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Gloucester Park Tips - best bets for Gloucester Park on Friday, November 17

Trent Orwin 16 Nov 2017
  • Best bets for Gloucester Park 
  • Selections for every race
  • Early Quaddie and Quaddie suggestions
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 - November 17

Race 1

Courage Tells drops a long way in class and he will be hard to beat if he finds the lead. I have taken him one-out in the Early Quaddie but I am happy to play McArdles Gem (10) separately on an each-way basis from barrier 10. He should settle three back on the fence and can finish strongly from that position.

McArdles Gem was placed behind Rock Diamonds and Robert The Bruce last start at Northam and they are both very talented pacers. It was a quick last half of 55.8 which is not often seen at Northam and while this horse will need some luck, he should have something to offer late.

Race 2

Aussie Delight (6) will be second-up into this M1-M3 event and he looks a strong chance based on what he did last preparation, which includes a narrow second to El Hombre. He raced against the likes of Natural Disaster, Vanquished and Ima Rocknroll Legend which is stronger opposition than what he meets tonight.

His first up run was nothing to write home about but barrier nine didn’t help as he was out the back. He should map a lot closer tonight and can be strong late. 

Early Quaddie

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

$50 for 61.72% with CrownBet

Race 5

It looks race over if Ohoka Darcy gets the front off Our Jaccka Mara as he beat a stronger field five starts ago when leading. 

The horse that has come up very big odds is Change Of Address (4) who was beaten 2.9m by Jaxon Fella last start. He is rarely far away and continues to fly home. He looks an excellent each-way bet and it would not surprise to see him finishing first tonight. 

Race 6

The Golden Nugget Prelude looks an excellent contest and I’m with Herrick Roosevelt (5) who continues to impress. He defeated Rocknroll Legend and the late The Pima Indian in the 4YO Classic (2185m) at Pinjarra and he should prove hardest to beat from barrier five tonight.

His record stands at nine wins from 13 starts and he will be a major player in the upcoming 4YO features. 

Rocknroll Legend will run a big race from barrier two and looks the main danger to Herrick Roosevelt while Our Zak Whitby, Space Junk and Runrunjimmydunn look other leading contenders in the race. I’m not sold on Carter Micheal yet so will wait for him to run well in top 4YO company before considering him. 

Keep an eye on Wrappers Delight because he will be a very strong chance if he gains a start. The handicapper controversially left this horse out of tonight’s field. Also throw him in the Quaddie if he gains a start.  

Race 7

Tonight’s feature event is the Pat Cranley Memorial (1730m) over the short course. There should be plenty of speed early and Rycroft (4) looks a very backable price from barrier four. He has some chance of crossing Rub Of The Green early and if he hit the fence, then he could prove hard to catch. 

Four starts ago he led and won in 1:55.8 for the 2130m and should get a good run whether he can cross or not. 

Run Oneover is also a chance of crossing Rub Of The Green and he becomes the horse to beat if he leads while the polemarker can take catching if he leads. It looks an intriguing contest where the favourites could also carve each other up allowing Ideal Alice, American Boy and Sheer Rocknroll into the race. 


R5 – 1, 2, 4
R6 – 2, 3, 5, 8, 10*
R7 – 1, 4, 5
R8 – 1, 2

$50 for 55.55% with CrownBet

* Add number 13 (Wrappers Delight) to Race 6 if he gains a start. I recommend waiting until scratchings are finalised before taking the Quaddie as Wrappers Delight is a big chance if he starts. 

Meeting Selections

R1 – 4-1-10-12
R2 – 6-3-1-7
R3 – 2-1-9-4
R4 – 8-1-7-10
R5 – 2-4-1-10
R6 – 5-2-3-10
R7 – 4-1-5-7
R8 – 1-2-10-11
R9 – 2-1-10-11
R10 – 6-4-5-1

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Race 2

Bettor Boa comes up with barrier two and she is a $1.10 favourite to go one better than last start when Sarah Goody proved too good over the concluding stages. 

She looks the leader in the race and will be extremely hard to beat. However, I couldn’t talk anyone into taking the short price about this mare. Nathan Turvey does a great job with his team but his mares’ can throw in a shocking performance from time to time. If she doesn’t bring her best form then she can be beaten.

Mary Catherine (6) is the main danger and she was held up behind Tisadream when beaten 4m by the stablemate and Walkinshaw in a dead heat. Herrick Roosevelt was a narrow third and he has since won the 4YO Classic over WA Oaks winner Maczaffair. 

Her last win came over Donegal Rundlescreek who is flying and a narrow runner up performance behind Quite A Delight when beating home Donegal Rundlescreek was excellent back in July.

Auctioneers Elsu (7) is one of my favourite mares and I have to back her at $41 in this event as she is my third pick and can charge home if Mary Catherine keeps Bettor Boa honest. 

Rated Price: $5.00

Rated Price: $13

Race 3

Donegal Rundlescreek (1) has won her past two over Dodolicious and I think she can make it a hat-trick tonight despite the return of Bettor Be Supreme who is a talented mare.

