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Gloucester Park Tips - best bets for Gloucester Park on Friday, July 28

Trent Orwin 22 Jul 2017
  • Best bets for Gloucester Park 
Gloucester Park harness racing (Credit: Jodie Hallows)

Gloucester Park hosts exciting harness racing action every Friday night with WA’s best pacers competing around the half-mile circuit.

Located opposite the WACA Ground in Perth, Gloucester Park hosts metropolitan and midweek racing that is up-tempo around the half-mile track that doesn’t have a sprint lane. 

See my free weekly Gloucester Park selections below:

Gloucester Park Tips - July 28

Please check back on Friday afternoon for my best bets.

Previous Gloucester Park Tips

July 21

Race 1

Hardest to Beat: Ideal Tyson begins from the outside of the front line but he has been racing in excellent form and will be racing on speed. He was beaten for closing speed by Johnny Disco last start and the rematch tonight should be a good spectacle. 

Main Danger: Ohoka Darcy has drawn the best of the big guns and if he can press forward and hold Ideal Tyson early, he may be able to get the lead off Our Jaccka Mara. Forget his past two and look at his dominant Wagin win. 

Others: Johnny Disco is the third key winning chance in the race and if there is some pressure throughout, he will make them pay late. Quincey Brogden has each-way claims as he looks to have improved recently and he finished strongly against Johnny Disco and Ideal Tyson at Pinjarra. Smaller hope to Our Jaccka Mara from the inside barrier.

Selections: 9-6-12-2

Suggested Bet(s):

Ohoka Darcy if $4.20+
Quincey Brogden at $10+ (currently $21 Luxbet)

Race 2

Hardest to Beat: Red Salute drops a long way in class and despite barrier nine, he looks very hard to beat. Deni Roberts has the option to use his gate speed or can drift back and use his closing speed in this class to try and run them down in the straight. 

Main Danger: Whozideawasthis is a former NSW pacer that has joined Gary Hall Snr. I don’t know how his NSW form stacks up here but expect him to run well for Perth’s premier trainer.  

Others: Dana Duke has come up favourite in the race and I think he’s a huge risk. This horse has been very disappointing in recent efforts. He needs to lead in order to win this. All The Torque will have a shot for the early lead and would run a race if he found that position. Heez About To Rock could be an improver in this race while Major Nick and Sir Nicholas could place without surprising from inside draws. 

Selections: 9-11-3-4

Suggested Bet(s):

Red Salute at $2.30+ (currently $3.20 Sportsbet)

Race 3

Hardest to Beat: Talkerup will be looking to take up the running with Shes Turbo Charged possibly taking a sit over the 2536m knowing that Donegal Rundlescreek, Mary Catherine and Sheez Edgy, capable breeze horses, could make moves to find that position. Talkerup was beaten 2.8m by Better B Chevron two starts ago and looks suited tonight.

Main Danger: Donegal Rundlescreek continues to race in excellent form in this class and she looks a strong contender tonight from barrier five. She sat outside Maia Maguire to win two starts ago but this is tougher.

Others: Shes Turbo Charged has the option to lead or take a trail. She took a sit over 2536m when Shes Artful took up the running a while back. She was a Bunbury winner three starts ago and will finish strongly if she finds clear running. Mary Catherine and Forever Remembered have good each-way claims. 

Selections: 2-5-1-12

Suggested Bet(s):

Talkerup at $3.20+ (currently $3.40 Sportsbet)
Forever Remembered at $10+ (currently $12 CrownBet)

Race 4

Hardest to Beat: Sprinter was a comfortable winner last start from the 1 out 1 back position. He is the class runner in tonight’s event but there is more opposition. He hasn’t missed a place in nine races and tonight should be no different.

Main Danger: King Lebron has been getting better with each run and tonight he is fourth-up from a spell. He draws inside Sprinter which helps and he has strong each-way claims.

Others: Blinding Light should be handy to the pace from barrier three tonight and this horse has been finishing strongly. He looks an each-way player in the event as does Billies A Star who drops in grade. Better Than Money could be the leader from barrier nine but he won’t want to burn early with plenty of strong closers. To Infinitynbeyond could be placed from barrier one.

