28/03/15 – Ipswich Greyhounds

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I’m heading to the Ipswich Greyhounds tomorrow night for the Swich On members night.  It’s been some time since I’ve been there and it’s probably a little controversial given recent events.  Here’s how I’ll be going depending on prices available:

Race 1 – Macmarcus (1)

Race 2 – Crankshaft (7)                      Quinella – Macnivek (8)

Race 3 – Silky Oak (1)

Race 4 – Maywyn’s Ace (9)

Race 5 – Whata Nice Size (1)            Quinella – Torque Flight (7)

Race 6 – Majestic Jester (4)              Quinella – With A Gee (8)

Race 7 – Chevaleir Nuit (4)

Race 8 – Waikarie Warrior (3)         Quinella – War Picture (7)

Race 9 – Pictures Pearce (2)              Quinella – Not Like Tommy (7)

Race 10 – Birthday Bash (3)

28/03/15 – Doomben

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Doomben hosts another Saturday meeting after we were rudely interrupted last Saturday by heavy rain.  The track is rated a heavy 8 Thursday morning and with further showers/rain forecast, it looks like we will be racing on a rain affected track come Saturday.

The rail is out 6.5m.  I’m working on the track being no better than a Soft 6.

***Track and Weather Update Saturday morning: Track is rated a Soft 7.  The forecast is for a mostly clear day so we may see an improvement up to a Soft 5.***

Race 1

  1. Redsson (2)
  2. Secret Saga (8)
  3. One More Magic (13)
  4. St Remy (10)

Race 2

  1. Tips ‘N’ Tales (6)
  2. Perplexity (1)
  3. Secret Garden (4)
  4. Highly Gentle (7)

Race 3

  1. Foreign Prince (1)
  2. Bodega Negra (6)
  3. Specific Choice (7)
  4. Ms Ba Bella (4)

Race 4

  1. Craftiness (6)
  2. Seeking More (2)
  3. Lucky Meteor (4)
  4. Mr Favulous (3)

Race 5

  1. Worthy Cause (4)
  2. Trubia (7)
  3. Gid Up Strop (9)
  4. Denarius (5)

Race 6

  1. Aimee (3)
  2. Nicky Nocky (9)
  3. Little Brown Horse (2)
  4. Tornado Miss (4)

Race 7

  1.  Neo (5)
  2. Sir Moments (1)
  3. Hopfgarten (3)
  4. Jopa (9)

Race 8

  1. He Don’t Care (4)
  2. Gun Case (8)
  3. Gundy Spirit (1)
  4. Nothing Like Luca (2)

Best Bets

Race 3 – Foreign Prince (1)

Race 6 – Aimee (3)

Race 8 – He Don’t Care (4)

21/03/15 – Doomben

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I won’t lie.  I’ve found Saturday Brisbane racing bloody frustrating lately.  I seem to be around the mark with my on top picks but they just can’t seem to get over the line.  The perfect example was last Saturday where I found 1 winner and 3 runners up.

Facebook followers would have at least had some joy with the Flemington selections where 4 winners were found.

We’re back at Doomben this Saturday where the track is currently rated a Good 4 and the rail is out 3.5m.  Thursday and Friday are supposed to be very hot with a showers/storms a possibility Saturday.  I would think that given the heat over the next 2 days that it would take significant rain to change a Good rating.

***Saturday track and weather update:  The track is rated a Good 4.  The day has started out overcast and there is a chance of showers/storms in the afternoon. If they occur, our top picks look more than capable of handling a soft track.***

My Golden Slipper pick is Vancouver.  Other Rosehill picks at following Doomben.

Race 1

  1. Montana Star (2)
  2. Mishani Di Caprio (1)
  3. Flying Sand (4)
  4. Man Of His Word (5)

Race 2

  1. Hi Son (1)
  2. Bewhatyouwannabe (3)
  3. Paederos (5)
  4. Volkhere (2)

Race 3

  1. Herrschaft (7)
  2. Henryvonhufeisen (2)
  3. Canongate (9)
  4. Touch Of Bella (3)

Race 4

  1. Pop ‘N’ Scotch (6)
  2. Miss Husson (7)
  3. Tips ‘N’ Tales (10)
  4. Cheeky Devil (15)

Race 5

  1. He Don’t Care (3)
  2. Dream Of Slips (2)
  3. Rock Royalty (5)
  4. Lucky Black (4)

Race 6

  1. Flamboyer (5)
  2. Gully Command (2)
  3. Jopa (1)
  4. Passatorio (11)

Race 7

  1. Heart Smart (4)
  2. Vienna Queen (12)
  3. Hot Hit (6)
  4. Vo Heart (5)

Race 8

  1. Rocbolt (9)
  2. Forest Way (3)
  3. Fast Arrow (2)
  4. Ella Magic (10)

Best Bets

Race 2 – Hi Son (1)

Race 6 – Flamboyer (5)

 

Rosehill

Race 1 – Fine Bubbles (5)

Race 2 – Rising Romance (1)

Race 3 – Washington Heights (7)

Race 4 – He’s Your Man (3)

Race 5 – Sweynesse (4)

Race 6 – Avoid Lightning (6)

Race 7 – Vancouver (1)

Race 8 – World Ace (3)

Race 9 – Maygrove (3)

14/03/15 – Gold Coast

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What a complete waste of time last Saturday was at the Sunshine Coast.  With the increased racing on tracks around the South-East because of the upgrade to Eagle Farm, the tracks are simply not handling it.  Sunshine Coast resembled a beach with all the sand they placed on it.  Maybe some weekend hackers had a round of golf on the track and replaced their divots.  Whatever the reason it did us no favours.

