21/01/17 – Eagle Farm

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We’re back at Eagle Farm this Saturday after the Magic Millions meeting on the Gold Coast last week.  The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail out 6m.  We have some hot days coming up which always lends itself to storms which look most likely on Saturday.  That’s something we’ll have to keep an eye on.

It looks a tough day so best of luck if getting involved.

Race 1

Ten Foot Tall (9) resumes here following just the 1 career start.  She debuted at Doomben over 1050m back in October and showed plenty of early toe.  She led but weakened with about 250m to go.  The tongue tie goes on here suggesting to me that she may have had an issue that day which would explain her run.  She’ll go forward and could be hard to run down.  Jeff Lloyd going on is a positive.

Other Hopes:

Paradis Imperial (1) comes down from Central Queensland with 4 wins from 4 starts.  Will be prominent from the inside gate.

South Of France (3) is on debut and has trialled ok leading into this.  Well bred and from good yard I expect a bold showing from the nice barrier.

Zukaz (6) will find this easier than his past few starts.  Was 6.6 lengths behind Houtzen last start which is good enough form for this.  Claim helps.

Race 2

Gee whiz these BM75 distance races are tough.  We get another 1 today where most of the field has a realistic chance of winning.  I’ll have a small interest on 1 at a good price in Charles The Third (15).  He won at Moree over 1600m 3 starts back and then won at Toowoomba over 2000m 2 starts back.  Last start he went to Doomben and made a long sustained run over 2220m to finish 2nd.  This is a harder race but the bigger Eagle Farm track will suit and he’ll be running on.

Other Hopes:

Scotty Be Gotti (4) ran a good race last start at the Gold Coast over 2200m.  He went forward and fought on well to finish 2nd.  Has drawn out but will go forward and be prominent.  Any rain would enhance his chances.

Caillebotte (1) should be ready to show something at his 5th run this preparation.  Will appreciate the bigger track and this is his best distance.

Walwa (13) has won her past 2 starts.  The most recent win was and easy effort at Doomben over 1640m.  Jumps 600m but looks capable of handling it.

Race 3

Khaleesi (7) has been racing in super form this preparation with 6 top 3 finishes from 7 starts.  She resumed off a freshen up last start at Doomben over 1200m where she ran on well to win.  She defeated Pepperano that day.  Tiffani Brooker who claims 2kg should settle handy and be strong to the line.

Other Hopes:

Fiery Heights (5) drops back to a distance that he loves following a good effort at Doomben over 1350m.  He’s drawn wide but he’ll go forward for Jeff Lloyd and will be fighting out the finish.

War Jet (1) is on the quick backup after finishing 5.6 lengths off Target In Sight last start at the Gold Coast.  Was caught wide that day and will find this easier than that race.

Heartbreak Harry (11) came down from Central Queensland last start and was just beaten by Banda Spice here over 1400m.  Drops in distance but will be running on strongly.

Race 4

Executed (2) trialled really well before putting in a good effort at the Sunshine Coast over 1000m 1st up.  Under 60kg he ran on well but was unable to catch Sundance.  He drops  2kg here and is drawn to get a great run just behind a solid speed.  He’ll be fitter for the 1st up effort and has a top 2nd up record.

Other Hopes:

Lady Jetsetter (9) raced 3 wide last start at the Sunshine Coast and never really stood a chance.  She was beaten easily by Executed and now meets that horse much worse at the weights.  From barrier 1 she’ll be prominent.  Has a good record over this distance.

Espiritu (8) resumed last start here over 1000m and ran 3.3 lengths behind Hidden Pearl.  The 2nd horse in that race Viddora ran super last Saturday at the Gold Coast.  She’ll be fitter here and has a good 2nd up record.

Hard Stride (1) struggled in Group 3 company 2 starts back but all over starts this preparation have been quite good.  The 3kg claim helps but is awkwardly drawn.

Race 5

This Class 3 over 1200m is a really trick affair with so many chances.  Motion Granted (6) resumed 2 starts back with an easy win here in Class 2 company over 1000m.  Last start he went to the Gold Coast where he ran home strongly to finish 2nd to Ringo’s A Rockstar in a BM75.  The horse has the ability to race forward or back but in a race that doesn’t appear to have a great deal of speed, we may find Alannah Fancourt who claims 2kg going forward.  He has a good record at the track and should be running on strongly.

Other Hopes:

Dylan’s Luck (4) resumed at the Gold Coast over 900m and flashed home for 2nd.  The rise in distance here suits and he was competitive in some good races last preparation.

Always Sacred (1) should be ready to fire here 3rd up.  Loomed large last start at the Gold Coast but didn’t go on with it.

Tempete Rouge (16) is up in class here but has won her past 2 starts. Winner at the track 2 starts back. Drawn to get a great run.

Race 6

Ringo’s A Rockstar (1) was very good last preparation and appears to have come back well if his 2nd up run is anything to go by.  Last start at the Gold Coast he sat 3 wide in the run but still stormed home to win a BM75 over 1200m by a length.  He draws better here and should get a great run for Brooke Ainsworth who claims 3kg.

Other Hopes:

Alter Call (4) is a high priced individual who  appears to have the ability to back the price tag up.  Was listed placed on debut and has won her 2 starts after that.  Will go forward from the wide gate.

Mishani Sleuth (2) finished off strongly to win at the Gold Coast over this distance 2nd up.  Claim helps and will benefit from a strong pace.

Muddy Rope (8) faces his toughest test to date here.  He has looked good winning both his career starts at the Sunshine Coast and deserves his shot at City class racing.

Race 7

L’Entrecote (3) has been racing well this preparation.  He won 2 starts back at Doomben over 1615m before running on strongly last start over 1800m at the Gold Coast last start.  Drops back to 1600m here which is a distance he has a top record over.  He’s drawn well which will allow Damian Browne to be prominent in the run.

Other Hopes:

Lordag (6) ran 4th to L’Entrecote 2 starts back before putting in a good effort in the Bernborough last start.  Has been close in all runs this preparation so looks close to a win.

