Happy Easter everyone. I hope you all have a great time with family and importantly win on the punt. We return to Eagle Farm this Saturday and thankfully the weather is fine so we’ll be treated to a Good 3 track. This is excellent news given there’s 3 listed races on the card and the fact it’s a nightmare betting here when there is the slightest bit of moisture in the track.
***Weather update Saturday morning: Another glorious day on the cards. The track is rated a dead 4 which I’m finding a little confusing. I didn’t think we’d had any rain since Thursday when the track was rated good. Maybe the track’s been watered more than noted or Josh Hanson has paid a visit to the back straight again. Should get back to good range with fine weather and 28 degrees.***
We kick things off with an Open fillies and mares scamper over 1000m. As is often the case with these shorter races, the speed should be solid. Tukiyo (5) should get the gun run from barrier 2 and that’s the way I’m going. This mare goes particularly well on the fresh side and resumes here after 56 days off. Two starts back she won the listed Nudgee Quality over 1200m after the same amount of time off. Last start she was only 1.5 lengths off Tiger Tees who has since won a Group 1. Over the 1000m I have a feeling she could possibly run them into the ground. Having Damian Browne in the saddle definitely doesn’t hurt. Other hopes to La Tikka Rosa (3), Jacquetta (2) and Lisa Lost It (7).
Anyone got a dart for this Class 6 over 2200m? Tips ‘N’ Tales (10) will have a postage stamp to carry after the claim for Priscilla Schmidt. The mare is down to carry 52.5kg but Schmidt can claim 2kg. You would think she’ll claim nearly all of that. There’s a lot of plodders in this race so to get such a weight advantage is a massive plus. Tips ‘N’ Tales has shown a liking for these distance races as shown by her past 2 starts. She beat Harbor Springs 2 starts back and then finished a close 3rd to Excellent Al. Should settle midfield and be hard to hold out in the straight. Other hopes to Harbor Springs (8), Angusroy (1) and Excellent Al (4).
The 1st of our Listed races is a Quality over 1600m. Gerald Ryan brings Angel Of Mercy (3) to Queensland after running 1.5 lengths off Catkins last start in Group 2 company. That’s terrific form for a race like this. Angel Of Mercy is undefeated in 2 starts over 1600m. She should be able to sit midfield before hitting the line strongly. Damian Browne takes the ride. Short and sweet, it will do me. Other hopes to Lady Echelon (4), Grey Assignment (1) and Pretty Pins (5).
A big field of 16 two year olds go around here over 1000m which should guarantee plenty of speed. It is a very open race, no doubt about it. I’m going with Amizade (10). This filly has had just the 1 start and she completely dominated. Sure it was a midweek maiden but she won by 8 lengths and importantly ran decent time. She’s drawn barrier 9 for Michael Cahill but she should be about to get across in front of those drawn inside her to take up a good position. Other hopes to Freezethemillions (6), Grapevine (8) and Elitist (14).
We have another 1000m race to kick off the quaddie. This time it’s for the 3 year olds. We should have ample speed again. I think $10 currently about Whiskey Allround (1) is terrific value. He resumes here on the back of 2 decent trials. His 1st up record is good and has a perfect 2 from 2 at the track and distance. He’s drawn in barrier 10 but Bobby El-Issa should be able to get him across to sit 5th or 6th. He has raced against some quality opposition in the past and been very competitive. Other hopes to Agitate (2), Siegfried (10) and Good Job Bro (3).
The Princess Stakes over 1600m for 3 year old fillies is our 2nd Listed race for the day. 11 of the 16 faced each other here 2 weeks ago over 1400m so we have a clear form reference to go by. However I’m not sure it’s as clear cut as that but am prepared to back the standout performer. Little Bit Ditsy (6) was the eye catching run in that race when it steamed home to narrowly miss the cash. Based on that run it’s fair to say that the 1600m here will suit it down to the ground. Other hopes to Beatniks (10), Some Call Her Wild (4) and Best Yet To Come (11).
Our final Listed race of the day is the Hinkler Quality over 1200m. There’s some handy sprinters engaged so it should be a top race. Love Rocks (5) was scratched last week when it had a wide gate and finds itself on the extreme outside again. However unlike last week, this time it should be able to cross easily to take up the front running role. This guy was impressive before he was sent for a spell and I’m really looking forward to seeing him recapture that. He’s 2 from 2 over the distance and races well for Anthony Allen. Other hopes to Benny’s Buttons (1), Excellantes (3) and Vintage Moss (9).
***Love Rocks has been scratched. I can understand that for the second week in a row they’ve scratched it because of the bad barrier. However I thought today it would easily find the front. Oh well they know best. Benny’s Buttons (1) did the business for us last start and goes on top now. He should be able to sit 3rd or 4th and be strong at the finish. I’ll add Tokamak (6) for exotic players.***
We finish the card with a class 6 over 1400m. The race looks to be devoid of speed so that could limit the chances of those that get back. Kentucky Woman (12) looks an up and coming type that should be followed. It’s only had the 5 starts and hasn’t been out of the placings in any of them. Last start she won over this distance here when beating the very good Harada Bay. As stated earlier there is not much pace here and Chris Munce will be able to position the horse close to the front. With further improvement she’ll be hard to hold out. Other hopes to Cum Dividend (3), More Leverage (8) and Buakaw (1).
Race 2 – Tips ‘N’ Tales (10)
Race 3 – Angel Of Mercy (3)