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Pearl Classic Tips and Preview - Essential guide to the Pearl Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night

Trent Orwin in Harness 8 Jun 2017
  • Tips and Preview for the Pearl Classic at Gloucester Park
  • Jack Mac unbeaten in Western Australia
  • Liam Neil placed in both career starts
Jack Mac (Credit: Jodie Hallows)

Form analyst Trent Orwin previews Friday night's Group 1 Pearl Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park. 

It comes as no surprise to see the Barry Howlett-trained two-year-old colt Jack Mac a short-priced favourite on the back of a hat-trick of wins in Western Australia. He has yet to taste defeat since arriving from New Zealand but there were some heart flutters in his heat as he galloped out and lost around 20m. 

Able to recover, find the front and then score effortlessly by 6.2m, Jack Mac is going to take plenty of beating in Friday night’s feature. 

Despite his manners at the start, Jack Mac still recorded a strong 1:58.0 mile rate over the 2130m and sprinted home in 27.5 seconds. 

He has met Warriors Code twice for a 24.2m and 25.9m victory. Despite these margins, Warriors Code has come up with gate one and is around the $3.70 mark to defeat Jack Mac; he did gallop losing considerable ground in one of their encounters and looks to have improved since their first meeting.

Jack Mac may prove far too good for rivals in the Pearl Classic and for that reason, I am looking towards him winning by a fair margin. If he finds the lead I am confident he can put a bit of a space on them, while he may still win from the breeze position. 

I don’t want to just rely on Jack Mac crushing his opposition because he can be beaten (most likely by himself if he gallops again).

Liam Neil looks to be over the odds at $81/$10 and is worth an each-way bet also. 

Trained by David Thompson, the two-year-old gelding is a half-brother to Soho Jackman who made it to open-class grade in WA before being sold to the USA. He is also a full brother to Harriet Elisabeth who ran second in the Group 1 Westbred 3YO Fillies Final. 

Liam Neil has shown ability in two career starts running third on both occasions. He made up ground at Bunbury on debut behind Antero in 1:56.5 and his run in the heat behind Jack Mac was good. He raced 1 out 2 back and didn’t lose too much ground as he found it difficult to run on while Jack Mac was running a 27.5 final quarter.

Warriors Code has improved as mentioned earlier and he won his heat in 1:57.8 which is good going for the juveniles. One concern I have for him is his gate speed despite leading from barrier four in the heat and the likes of Rock Me Over, Jack Mac, Pocket More For Less and/or Join The Que could test him for speed early and don’t be surprised if he is crossed early. 

Rock Me Over was beaten as a $1.10 favourite in the heat in bizarre circumstances. He was leading comfortably, shied at something, shifted out and was left in the breeze position. He then tried to fight but Highroller Joe was too good for him at the line. He is talented and will map very well from barrier three. 

Naval Aviator will get a good run on the pegs and has place claims if Warriors Code can hold up. Allwood Peacemaker and Pocket More For Less look next best.

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