranley Memorial placegetter. Should be hard to beat now that he is back in grade.” Wishart supports that view. “Perfect Major just looks a good thing here,” Wishart said. “Drops massively in class from the WA Pacing Cup. Defeated Chicago Bull two starts ago and despite the wide draw and gap between runs should win.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft believes Lawrence can continue add to his impressive form. “Lawrence hasn’t done anything wrong since arriving from New Zealand,” Havercroft said. “Led and won easily at Narrogin at his local debut before chasing home Diego at this track a fortnight ago. He is drawn to find the top and has experience in standing-start races.” TABradio’s Matt Young has opted for Justasec as his star bet. “Justasec was eye-catching last start,” Young said. “The gelding has the draw advantage with plenty of gate speed and should lead and win in a slight class drop.” But longshot guru Pat Harding doesn’t see it that way. “Finding winners at GP is as tough as ever and this week may not be any different,” Harding said. “I am sticking with Liam Neil as my best bet of the meeting. Coming out of barrier five in race three, I think Hall Jr can have him well placed to blitz this field in the final lap. Guild president Wayne Currall believes punters can add to their bank early doors by supporting Mighty Ronaldo in the opening event. “Mighty Ronaldo returns to the track after a five-month spell,” Currall said. “But he’s drawn to get an economical run just off the pace and impressed with an easy trial win earlier this month. He’s a classy colt who just might pack too many guns for his rivals.” VALUE BETS HAYDEN: I'm going to try something a little different this week - a place all-up. Quick Stride to run a place in the fifth race into Bad Round a place in the sixth. They both are good sit-sprinters and have good draws in races where there is a standout selection, so they should get good runs. KEN: For value, I suggest Extradite from barrier two on the back line in the third event. He fought on tigerishly to be second to Blue Blazer last week after working hard in the breeze all the way. ERNIE: Triroyale Brigade has been beaten at his past seven starts, but he was placed in four of those defeats. He fought on gamely to finish fourth after facing the breeze a fortnight ago. WARREN: Advance Your Dream hasn’t had clear running at her last two starts. I can see some early pressure here and at bolters’ odds I can see her flashing home into the money. RYAN: The $100,000 earner Mighty Ronaldo resumes in a strong two-year-old race. Trailing draw helps and could show-up if the fancies engage each other. MATT: Mister Ardee has the perfect draw but no gate speed to use it. He should be cuddled up and saved for one run again. His form is continuously improving and he is ready to win. PAT: My value bet comes in race two with the ever consistent Queen Shenandoah coming out of barrier two. She ran a good second last week but I believe Chris Voak can drive her to a much-needed victory. WAYNE: Gran Chico is not suited from 30m behind in the stand, but he’s racing “out of his skin” and could surprise with a clean getaway. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.   Wayne Currall

Three members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have made Henwood Bay their best bet at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas, host of TABradio’s One Out, One Back program Matt Young and Guild president Wayne Currall have all made the Collie-based pacer their star bet on the 10-event card. “Tough four-year-old Henwood Bay took 15 starts to notch his first win, when he led and scored by a half-head at Busselton in December 2018, and he has managed just one win (by a head) from 38 starts at Gloucester Park,” Casellas said. “But it is with considerable confidence that I happily declare the Errol Ashcroft-trained gelding my best bet on Friday night when I’m sure he will overcome the awkward No. 6 barrier in the 2536m eighth event and prove too strong for his seven rivals. Henwood Bay has revealed considerable strength in finishing second at each of his past three runs at Gloucester Park after working hard in the breeze.” And Young agrees. “Henwood Bay has been racing well for a very long period of time,” Young said. “I believe this is his race for the taking on Friday night. He should push his way to the breeze and over the longer distance will pound them into submission. Anything better than even money is good shopping.” Currall makes it a clean sweep. “The consistent Henwood Bay is overdue for a win,” Currall said. “He loves the longer trip and Deni Roberts will be keen to put him in the death outside of likely leader Dominate The Dojo. From there she can dictate the race and Henwood Bay should prove too strong in the charge to the line.