It might sound like sour grapes but I’ve been contemplating having a break given all the uncertainty with the tracks. However I just couldn’t bring myself to it so here’s a look at Gold Coast.  The track is currently rated a Good 4 with the rail in the true position.  There is a chance of showers and storms so it will pay to monitor.

Race 1

  1. Anton En Avant (1)
  2. Vodnik (4)
  3. Rock The Pac (6)
  4. Secret Garden (3)

Race 2

  1. Eight’s A Party (3)
  2. Specific Choice (4)
  3. Bewhatyouwannabe (1)
  4. Hora Sexta (6)

Race 3

  1. Powerful Saga (2)
  2. Secret Trail (10)
  3. One Standout (8)
  4. Favoured Grace (9)

Race 4

  1. Living On A Prayer (1)
  2. Big Decision (9)
  3. Jefferson Park (2)
  4. Real Favulous (4)

Race 5

  1. Miss Cover Girl (11)
  2. Bodega Negra (3)
  3. Flamboyer (6)
  4. Miss Ba Bella (9)

Race 6

  1. Diamond Fund (2)
  2. Siegfried (5)
  3. Pillar Of Creation (1)
  4. Fast Arrow (9)

Race 7

  1. Architect (4)
  2. Sir Moments (1)
  3. Neo (6)
  4. Black Cash (7)

Race 8

  1. Code Noir (4)
  2. Amizade (3)
  3. Upstart Pride (1)
  4. Notonyourlife (8)

 

Best Bets

Race 2 – Eight’s A Party (3)

Race 5 – Miss Cover Girl (11)

07/03/15 – Sunshine Coast

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We head to the open spaces of the Sunshine Coast this Saturday after a forgettable day for Silk supporters at Doomben last weekend.  The track as of Thursday was rated a Good 4 with the rail out 3m.  There is a slight chance of showers but I think we’ll be playing on a good surface.

Track and Weather Update Saturday Morning: Good 4 and a mostly clear day.

Race 1

  1. Montana Star (3)
  2. Mishani Di Caprio (1)
  3. One Standout (9)
  4. Mystical Tale (8)

Race 2

  1. I’m Hector (4)
  2. Vodnik (6)
  3. Ay No Digas (2)
  4. Supercoach (5)

Race 3

  1. Eight’s A Party (2)
  2. Big Wheels (4)
  3. Citations (5)
  4. My Quilter (1)

Race 4

  1. Polynikes (1)
  2. Benicio’s Prince (7)
  3. Seashells (4)
  4. Diddy Win Diddy (3)

Race 5

  1. Kalandula (1)
  2. Grantly Miss (4)
  3. Itchintowin (5)
  4. Forelock (9)

Race 6

  1. Pro Consul (1)
  2. Treatmelikealady (6)
  3. Write Cheek (7)
  4. He Don’t Care (9)

Race 7

  1. Aghamore (5)
  2. Gully Command (10)
  3. Jopa (7)
  4. The Peak (2)

Race 8

  1. Siegfried (4)
  2. Freerocker (8)
  3. Senglea Sun (7)
  4. Pasquinel (6)

 

Best Bets

Race 3 – Eight’s A Party (2)

Race 8 – Siegfried (4)

 

28/02/15 – Doomben

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We return to Doomben for another crack after last Saturday’s meeting was abandoned due to the big wet.  We have 9 races to sink our teeth into.

As of Thursday, the track is rated a Soft 5.  There is a slight chance of showers between now and Saturday.  I think we’ll be looking at a good 4/soft 5 track by kick off.  The rail is out 0.5m.

Track and Weather Update Saturday morning: The track is rated a Soft 5.  There is the possibility of showers but hopefully there’s not too much to them.

Race 1

We get things started with the 2 year olds over 1050m.  It appears to be a competitive race.  I’m going with the Bruce Brown trained Lujac (3).  This guy has had the 3 career starts and has placed 3rd in each of them.  Last start here he finished 1.8 lengths back from a couple of handy types.  He appeared to be doing it fairly easily at the end which suggests he has improvement.  From barrier 5 Ryan Wiggins has the ability to get the horse in a handy position.  In his 4th start he should be close to winning.  Other hopes to Mishani Di Caprio (1), Capitanear (2) and Man Of His Word (7).

