Racing this Saturday comes to us from Eagle Farm where the track is rated a Good 4 and the rail is in the true position. Fine weather is forecast.
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Acceptile (2) resumed last start in fine fashion with a win here over this distance. Damian Browne settled just off the leaders backs before getting clear in the straight and dashing away for an easy win. He’ll be improved here 2nd up. His form from last preparation was very good with a number of placings behind some very good horses. The speed in this race looks solid which should see Browne settle just off it before powering home.
Paradis Imperial (1) is undefeated in 5 starts. She came down from Central Queensland last start and made a mess of them here. She goes up in weight but she’s proven that she can carry big weights in the past. The wide barrier is more the concern but if she can find a spot then she’ll be right in the finish.
Royal Myth (9) resumes here after a good 1st preparation. Finished in front of Paradis Imperial last start but lost on protest.
Wicked Express (8) resumed last start with a 3rd behind Acceptile. He’ll be improved 2nd up and gets the blinkers for the first time. From the inside gate he’ll be prominent in the run.
These 2200m BM75 races are usually tough to work out and this edition looks no different. With limited confidence, I’m going with Outraged (1). He drops in class after and will hopefully find this easier than what he has been facing. Last start he was not suited by the complete lack of pace in the race but finished off ok behind Arki. The start prior he was held up for a run at the Sunshine Coast but again ran on once clear. The speed in this race looks quite good which should help his cause. The 3kg claim for Rebecca Williams helps.
Morendi (3) has won his past 2 starts here. He ran on well last start and showed great fight to hold of Three Points. He went up 3kg that day and goes up a further 1.5kg here. Despite that he should be right in the finish.
Court’s Star (5) has finished in the placings his past 2 starts here over this trip. He’ll go forward and could prove hard to run down.
Magnatune (2) ran on well last start to finish 3rd in Open company at the Sunshine Coast. He drops in class and gets in well at the weights after the claim.
Divine Service (4) has been racing in good form lately. He won convincingly at the Sunshine Coast in a BM80 over 1200m before coming here last start where he won in Open class. He only rises half a kg for that win. Luke Tarrant can roll forward in the small field to race handy before unwinding in the straight.
Upstart Pride (2) finished 2nd to Divine Service last start. He drove forward that day to lead and will look to do the same here. Gets Jeff Lloyd in the saddle.
Too Good To Refuse (1) resumes here after a freshen up. Performed well in stronger races than this before the break. Will get back and run on but may have too much ground to make up.
Cashing Up (2) has found some form his past 2 starts. Two starts back he won over 1600m at the Sunshine Coast in a Class 3. He then finished 5th by 2.3 lengths to Arki over 1800m. That horse has been racing exceptionally well. Given that Cashing Up weakened late last start, the drop back to 1600m looks more suitable. His record of 2 wins from 3 starts over the trip also suggests that. With limited speed in the race we should see Adam Sewell who claims 3kg settle midfield from the good gate.
Mercurian (4) comes up from Sydney and the form he has shown is good enough to feature here. Last start he ran on to finish 3.6 lengths from Liapari who won well on Monday.
Raffinato (5) did nothing when resuming last start. She always improves 2nd up and this distance is more suitable. Form last preparation was good over this distance range. Jeff Lloyd should be positive from the wide gate.
The Equalizer (13) is up in class but comes here on the back of a strong win at Ipswich over 1680m. With the appointment of Tegan Harrison and barrier 1, it’s fairly certain that they’ll go forward from the inside gate.
This race has given me a massive headache. The cause of my headache is Candika (15). I’ve been wrestling the following thoughts: is she a special under set weight conditions or does her get back style prevent her from winning? The answer I came up with is a pineapple. She finished off strongly last start over 1400m after getting a long way back. The extra distance here suits but her chances will depend on where she settles. There’s not a great deal of speed in the race which may allow her to settle closer, possibly as close as midfield. If that’s the case then she’ll be hard to hold out. However that’s a big “If”. Look I think she can win this race but the price on offer just doesn’t interest me to get involved. I’ll be more inclined to back 1 of the following for a place.
Hotel Coste (4) won well last start over 1400m in this class beating Candika among others. Rises in weight but is in good form.
Catenaccio (12) won 2 starts back at Doomben before finishing 2nd last start here. She was unlucky not to win that day given that the jockey didn’t get her clear until late. Will be running on strongly.
Naranja (11) has been going well this preparation. Ran on from last on Magic Millions day for a close 4th. Last start he was held up and didn’t get going till late when finishing 5th to Hotel Coste.
Hudson County (9) has been racing well lately. Following a couple of wins at Ballina, he came here last start and finished a narrow 2nd to Colour Charge over 1600m. He went forward that day and fought on strongly right to the line. From barrier 3 similar tactics will be employed here. With just 51kg on his back he’ll be hard to run down.
Sky Kingdom (1) resumed last start and was also having his 1st race in Australia. After drawing wide, he went back and did find the line quite well. Will be improved 2nd up and draws much better here. Is a Group 3 winner overseas.
Colour Charge (4) won here last start at big odds. He was up 400m in distance that day so should improve further here. Ran well here last preparation.
Binalong Road (6) will appreciate the rise in distance here. Last start he didn’t get a lot of room in the straight but did look like he had plenty to give. Jeff Lloyd going on is a positive.
Hi I’m Back (6) resumed last start here over 1000m with a very good effort. After drawing wide he went back before hitting the line strongly for 2nd behind the talented Quatronic. He’ll be fitter 2nd up and the rise in distance will suit. He has a top record of 2 wins and a 2nd from 4 starts over 1200m. Jimmy Byrne should be able to settle just off the speed.
Our Lady Mac (10) has come from a short break in good style. She won easily here 1st up over 1200m before fighting on strongly but ultimately being run down at the Sunshine Coast last start. She’ll be prominent in the run.
Skylimit (3) should be a peak fitness here 3rd up. He won here when resuming before putting in a good effort in Open company last start. Drops in class but goes up 5kg in weight. Drawn to get a great run.
Desert General (2) resumes here. Has a good fresh record and performed well last preparation in similar strength races.
Sylpheed (7) is resuming here and also having her 1st run for Toby Edmonds after previously racing with Waterhouse and Bott. She’s had a couple of trials leading into this with the most recent resulting in a win. She is unbeaten in 2 fresh runs and looked the goods winning at Caulfield 1st up last preparation. Following that win she competed well in Listed company in Melbourne. She’s drawn awkwardly but we have the best in Brisbane on board, Jeff Lloyd to overcome that.
Oink (1) resumed last start in fine fashion with a win in this class and over this trip. He rises in weight but he’ll be improved 2nd up. Showed talent last preparation competing against older horses.
Royal Tithe (2) resumes here and does race well fresh. Won the Group 3 Ken Russell when 1st up last preparation. A most consistent filly who should enjoy a great run.
All Over Bosanova (9) is up in class here but has done nothing wrong in 3 starts. She’s won all 3 career starts easily, the most recent being a 5.5 length win over 1100m at the Gold Coast. Has speed and will be prominent in the run.
Race 7 – Hi I’m Back (6)