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on American Arma. “Classy two-year-old American Arma is in line for her fourth Gloucester Park win for trainer-reinsman Colin Brown,” Manning said. “The filly has abundant speed and led in two of her victories. She has clearly inherited the ability of her dam Arma Xpress, who won the 2012 Golden Slipper and 11 other races in her first 14 starts.” TABradio’s Hayden King likes the chances of One For Dave Andme in race six. “One For Dave Andme was traveling like a contender on the turn last week before it all went awfully wrong and he suffered significant interference,” King said. “He will press forward here and if he can find the front he will take any amount of beating.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart have made Magnificent Storm their star bet. “In eight WA starts, no runner has managed to finish within 5.3m of Magnificent Storm,” Havercroft said. “From barrier four he is drawn to press forward to lead, though he did show versatility when cruising to victory from the breeze at Pinjarra 11 days ago.” And Wishart agrees. “Magnificent Storm looks set to keep his winning sequence in tact here,” Wishart said. “Nice win over subsequent winner The Notorious One at his last run. He should pack too many guns again from the low draw in this line-up.” Longshot guru Pat Harding sees a good night ahead for punters. “Should be a good night for punters and tipsters alike this week at GP,” Harding said. “There are a few standouts. My best bet comes up in race three with No. 1 Rock Me Over. He is ideally placed and as the top earner in the race should add to his winnings here.” VALUE BETS KEN: For value, I suggest Carrera Mach, who is poised for a strong first-up performance from out wide at barrier No. 8 in race two. He is working in fine style and has the ability to seriously test the likely pacemaker and hot favourite Sightseeing Anvil. MATT: Im Rocknroll Magic has a lovely draw and won’t be far off them in the run. Looks a suitable race WAYNE: Baylan Jett has been about the place of late and with Gary Hall Jr in the bike I expect him to be driven positively. Could outstay them in the sprint to the line. ERNIE: Queen Shenandoah has not won in her past six starts, but she’s proved her ability with 12 wins. She could be excused for an unplaced run when caught three-wide in the Mares Classic a fortnight ago. HAYDEN: Blue Blazer has terrific gate speed when they decide to use it. Those drawn inside generally like to sit and, if driven aggressively, he could spring a summer surprise. RYAN: Gary Hall Sr thought Balcatherine should have been in the WA Pacing Cup. She has won since and her times stack up. Each-way prospect. WARREN: Galactic Star wasn’t disgraced in last week’s WA Pacing Cup finishing fourth after doing some early work. I think the market will drop off him from this draw, but I’m expecting him to bounce back strongly. PAT: My value bet comes up in the opening event with No. 7 Queen Shenandoah. She has been knocking on the door and with Chris Voak aboard it could be just the race she has been looking for. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.   Wayne Currall

The biggest night of pacing in Western Australia has arrived. The Group 1 WA TABtouch Pacing Cup (2936m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night has brought together a class field of 12 pacers with little champ Chicago Bull attempting to become a dual winner of WA’s biggest race. The $450,000 feature highlights an action-packed card of 10 events and members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have earmarked quite a few specials for the meeting. The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft and Guild president Wayne Currall believe “Bully” can repeat his feature-cup double of 2017 when he won the Fremantle Cup and the WA Pacing Cup. “Chicago Bull was valiant in defeat last week, having sat outside of Perfect Major who had all of the favours,” Havercroft said. “The poster horse of WA pacing will start a short favourite but his class and form this campaign justifies his odds-on quote.” And Currall agrees with his younger colleague. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going ... and Chicago Bull is not only tough, he’s brilliant as well,” Currall said. “Very rarely have we seen a smaller pacer with as much ability as the Gary Hall-trained champ. This will be no walk in the park for ‘Bully’ from his awkward draw in gate seven, but he’s got a heart as big as himself. I find it extremely hard to tip against Chicago Bull - he’s under the odds for mine, but he’s the one they all have to beat.” TABradio’s Hayden King is keen on Cant Refuse in race three. “Cant Refuse comes up with the pole and looks mightily hard to beat,” King said. “He trialed up strongly on Sunday at Byford to compensate for the lost run last Friday. He should be fit enough to lead and win.” But that’s not how King’s colleague at TABradio Matt Young sees the race. He’s very bullish about the chances of Rosies Ideal in the same event. “Rosies Ideal was three and four-wide in a quick lead time last Friday, before breezing and running a very brave second to Whozideawasthis,” Young said. “On Friday she has the perfect trailing draw and I expect her to let things unfold before going to the breeze and winning the race. I’m very confident.