Bodega Negra (4) can mix his form but has won a few recently.  Won at the Gold Coast last start over 1800m when going forward.  Drawn to do a similar thing here.

Yoho (11) gets out to a suitable distance here 3rd up.  Will lead this lot and could prove hard to run down.

Race 8

Mystic Opal (11) didn’t have a lot of luck early last start and settled back before not finding a lot in the run home.  Prior to that she’d been impressive winning 1st and 2nd up.  She’s had a month off since her last start and I expect that to have done her the world of good.  There looks to be good speed in the race which will help her get home strongly.

Other Hopes:

Princess Charm (19) needs a few scratchings to get in the field but is a must have if she gets a start.  She savaged the line last time out at the Gold Coast to win.  Form prior was also good.

Passionflower (17) was good 1st up before romping in 2nd up at the Sunshine Coast by 3.5 lengths.  Has a good record over this distance and will get a nice run.

Beatniks (1) will find this easier than what she’s been facing recently.  Will appreciate the rise in distance and the claim helps.

Best Bets

Race 6 – Ringo’s A Rockstar (1)

Race 7 – L’Entrecote (3)

18/01/17 – Doomben

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Doomben hosts this Wednesday’s meeting where the track is rated a Soft 6 and the rail is out 9.5m.  Fine weather is forecast so we will see an improvement to around the Soft 5 mark, possibly better.

Race 1

Snitzkraft (9) looked a very good horse when finishing 2nd on debut in the Phelan Ready.  He showed plenty of speed and went close to defeating Ours To Keep who was well backed in the Magic Millions on Saturday.  Last start in the Bruce McLachlan he finished last but did have excuses with the saddle shifting, copping and abrasion and having poor recovery.  He should be able to find the front and be hard to catch.

Other Hopes:

Archie Boy (2) showed speed on debut and led into the straight.  Unfortunately he ran out of gas.  Should be fitter here 2nd up and will be prominent from the inside gate.

Never In Doubt (7) resumed last start at the Gold Coast and finished 7.9 lengths behind Magic Millions winner Houtzen.  He’ll be fitter for the run and is drawn to get a nice run.

Race 2

Don’t Doubt Da Wife (6) finished off quite well last start when finishing a narrow 2nd at Ipswich over 1100m.  That was an improvement on her 2 previous runs.  The extra distance here will suit and Robbie Fradd should be able to settle in a forward position from barrier 2.

Other Hopes:

Scarlet Begonias (1) is a consistent type who has been in the placings in 4 of 5 career starts.  Was run down at Sunshine Coast last start over 1300m in the heavy conditions.  Drawn out but will go forward and the 2kg claim helps.

Pincentia (3) trialled well before running 3rd at Ipswich over 1200m.  Worked home reasonably well and should appreciate the extra distance.  Will be fitter here.

Thumbs Up (4) has been around the mark in Toowoomba.  This is harder but gets 3kg’s off for the apprentice and should enjoy the rise in distance.

Race 3

Beat Street (3)…. I’m not sure I’m over his last start effort but I’m getting on board again.  His form this preparation is very good.  He won 1st up before finishing 3rd in a Class 3 2nd up.  Last start he missed the start horrendously and settled a long last.  He got going late to flash home for 2nd.  Damian Browne takes the ride and should be able to settle in a forward position.

Other Hopes:

Si Si Sequalo (6) won 2 starts back at Eagle Farm over 1000m before racing wide last start at the Gold Coast over 900m.  He’ll lead and if he can get away with some cheap sectionals then he could prove hard to run down.

Plan Red (2) has been in good form this preparation. He won 1st up and didn’t have a great deal of luck last start when racing wide but still fighting on for 2nd.

Laudit (1) has been improving after returning from a 5 year spell.  Will be fitter again here following a good effort at Warwick.

Race 4

Deep Image (1) trialled well with a 4.5 length win before taking on Winning Rupert in the Gold Edition.  After a slow getaway he worked home well to finish 5.5 lengths 2nd.  He’ll take improvement from that here 2nd up.  He’s drawn well and with a clean start he shouldn’t be too far away from the action.

Other Hopes:

Dia De Reyes (4) resumed last start at the Gold Coast and was run down on the line.  He’ll be fitter here and should be handy in the run.  Looks close to breaking through.

Olympic Prince (3) resumed at the Sunshine Coast last start with a 2nd placing over 1200m.  Blinkers go on for the 1st time and the 2kg claim helps.  Will go forward and could prove hard to catch.

Collegiate (11) needs to overcome a wide gate but has been around the mark in recent runs.  Should be running on.

Race 5

Vienna Queen (1) has been racing well in harder races than this since resuming 2 starts back.  She finished 2.9 lengths off Stella Ombra when resuming in a BM90 at Eagle Farm before finishing 1.4 lengths off Khaleesi here in a Class 6.  She’ll appreciate coming back to a Class 5.  From barrier 3 Alannah Fancourt who claims 2kg will go forward and give the horse every possible chance.

Other Hopes:

True Passion (2) has come back this preparation in top form.  He’s won both start with the most recent a 1 length win over this course and distance.  This is harder but looks capable and should be prominent.

Thorsborne (6) resumed here last start after previously racing in Sydney.  She won well that day and should be improved here.  Will go forward and gets in with a light weight.

Siliqua (4) won easily 1st up and wasn’t too far away in 3rd last start at Eagle Farm.  He’ll be running on but may be giving them too great a start.

Race 6

This is a very competitive Class 4 over 1650m.  Sentimental Prince (1) resumed at Ipswich last start over 1350m in this class and won easily by 3.8 lengths.  He’ll be fitter here 2nd up and will appreciate the rise in distance.  He boasts a win and a 2nd from 2 tries at the course and distance.  Robbie Fradd should be handy in the run from barrier 1.

Other Hopes:

Sweet Shamrock (4) has been in terrific form with wins in his past 3 starts.  Last start at the Sunshine Coast he showed tremendous fight to hold on when looking beaten.  Up in class but should get a nice run for Jeff Lloyd.

