Have a look at these names – Village Kid, San Simeon, The Falcon Strike, Lombo, Pocket Watch and Im Themightyquinn. Each of these champions is a winner of the McInerney Ford 4YO Classic.
Held at Gloucester Park in Perth, the McInerney Ford 4YO Classic has always been a good horses’ race.
This Friday night the Group 1 feature has attracted an exciting bunch of four-year-olds, and once again, champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, is set to dominate.
The Group 1 McInerney Ford 4YO Classic is set to jump at 11:45pm (AEDT). Tune in to Sky Racing for all the action!
At the start of the season Hall Snr had the strongest group of four-year-olds his stable has ever had, but in the last month he’s endured a nightmare run with his stable stars.
First it was his champion, Im Themightyquinn, retired due to injury. Then his three best four-year-olds - Machtu (virus), Elegant Christian (tendon) and Crusader Banner (tendon) – all had setbacks and were ruled out of the carnival.
It would be like losing Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell, Cyril Rioli and Jarryd Roughead out of Hawthorn’s AFL side, but Gary Hall Snr’s stable has the greatest depth in this country and when one falls, he usually finds another one pretty quickly.
Hall Snr will still have five runners in the McInerney Ford 4YO Classic including the $2.30 TAB.com.au Fixed Odds favourite, Waylade.
The son of Washington VC has been a surprise packet at just the right time for the leading stable, with two brilliant victories, including this stunning win in last Friday night’s 4YO Championship at Gloucester Park.
“He’s stepped up to the mark. He’s surprised a bit with his class and with a 27.9s split down the back, and then he was still strong to the line, and Gary (Jnr) says he right up to Machtu and Elegant Christian”, Hall Snr said.
Hearing Hall Snr reveal Hall Jnr declared Waylade is on the same level of Machtu and Elegant Christian makes it easy to declare Waylade in Western Australia’s first Group 1 of the season.
It’s quite simple: if Machtu and Elegant Christian drew barrier two and led this field, they would be rated $1.60 chances, which means Waylade’s $2.30 with TAB.com.au is overs, and a great price for this exciting pacer, which has done a remarkable job since returning from a fractured pastern just last season.
Check the full TAB.com.au market for the Group 1 McInerney Ford 4YO Classic here.
Waylade’s main danger is Soho Lennon ($6), which hasn’t had much luck since returning from a break, but perhaps that is set to change after he drew barrier number one.
“He got me by surprise. He came back a bit big for these kind of races but he will improve with every race and with the draw he will have an enough speed to hold up, and the driver will have to weigh up whether to hold the front or hand up to Waylade, depending on the pressure”. Hall Snr said.
A Boy Named Rosie ($26) is another for Hall Snr and I expect him to be three back, the inside, and he will be dangerous on the pegs, saved up for one last run at them.
Bettor Offer ($3.60) for Team Bond, went out of this world last start and he’s a quality animal, but the draw (gate five) damages his hopes because he will have to do it tough to beat the Hall runners, and I can’t see him doing that.
This feature race has kicked off the group one careers of many superstars and I expect that will be the case for Waylade on Friday night.
My tips are Waylade to beat Soho Lennon, A Boy Named Rosie and Bettor Offer.
Sky Racing’s Greg Radley will be trackside at Gloucester Park on Friday, and you can catch all the action and interviews on a huge night of racing, on Sky Racing 1.
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