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart believes punters can get off to a flyer with Diego in the opening event. “Diego looks a pretty smart horse after his win here on Tuesday,” Wishart said. “Gets the draw advantage on his main rival and looks set to make it three in a row.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas has made Gran Chico his best bet on the program. “Gran Chico has resumed after a spell in wonderful form and I’m making him my best bet to keep up the good work by winning on Friday night,” Casellas said. “Shannon Suvaljko will drive the Mike Reed-trained four-year-old, the only runner on the back line who should carry too many guns for his rivals, including the brilliant but injury-plagued Sir Galahad and the frontrunning Roman Art.” Longshot guru Pat Harding believes punters are in for a hard night. “Looks like another tough night at GP this Friday,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race two with Liam Neil drawing the No. 1 barrier. With Gary Hall Jr aboard and a good getaway, he should lead from start to finish and give some joy to punters.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believes Chiaroscuro can bounce back to winning form. “Chiaroscuro gets his chance to break an 18-start losing sequence when he tackles the Parliamentarians Cup,” Manning said. “The pacer has been freshened since he led and finished third three weeks ago and Colin Brown replaces the suspended Emily Suvaljko as his driver. Chiaroscuro has won 15 races, including 11 at Gloucester Park.” VALUE BETS RYAN: Disco Under Fire won twice in stands last month and has drawn the inside gate for this assignment. He is going well enough to hold them out and salute. WAYNE: Almost knocked the longshot king off his perch last week when 40/1 outsider Henwood Bay went down by a half-head. Sticking with the Errol Ashcroft team and making Euphoric Moment my best value in the first race. Should get out to a good each-way quote and can surprise, especially if the speed is on. HAYDEN: Stroke Of Luck is drawn fairly and could be flying under the radar, but flying he is. He could have been regarded as somewhat unlucky in recent weeks to not have forced his way into the Pacing Cup field, but victory here will be a worthy consolation. He will be extremely hard to hold out with even luck. MATT: Bracken Sky was superb first-up in free-for-all company last week. Jocelyn Young just needs an ounce of luck in the last 400m and she could make them pay late. WARREN: It was a fill-up last week with the best value saluting at $21 (Shadow Roll) and I think we can give it a shake again this week with Bracken Sky. Ran well in a hot race last start and this draw is perfect for him behind the likely leader. Think the market will miss him and he is a great each-way bet. KEN: For value, I suggest Rosies Ideal, who will start from the back line in the Bringing Home The Bacon Pace. The Shane Young-trained Rosies Ideal produced an outstanding effort when second to Whozideawasthis last week.   PAT: My value bet comes up in race 10, the last of the night, with No. 7 Sugar Street. Chris Voak has a habit of bobbing up with a winner in the final race and I think this is another ideal opportunity for him to put a smile on punters’ faces. ERNIE: Thats Perfect, making his WA debut after a Melbourne victory four starts ago, impressed when winning a Byford trial last Sunday. He is a brother to WA Pacing Cup runner Perfect Major, a winner at seven of his past nine starts. Thats Perfect has won 14 races. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.   Wayne Currall

The $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Cup (2536m) highlights an action-packed 10-event card at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Group 1 feature sees Chicago Bull take on Shockwave and five runners from the leading stable of Greg and Skye Bond. It promises to be a race for the ages, but WA Trotting Media Guild president Wayne Currall believes Chicago Bull can reign supreme, despite his sticky draw in gate six. “Chicago Bull has been the best pacer in WA for a number of seasons now,” Currall said. “The ‘Little Bull’ will have to work hard in the breeze to beat this field, but I think he’s up to the task. I’ve made Chicago Bull my best bet on the program. Punters should be able to get black odds about him and he’ll give them a great run for their money.” Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart believes Balcatherine will return to winning form in race nine. “I’ve made Balcatherine my best bet,” Wishart said. “I’m expecting her to bounce back hard here. It just didn’t pan out for her in the Norms Daughter classic last Sunday. Her first-up win was dominant and despite the draw I think she will win. Would love to get the $4 as advertised.” And veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas agrees with Wishart. “Balcatherine drops appreciably in class this week and I’m selecting her as my best bet to overcome the wide barrier at No. 8 on Friday night,” Casellas said. “On Sunday, she raced in eighth position and was forced four and five wide over the final 400m when a sound sixth behind Wainui Creek in the Norms Daughter Classic. This will be just her 16TH start, and the best is still to come.” However, TABradio’s Hayden King disagrees with the summation of the race made by Wishart and Casellas. “Somebeachparty has plenty of gate speed and there is little drawn inside her,” King said. “She led and recorded a sizzling last half on Monday. She can race to the front again and prove too tough to catch.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft thinks punters can add to their bank early doors by supporting Lavra Joe in the opening race. “Tough horse Lavra Joe has had an outstanding two-year-olds season, banking more than $100,000 from his 10 wins,” Havercroft said. “He is no stranger to wide draws and should be able to overcome barrier nine and add another victory to that number.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning is keen on the promising To Fast To Serious in race six. “Quality four-year-old To Fast To Serious has won at six of his past seven starts and was unlucky when handicappers decided not to allocate him a Fremantle Cup run,” Manning said. “He could not have been more impressive in a 10m victory at his last appearance. Connections will hope he can again win convincingly and remain in contention for a WA Pacing Cup start on December 4.” Longshot guru Pat Harding has opted for Liam Neil as his best for the night. “After last week's disrupted meeting because of rain, this week looks like being very tough,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race three with No. 1 Liam Neil. He is ideally placed and with Gary Hall Jr aboard can record another good win.” VALUE BETS WAYNE: Bettor Be Oscar drops in class from his last-start fifth behind Stroke Of Luck, where they covered the final 800m in a slick 56.2. Is drawn to play the sniper’s role from three back the pegs and can surprise at odds. WARREN: The first on the card looks like an interesting race. The race shape may swing things in favour of Machnificent, who hasn’t been able to reel in Lavra Joe in recent runs. But he is a real talent and if the indicative price of $12 is correct then he is a great each-way bet. KEN: For value, I suggest American Brave in the fourth event in which he is handily drawn at barrier three at his first appearance for eight months. He was most impressive when he sprinted over the final quarters in 28.9sec. and 27.7sec. in winning a 2150m Byford trial by 15 lengths on Sunday morning. HAYDEN: The Last Parisian has been racing superbly but has drawn disappointingly. However, this means he will be at big odds and he can overcome the draw and be a strong each-way chance. RYAN: Gran Chico improved sharply second-up to win impressively from the breeze on Sunday. Looks a chance on that effort. ERNIE: New Zealand, Victorian and WA winner Trinity Bromac is due to record another victory. The Merv Butterwoth-owned mare has shown plenty of potential since beginning to race this year for trainer Ross Olivieri. Fourths have been recorded by the six-year-old in each of her three starts since a Gloucester Park success last month. PAT: My value bet come up in race two with No. 9 Taroona Bromac. There's not a great deal of form in this race and I think this Bond-trained horse with Ryan Warwick aboard can repeat his win two starts ago. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting on what promises to be a great night of pacing at headquarters.   Wayne Currall

It’s on again. The next instalment of “Bully” versus “Shocky” takes place at Gloucester Park on Friday night when WA’s best two pacers lock horns in the Pat Cranley Memorial (2130m). Chicago Bull has once again drawn inside Shockwave and will be sent out a short-priced favourite to relegate his younger rival into second place, just like he has at their past three meetings. However, Stuart McDonald jumps into the bike on Friday night to replace Chicago Bull’s regular reinsman - the suspended Gary Hall Jr - and his only drive on the little champ resulted in a third placing behind Bettors Fire in the 2017 edition of the Village Kid Sprint. This could give Shockwave supporters some hope of a victory, but members of the WA Trotting Media Guild believe Chicago Bull will still reign supreme despite none of them making him a best bet. Three of the Guild’s members have made The Kraken their star bet for Friday night's action-packed 10-event card. Radio Great Southern’s form