Haradify (3) has been racing well lately with a string of 2nds.  His most recent effort at Eagle Farm was very good after being caught wide.

Skytrek (2) resumed with a win at the Sunshine Coast over 1400m. Up in class but will appreciate the extra distance and the 3kg claim will help.

Race 7

Karakabeel (8) looks to be a horse with some ability.  He resumed at the Gold Coast last start over 1200m and won easily by 2.5 lengths.  He’ll appreciate the rise in distance here and from the inside gate I would expect Alannah Fancourt who claims 2kg to boot up and lead.  From there the horse will be hard to run down.

Other Hopes:

Bracteate (1) will find this race easier than the 2 races he’s been in since resuming.  He’ll be improved 3rd up and won his only start previously over the course and distance.

La Cigale (6) won well at Coffs Harbour last start over 1315m.  Has a good 3rd up record and will be running on strongly.

Igneous (4) has been around the mark in his past 2 starts.  Should get a nice run but not sure that the rise in distance is suitable.

Race 8

Ra Ra Epic (2) has been racing well this preparation but really improved last start and looks ready to win.  Last over 1000m at Eagle Farm she ran on well to just miss the win.  Back to 1200m suits and Jeff Lloyd should give her a great run on the speed from the inside gate.

Other Hopes:

Says Me (3) has struggled a touch over 1350m her past couple of starts and will appreciate dropping back in trip here.  Won 3 starts back over the course and distance.

Bunny Bad Girl (12) has won her past 2 starts at the Gold Coast.  Up in class but will go forward and could prove hard to run down.

Sheezalady (1) has only won once in 19 starts but is usually not too far away.

Best Bets

Race 5 – Vienna Queen (1)

Race 8 – Ra Ra Epic (2)

14/01/17 – Gold Coast Magic Millions Day

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The Gold Coast Turf Club takes centre stage this Saturday for the running of the annual Magic Millions meeting.  It’s always a cracking day and the 2017 version should be no different.  The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail out 1m from the 1000m to the 400m mark and true the remainder.  Warm weather is forecast with a chance of a late storm race day although now it seems the possible storm will be at night.

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Race 1

With $150,000 going to the winner of a maiden, it is easy to see why this field is dominated by Sydney horses.  Dortmund (3) trialled well before his debut run at Canterbury.  He sat outside the leader and fought on strongly but was run down late and finished 2nd.  He has since trialled well, finishing 2nd behind Oxford Poet.  He gets the blinkers on for the 1st time and has drawn wide but he has good early speed so Hugh Bowman should find a prominent spot.

Other Hopes:

Mount Panorama (9) resumed at Wyong recently in a much stronger race than this and finished 4.5 lengths from Egyptian Symbol.  Last preparation he competed in Group races and acquitted himself quite well.  He gets the blinkers on for the first time and will be running on strong.

Zafina (11) resumes here on the back of a good trial.  She ran well last preparation with a number of placings and was 5 lengths off Omei Sword last start in Group 2 company.  Has raced well fresh in the past and should be finding the line.

Regimental Force (5) is bred to be a start but hasn’t quite put it together as yet.  Resumes here following a solid trial.  Most Gerald Ryan horses go well fresh so expect a bold showing.  Will go forward from wide gate.

Race 2

Queen Tara (3) was very good 2nd up when winning at Doomben over 1200m.  While that was Class 4 company, she did run quick time.  Back on her home track she’ll be ready to rip here 3rd up.  She won her only other start at this course and distance.  She’s drawn beautifully for Jeff Lloyd who will give her every possible chance.

Other Hopes:

Credit Card Miss (4) had been racing in good form in NSW before finishing 4th at Warwick last start when not suited.  From the inside gate and the blinkers back on she can go forward and be in this for a long way.  Tim Clark going on is a positive.

Mishani El Lobo (5) has won his past 2 starts.  He narrowly won at Ipswich 2 starts back before dominating at Murwillumbah in the heavy conditions last start.  Taking on older horses but should be prominent.

Upstart (7) resumed last start at the Beaumont track with a 2nd placing in BM70 company.  Showed good form last preparation and should be running on strongly.

Race 3

Madotti (5) has come back this preparation in fine form.  She won over 1200m at Rosehill 1st up when charging to the line with 60kg.  Last start she ran 2nd to Egyptian Symbol in the Wyong Magic Millions 3 and 4 year old race.  The rise to 1300m here 3rd up looks ideal and she did win her only other start at the course and distance.  From barrier 5 Tye Angland should give her a great run before hitting the line hard.

Other Hopes:

Siegfried (7) resumed in great style with a win at Doomben over 1200m.  He’ll be further improved here and does have a very good 2nd up record.  Drawn well and will be given every possible chance by Jeff Lloyd.

Pepperano (4) raced well last start following a freshen up.  She ran on but just missed the win.  Her form prior to that was outstanding with 3 wins in a row including 1 in Melbourne.

Jumbo Prince (2) resumes here and does some of his best work fresh.  He was in good form last preparation over further and will getting home strongly.

Race 4

Col ‘N’ Lil (4) has been racing really well lately.  Two starts back at Randwick she raced back in the field and 3 wide with no cover yet still finished off strongly in the heavy going.  Last start she was too strong at Eagle Farm over 2200m.  She’s drawn beautifully here in barrier 3 which will allow Kerrin McEvoy to settle in a forward position and be hard to run down.

Other Hopes:

Boom Time (3) has been flying in Melbourne.  He has won his past 3 starts, the most recent a win over 2500m at Flemington.  Drawn well and will be prominent in the run.

Stratum Star (1) is the class runner in the race but will have to lug 61kg.  Comes here following a Group 1 in Perth over 1800m but now rises 400m  and is 6 weeks between runs.  Darren Weir knows how to get them up and will get an economical run from the inside gate.

Cramming (7) improved dramatically last start when returning home.  He finished off strongly over 2000m that day and has a good record here.