Selections: 7-4-3-8

Suggested Bet(s):

Sprinter if $3.20+
King Lebron if $5.00+
Blinding Light at $6.00+ (currently $13 Sportsbet)

Early Quaddie

R1 – 2, 6, 9, 12
R2 – 9
R3 – 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 11, 12
R4 – 3, 4, 7, 8, 9

$50 for 35.71% with CrownBet

Race 5

Hardest to Beat: I found this race extremely open. Harry Hoo is my top pick but without a great deal of confidence. He should get a nice run in the moving line and there should be early pace with Machs A Pearler, Fernleigh Rebel, Vanquished and Thereugo engaged.

Main Danger: Military Master is another class runner in the race and any early speed will also suit this horse. He can finish over the top of them if they go hard while Chris Lewis can restrain at the start and trail Harry Hoo before considering a mid-race move to the breeze.

Others: Vanquished and Thereugo would both love to lead. If either was able to find the front they would prove hard to catch while Machs A Pearler will be the spanner in the works as he will try and lead. The Storm Chief has each-way prospects from barrier two.

Selections: 11-10-7-9

Suggested Bet(s):

Harry Hoo if $4.40+
Military Master if $4.40+
Thereugo at $5.50+ (currently $7 Sportsbet)

Race 6

Hardest to Beat: Ideal Alice leads from barrier one and the mare has beaten the likes of Flaming Flutter, David Hercules and A Piccadilly Princess when able to lead. The 2536m doesn’t suit as much as the 2130m but she will give a massive sight.

Main Danger: The Bucket List is flying and he will appreciate not meeting Chicago Bull and Tricky Styx. The staying distance suits him more than Ideal Alice and he will go very close tonight.

Others: Vultan Tin is also flying and Chris Voak would love to capture tonight’s free for all with the Phil Costello-trained pacer. The distance suits and he has each-way claims. The same goes for Our Jericho and Bettor Reward. 

Selections: 1-9-4-3

Suggested Bet(s):

The Bucket List at $2.60+ (currently $3.00 Sportsbet)
Vultan Tin at $16+ (currently $18 CrownBet)

Race 7

Hardest to Beat: This is standing start racing at its best. No odds on favourite in sight and this race is extremely difficult to assess. I’m going to put Im Master Charlie on top due to barrier three and excellent recent form. 

Main Danger: Cut For An Ace was excellent when third behind Zach Maguire and Motu Premier in 1:55.5. He looks suited off the 10m handicap and Gary Hall Jnr driving gives extra confidence.

Others: I could make a case for the entire field. Runners that interest me are Robyns Raider who pings the tapes and has claims of finding the lead again. Tommy Be Good has the best standing-start form in the field but his 20m handicap could be testing. 

Selections: 3-9-6-11

Suggested Bet(s):

Im Master Charlie if $6.00+
Cut For An Ace at $7.50+ (currently $8.00 UBET)
Robyns Raider at $8.00+ (currently $12 UBET)

Race 8

Hardest to Beat: The Publisher has won three races in a row and has strong claims of making it a fourth. If he can show enough gate speed to lead it will be race over, while he would be keen to find cover on a horse like Abraxas Blues if he can’t cross.

Main Danger: Im Lisart will be charging out searching for the lead. That is the position he needs to find in order to win. I think he is a touch below his best but a Pinjarra second-placing was good and he will grow a leg if he finds the rail.

Others: Abraxas Blues has a horrible draw to overcome but his form reads very well. Three wins and two placings from his past five have him rating as an each-way prospect. Im Free Falling and Scoobys Delight have smaller claims. 

Selections: 5-3-9-8

Suggested Bet(s):

The Publisher at $2.20+ (currently $2.30 Sportsbet)


R5 – 2, 7, 9, 10, 11
R6 – 1, 9
R7 – 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11
R8 – 3, 5

$50 for 31.25% with CrownBet

Race 9

Hardest to Beat: Rosies Ideal was a strong winner of the Group 3 Gold Bracelet (2130m) two starts ago. She then ran fourth in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (2130m) when making a move to the death seat and will be controlling the race from that position tonight.

Main Danger: Cimorene is a Group 1 winner that has strong claims. Her closing speed will make her a huge danger in tonight’s event. 

Others: Diamond Dove and All Over Tan have each-way prospects with Diamond Dove either leading or trailing a suitable rival. Captured Delight looks a big improver from barrier two. 