analyst Warren Wishart, The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and that paper’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft all believe the Aiden De Campo-reined and trained pacer can lead all the way in race two. “The Kraken has been in fantastic form this time in and should appreciate the low draw on Friday night,” Wishart said. “Too strong last time out from the breeze, but will be on the pegs this week and should be too good.” Manning agrees. “Barrier one is a bonus for The Kraken after he was able to face the breeze and win two weeks ago,” Manning said. The four-year-old gelding, who hit an eight-run losing sequence before he recently regained peak form, has won twice in his past four appearances. He looks poised to notch the 10th victory of his career.” And Havercroft makes it a clean sweep. “The Kraken has resumed from a recent spell in fine form and comes up with the right draw this Friday,” Havercroft said. “He capitalised on barrier one at Bunbury when second-up and they couldn’t catch him on that occasion.” TABradio’s Matt Young has gone in search of some value with his best bet. “Chiaroscuro has been held up his last two against the strongest of opposition,” Young said. “He’s drawn to lead over the middle distance and back down in grade – his race to lose.” But longshot guru Pat Harding disagrees with his younger colleague. “Looks like being another tough night at GP this Friday,” Harding said. “My best bet comes up in race three with No. 2 El Jacko, This horse, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, is well overdue for a win and this could be his chance to break through at good value.” TABradio’s Hayden King believes One For Dave Andme can take out race six. “One For Dave Andme was held up at his first-up run when finishing sixth behind Headline Act earlier this month, but hit the line encouragingly,” King said. “Now he draws to lead. I predict he will return to his best and make every post a winner.” Veteran trotting journalist Ken Casellas, who braved a chilly headquarters on Tuesday night, is keen on Just Makemine Diamonds in race seven. “Just Makemine Diamonds should appreciate a favourable draw and has bright prospects of ending a losing sequence of 11 when she starts from the No. 2 barrier on Friday night.” Casellas said. “She excels as a frontrunner and I have made her my best bet this week - after she has started at handsome odds and has finished at the rear of the field at her past three starts.” However, Guild president Wayne Currall is just as confident the enigmatic Thereugo can return to winning form when he tackles Just Makemine Diamonds and co in the seventh race. “Thereugo hasn’t won in more than a year, but his past two starts where he’s finished close seconds suggest that he’s on the way back,” Currall said. “Ken is kidding himself if he thinks Just Makemine Diamonds can hold the speedy Thereugo at the start. Lindsay Harper will use Thereugo’s blistering pace from the mobile to run to the front. I think he might be able to hold on for an overdue victory from there.” VALUE BETS WARREN: Balcatherine made an outstanding return to the track after leading and thrashing similar opposition to Friday night's race. Should only be improved and despite the tricky draw, at around the suggested price of $6.50, she is outstanding value. ERNIE: Im Rocknroll Magic, a New Zealand, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth winner, is due to display his best again. The gelding is capable of improving sharply after he faced the breeze and ran unplaced last week. Though beaten at his past seven appearances, he has shown class in four Menangle victories. RYAN: Convert Denario will have the best seat in the house when following Chicago Bull around GP on Friday night. Gets every chance to run into the placings. MATT: Typhoon Tiff can carve out some wonderful sectionals and should be close enough to them in the Norms Daughter. Represents big overs for mine in the current market available on TABtouch. PAT: My value bet of the nigh is also Our Alfie Romeo. She had a great win last week and was my value bet then. I think she can make it two in a row and give punters some joy. HAYDEN: Black Jack Zac has been racing supremely well for quite some time and his last run was particularly flattering. There does appear to be some pace on and he could swallow them up late at hefty odds. KEN: For value, I suggest Jack William in race seven. The ultra-consistent pacer will start from the inside of the back line and if he gets into the clear at any stage of the race I’m sure he will figure prominently at the finish. WAYNE: Henwood Bay will go around at a big price in race eight, but he could surprise. His last few efforts have been sound and if he gets the race run to suit can finish over the top of them. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting.    Wayne Currall

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