Fremantle Cup Harness Tips

Gloucester Park Harness Racing Gloucester Park (Jodie Hallows)

The Group 1 Fremantle Cup (2536m) will be run at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

NSW visitors My Field Marshal and Alta Orlando, the former is the defending winner, have both been scratched from the Fremantle Cup. This means Our Jimmy Johnstone goes into barrier four and Our Corelli will begin from barrier five.

The only four-year-old in the race is the Ryan Bell-trained Shockwave who captured the Golden Nugget last start. He sustained a long run to claim Patrickthepiranha on the line and recorded a last half of 55.5 seconds.

Going back six months ago, I don’t think many, myself included, would have expected that Shockwave would become the number one four-year-old in Western Australia. He has not only achieved that but looks a strong contender to win the second-biggest race in the west.

Shockwave comes up first in my raw data and from barrier two with big-race driver Gary Hall Jnr at the helm, the dangerous sit-sprinter should have plenty to offer in the final circuit. I don’t know if they will want to get involved early; there is the temptation that Bill Haley could surrender the lead.

There should be some pressure during tonight’s feature and Shockwave will be one horse that can capitalise on that.

Bill Haley has options from barrier one and will either attempt to lead all the way or take a trail on the likes of Shockwave or Caviar Star. He is right in the mix here.

Caviar Star was enormous in defeat last start and has strong each-way claims from barrier three. His first aim would be to find the lead, otherwise he should be close to the speed or in the death seat.

Galactic Star will need some luck trailing Bill Haley but will be speeding home if he sees daylight.

There are plenty of other chances in the race too. I won’t go through every runner, but it wouldn’t surprise if any horse was able to win the race if they run it upside down.

Happy to be with Shockwave at $2.70 or better in the race.



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