Race 5

Egyptian Symbol (3) looked very good when resuming in the Magic Millions 3 and 4 year old race at Wyong.  Brenton Avdulla found the front and was never headed in the run home.  The rise in trip looks ideal 2nd up and The Gun should give her a great run from barrier 5.

Other Hopes:

Private Secretary (9) is a very good mare that got too far back when resuming at Eagle Farm.  She finished strongly by finished 2nd by a length.   Drawn wide here and will get back but will be running on late.  Extra distance suits.

Kinshachi (6) is racing in terrific form.  She’s won all 3 starts this preparation.  Last start she went forward and Eagle Farm and was strong enough late to hold them at bay.  Blinkers go back on and Jeff Lloyd will get the run of the race from barrier 1.

I Am Zelady (2) disappointed when resuming at Canterbury.  Will be improved 2nd up and did win this race last year.  Drawn well.

Race 6

Lucky Hussler (1) resumes here following a last start win in the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan at Sandown over 1300m.  He is the class runner of the field who has won multiple Group 1s.  He won this race last year off a 63 day break and comes here off the same amount of days break.  He also only goes up 0.5kg on last year’s dominant win.  Brad Rawiller will need a touch of luck from the wide gate but the horse will be steaming home regardless.

Other Hopes:

Most Important (2) has taken all before him this preparation.  He comes here having won his last 3 races.  I would suggest he was at his absolute peak last start to win the $500,000 bonus.  However he’ll be prominent the run and if can lift again then will be hard to beat.

Snoopy (10) has been racing well recently.  He finished 2nd over this trip at Rosehill last start but won the 2 starts prior to that.  Consistent type that won’t be far off in the run.

Hopfgarten (3) drops back in distance here after a close 3rd in the Bernborough last start.  Drops 4kg in weight and will be getting home well.

Race 7

Winning Rupert (1) should continue on his winning way here and take out the 3 year Guineas.  This super colt is unbeaten in 5 career starts and has made a mess of his rivals this preparation.  He warmed up for this with a 3 length win in the Group 3 Vo Rogue over 1300m last start.  Jeff Lloyd will go forward and it’s very hard to see any of these being able to match motors with him.

Race 8

From Within (13) has only had the 1 race start but it was an impressive display.  Following 2 very easy trial wins she debuted at Canterbury where she won by 1.3 lengths over 1100m.  She jumped well, took the lead and was never headed with Glyn Schofield giving her an easy time of it.  She really looked to be doing it easy and has plenty of improvement to come.  There looks to be plenty of speed in the race which should see Hugh Bowman settle just behind it before pulling out in the straight and charging home.

Other Hopes:

Ours To Keep (1) has won all 3 career starts.  He’s in his 2nd preparation which is always a good thing with the 2 year olds.  Last start he won the Bruce McLachlan by 1.8 lengths and faces quite a few that he beat that day. Drawn to get the run of the race.

Houtzen (11) has been impressive in winning both career starts.  She ran quick time at Doomben on debut before treating the opposition with disdain last Saturday here.  While she can still win this, her task has not been made easy with the outside gate.  If she can get across without using too much fuel then she can feature.

Invisible Star (10) is another that has drawn awkwardly but looks too good a horse to ignore.  She won down the straight at Flemington on debut by 2.25 lengths before being spelled.  She resumes here following 2 trials, the most recent being a 5.5 length win.  Has top jockey Tim Clark to help her find a spot.

Race 9

Viddora (16) caught the eye when resuming after a short spell at Eagle Farm last start.  She found the line strongly to finish just under a length off Hidden Pearl for 2nd.  They ran quick time and to run on when that wasn’t the go that day was a top effort.  She rises to 1200m which isn’t a distance she’s succeeded at but those runs were earlier in her career.  She’s stronger now and that last run gives every indication 1200m will suit 2nd up.  She should be able to settle mid-field in a race that looks to have a decent amount of speed.

Other Hopes:

Dothraki (2) resumes here following a couple of trials. The most recent was a 6.3 length win.  She has raced well fresh in the past and has competed in Group races with distinction.  Will be prominent in the run.

Target In Sight (4) resumes here after bleeding last start.  Trials have been good and he has a top 1st up record and races well over this trip.  Drawn well.

Hidden Pearl (14) won last start at Eagle Farm over 1000m.  She has plenty of toe and will go forward and look to lead.  She’s a very good mare but she may not have things her own way which could leave her suspect at the end of 1200m.

Best Bets

Race 2 – Queen Tara (3)

Race 5 – Egyptian Symbol (3)

11/01/17 – Eagle Farm

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The Silk returns for the 1st time in 2017 after a freshen up.  Eagle Farm hosts our midweek meeting this Wednesday.  The track is rated a Soft 5 but with fine weather should improve to the Good range.  The rail is out 4m.

Race 1

A small field of maiden stayers go around in the opener over 2218m.  Sir Rotheway (4) is battle hardened over this distance which is something that cannot be said about his rivals.  Three starts back he ran well at the Gold Coast over 2200m for 3rd before over-racing 2 starts back here over this trip.  Last start he settled and ran on well to just miss the win.  Looks close to a win and gets his chance here.

Other Hopes:

Bronte Babe (6) rises in trip but should be suited after running on well last start at the Gold Coast over 1800m.

What’s That (3) goes up 600m which is a concern but did run on last start at the Sunshine Coast over 1600m after not having a great deal of luck.

Race 2

Soul Secrets (6) finished a narrow 2nd here on debut over 1200m.  It was a good effort considering it was slowly run race and she settled at the back before running on well in the straight.  In the small field she shouldn’t be too far away in the run and will be improved 2nd up.

Other Hopes:

Cinzia (2) finished 3rd on debut here.  She was 2 lengths from Soul Secrets but did look green.  Will improve 2nd up and Jeff Lloyd sticks.

Mishani Allure (5) is having her 3rd start and should be reaching a good level of fitness.  Improved last start but did weaken over 1050m to finish 3rd.  Drawn to get a great run.

Lady Lark (3) is on debut and has been unseen publicly.  Respect stable.

