Form analyst Trent Orwin previews his best selections for Gloucester Park on Monday.
Race 3 (3:23pm local/6:23pm AEDT) – WESTBRED MS PACE – 2130m
Muscle Torque returns to the racetrack for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond but it will be a question of how fit and healthy he is.
Now a six-year-old, Muscle Torque has only raced 10 times for three wins and his best form is too good for this field. He didn’t flatter in four runs last preparation so happy to oppose him at a likely odds-on quote due to a history of injury.
The Sam Torre-trained five-year-old entire Torrevean Mio doesn’t have a record that captures your attention – three wins from 52 starts – but he has been placed 19 times and I thought he raced well in December and January.
Barrier one should see him leading or leader’s back and Chris Lewis jumps in the cart which is a massive bonus. He also ran close-up behind Rich Yankee and that horse would win for fun from barrier one.
Race 4 (3:50pm local/6:50pm AEDT) – WESTBRED MS PACE – 2130m
A very strong C1 event for the Westbred pacers that will see Right Hand show no gate speed, Star Armbro crossing that pacer and trying to repel Davinci Diamond who should run the gate trying to cross.
Star Armbro was narrowly beaten by Questionable Gesture five starts back over course and distance when leading and that form looks good here. Questionable Gesture looks a tougher horse than Davinci Diamond who has heaps of speed and is a talented three-year-old.
Two starts ago Star Armbro sat outside of Mighty Mr Sharkey and was only beaten 1.5m at Pinjarra.
The duo mentioned are the leading contenders but Straittothebar, Saleahs Comand and Aliman have definite claims too.
Race 7 (5:21pm local/8:21pm AEDT) – MS PACE – 2130m
The fast-class race for the program is very intriguing with Limestone Bay leading from barrier one and Americanbootscoota deciding whether to follow through or move straight off the pegs with no other horse on the second line.
Americanbootscoota was impressive at his first run for Debra Lewis and would have derived plenty of benefit for his second-up task.
Skippy Rascal would look the winner if he led but still has claims getting cover in the run while Shardons Rocket is suited this grade.
I’m going to tip Americanbootscoota who could be in front of a few of his main rivals and Lewis will be keen to make a move ahead of Shardons Rocket if he can (and that’s if he doesn’t trail Limestone Bay).