Gloucester Park hosts a seven-race program and Trent Orwin provides his best selections for Tuesday night's meeting.
Race 3 (5:20pm local/8:20pm AEDT) – MS PACE – 2130m
A difficult race to assess with Franco Joaquin beginning quickest to lead while Chuck Norris looks the likely breeze horse. Top Flight Cruize would like to lead and could kick up to see whether the lead is on offer while Tisadream would have ambitions of racing 1 out 1 back or a position further back in the moving line.
Tisadream crushed inferior opposition at Albany on March 3 by 41.4m. This is 10 times better than that race but this three-year-old gelding from the Andrew De Campo stable has been improving and looks up to this class.
He is capable of producing a strong finish and if he sat on the back of Chuck Norris he would give him a massive scare.
Chuck Norris should have plenty of admirers and his form reads excellent.
Alkiras Desire is one to watch but the trailing draw and step up to 2130m will be a new challenge for the speedy mare while Franco Joaquin can win but won’t appreciate any pressure in the run.
Race 4 (5:50pm local/8:50pm AEDT) – MS PACE – 2130m
A wide-open race for the C4 pacers will see To Infinitynbeyond try to lead with either Topnotch Mach, Allthewaytothebank, Extreme Dreams and/or Better Than Money trying to cross – there is heaps of gate speed drawn middle of the line and all the way out to barrier nine.
We will be hoping To Infinitynbeyond can lead as this will give the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Stroganoff his best chance of success.
He was in super form last prep and his first run back at Bunbury was good. Saved up for one crack at them late looks his go and he should hit the line really well with clear running.
I also want to tip Topnotch Mach who has heaps of gate speed also. He’s probably not known for it but may have a look early with Looks Promising and Racy Lacy unlikely to get involved early.
He led and won an M0 in September and driver Chris Voak has had a knack of producing big-priced winners; this horse should be $15 or better tonight and happy to suggest at that price.
Challenging is racing extremely well and should run well again as he returns to trainer Robin Zec. Auctioneers Elsu will finish strongly, Allthewaytothebank needs to lead to win and there are others with chances – as mentioned at the start, it is wide open.
Race 6 (6:50pm local/9:50pm AEDT) – WESTBRED MS PACE – 2130m
Lord Willoughby could start very short here after drawing barrier three and he isn’t guaranteed to lead. He has good gate speed but Handsandwheels has better gate speed and if he has a look for 200m then he may be able to cross.
We will know our fate early because Lord Willoughby will give them a massive beating if he leads but can be beaten if he doesn’t. I can see an electric speed early and a potential speed battle early suits Bettor Be Lively who can finish strongly in the field of eight runners.
Lord Willoughby was victorious in a close three-way finish last time with Bettor Be Lively running third, yet we could probably see a starting price of about $1.25 for Lord Willoughby while Bettor Be Lively could be $6 or greater.
Tyler Brett looks at home in this class but lacks fitness (at least race fitness) and has very little gate speed but could still be handy in the run.