Race 3

Star Of Night (1) looks tough to beat here dropping back in class.  She finished 2nd here 3 starts back over 1300m in Class 4 company before a 3rd place effort in Saturday Class 3 company here over 1200m.  However it was her last start run that really caught the eye.  In Saturday Class 6 company she raced 3 deep the trip and still fought on strongly to finish less than a length 4th.  The 3kg claim helps and should get a good run.

Other Hopes:

Precipitate (2) has done nothing wrong in her 3 career starts.  She’s won them all well as she’s stepped up in grade.  She’s up in class again here but has drawn to get a good run on the speed.

All That Is (3) ran ok last start when finishing 1.1 lengths from the winner in a Class 4.  Drops in grade but was well beaten by Star Of Night 2 starts back.

Little Miss Rocker (4) resumed last start at the Gold Coast and weakened late over 1200m.  Drops in class and always improves 2nd up.  Significant jockey change with Jeff Lloyd going on.

Race 4

See Miracles (9) has been racing well this preparation.  She finished 2nd to Natural Black 1st up before running 4th to stablemate Muddy Rope who has since won again.  Last start she raced 3 wide with no cover at the Sunshine Coast but still fought on for 3rd.  She’s drawn wide again but that’s not as big a deal here.  She should be super fit now at her 4th run this preparation.

Other Hopes:

Final Zero (3) resumed last start with a good effort.  She sat just behind the leader in the run but had her run taken about 150m from home when working into the race nicely.  She’ll be improved 2nd up and will go forward from the wide gate.

Mumford (5) can be forgiven for her last start failure as it was on heavy going.  The start prior when she was on debut was very good.  Drawn well and the 3kg claim helps.

Miss Arabella (4) is on debut here.  No recent trials but did finish 2nd back in August.  Respect the Gollan stable.

Race 5

Mark My Word (2) is nearing a win after 3 very good runs this preparation.  He finished  a close 3rd to Zamex 1st up before running a narrow 2nd to Tempete Rouge 2 starts back. Last start he ran on strongly to just miss the win at the Gold Coast over 1400m.  Should be primed here 4th up.  He’ll be well placed in the run and will be winding up strongly in the run home.

Other Hopes:

Crackacharge (1) ran a narrow 2nd on debut at Ipswich.  Will be fitter 2nd up and should race in a forward position.

Campo Serrano (5) improved last start when finishing strongly at Ipswich to just miss the win.  Further improvement expected here at start number 4.

Takarakka (7) gets the blinkers on for the 1st time after running on well for 5th at Ipswich on debut.

Race 6

Exceed The Moon (2) from the Gary Moore stable comes up from Sydney in very good form.  He has a top record over this trip winning 4 of 8.  He won 3 races in a row before running 4th last start.  One of those wins was in this class and he drops in weight.  He’ll go forward from barrier 3 and either lead on sit on the La Dolce Vita’s back.

Other Hopes:

La Dolce Vita (5) generally runs well fresh and did so last start when resuming here over 1000m.  She finished a narrow 2nd and can go on with it here.  Will go forward with the blinkers going on for the 1st time.

Impulsive Spirit (4) has run well since coming to Queensland.  Last start here he was held up for a run but hit the line well once clear to just miss the win.  Should be further improved here 3rd up.  Drawn well and claim helps.

All Troops (3) won last start and defeated La Dolce Vita in the process.  Will be suited by a strong speed and will be running on late.

Race 7

Real Ego (6) resumed in fine style last start at Ipswich over 1200m.  He was handy in the run before pulling out in the straight and charging home to win by 5 lengths.  This is harder but he raced well as a 3 year old and can measure up here.  The 3kg claim helps and he should race in a forward position.

Other Hopes:

Courtza King (1) ran quite well 1st up when also having his 1st run for Tony Gollan.  The 1000m was too short for him but he made good ground after settling well back.  The rise in distance will suit 2nd up and he should get a nice run.  NSW form good enough for this.

Starocity (2) rarely wins but is always highly competitive.  He resumes here and has been in the placings in all 5 fresh runs.  Was in very good form in stronger races last preparation.  Will be running on late.

Rideonabigjetplane (11) didn’t do a lot in stronger company when resuming last start.  Will be suited by the bigger track and will be running on strong.

Race 8

Biantic (11) has been in good form this preparation.  He’s been freshened up after winning over 1600m at the Sunshine Coast in BM70 company.  Prior to that he won narrowly over 1400m.  From the inside gate Jeff Lloyd will be able to give him a lovely run.

Other Hopes:

Cornrow (1) has been racing in top form in stronger company.  He won 2 starts back at Ipswich before running 3rd in a no metro win race here last start.  Will lead and look to get some cheap sectionals with 61kg.

Cheval Le Vent (4) won his 1st 2 starts back this preparation before running 2nd to a tearaway leader last start.  May need luck from awkward barrier.

She’s Worthy (10) improved in her past 2 starts.  She won here 2 starts back in Class 3 company over 1200m before finishing 2nd to Queen Tara last start.  Extra distance here will suit.

Best Bets

Race 3 – Star Of Night (1)

Race 5 – Mark My Word (2)

31/12/16 – Eagle Farm

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Eagle Farm hosts the final race meeting of 2016 this Saturday and it’s one of the best we’ve seen for some time.  All races are highly competitive.  Hopefully we can see the year out on a high.  The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail out 1.5m.  Warm weather is forecast.

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Race 1

Wow what a way to start the day!  As would be expected with a Provincial Series Final, there’s a lot of different form lines.  Spur Le Jouer (2) has hit form in his past 2 starts.  Two starts back he settled last and was never suited a slowly run affair but still ran on well to finish narrow 3rd.  Last start at the Sunshine Coast he settled about 4 lengths off the leader before coming home with gusto to win by 4 lengths. It’s a concern that all his 6 wins have come at the Sunshine Coast but given this is a provincial race I’m not placing as great an emphasis on that.  The speed looks quite good which will suit.

