Race 1 (5:54pm local/8:54pm AEDT) – MS PACE – 2130m
An extremely difficult race to assess with plenty of winning chances. I didn’t think I’d have a tip in the race but the price about Wimbaliri ($12/$3.70) appeals on an each-way basis from barrier four.
He should be prominent in the run, has been runner-up at three of his five starts in WA and his latest effort when second to William H Bonny was fairly good when making a three-wide move with cover at the 1000m mark.
Argyle Red drops in grade, Extreme Dreams can be an improver from the draw and Foxy Dame is very consistent and should run well again.
Rated Price: $5
Race 2 (6:24pm local/9:24pm AEDT) – MS PACE – 2130m
Lord Lombo or Tanaka Eagle will be keen to hand to Twoandahalf Tigers early and Bungalow Bill will go and sit outside Twoandahalf Tigers. He may relinquish the breeze to American Boy in the middle stages, although that horse will likely come three-wide with a single run.
I think Twoandahalf Tigers might get away with enough in front to prove too good for his stablemate American Boy who could stand him up at least 20m in the run. That is not easy to make up on a horse that can run a 55-second last 800m.
It will be a massive boilover if one of the leading trio doesn’t salute in the event.
Rated Price: $2.05
Race 3 (6:54pm local/9:54pm AEDT) – THE CLARKE QUALIFYING HEAT 3 – 2130m
Livura looks the best horse in the race and resumes from a brief spell to tackle a heat of The Clarke. He meets in-form pacer Machrihanish who looks hardest to beat but Livura will give him a massive run for his money.
Machrihanish’s gate speed is questionable and he isn’t guaranteed to lead with the likes of Char Do Neigh, James Galleon and Rabchenko drawn barriers three, four and five.
Livura has been placed at his past seven starts, including two wins and he will trail Machrihanish at the start and should get a good run midfield or better.
Of the others, James Galleon has sound prospects while Auctioneers Elsu and Aussie Delight will enjoy soft runs and have each-way claims.
Rated Price: $2.90
Race 4 (7:25pm local/10:25pm AEDT) – DISCRETIONARY HANDICAP SS PACE – 2503m
I spent an eternity trying to work out the standing-start event and we will hopefully get some reward in the form of class pacer Im Master Charlie.
Beginning off the front line looks suitable and with a safe beginning he should be able to tackle the early pacemaker. I think Tommy Be Good and Bashful Compton would hand up to him so hopefully he can get there before another runner.
A last-start winner of the Bridgetown Cup (2597m), Im Master Charlie was dominant over the concluding stages in a race that was run to suit and he has a good record in stands.
Tommy Be Good looks his main danger but plenty of these horses can bob up with the right runs and if Im Master Charlie misses away, then you will be hoping you went wide in the last leg of the Early Quaddie.
Rated Price: $2.25
Race 8 (9:30pm local/12:30am AEDT) – MS PACE – 2130m
Challenging is full of confidence and I’m a little surprised at his price here. The Robin Zec-trained pacer has won three of his past six starts and been runner up on the other three occasions.
He hasn’t had the best barriers at his past three so barrier six will be no different as he rises in grade and meets a handy field of M0 pacers.
All The Torque leads but may not be in front past the post. Other key hopes include Good Times Ahead, Mister Ardee, Lilbitachicknfried and Northern Emperor.
Challenging has the form on the board and his sectionals should stack up in this field which is why the $8 is appealing.
Rated Price: $5
Race 10 (10:30pm local/1:30am AEDT) – MS PACE – 2130m
Franco Joaquin will lead but he isn’t the most trustworthy horse in the race and if one of his rivals, such as Khun Ratha or Mantoman keeps him honest, then he could be found wanting late over the middle distance.
Nothing In Between ($17/$3.80) got the job done for us by running third at nice place odds last start and happy to follow up on him here as he follows Trustytrev who could drop behind Franco Joaquin early. Nothing In Between, with the services of Chris Lewis once again, could be in a 1 out 2 back position with Mantoman and Khun Ratha likely to go forward.
This horse looks better suited over the 2130m and I think he can run a forward race here with a suspect leader that will hopefully knock up late and hinder the pegline (or at least we hope!)
Franco Joaquin can win the race if he gets away with murder while Trustytrev also has strong prospects if he lands behind the leader.
Rated Price: $9
Race 1 (5:53pm local/8:53pm AEDT) – MS PACE – 2130m
Im Lisart looks the leader and should prove hard to beat with Questionable Gesture racing outside of him. One of the two are the likely winner but a few others have smaller hopes – Bad Round, El Sunami, Foxy Dame, Im Simply Red and Northern Emperor.
Bad Round maps really well from barrier three and I can see him racing 1 out 1 back behind Questionable Gesture. Foxy Dame looks the other horse that may go forward but she isn’t a breeze horse and would be looking for Questionable Gesture to give cover if she does press forward.
Two starts back Foxy Dame beat Bad Round and Questionable Gesture by a head and half-neck respectively in a close three-way finish.
Bad Round’s previous form includes a close second behind Northern Emperor at Northam and a third-placing behind Allthewaytothebank at the same venue. Looks a great each-way price at $16 and $4.
