28/09/16 – Ipswich

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Midweek racing comes to us from Royal Ipswich this Wednesday.  The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail out 4m.  Fine and warm weather is forecast so we could see it upgraded to a Good 3.

Race 1

Tony Gollan looks like he has a firm grip on the opening race.  I’m going with his gelding Bearskin (1).  He finished 2nd last start in a Class 3 at Doomben over 1200m.  Post race he was found to have a cough.  He now drops back to a Class 2 and only rises 1kg.  He’s previously raced in Class 6 and NMW races so he has a class edge on his rivals here.  Blinkers go back on and Jimmy Byrne should have him settling in a top position from the inside gate.

Other Hopes:

Madiba (3) has a good record here with 2 wins from 3 over the distance.  Won here 1st up this preparation in Class 1 company.  Last start he led a Class 3 field up over 1110m at Doomben before weakening.  I expect improvement back in class and distance here.

All The Credit (2) resumes here on the back of an ok trial.  Won 1st up last preparation over this distance.

Race 2

This looks a race in 2 between Magic Love and Invincible Express.  I’m siding with Invincible Express (2) for David Vandyke.  She bolted in last start at the Sunshine Coast over 1000m by 3.8 lengths in the heavy going.  It was little more than a track gallop.  The start prior she ran 3.3 lengths 2nd to Land Office who came out and won well in city class racing.  She’s drawn wide here but Ron Goltz will be able to go forward and take up a prominent position.

Other Hopes:

Magic Love (1) has been racing very well lately.  She’s won her past 2 starts.  2 starts back she broke her maiden with a 4.5 length win.  She then went to Doomben and won in Class 2 company.  She was perhaps a little lucky to win given the 2nd horse was held up for a very long way in the straight.  Jeff Lloyd will go forward here and will be hard to run down.

Lady Macan (3) resumes here after changing stables and joining Tony Gollan.  She has a good 1st up record but may find this a bit short.  However form is in much stronger races than this and will be running on.

Majella Magic (4) won her 1st 2 starts back from a spell this preparation.  Both races were here and over this distance.  Would need to lift as was well beaten by Magic Love last start.

Race 3

Pinolino (8) is lightly raced and looks a mare with plenty of improvement in her.  In her debut run she finished strongly over 1350m at Doomben to finish 4th.  She then went to the Sunshine Coast and finished a half length 3rd over 1600m.  From barrier 1 Jimmy Orman will  go forward and take up a prominent position.  That will make her tough to beat.

Other Hopes:

Raucous (3) finished 5th last start at the Sunshine Coast over 1600m and was 2.3 lengths behind Pinolino.  He’ll be finishing strongly but he now meets Pinolino worse at the weights and has to find 2 lengths.

Shadow Magic (4) was caught wide last start when finishing 5th over 1600m at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.  Can be in the finish here with a better run.

The Gringo (6) put in a bold showing last start here over 1680m.  He came from last on the turn to weave through traffic to run on strongly for a narrow 3rd.  40 days between runs raises the question about his fitness however.

Race 4

Lipstick Lover (6) missed the start as short priced favourite when on debut for Tony Gollan last start at Doomben.  She made good ground in the straight despite being well beaten.  She has since won a trial which hopefully ironed out any starting issues.  This isn’t a strong race and Robbie Fradd should be able race in a prominent position.

Other Hopes:

Real Nina (10) ran 5th on debut over 1050m at Doomben.  She weakened after racing in a forward position.  She’ll take improvement from that and should be handy from the nice draw.

Olympic Prince (1) was run down late when finishing 3rd at Doomben last start.  He’ll be further improved here 3rd up and won’t be far away in the run from the nice gate.  Claim helps.

Ruler’s Pride (4) finished a narrow 2nd here on debut before failing badly next start.  He was then spelled and resumes here.  Wide gate a concern but gets Jeff Lloyd in the saddle to negate that.

Race 5

Moon And The Stars (3) has been racing in good form lately.  3 starts back she won at the Sunshine Coast over 1400m.  She then put in 2 very good efforts at Eagle Farm over the same distance and finished off quite well for 4th on each occasion.  She now steps up in distance here which looks suitable now.  Tiffani Brooker who’s 3kg claim comes in handy can settle in a nice position just off the speed from the good draw.

Other Hopes:

Good Job Bro (1) is a bit hit or miss but put in a strong showing last start.  He ran home strongly for 3rd behind Bound For Love at Eagle Farm over 1600m.  This track probably doesn’t suit and he has to carry 59kg but he gets Jeff Lloyd in the saddle.  Just needs to be close enough straightening to be a force.

Extrasay (7) won a Class 2 over 1600m at Doomben last start.  Unassuming finished 2nd to her that day and that horse has since won in City class at Eagle Farm.  She’s up in class here but races well here and should be prominent in the run.

Fusina (2) finished not too far behind Good Job Bro last start.  He’s been in reasonable form and has a good record over this trip.  Will get back and run on.