Other Hopes:

French Hussler (5) had been racing in good form up North before going to the Sunshine Coast last start and winning narrowly over 1400m.  He’ll get a nice run just off the speed.

Outstrip (15) caught the eye 1st up when coming from last to finish a half length from French Hussler at the Sunshine Coast.  He’ll be fitter here 2nd up and will be better over further but should be finding the line strongly.

Star Fury (14) finished 4th in the race won by French Hussler.  He had to do the lug work in towing the field back up to the leader but still fought on well to only just be beaten.  Will be prominent in the run.

Race 2

The great man Darren Weir brings High Church (1) up from Victoria and looks tough to beat.  He’s been in top form this preparation.  Three starts back he ran on strongly to finish 2nd in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes.  He then ran on at Moonee Valley 2 starts back over 2040m for 3rd.  Last start he won the Werribee Cup convincingly.  He’s got the runs in his legs and brings better form here than his opposition.

Other Hopes:

Emphasis (6) has been in top form recently.  He won last start at Doomben over 2000m and defeated some that he meets here.  Been up for awhile.

Col ‘N’ Lil (4) ran on well at Randwick last start over 1600m.  Was unlucky here 3 starts back.  Is up 600m in journey but has finished in the placings 2 of 3 goes at this trip in the past.

Anton En Avant (5) has been racing well since getting up to this distance range.  Ran on 2 starts back to get within a length of All Clear the tearaway leader before finishing a length 3rd to Emphasis last start.  Races extremely well over this course and distance.

Race 3

Casual Choice (3) resumed last start at Doomben with a good effort to finish 4th over 1050m.  He hadn’t trialled before the race and trainer Tony Gollan thought he might be a bit underdone so to fight on the way he did was full of merit.  He’ll be fitter here 2nd up and should be able to sit off what looks a pretty good speed before running home strongly.  He won all 3 starts last preparation so has talent.

Other Hopes:

Husson Eagle (2) won well 1st up at Sandown when running on strongly.  He can forgiven for finishing at the back of the field last start after suffering from thumps.  He has a very good 3rd up record and I expect him to be finding the line.

Prompt Return (5) resumes here after a freshen up.  Won a recent trial by 5.8 lengths leading into this.  Was in top form prior to the break and has a very good record over the trip.  Have to respect the in form combo of Edmonds and Lloyd.

Viddora (8) resumes here after a couple of months off.  Was competitive in Group company last preparation and was a Stakes winner prior to that.  Big danger here.

Race 4

Winning Rupert (1) should be winning again here.  He’s come back this preparation in fine form.  1st up here he broke the 1200m track record.  2nd up he went within a whisker of breaking the Doomben 1200m record when winning 5.5 lengths.  The 1350m here 3rd up looks well within his capabilities and expect him to continue on his winning ways.  We can’t back him at the price so for those looking to get involved it would be better to look for a placegetter or the without him markets.

Other Hopes:

Candika (7) resumed in fine style with a narrow 2nd here over 1200m.  With the lack of speed she was ridden differently to her usual get back style so there was plenty to like about it.  She’ll be improved 2nd up.

Billy The Kid (3) has always promised a lot but has put it together this preparation.  He’s won well here his past 2 starts the most recent over 1400m.

River Racer (10) is never too far away.  Won 3 starts back at Doomben and ran on well last start here when not suited by the slow speed.

Race 5

Ours To Keep (1) has been impressive in 2 career starts.  He won by 4.3 lengths on debut before being spelled.   He resumed 2 weeks ago and picked up where he left off with a strong win.  He’ll be further improved here and should appreciate the rise to 1200m.  Will be prominent throughout.

Other Hopes:

Debonairly (13) was impressive on debut at Warwick Farm when winning by 4.3 lengths.  Can only improve on that 2nd up and could take catching.

Snitzkraft (6) pushed Ours To Keep all the way when on debut last start.  He clearly beat the rest and with added fitness here will be right in this.

Coorg (7) comes up from Sydney for the blue shirts after finishing a narrow 2nd on debut at Rosehill.  He ran on well and should be improved with more education.

Race 6

Most Important (3) has been in ripping form lately and will chase a $500,000 bonus here.  Two starts back here he won the George Moore in emphatic style before going to Doomben last start and winning the Lough Neagh over 1350m.  He rises in weight but he’s in too good of form to ignore.  He should get a get a great run for Robbie Fradd and will be strong at the end.

Other Hopes:

Trubia (8) was good when resuming last start here in the George Moore.  He finishing 3rd to Most Important and ran on quite well.  He’ll be fitter here and the extra distance will suit.

Too Good To Refuse (6) chased strongly last start in the Lough Neagh but couldn’t catch Most Important.  He flogged the others.  The bigger track will suit and he’ll be running on strongly.  Did beat Most Important 3 starts back.

In His Stride (11) attacked the line with gusto last start to win here over 1200m by 2.8 lengths.  This is tougher but will be running on and gets Jeff Lloyd.

Race 7

Cylinder Beach (5) won the Recognition Stakes over 1400m impressively here 1st up.  He defeated a number of those that day that he meets here.  Last start he went to Doomben and ran on quite well to finish 2nd in the Brisbane Handicap to Man Of His Word.  He now meets that horse better at the weights.  The Bernborough Handicap has always been his target and I expect him to be firing here 3rd up.

Other Hopes:

Hopfgarten (1) has been racing really well lately.  He finished 2nd to Cylinder Beach here 2 starts back but has to give that horse 4.5kg.  Last start he went to Sydney and was enormous in the Villiers.  He raced 3 wide but still fought on strongly.

Man Of His Word (7) is in ripping form.  He won here 2 starts back and then stepped up in class last start to win the Brisbane Handicap.  He meets Cylinder Beach worse at the weights but will finishing of strongly.

Lord Lumberjack (12) was having his 1st run in Australia last start when finishing a dead heat for 2nd at Flemington over 1600m.  He led that day and looked gone but fought on strongly.  Probably wants further but will go forward and could give some cheek.

