Gloucester Park Tips - best bets for Gloucester Park on Friday, October 12

Trent Orwin 11 Oct 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 - October 12

Race 1

Bhagwan leads with Our Perkins taking the trail. Expect Liam Neil or Hastalavista to face the breeze. Liam Neil (6) has won three of his past four starts, with a last-start third behind The Art Form and Benhope Rulz. That is a strong form line heading into this C5-C9 event. Liam Neil has a bit of versatility in this grade because he can either race without cover or obtain cover and should be flying home. 

I’m not that confident about this race but happy to have something on Rock Me Over (3) each-way at a big price. The Art Form is the best chance in the race but a wide draw with plenty of gate speed inside suggests he will be made to earn victory. If a couple of the leading contenders niggle away at each other and Rock Me Over can get an economical trip throughout, then he could be dangerous late. 

Mister Versace (1) looks extremely hard to beat after drawing barrier one. He led throughout four starts ago as a very short-priced favourite when beating Madame Meilland and Arthur Lowe. Two starts ago he was beaten a half-neck by Argyle Red and last start they dashed home too quickly as he tried to work three-wide into the race. The effort was very good and he should take plenty of beating, even with Rocknroll Lincoln and Better B Chevron in the race. 

I am torn between tipping Tanaka Eagle and Bad Round in this race. I’ll go with Bad Round (3) due to the better price and ability to run quick last halves on a consistent basis compared to Tanaka Eagle. Expect both pacers to give a huge sight while Sunrose Village is also dangerous. A couple of horses out wider will likely struggle and look well under the odds.

Burning Shadows won an R2 event at Kellerberrin in slow time and has come up favourite. I have a much stronger preference for You Gotta Have Faith (4) who has a lot more speed than Burning Shadows. He just needs the right run and should prove too quick for rivals in the final circuit with Gary Hall Jnr driving. Hopefully it is a sign of things to come on Saturday when he drives Chicago Bull in the Victoria Cup. 

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October 5

Race 4

Destined To Rule and Charlie El are the only runners off the front line in this small standing-start event. Qtown Rip Roaring (3) has a turn of foot better than most of his rivals and if he can settle behind the leader or close to the lead with cover, then he can make his presence felt at a big price. He looks a much better chance than stablemate C C Chevron who is single figures. Qtown Rip Roaring has won two stands from 15 attempts and looks a strong each-way contender. 

Race 7

What a tricky race The Preux Chevalier Qualifying Heat 1 is for the M0 mares. Innocent Affair (5) looks one of the stronger chances considering she has very good gate speed and has consistent form. She would go extremely close if leading but could probably race outside of the leader or obtain cover and still run a very strong race. 

Race 8

Suspicious Life (4) resumes from a spell and has trialled really well with a 9m victory over Thereugo (trial results say 17.3m but that figure is wrong). Possessing blinding gate speed, Suspicious Life should fly out to lead and will take plenty of beating as he excels in front. His last win came in 2016 but he only raced five times last season. A pair of runner up performances behind Ardens Concord and Dominate The Dojo looks good for a race of this nature. 

Race 9

Another really open race on the program for the mares and happy to be with Tajies Girl (5) who has had some support already from $51 into $15. I still believe the $15 represents excellent value as most of the field can win with the right run. Gary Hall Jnr drives once again and the mare was second behind Liam Neil at Pinjarra last start. In third was Destined To Rule who is favourite in the stand in Race 4.

September 28

Race 4

Argyle Red (2) will spear straight to the lead from barrier two and he should take some catching after racing in open-class company recently. His last win came in the Group 2 Nights of Thunder Final (1730m). He meets a handy field but has shown that he grows a leg in front. There shouldn’t be too much pressure in the race and if he can get away with a cheap split somewhere, expect him to sprint home in quick time. 

Race 7

Lincs Tiger will take plenty of beating in this M0 event over the 2536m. Expect Kaptain Kenny (2) to find the pegs first and then he will probably surrender that position to Mighty Flying Deal or Lincs Tiger. Kaptain Kenny continues to race well in metropolitan events and despite being a C2, he looms as an each-way prospect; he looks capable enough of causing an upset if the favoured trio (Chiaroscuro is the other leading candidate) don’t get things their way over the longer journey.

Race 8

Serpentine trainer Matthew Scott was confident about Smackwater Jack’s (12) chances last week and the new stable acquisition didn’t let him down with a 9.5m victory. This is tougher from barrier 12 over the 2130m but the horse has been beating Neighlor home on the track and that horse accounted for a few of these last time. 

Race 9

Ton Tine (3) returns from a spell and his last run has stuck in my mind when held up behind Glenferrie Typhoon. If he is fit enough, then he could cause a minor boilover because Lightning Calder has struck form and will be racing outside of Glenferrie Typhoon. The market suggests that Glenferrie Typhoon just wins again but there is enough competition here that he will be made to earn it.

September 21

Race 1

Bettor Finish (1) was excellent last start as he raced outside of the leader and was only beaten a head by Fizzing which is good form for this M0. Prior to that he was third behind The Art Form and Im Soxy which is again a strong form line. Chris Lewis will put the Barry Howlett five-year-old into the race and expect him to be the leading contender. 

Race 9

A really open M0-M2 for the mares and Parisian Partygirl (2) interests me from barrier two. She should be finding the pegs before deciding if to relinquish the lead or attempt an all-the-way win. Her best racing comes with a sit which is what she has shown winning at Northam and Bunbury recently. One was a three-wide cart home and the other was racing behind the leader. The main concern is the class rise but Parisian Partygirl should run a big race from the good draw. 

September 14

Race 1

Rock Me Over (1) has won five of his past six starts and looks hard to beat after drawing barrier one. There is gate speed to his outside with Bhagwan and Chiaroscuro engaged but I think he can do enough to hold out the early challengers. He has been getting away with plenty early when able to lead and sprinting home quickly; a repeat of that will see him hard to catch.

Race 5

The Spring Pace (2536m) is a terrific race with Devendra leading and Runrunjimmydunn most likely in the breeze. I like the 2536m for Runrunjimmydunn (4) and he was game running second to Vampiro in the New Seasons Pace (2130m) last week. That horse could map to be a position further back which could prove the difference. The Bucket List and Devendra must be respected as both have strong claims also.

Race 8

Fizzing looks under the odds in this M0 event which makes me look towards Bettor Finish (4) and Mighty Flying Deal. I am going with the former due to the better barrier draw. His form doesn’t read as well as Mighty Flying Deal who has won his past three but it is fairly similar without winning and he will be right on the speed. 

Race 10

A very open race to conclude the program with plenty of winning chances. Sunrose Village (5) boasts some of the better form in the event and should press forward from a middle-of-the-line barrier. He was only beaten 3.7m last time in this class and should be finishing strongly if he can settle close enough to them in the run.

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