She lacks a bit of gate speed which means barrier one may not be the biggest advantage for her but she has Dodolicious in three and she will come out to prevent Bettor Be Supreme from crossing. Dodolicious may be the leader again unless Donegal Rundlescreek can show more gate speed.

We get two chances with Donegal Rundlescreek. She either leads and looks the winner from that position or trails Dodolicious and can still win.

Quite A Delight has smaller claims as she resumes from a spell.

Rated Price: $1.95

Race 4

Johnny Disco was very impressive dropping a 26.8 quarter down the back to score by 4m over Our Zak Whitby. It is a similar field and he will lead and try to make it back-to-back wins.

There is a lot of gate speed here and there could be some pressure with Shardons Rocket and El Hombre both likely to want the breeze position. That could assist Zach Maguire (4) who was very good last prep.

He won by 18.4m in 1:52.6 over the 1730m and defeated Motu Premier which was a good scalp. He could go to a new level this preparation and I am happy to back him first up without a trial. 

Rated Price: $4.00

Early Quaddie

R1 – 4, 7, 8
R2 – 2, 6, 7
R3 – 1, 3, 5
R4 – 2, 4

$50 for 92.59% with CrownBet

Race 6

The open-class races at this time of year are excellent and tonight’s is no exception as we have an open race with the state’s best pacers Chicago Bull and Soho Tribeca (I can’t split them anymore so I will label them as equals) not engaged.

The Bucket List, American Boy, Condrieu and Sokys Bigbullet could all run the gate searching for the lead and any speed battle will suit Motu Premier (7) who will work around to sit outside of the pacemaker.

Running a clear third behind Chicago Bull and Soho Tribeca last start, Motu Premier is ready to win and the HLB Mann Judd Ms Pace (2130m) could be the race for Ross Olivieri and Chris Lewis to combine for another winner – what a combination this has been.

He was narrowly beaten by American Boy two starts ago in 1:55.3 from the chair and can turn the tables. 

The Bucket List rates strongly here after a second in the Don Randall Memorial Cup (2631m) on Monday. Most of the field can win with the right run except for poor old Mysta Magical Mach who probably should have stayed in retirement after a glorious career that saw him win the 2009 WA Pacing Cup and run second in the Inter Dominion Championship in 2012.

Rated Price: $3.80


R5 – 2
R6 – 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
R7 – 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12
R8 – 4, 6, 9

$50 for 41.66% with CrownBet

Meeting Selections

R1 – 8-7-4-9
R2 – 2-6-7-8
R3 – 1-3-5-2
R4 – 2-4-1-8
R5 – 2-7-1-11
R6 – 7-2-3-6
R7 – 1-8-9-12
R8 – 9-6-4-1
R9 – 1-7-5-10
R10 – 1-2-7-6

November 3


R2 – Johnny Disco to win - $1.85
R5 – Tas Man Bromac to win - $1.35
R6 – Natural Disaster to place - $1.30

Race 3

Abraxas Blues (1) comes up with the inside barrier and should be looking to lead throughout. He has gate speed which he showed at Pinjarra when scoring by 11.3m over Danieljohn. 

This is a tougher race but his form is excellent with two wins and three placings from his past five starts. His victories came over El Hombre and Bettor Reward which looks good form for this race.

Costa Del Magnifico is the main danger with Tanaka Eagle and Soho Chelsea each-way chances. All of the field can run a place if they get the right run.

Rated Price: $2.10

Race 4

Americanbootscoota (8) boasts the best recent form in this race and off a 20m handicap, he should run a very strong race as he looks to make it a perfect three from three in standing start events.

He proved too good for Rub Of The Green last time they met and despite that horse gaining a 10m advantage this time to meet Americanbootscoota on equal terms, I think Americanbootscoota has the edge.

Chris Lewis is the best stand driver in Perth and he will put Americanbootscoota in the race and look to control it from the lead or breeze.

Rub Of The Green is the main danger while Bettor Not Bitter, Assassinator and Heez On Fire look next best.

Rated Price: $2.80

Early Quaddie

R1 – 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
R2 – 1, 8, 9
R3 – 1, 2
R4 – 5, 7, 8

$50 for 46.29% with CrownBet


I can’t see the Quaddie paying much tonight so going to give it a miss. 

Race 9

Our Jaccka Mara looks the leader and hardest to beat in the penultimate but I don’t think he represents any value at current odds of $2.20. I’m leaning to Arturus (8) who was a Pinjarra winner two starts ago when leading throughout in 1:56.8.

He faced the breeze when a distant second to The Pima Indian who is a smart four-year-old. The effort was good for this type of race and he may be able to find the breeze once again. 

Sir Nicholas and Gangbuster have each-way claims while smaller hopes to Lot Twenty One if he managed to cross and Tajie Baby.

Rated Price: $4.40

Meeting Selections

R1 – 1-2-6-3
R2 – 1-9-8-10
R3 – 1-2-6-3
R4 – 8-7-5-2
R5 – 4-1-10-5
R6 – 7-9-8-4
R7 – 2-8-5-6
R8 – 8-1-2-5
R9 – 1-8-2-3
R10 – 5-1-2-4

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