Rated Price: $9.50
Race 3 (6:54pm local/9:54pm AEDT) – THE CLARKE QUALIFYING HEAT 2 – 2130m
Tanaka Eagle looks likely to take a trail behind Gaz Wannabet at the start of the race and this is the draw which will see Gaz Wannabet really competitive.
Hailing from the Greg and Skye Bond stable, Gaz Wannabet won back-to-back races in February before a couple of placings led to a last-start sixth.
There shouldn’t be too much pressure in the race and Nathan Turvey will try to pinch the race from stablemate Galactic Star who is the superior horse and may still overcome barrier 12.
Other chances to Twoandahalf Tigers, Letztorqueaboutyou, Sky Art, Straight Thru Blue and Tanaka Eagle.
Rated Price: $2.60
Race 4 (7:25pm local/10:25pm AEDT) – MS PACE – 2130m
Classy mare Sheer Rocknroll returned in excellent fashion with a 7.9m victory in an M0-M1 event. She sat 1 out 2 back in the run before quickly descending upon them and racing away to an effortless win.
She has come up with barrier eight here but her form reads well for a race of this nature and she should be put into the race at some stage.
The Storm Chief will be keen to lead and could be challenged by Auctioneers Elsu who looks a big chance of crossing if they really run the gate with her.
Sheer Rocknroll is looking to take the next step to becoming an open-class mare and she continues to add strength to her arsenal which is important for that transition.
Rated Price: $2.50
Race 7 (9:05pm local/12:05am AEDT) – 4YO & 5YO CHAMPIONSHIP – 2130m
A small but select field of seven runners faces the starter in the Group 3 feature and six of them have winning claims. Mister Versace can’t win from barrier six against this opposition.
Kiwi Legend has been flying and looks a big chance of crossing Ideal Tyson at the start. That gives Kiwi Legend the advantage over Pinjarra Pacing Cup winner Im Full Of Excuses who doesn’t look suited over the 2130m from barrier seven – plenty of respect for his ability but strong preference to Kiwi legend here.
Facing the breeze in 1:56.4 over the 2536m last time, Kiwi Legend was narrowly beaten by Talktomeurmattjesty who looks a strong chance of claiming the Albany Cup on Saturday night.
Rated Price: $1.90
Race 8 (9:35pm local/12:35am AEDT) – MS PACE – 2130m
Walkabout Creek had plenty of gate speed in New South Wales and he finally gets a draw to use it as he looks to hold All The Torque out at the start.
The six-year-old gelding has been racing well from poor draws in similar grade, including four runner-up performances from his past seven starts.
He comes off a last-start fourth behind Debt Free Charlie when beginning from barrier eight over the 1730m. He finished strongly to be beaten 5.5m and the deafeners failed to release which potentially enhances the performance.
Rated Price: $2.20
Race 10 (10:30pm local/1:30am AEDT) – MS PACE – 2536m
A difficult race to assess with Sarah Suvaljko stablemates Racey American and Its My Lucknow drawn in barriers one and two respectively. I’m not sure whether Racey American will hand up to Its My Lucknow or whether something wider could cross (such as Deflector).
Regardless of speed map, the Ross Olivieri-trained seven-year-old gelding Nothing In Between ($15/$4) looks a big improver after a number of luckless runs recently.
I’m not sure where he will get to in the run but I don’t see him being held up on the pegs this time around and Chris Lewis is a master in the sulky.
Rated Price: $7.50
Ashby horses don’t seem to fire first up with one of his runners beaten at prohibitive odds recently.
Johnny Disco should be fitter again tonight and his class in this race will take him a very long way. If he can settle in front of Letztorqueaboutyou then it may be the winning move.
Onunga leads early and should hand to stablemate All Williams if it can. Hot Fraternity could fly the gate and Our Artemisia should go forward injecting early pace to suit Johnny Disco.
Two starts ago she raced outside the leader and was only beaten 4.3m by Ideal Alice and A Piccadilly Princess- that is open-class form and seven of the eight mares here aren’t up to that grade.
If Sheer Rocknroll led she would give them a fair beating but Giuliana Rancic looks the leader unless Kristian Hawkins decides to hold up on his out-of-form mare which would be disastrous for both Disturbia and Giuliana Rancic.
Auctioneers Elsu was almost my tip at good each-way odds and I’ll be backing her very small at anything in the double-figure range.
Telham Lane will step really well but looks a hand-up horse in this company, which should see either Tommy Smith, Buhn Lert or Hear It Now pouncing on the lead.
Tommy Smith has been a risk at times when it comes to stepping and I think Buhn Lert is better than him while I think Hear It Now is better than both.
Buhn Lert has the best form of the three speedy beginners and if he leads he could prove hard to catch around Gloucester Park. If he doesn’t find the rail or ends up worse than three pegs on the fence, you can forget about his chances.
This is probably a two-and-a-half-horse race with Argyle Red and Twoandahalf Tigers winning hopes while Vultan Tin is probably half a chance.
Argyle Red convincingly won two starts ago in excellent time and a repeat performance should see him the winner but Gaz Wannabet or Char Do Neigh may keep him honest and Twoandahalf Tigers can look to pounce.
All The Torque’s form doesn’t look great but he improves when leading and his run two starts ago when racing three back on the pegs at Northam was pretty good; a repeat run should see him prove too good.
If he doesn’t lead then he looks to be in big trouble but it’s a worthwhile risk as he is a quick beginner.