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Gloucester Park Tips and Preview - Essential guide to Gloucester Park on Friday, June 16

Trent Orwin in Harness 16 Jun 2017
  • Tips and Preview for Gloucester Park on Friday night
Gloucester Park harness racing (Credit: Jodie Hallows)

Form analyst Trent Orwin previews his best selections for Gloucester Park on Friday night. 

Race 2 (5:52pm local/7:52pm AEST) – MS PACE – 2130m

Abraxas Blues has won three of his past four starts and despite the rise in class he looks a strong contender. He moves into barrier three with the scratching of All The Torque and could be dangerous late if he can settle better than midfield in the moving line with cover.

He won’t win by a big margin if he is able to reel in Stroganoff who will lead from barrier one but shouldn’t be too far away in this race unless he gets caught in the breeze which will be disastrous for his chances. 

Despite being $8.50, Abraxas Blues is fairly short at $2.40 to place so I recommend backing win only as he could definitely miss a place.

Race 3 (6:24pm local/8:24pm AEST) – THE LOMBARDO MARES QUALIFYING HEAT 2 – 2130m

Sheez Edgy draws the car park and trainer-driver Dylan Egerton-Green should make a move to the land the spot outside of the leader; that is likely to be Falling Starzzz.

Last start she found the spot outside of Artistic Lilly and battled gamely to run fifth, beaten 4m in 1:58.8.

She will get another chance and shouldn’t be far away from them at the finish line.

Race 5 (7:27pm local/9:27pm AEST) – MS PACE – 2130m

We are following Kim Prentice tonight with Abraxas Blues in Race 2 and his stable star Soho Tribeca in Race 5.

The four-year-old entire was second in the Fremantle Cup (2536m) and third in the WA Pacing Cup (2936m) won by Chicago Bull. That form is a class above this field and Soho Tribeca won the Golden Nugget Championship (2536m) against a couple of his rivals tonight.

He is returning from a spell but has shown that he is one of the state’s best pacers and he would have had strong claims in the free for all from any barrier. 

Race 6 (7:55pm local/9:55pm AEST) – MS PACE – 2130m

I am going to tip a roughie in this event in the form of Out Back Joe who has been airborne. He meets a very strong line up and this may not be the right race but I can’t ignore his past couple of starts. 

At his past three starts he has been beaten 6.3m by Natural Disaster, 5.7m by Naughty Maravu and 3.2m by Jambiani. Add the fact that he defeated Soho Wall Street five starts ago and the $31/$6.90 is appealing. 

He may drift out further so anything more would be nice and he definitely has knockout claims in the race.

Race 8 (9:05pm local/11:05pm AEST) – WESTBRED MS PACE – 2130m

A difficult race to assess but Grinning Fear looks backable odds from barrier three. He has some chance of finding the lead which would help his cause, otherwise he could get a nice run close to the speed.

We support Kim Prentice again, although he doesn’t train this one, as he drives for Sarah Dacey. 

Grinning Fear was runner up at Pinjarra and had tested Talkerup three starts ago at that same venue. Even his effort from the breeze two starts ago was admirable and he should run well.

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Gloucester Park Tips and Preview - Essential guide to Gloucester Park on Friday, June 16

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