Race 2

Best Of The Rest (1) has had 2 starts for Tony Gollan since coming north and won them both.  He rises to 59kg here but he’s looked head and shoulders above the other distance horses going around in Brisbane at the moment.  While the 3kg rise is a slight worry, it may just give us a better price.  He’ll be able to roll forward from barrier 6 for Jimmy Byrne as he has done in his previous couple of races.  Other hopes to Vodnik (4), Frightening Bolt (5) and Anton En Avant (3).

Race 3

We were all chuffed to see Blackboard Special (14) put it together last start after some roguish behaviour in previous starts.  I think it’s onwards and upwards for this guy.  From barrier 5 Mick Cahill will be able to give him a nice run behind what should be a fairly willing speed.  As we saw last start he’ll be hard charging to the line and hopefully victory.  Other hopes to Vienna Queen (11), Florida Fellow (6) and Jefferson Park (2).

Race 4

Wow this race isn’t easy to work out.  It was much easier to find reasons why horses couldn’t win than to confidently say one had a better chance than the others.  I’m not fussed about the price but I’m going to put Pienkna (4) on top.  This filly looked a really nice type when easily winning her 1st two starts in Brisbane.  She defeated Soldi Domani and Hijack Hussy in those races which is obviously very good form.  She then went to Melbourne and competed against the better 3 years olds and while finishing a fair distance from them did have excuses.  She’s drawn barrier 12 for Tegan Harrison and will need to motor early to cross them.  I think she’s capable of it.  Other hopes to Lady Jetsetter (3), Divine Service (2) and Goldie’s Image (6).

Race 5

Amizade (1) resumes here and looks to get the favours from barrier 1.  Last campaign she was never out of the placings and won twice at this track and trip.  From barrier 1 Bridget Grylls will be able go forward and most likely lead.  That will make her tough to beat.  She has a great fresh record.  Other hopes to Hazard Bay (3), Board Director (5) and Italian Storm (7).

Race 6

Rocket To Glory (3) will be able to lead here reasonably comfortably from barrier 4 for Tegan Harrison.  That should make him a difficult proposition to run down.  He resumes here after a 84 day break and while only winning 1 of 6 1st up runs, he has finished 2nd in 2 others.  His form last campaign was very good and included wins over The Storeman and Rudy.  Other hopes to Morning Captain (1), Excellantes (2) and Living On A Prayer (8).

Race 7

There should be a decent amount of speed here which will help the chances of Miss Cover Girl (16).  She resumes here and takes on older horses for the first time.  She’s won 5 of 8 so she should be up to it.  She will settle back for Mick Cahill which is a little worrying at Doomben but she does have a blistering finish and as stated the speed should be sufficient to allow horses to run on.  Other hopes to Gundy Command (3), Anna Lizzie (6) and Flamboyer (12).

Race 8

Harada Bay (4) can be a frustrating horse with the way he’s forever running on.  He’s been around the mark in his last 2 races with a 2nd and 3rd.  I felt last start he was just getting into the race when entering the straight but was held up when trying to move out.  The 3.5 lengths he was from the winner probably didn’t do him justice.  He’ll settle back again but hopefully not too far back.  With clear running he’ll be hard to hold out.  Other hopes to Allknight Saint (6), Black Jet (7) and My Quilter (8).

Race 9

They say you should stick with a mare in form and that’s exactly what I’ll be doing here with Diamond Fund (8).  She took on the boys last start and made a mockery of them.  She just happened to be a best bet of ours so it was even sweeter.  She is going gangbusters at the moment and shoots for 5 straight wins.  She draws barrier 5 for Bridget Grylls who claims 2kg which will help give the horse the run of the race just behind the leaders.  Other hopes to Caellum (2), Siegfried (12) and Bodega Negra (10).

Best Bets

Tough day but I think these are a big show:

Race 2 – Best Of The Rest (1)

Race 3 – Blackboard Special (14)

Race 9 – Diamond Fund (8)

21/02/15 – Rosehill and Flemington

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It was no surprise to see Doomben abandoned today.  I made up my mind on Tuesday that I wouldn’t bother looking at the form for it as there was little doubt in my mind that it wouldn’t be fit to race on.

For what it’s worth I’ve taken a look at Rosehill and Flemington.  I mean what fun would it be sitting around on a Saturday not having a punt?  This is the way I’ll be going.

Rosehill

Race 1 – Kencella (2)

Race 2 – Washington Heights (2)

Race 3 – Catkins (1)

Race 4 – Oxford Poet (6)

Race 5 – Headwater (5)

Race 6 – Shooting To Win (2)

Race 7 – Burbero (2)

Race 8 – Zin Zan Eddie (6)

Flemington

Race 1 – Jameka (7)

Race 2 – Turnitaround (8)

Race 3 – Wawail (2)

Race 4 – Tawteen (3)

Race 5 – Gracious Prospect (8)

Race 6 – Stratum Star (2)

Race 7 – Deep Field (5)

Race 8 – Decircles (3)

Race 9 – Inishowen (6)