No Bad Blood (Race 7, No.7) looks very nicely placed here at Taree.
This eight-year-old has been knocking around in town at his three runs this campaign. He has carried 57.5kg, 60kg and 59.5kg in those efforts. He drops back to 54kg for this in an open handicap on a Friday.
Hawthorn have more at stake given a loss will see them lose their grip on top two spot, while even a West Coast win still makes top four an unlikely proposition.
That extra mental edge should see them get up in a close one, as they’ve done previously this year.
Psychology will be at play in this one, given the Hawks strong record against West Coast in recent times, and the maulings they handed out in last year’s grand final, and the re-match in Round 2 this season.