Race 6

Notonyourlife (6) resumed last start at Doomben with a fair effort with 59kg.  Traditionally she’s improved markedly 2nd up and I expect that to be the case here.  She drops 4kg in weight and while this is a higher class than last start she has performed well in tougher races than this in the past.  The speed looks quite good in this race which will help her style.  Robbie Fradd can settle midfield or so from the nice draw before finding the line strongly.

Other Hopes:

King’s Dance (1) resumes here and is having his 1st run for Michael Nolan after previously racing with Mick Price in Melbourne.  Form down there is good enough for him to feature here despite it being over longer.  Jeff Lloyd can go forward and give them something to catch but the 59.5kg may pay a toll late.

Sunny Victory (2) has been in good form lately.  He’s won 3 of his past 4 starts and his most recent win was an easy 2 length effort at Doomben.  Will need some luck from the wide gate.

Action Button (8) was run down last start at Doomben over 1350m.  Has been freshened and the drop in distance will suit.  Drawn to get a great run.

Race 7

There’s plenty of chances in the final race of the day.  Shipwrecked (4) should appreciate getting on the smaller track at Ipswich.  His past 2 starts have been at Eagle Farm on soft tracks and I just don’t think he handled it.  The 2 starts prior to those he won over this distance at Doomben.  He has a good record at this track and should be fitter given he was 5 weeks between runs last start.  Tegan Harrison can settle handy from the good gate gate.

Other Hopes:

Neuschwanstein (8) has improved with each run this preparation.  Last start at Eagle Farm he finished well for 5th behind Monster Of Energy.  He has a good record at this track  and gets in well at the weights after the claim.

Anecdote (2) has been around the mark in most runs this preparation and should be nearing a win.  Steps up in trip which could suit.

Va Va Veni (1) resumes here on the back of a couple of trials.  The most recent resulting in a win.  Was in good form last preparation and has a good record over this distance.

Best Bets

Race 1 – Bearskin (1)

Race 2 – Invincible Express (2)

Race 3 – Pinolino (8)

24/09/16 – Eagle Farm

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Eagle Farm hosts this Saturday’s Brisbane racing where the track as of Thursday is rated a Soft 6.  Thankfully the rain that was about midweek has cleared and we’re set for fine weather.  The rail is out 8.5m.

***Track and Weather Update Saturday morning: The track is rated a Soft 5 with clear skies forecast.***

Race 1

San Telmo (7) has been in top form this preparation.  Last start he stepped up from 1600m to 2200m and won.  He was held up briefly in the straight before working home well once clear.  Given that he jumped 600m in trips, he should be further improved now that he has had a run over this distance.  He’s up in class here but he looks more than capable of handling it.  There doesn’t look to be a lot of speed in the race so Michael Hellyer should be able to settle handy in the run.

Other Hopes:

 Anton En Avant (1) is racing in a rich vein of form.  He’s won his past 3 starts over this distance and there’s no reason why he can’t continue on his way here.

Denoninator (4) won well here last start over 2200m when carrying 59.5kg.  The start prior he put in a good effort behind San Telmo after racing wide throughout.  He’s up in class but he drops 4kg in weight.

My Diamantine (6) has been thereabouts recently.  Finished 3rd to Anton En Avant last start at Doomben and ran on well the start prior to just miss the win.  With improved can be in the finish.

Race 2

Manias (2) looked a good style of a horse when winning on debut at Doomben.  He was able to sit off a strong speed before finishing strongly.  A similar situation looks likely here with a number of speed horses engaged.  Damian Browne can again sit off the speed before working home strongly.

Other Hopes:

Double Superlative (4) resumes here.  He looks to have some ability and did finish 2nd at the start of last preparation.  Will get back and run on so the likely strong speed will suit.

Nicconi Leggera (1) is a real speedster who won when resuming at the Gold Coast over 900m last start. Will go forward and with the 3kg claim, could be hard to run down.

Rumba Queen (6) led all the way at Doomben over 1050m when on debut.  Should be improved at 2nd start and is drawn to get a great run.

Race 3

Alpen Rose (8) has come back this preparation in good form.  She won 1st up at the Sunshine Coast before finishing off quite well here last week to finish 4th.  She’s on the quick back up and gets in with just 51kg after the claim for Emma Ljung.  From barrier 2 she should be able to settle just off a decent speed before coming home strongly.

Other Hopes:

Heza Bobby Dazzler (3) resumes and goes like an absolute bomb 1st up.  His record is 4 wins from 5 resumptions.  From all accounts he’s been working well.  He’s drawn awkwardly here and is unknown on soft tracks.

Privlaka (9) resumes here.  He raced competitively against the better 3 year olds last preparation.  May find the 1000m too short but will be steaming home.

Kudero (2) has been racing solidly this preparation.  Finished 3rd last start but now drops back to 1000m.  On a drier track and the speed on, he can feature.

