Please Release Me to resume at Gloucester Park tomorrow night
04 October 2012
by Ken Casellas
Please Release Me (11) got up in the last stride to dead-heat with Has The Answers at his last win.
Two sparkling trial victories at Pinjarra point to a successful return to racing by New Zealand-bred seven-year-old Please Release Me when he contests the Slater Gartrell Sports Pace over 2100m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Trained at Collie by Dave Hunter, Please Release Me was one of the State’s most improved pacers last season when he had 17 starts for six wins and eight placings.
Driven by Chris Brew, Please Release Me has been most impressive when setting the pace and winning 2185m trials at Pinjarra on the past two Sunday mornings.
He beat Courageous Ned and Im Percy The Punter last Sunday week when he dashed over the final 800m in 56.8sec. and he sprinted the final 400m in a slick 27.9sec. when he beat Packed Safely by a half-length last Sunday.
Please Release Me will start out wide at barrier six on the front line on Friday night and Brew is likely to give the gelding time to settle down before sending him forward. Elite Angel (barrier two) begins speedily and is a smart frontrunner. So, too, is the polemarker All In Baby, who set the pace and won stylishly twice over 2100m late last year. In subsequent races she was driven with a sit and her latest victory was at Gloucester Park on June 1 when she flew home from sixth position at the 100m mark.
Whichever mare sets the pace, she is almost certain to be joined in the first lap by Falcons Medley, who is racing keenly for trainer Tony Svilicich. Everything points to Brew biding his time and saving Please Release Me for a powerful late sprint.