Racing this week comes to us from the Sunshine Coast. The track as of Thursday is rated a Heavy 8. Clear skies are predicted over the coming days so we should see the track upgraded to the Soft range. The rail is in the true position.
***Track and Weather Update Saturday: The track is rated a Soft 7. Clear skies predicted.***
Elusive Catch (3) won with ease last time out at the Gold Coast. She meets a few of those that she put to the sword that day and it’s hard to see them turning the tables on her. She remains at 55kg and should be more suited to the wide open spaces of Corbould Park. She loves a wet track which she’ll get here.
Water Kiss (5) will roll forward from barrier 4 and will be in this for a long way. Enjoys the sting out of the track.
Athena Fire (6) will race in a forward position from the good gate. Nice effort behind Elusive Catch last start.
Cruz By (11) is better over further but can get through the ground and will finishing strongly.
Fiery Heights (5) has finished 2nd in both his career starts. He’s an up and coming type that finished quite well last start in the heavy going after racing 3 wide without cover. The step up to 1400m should be to his liking. He’s drawn barrier 6 which should see Tim Bell racing in the first handful or so of horses.
Sugar Hit (15) drops in class on her last start at the Gold Coast where she finished 7th to Harlem River. She’ll put herself in the race by going forward. Last 100m or so could test.
Supreme Jet (2) brings very good form from North QLD. Hasn’t faced a wet track.
Real Good (1) seems to always be around the mark in these 2 year old races. However drawn wide.
Addictive Habit (1) landed some big bets at the Gold Coast a few weeks ago when he finished strongly to win over 1800m. He drops back to 1600m here which is a distance he has performed very well over with 8 quinella finishes in 12 starts. He rises in weight but the claim for Luke Dittman will see him only carry 1kg more than last start. He enjoys the sting out of the track and will race in a forward position.
Epic (2) finished 4th behind Addictive Habit last start. His form prior has been very consistent. Won’t want it too wet.
Avalanches (6) won well last start. May be tested with the class rise.
Trakstar (5) disappointed last start but was alright before that. Soft 7 is as wet as he wants it.
Aussies Love Sport (3) joins the Toby Edmonds stable after racing in Sydney. His form down there has been quite good with a win at Rosehill and a narrow loss to Dublin Lass this campaign. After carrying no less than 58kg, he’ll enjoy the drop to 54kg here. He’s drawn the outside for Paul Hammersley but I would think he’ll go forward and settle 3rd or 4th. His recent win was on a Soft 7 surface so he should handle these conditions.
I thought Rock Royalty and Excellantes were the only horses capable of beating Aussies Love Sport and they’ve been scratched.
We’ll find out whether Feltre (5) is the real deal here. His form at the provincials has been excellent and it’s only logical he makes the step up to Saturday racing. Last start he won by 2 lengths at Doomben with relative ease. He’s drawn barrier 4 for Ryan Wiggins which should allow for a sweet run. His record at the track is super as his is ability on a soft track.
Allknight Saint (1) has 59kg and a wide gate to deal with. However he loves the track and will take great benefit from his good 1st up run.
L’Entrecote (2) has been good in 2 runs back. Likes track.
Neuschwanstein (8) is in good form in weaker grades. Enjoys a wet track. Wide gate a concern.
The Queensland Cup over 3200m is a bit of a stinker. However it will be made more interesting if they employ similar tactics as last time on Lovethebeaches (1). She opened up an incredible lead with a bold front running display. At the 800m she was 25 lengths in front! She ended up winning by 5 lengths. She’s won over the trip and handles the wet. At the end of the day I can’t help cheering for a horse that takes a race on like that.
Major Major (2) has won over 2400m on heavy a couple times in Sydney. Will be whacking away.
Mister Impatience (3) won by 7 lengths over 3000m at Ballarat.
Pop ‘N’ Scotch (5) won at Ipswich recently but other form has been ordinary. Placed in this race last year.
A big field of 16 2 year olds go around here over 1000m. The speed should well and truly be on. For that reason I’m going with Denarius (5). He resumes here and normally I would say the 1000m is a bit short for him. However the hot speed will favour his fast finishing ways. From a nice gate he’ll be able to settle midfield before flying home in the straight. He defeated Worthy Cause over 1350m last campaign so you know he’ll be strong late.
Beau Jet (2) is another that will be favoured by a strong speed. Will be finishing strongly. Loves the track and form is quite good.
Outback Saga (14) disappointed last start but prior form was good.
I Am Boss (1) is rarely out of the placings and won well at Toowoomba last start. Drawn to get a sweet run.
Another big field of speedsters go around here over 1000m. I’d be surprised if Lesley’s Choice wasn’t scratched as Luke Dittman has been named to ride it and Glenbawn Dame. Glenbawn Dame (2) has drawn the plum gate of barrier 2 so I’d say that’s the way Team Edmonds will go. It’s also the way I’m going. Last start at Ipswich he went against usual tactics and tried to lead Hidden Pearl. The tactic failed and he weakened. However the start prior showed what he is really capable of when ridden correctly. He finished 2nd to Dublin Lass and beat home Hidden Pearl. That’s excellent form for this. From barrier 2 Dittman who claims 3kg can take a sit behind the speed and finish strongly over them.
Time To Exceed (13) was winning for fun last campaign. Will race forward and look a winning chance coming for home.
Stay Schtum (5) is a knockout hope resuming. Lost narrowly to Rock Royalty last start before a break.
Hallside Rose (14) has been disappointing in past 2 starts but capable on her day.
Race 1 – Elusive Catch (3)
Race 3 – Addictive Habit (1)