Race 8

Ocean Embers (3) resumes here after a short spell.  She races very well fresh and is undefeated in 2 resumptions.  Last preparation she was in top form.  She was awesome when winning the Group 3 Cockram Stakes at Caulfield and finished 4th in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes.  Two horses that were just ahead of her went on to be Group 1 placed.  She’s drawn out wide which isn’t ideal but she’ll get back and look to charge home.  She’ll be benefited by a decent speed in front.

Other Hopes:

Global Glamour (2) resumes here on the back of a trial win.  Last preparation she won back to back Group 1s over 1600m.  Will get a great run but may be better over further later.

Zestful (8) resumed recently with a good win at Canterbury.  Form last preparation was very good and can certainly show up here 2nd up.

Kinshachi (13) has been in good form this preparation.  She’s won both her starts and while this is tougher, she shows promise.  Jeff Lloyd going on is a positive.

Best Bets

Race 2 – High Church (1)

Race 5 – Ours To Keep (1)

30/12/16 – Ipswich

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The Ipswich Turf Club hosts their final meeting of the year this Friday.  It’s a small meeting of just 6 races and with most races having just the 8 entered, I expected the horses to be wearing the red, striped, pink rugs etc.  The track is rated a Soft 5 but should improve with fine weather.  The rail is out 7m from the 1600m to the 1200m and 9m the remainder.

Race 1

Lyra (6) has been racing in good form lately and looks close to breaking through.  Last start here over 1690m she made a long run taking the lead 600m from home.  She fought on strongly but was nutted right on the line to finish 2nd.  Jimmy Byrne will go forward in a race that doesn’t look to have a lot of speed.

Other Hopes:

Schwarzy (3) has gone close in his past 2 starts at Toowoomba.  Last start over 1850m he had to do all the lug work on a tearaway leader but still fought on to only be run down on the line.  Beany Panya who claims 3kg will race in a forward position.

King Of Monaco (4) was on debut here 2 weeks ago and finished 3rd over 1350m.  Ran on fairly suggesting the extra distance here will suit.

Race 2

Dansu (2) resumes here on the back of a reasonable trial effort.  He’s only had the 2 starts and both were quite good.  He won here on debut over 1010m before going to the Sunshine Coast and leading a good 2 year old field over 1200m before weakening.  He should have developed over the break.  From barrier 3 Jeff Lloyd should lead these and could prove hard to run down.

Other Hopes:

Mystyko (3) struggled last start when taking on some good 3 year olds over 1600m.  Before that he had been racing well.  He won over this trip 1st up at the Sunshine Coast.  Gets the blinkers on for the 1st time and should be handy in the run.

Honour’N’Strength (1) resumed last start at Eagle Farm over 1200m and won narrowly.  He defeated Meghapushpa who won on Wednesday.

Race 3

Swiss Art (4) resumed last start with a 2nd at the Gold Coast over 900m.  He finished off nicely to go down by a length.  He’ll be improved here 2nd up and should race in a forward position.  The extra distance will suit.

Other Hopes:

The Pontster (5) finished 7.6 lengths off the winner at the Sunshine Coast on debut.  He really wasn’t asked to do a great deal in the straight once it was clear he wasn’t going to feature.  With that in mind he should improve greatly here 2nd up.  Jeff Lloyd takes the ride.  Will appreciate the drop in weight.

Dubleo Dabble (6) resumed here last start with a 3rd placing over 800m.  Weakened late but will be fitter here.  Has been trying for some time to break her maiden but has put in some good efforts 2nd up in the past.  From the outside gate Skye Bogenhuber will look to go forward.

Race 4

Game Pie (1) ran on well last start at Eagle Farm over 1600m for 6th in Class 3 company.  He was near last after drawing the outside gate but made up many lengths in the straight.  This is much easier than any race he’s been in recently so can definitely show up.  He should get a nice run.

Other Hopes:

Subsolar (3) finished just behind Game Pie 2 starts back at Eagle Farm before running on last start at the Sunshine Coast.  She’ll also find this easier than past starts and should get all the favours from the inside gate.

St Remy (6) has been racing well this preparation.  Just missed the win at the Sunshine Coast over 1600m last start in Class 1 company.  This is harder but form warrants consideration.

Race 5

Prince Of The Turf (2) has been racing in top form lately.  Following an easy win at Ballina over 1260m he went to Doomben last start.  He went to the front and just kept going in the heavy conditions to record a 2.5 length win in Class 3 company.  He looks to be a horse with further improvement in him.  Jeff Lloyd should be able to go forward here which should see him very hard to run down.

Other Hopes:

Dane Jester (4) won at the Gold Coast last start in Class 4 company over 1300m.  He worked home well that day and should get a great run here.  2kg claim helps.

Bernitchy (5) struggles to win but has finished runner up in 3 of his past 4 starts.  Was 2nd behind Cheval Le Vent last start.  Drawn to be prominent.

Race 6

Double Superlative (3) will find this much easier than what he has been facing lately.  He won easily at Doomben 3 starts back and has been competitive with the better 3 year olds.  Last start in Class 3 company he had a tough time of it when racing wide but still fought on for a 1.8 length defeat.  I would expect Glen Colless to settle nice and handy before charging home.

Other Hopes:

Gold Denari (6) finished last by 16 lengths last start behind the start Winning Rupert.  Prior to that he had put in 2 good runs in Adelaide.

He’s For Real (4) broke his maiden here last start over this distance.  The horse he beat has since won well here.  While this is harder he has room for improvement and should be prominent in the run.

Treasure Gallery (5) won last start at the Sunshine Coast over 1400m.  Should be further improved here 3rd up and has drawn to get a great run.

Best Bets

Plenty of shorties today so maybe a multi is the way to go.

Race 1 – Lyra (6)

Race 3 – Swiss Art (4)

Race 6 – Double Superlative (3)

28/12/16 – Eagle Farm

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Christmas is over for another year and I hope you all had an enjoyable time.  We’re back into it Wednesday at Eagle Farm where the track is rated a Soft 5 with the rail out 12m.  Mostly clear weather is forecast so we could see an upgrade.