Selections: 8-4-1-7

Suggested Bet(s):

Rosies Ideal if $2.30+
Cimorene if $5.00+
Captured Delight at $13+ (currently $17 Luxbet)

Race 10

Hardest to Beat: Dibaba will be trying her best to hold up. If she does then she will be extremely hard to beat while racing behind Daddyslilprincess would still give her winning claims. She defeated Hes Royal Blue two starts ago which is good form for this race.

Main Danger: Susie Rocks looks one of the better talents in the race. Barrier nine and poor manners is not ideal because if she gallops and loses valuable ground, her chances look forlorn.

Others: Daddyslilprincess will have a massive crack for the lead. She doesn’t win often but this is an average field and she could pinch it if leading or trailing the leader. Blackjack Anna didn’t fire last start but previous form suggests an each-way prospect tonight. Cullen Class looks an improver while The Royal Lady and Under The Tower have small claims. 

Selections: 1-9-3-4

Suggested Bet(s):

Dibaba if $2.10+

July 14

Race 1 (5:20pm local/7:20pm AEST) – 3YO MS PACE – 2130m

The Publisher will get his chance to set the pace with Gary Hall Jnr driving from barrier one. Hall Jnr elected to drive Heez Manly the last time they met but with the barrier draw advantage, he has picked The Publisher and that could be a telling sign.

Chasing the hat-trick on Friday night, The Publisher meets much stronger opposition than his past two victories but he is good enough to repel rivals. His two runner-up performances can attest to that and The Publisher should be in front for a long way.

Rated Price: $2.30

Race 3 (6:24pm local/8:24pm AEST) – MS PACE – 2130m

The Storm Chief has been crying out for a barrier and he has finally received one in the form of barrier one. He has good gate speed and will be trying his best to hold out the early challenge from Thereugo who is very quick off the mark.

Whether he is able to lead or race behind Thereugo, The Storm Chief is going to pose a big threat with his closing ability. 

His last win came when leading from this draw in an M0-M2. On that occasion he defeated Superimposed and James Galleon. This is a stronger race but he should run well. 

Rated Price: $3.55

Race 4 (6:54pm local/8:54pm AEST) – MS PACE – 2130m

Danieljohn was narrowly beaten by Natural Disaster in a similar race where the winner recorded a 1:55.6 mile rate. They sprinted home in 55.9 seconds and Danieljohn made up ground after racing three back on the markers.

He should hold up from barrier one and can prove hard to beat despite meeting in-form pacer Americanbootscoota racing outside of him. One of the two will be the likely winner but I think Danieljohn can get the job done with his current form excellent. 

Both pacers broke 2:00 for the 2503m stand in recent months and leading around Gloucester Park is a big advantage. 

Rated Price: $2.20

Early Quaddie

R1 - 1, 8, 9, 10
R2 - 1, 8, 10
R3 - 1, 5, 8, 11
R4 - 1, 5

$50 for 52.08% with CrownBet

Race 8 (9:00pm local/11:00pm AEST) – HANDICAP SS PACE – 2503m

A 10m handicap looks to be a very good handicap for the best horse in the race – Rub Of The Green.

Despite there being plenty of depth, Rub Of The Green is a genuine free-for-all horse and his class should take him a long way in this race. 

His record stands at 18 wins from 32 starts and he overcame a 60m handicap at Narrogin in a track-record 1:59.0 mile rate last time.

He has a combination of speed and toughness and will prove the testing material in this stand on Friday night. 

Rated Price: $2


R5 - 2
R6 - 4
R7 - 2
R8 - 1, 2, 3, 5, 7

$50 for 1000% with CrownBet

July 7

Race 1 (5:20pm local/7:20pm AEST) – MARES MS PACE – 2130m

Maia Maguire has come up with barrier one and she gets her chance to set the pace and should prove very hard to catch. 

Four starts ago she was second behind Sheer Rocknroll in the Group 3 Race For Roses (2503m). She beat home Dodolicious in 2:00.2. 

A third-placing two starts ago reads very well for tonight’s race because Better B Chevron doesn’t appear and Donegal Rundlescreek, who finished second on that occasion, may be forced to race in the breeze. 

