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

Trent Orwin 17 Aug 2018
  • 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 - August 17

Race 2

A very open M0-M2 event and I don’t mind the Peter Kimberley-trained Raffaello (1) at a price with Shannon Suvaljko driving. Raffaello’s last win came from this barrier when defeating Shardons Rocket and Besotted. This is a tougher event, but he continues to maintain form and racing close to the speed will be suitable. 

Race 4

A terrific 3YO Fillies event that sees the return of Detroit Lily. At her best, she would prove extremely hard to beat. But fitness will have to be some query, so I am going with the Aiden Warwick-trained Jingle Jolt (3) who looks the likely leader in the event. She flies the gate and returned with a 1:55.8 Pinjarra victory over Firstjoy and Innocent Affair. Amelias Courage is the other horse that I considered tipping and she is backable at $8.00 also. 

Race 5

My Hard Copy returns after a successful campaign last time which saw him conquer Lazarus in the Fremantle Cup (2536m). If he is ready first up, then he leads throughout to win. Runrunjimmydunn (5) appeals as a place prospect after winning the Marathon Handicap (3309m). He was placed twice behind Chicago Bull prior to that and represents place value tonight in the small field. 

Village Benny (8) has been runner up in this class on two recent occasions and the barrier draw makes this an open event which could help him go one better. In both second-placings, the Debbie Padberg-trained Village Benny had to contend with Itsnotova who was a class above rivals and then Bee Seventeen who looked the winner from barrier one. This time, Kapeka Fella may be the leader and that could help others get into the race as he was run down going 2:02.5 at Bunbury when leading. 

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August 10

Race 6

This M1-M3 contest will be the debate of class vs barrier draw. Courage Tells has the barrier draw advantage and will be seeking a second-straight all-the-way victory. He takes on Natural Disaster (9) who is the class runner and I think the Justin Prentice-trained five-year-old will prove superior. He has won back-to-back races in C5+ company and should be put into the race from barrier nine on Friday night. 

My Rating: $2.10

Race 7

Livin La Bamba (9) will have his work cut out from barrier nine over the sprint journey but expect to see him flying home as he has the most speed in the race. Three starts ago he was narrowly beaten by Soho Leviathan from this draw and the leader in this event won’t be as good as that horse. His last run was excellent when fourth in the Group 3 John Higgins Memorial (2130m) and he will take some holding out.

My Rating: $2.20

Race 8

Tajies Girl (5) looks right in this M0-M1 event due to her versatility in this grade. Waltzingwithsierra and Soho Changeling will battle it out for the early lead. The former will definitely hold the lead if she can while the latter normally surrenders over 2130m but could hold with a lack of pressure in the race. Tajies Girl was third last time in a C1-C4 at Northam and her last win came in an M2 race. 

My Rating: $6.00

August 3

Race 2

Courage Tells (1) grows a leg on the fence and is the most likely leader in a quality M0-M2 event. It has been a while since he last won but recent form reads well with a runner up performance four starts ago behind Fernleigh Rebel. Back in April he was second to Bettors Fire when beating home Our Jimmy Johnstone, so expect him to run a strong race. I was tempted to tip Neighlor who looks a good price also but prefer Courage Tells.

My Rating: $4.80 

Race 5

The Kerry Clarke Westbred 4YO & 5YO Final (2130m) looks a competitive contest following the barrier draw. Anvil Rollover and Saleahs Comand (6) are likely to battle it out for the early lead and I’m happy to side with Saleahs Comand who was a heat winner in 1:57.1. A winner at three of his past five starts for trainer-driver Kyle Harper, Saleahs Comand will prove hard to beat if he can lead but could also obtain cover if not able to cross and will run well. 

My Rating: $5.00

Race 6

Western Australia’s superstar Chicago Bull clashes with Our Jimmy Johnstone and I expect the latter to hold the lead which will leave Chicago Bull in the breeze. Costa Del Magnifico (2) will drop in behind Our Jimmy Johnstone and looks a big price to run a place as he will get the gun run. I would have something small on the win also in case Our Jimmy Johnstone and Chicago Bull go to war, which isn’t uncommon in Australia’s most competitive harness racing state. 

Race 9

There has been a big early move for Innocent Affair in this 3YO Fillies contest and I can’t work out the appeal as the filly rises sharply in grade and hasn’t proven herself at this level. Class runners Amelias Courage and Our Angel Of Harlem look the two hardest to beat and I give the edge to Amelias Courage (5) with the barrier draw advantage. She is a last-start winner defeating Our Angel Of Harlem and Ryan Warwick picks up the drive which suggests she will be driven aggressively. Liberty Rose can’t be dismissed either as she is right up to the leading pair also. 

My Rating: $2.40

July 27

Race 3

This is a very competitive 3YO event which will see Joe With The Flow lead early. I think he will relinquish in this grade which means Our Corelli (3) will be some chance of finding the front. He won two in a row before being held up behind Speed Man. Forgive last start when last of four runners at Pinjarra and this looks a more suitable race as he draws the best of the main contenders. 

My Rating: $5.00

Race 5

The John Higgins Memorial Final (2130m) will see Jimmy Mack battle against Simba Bromac with both pacers drawing barriers one and two respectively. Chris Lewis has made his preference by siding with Jimmy Mack (1) and that is the way I am going also. He will lead with Simba Bromac outside of him. Jimmy Mack dead-heated with Livin La Bamba last start but it was only a dash home. Expect a stronger tempo here and Jimmy Mack has beaten the likes of Eden Franco, Our Zak Whitby and Handsandwheels in recent starts, which makes him hard to beat. 

My Rating: $1.85

Race 10

One of the weaker Friday night races that you will see here but there will be a winner and Sheez Impressive (3) looks very hard to beat as she should be leading from barrier three. She comes out of a 3C0+ event against Amelias Courage and Our Angel Of Harlem which makes this a big class drop. There doesn’t look to be any pressure in the race and she should prove hard to catch.

My Rating: $1.80

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