Race 1

A small field of maiden stayers kicks the day off.  Zarabeel (6) stepped up to this distance for the 1st time last start and handled it well.  She settled at the back and worked home nicely to finish 2nd.  She beat home 3 runners that are engaged here and it’s hard to see any of those turning the tables.  She’ll be better for the experience and shouldn’t be too far away in the small field.

Other Hopes:

The Gringo (3) fought on well last start when finishing 3rd here.  He was a length behind Zarabeel.  Ran well over a similar distance 3 starts back.

Sir Rotheway (4) over-raced last start and weakened quite badly.  The blinkers have been taken off and if can settle in front then he may be hard to run down.

Race 2

Another small field.  This time the 2 year olds go around here and the field has already been reduced to just 5 after scratchings.  I’m not keen to get involved here with only 1 of the 5 having had any race experience.  The Chris Munce trained Archie Boy (2) is one that could interest me.  Comes from an in form 2 year old stable, has drawn well and his trial was ok.

Race 3

Love A Rose (2) resumed at Ipswich last start over 1010m with a 2nd placing.  She fought on well in the heavy going.  She’ll be improved here and did win 2nd up last preparation.  Glen Colless will be positive from the inside gate and will race in a prominent position.

Other Hopes:

Ra Ra Epic (1) was well beaten in Listed company last start.  Previous form this preparation was good in stronger races than this.  Should improve with Jeff Lloyd taking the ride.

Reward For Riches (4) resumed at Ipswich last start with a 3rd placing.  She was well beaten but should improved 2nd up.

Race 4

The Mechanic (7) is an interesting runner.  He’s on debut here after winning all 3 trials he’s contested.  He’s looked quite good in doing so.  David Vandyke must have an opinion of this guy as he’s put him in a Class 2 and not a maiden 1st up.  Blinkers go on also suggesting that they mean business.

Other Hopes:

Courtza King (1) resumes here and is also having his 1st start for Tony Gollan.  His form in New South Wales was good over further in stronger grades than this.  Can show up fresh.

Si Si Sequalo (6) understandably struggled last start when finishing 15.5 lengths from Winning Rupert.  Form prior to that was good and will be prominent with no weight on his back.

Zumikon (5) disappointed on the heavy track at Ipswich when resuming.  Ran some decent races as a younger horse and can improve here 2nd up.  Will race handy.

Race 5

Siliqua (2) has always been a horse that has promised a lot but has often not delivered.  The big grey certainly started this preparation in style with a 3.5 length win at the Sunshine Coast over 1000m.  He settled back and rounded them up quickly in the straight in a strong finishing effort.  He’ll take improvement from that run and Jeff Lloyd stays onboard.

Other Hopes:

La Dolce Vita (4) resumes here on the back of a very good trial win.  She has raced well fresh in the past.  She disappointed last preparation in stronger races than this but was very good the preparation prior.  Will appreciate racing in this grade and will give them something to catch.

Beau Jet (1) put in a good effort here 1st up when finishing 3rd to Privlaka.  His 3 runs since have been ok.  The 3kg claim helps and he’ll be running on strongly.

All Troops (5) will take improvement from his 1st up run.  Performed well as a 3 year old last preparation and can feature if reclaims that sort of form.

Race 6

Fast Vision (9) looks close to a win after finishing 2nd in both runs this preparation.  She was held up slightly 1st up but found the line well over 1110m to go down by 1.8 lengths.  Last start she stepped up to 1200m at Murwillumbah and led but was run down late.  She fought on strongly that day and was over 5 lengths in front of 3rd.  The rise in distance here 3rd up will suit and Jeff Lloyd going on is a positive.

Other Hopes:

Beau Isa (1) has had just the 2 career starts and both have been good.  He just missed the win on debut when running on strongly.  Last start he fought on for 3rd at Doomben in the heavy conditions.  Blinkers go on for the 1st time and he’s drawn to get a great run.

Royal Atom (7) resumed here last start over 1300m and ran on for a 1.1 length 4th.  Will take improvement from that run and should be finding the line.

Yesido (8) resumed at Ipswich last start over 1200m and fought on well for 2nd after racing 3 wide with no cover.  Will be improved 2nd up and will appreciate the extra trip.

Race 7

Three Points (3) resumed last start here over 1600m in a Class 3 Saturday race.  It was his 1st run since coming up from Victoria where his form was quite good.  He ran on well 1st up and I expect him to be further improved here.  His 2nd up record is very good with a win and 2 3rds from 3.  He shouldn’t be too far away in the run and will be finishing off strong.

Other Hopes:

El Greco (5) has now had 2 runs since coming to Queensland and should be reaching a good fitness level.  Will appreciate the rise in distance and this is easier than what he has been facing.

Really Reilly (2) will find this easier than what he’s been facing lately.  Won 3 starts back in harder race over 1400m.  Gets back and will be finding the line.

Princess Is Ready (11) has gone close to winning her past 2 starts.  She’s been running on well suggesting the extra distance here will suit.

Race 8

Confronting (7) had been racing in good form this preparation before coming here last start and winning well over 1200m.  He raced wide but importantly built momentum before hitting the line strongly.  He can springboard into another win here.  Cassie Schmidt should be able to settle fairly close before getting out and charging home.

Other Hopes:

Love And Lies (1) will find this easier than what she’s been facing lately.  She won here narrowly 3 starts back and was solid last start when finishing 4th in Listed company.  Will go forward from the wide gate but may need to work early.  3kg claim helps.

Heart Skipt A Beat (10) resumes here as a 3 year old.  Last start as a 2 year old she finished 3rd in the Group 1 JJ Atkins over 1600m.  Query is she only broke her maiden the start before that so will have to see how she’s come back.

Our Lady Mac (9) resumes after a short break and is having her 1st run for Toby Edmonds.  Did win 2 starts back in stronger grade than this but can mix form. Stable flying as is the jockey.

Best Bets

Race 1 – Zarabeel (6)

Race 7 – Three Points (3)