Rated Price: $2.05

Race 3 (6:24pm local/8:24pm AEST) – MS PACE – 2536m

Americanbootscoota looks the winner of this race and it may be a case of how big is the margin. He has the best form in the race by a long way and his last-start victory at Northam was arrogant. He sat outside of Wimbaliri who is a handy horse and put him away with ease.

Some of the beaten brigade included Im Master Charlie and Mitch Maguire – both would be favourite in this field if they replaced Americanbootscoota.

I can’t tip a horse at $1.35 or $1.45, so I am looking to get something out of the race with two margin bets as shown below.

Early Quaddie

R1 – 1, 5, 10
R2 – 1
R3 – 9
R4 – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10

$50 for 238.09% with CrownBet

Race 5 (7:24pm local/9:24pm AEST) – THE CHANDON QUALIFYING HEAT 1 – 2130m

Zach Maguire looks a very strong chance in this heat. If he can burn across El Hombre in the early stages to lead he will be almost impossible to run down. 

The benefit is that he doesn’t need to lead in order to win and he can sit and then let go with a very strong sprint. 

Last start he paced 1:52.6 over the 1730m when scoring by a space. This will be a lot tougher but he should get a good run from barrier two and looks hardest to beat. 

Rated Price: $2

Race 7 (8:27pm local/10:27pm AEST) – 2YO GOLD BRACELET – 2130m

The War Nurse will be trying to cross Infinite Symbol at the start. If she is successful then John Graham’s filly will take plenty of beating. She continues to hold form and beat home Infinite Symbol last start before being disqualified.

Three starts ago she led over the 1730m and was just grabbed by Infinite Symbol and this rivalry has been enjoyable to watch with very little between the pair.

The War Nurse was a winner four starts ago at Bunbury in leisurely time but she accounted for Antero who was runner up behind Jack Mac last time.

Rated Price: $3.70

Race 8 (9:05pm local/11:05pm AEST) – MS PACE – 1730m

Keeper Of Keys gets his chance to regain form after not being suited racing back in the field. He led throughout in a C1-C4 event four starts ago.

He dead-heated with Kerrin Joseph at Pinjarra in May and a return to that form will see him win this race for fun. Kerrin Joseph would be $1.20 in this race from barrier one and we are getting better than $2 about Keeper Of Keys at the moment.

Some horses don’t appreciate racing back in the field and I’m basically putting the pen through recent runs from Courtney Burch’s six-year-old. If he doesn’t win tonight then it will be enough evidence to suggest he has tapered off and may be ready for a spell or freshen up.

Rated Price: $1.80


R5 – 1, 2, 10
R6 – 7
R7 – 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11
R8 – 1, 4, 9, 10

$50 for 59.52% with CrownBet

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Bet365: One of two bookmakers that all serious harness racing punters should be betting with when placing bets on harness racing. The biggest reason that you should have a Bet365 account is for the early fixed odds betting. Bet365 lead the way when it comes to offering fixed odds and for the average meeting, fixed odds will be available at least 18 hours in advance and punters can look to find any early ‘value’ in their markets. Another reason you should be betting with Bet365 is their 365 Mid+ product whereby punters are paid out at the middle tote price (second highest of the three national totes) plus an additional 5% of your winnings. Most rival bookmakers offer Mid Tote products, but the additional 5% is the extra kicker.

SportsbetThey tend to be the second bookmaker to offer fixed odds and given they have their own price assessors, just like Bet365, their markets can vary significantly which means you can also look to find the early value. By having a betting account with both bookmakers, you can shop around for the best value. For many feature races, Sportsbet will be one of the first bookmakers to offer fixed odds also which means you can lock in a guaranteed price days in advance of the designated event. Another reason is that Sportsbet occasionally have a ‘Megabet’ price available for harness racing. This is where they offer a price that is significantly greater to that of the rest of the market.

CrownBet: They look to be the next best bookmaker for harness racing, but they are a fair way behind Bet365 and Sportsbet in terms of offering fixed odds prices. If you are looking to find early fixed odds for harness racing then you should be looking at the top two bookmakers in this article first, otherwise CrownBet are a good option for their range of promotions. Each week, CrownBet has a number of different options that afford the punter with a chance to receive a Bonus Bet if their selection gets beat. It generally relates to backing a horse to win and if it runs second, CrownBet will give you a Bonus Bet up to a certain amount – $50 seems to be the norm.

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