Race 4

Secret Puzzle (1) has been racing in great form lately.  She won 3 starts back at the Sunshine Coast over 1400m before coming here 2 starts back and winning by 5.5 lengths over this distance.  Last start she stepped up to 1600m and fought on well but went down by 1.9 lengths to Bound For Love.  She’s on the quick back up and drops back to 1400m which will suit given she’s won 4 of 5 over the trip.  She has her fair share of weight to carry but drops back to her own sex.  Brad Stewart will have her prominent in the run.

Other Hopes:

Ultimate Dreamer (3) put in a fair effort when resuming recently at Wyong.  She was never on the track and probably didn’t appreciate the heavy going.  The horse that won that day won here last Saturday.  She should improve 2nd up and has a top record over this trip.

Gypsy Secret (6) has been in top form at Rockhampton.  She’s won her past 3 starts and has found the line well on each occasion. This is harder but you can’t knock winning form.

Magic I Am (5) has been around the mark in midweek racing.  Steps up in distance and class but looks to have some ability and Jeff  Lloyd on is certainly a positive.

Race 5

Hidden Pearl (3) failed in the heavy conditions at Randwick last start.  That was Group 3 company so she’ll appreciate the drop in class here.  Prior to that she was in super form.  She walloped them 1st up before winning comfortably 2nd up.  Both races were here over 1000m and she now steps up to 1200m which is a distance she has won over previously.  While she’s drawn wide out, she has the early speed to cross and either lead or sit on the leader’s back.

Other Hopes:

Sony Legend (7) has come back this preparation in great order.  He’s won both starts impressively over 1200m.  One here and the other at Doomben.  He’s up in class but down considerably in weight and can capitalise if they go too hard in front.

Londehero (6) has turned himself around this preparation.  He won 2 in a row before getting too far back last start.  He drops 5kg but is up in class.  He’s undefeated at the track but that was before the upgrade.  Will be finding the line strongly.

El Sasso (4) was given no chance last start when the leader was given a free pass in front.  Prepared to forget that as previous form in Sydney is good enough for this.

Race 6

Bidii Babe (9) resumes here after a 3 month spell.  She showed ability last preparation as a 3 year old.  She won her 2 starts prior to her break with her last start being an impressive display here over this trip.  She can settle just off a solid speed before getting to the outside and charging home.

Other Hopes:

Mr Wind (8) couldn’t have been more impressive when winning on debut.  Jeff Lloyd took him to the front and was travelling so easily in the run home that he had time to look several times over the shoulder to see where the opposition were.  This is obviously harder and he’s drawn wide out but his talent can’t be ignored.

Revaldor (2) has been racing quite well in stronger races than this.  He’ll appreciate the drop in class and will only carry 2kg more than last start after the claim.

Powerful Saga (5) was stiff not to win when resuming last start.  He looked to have plenty to give but unfortunately got pinned away on the fence.  Has a good 2nd up record and is drawn well but hasn’t performed on soft tracks in the past.

Race 7

This looks a real trap race and one that I’m reluctant to get too involved in.  I must be a sucker for punishment because I’m getting on board with Brazen Moss (1) again.  Yes the horse that always puts in but can always find 1 better.  It was absolute heart break last start when he led to the shadows of the winning post only to be beaten by a horse out wide steaming home.  He was 35 days between races so he should take improvement from that run.  He also drops in weight thanks to the 3kg claim for Tiffani Brooker.

Other Hopes:

Raffinato (6) won well at Doomben last start over 1640m.  Jeff Lloyd as has been the norm lately gave the horse a peach of a ride.  Form prior to the win was good.  Will go forward and if left alone could give some cheek.

Walk To The Bar (5) won last start over this trip at the Gold Coast.  Races well over this distance and gets a big jockey change in Damian Browne.

Deconstructed (2) struggled when stepping up to this distance last start.  This is easier and his 2 efforts before that were quite good.  Up in weight and no jockey engaged so hopefully an apprentice gets on.

Race 8

Bushy (7) has been racing in very good form lately, particularly at Eagle Farm.  Last start he chased home Monsieur Gustave for 2nd.  While he ended up 1.5 lengths away, he beat the rest easily.  The start prior he ran 2nd to Monster Of Energy who at the time was in super form.  He drops 1.5kg and gets Michael Cahill in the saddle who should be prominent in the run.

Other Hopes:

Fire Within (6) has taken a liking to Eagle Farm. While he hasn’t won here yet, he’s been in the placings his past 4 starts.  Will be running on.

Mr Jetset (8) doesn’t have the best record over 1400m.  However he really put in a top effort last start when narrowly beaten after making a wide sustained run over 1200m.  3rd up should be ready to fire.

Teronado (1) has been scratched on a regular basis recently and now finds himself 5 weeks between runs.  He drops back in trip and has plenty of weight to carry.  Far from ideal however his form has been quite good and he’ll be finding the line for Damian Browne.

Best Bets

Race 4 – Secret Puzzle (1)

Race 5 – Hidden Pearl (3)

21/09/16 – Doomben

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Doomben hosts another midweek meeting this Wednesday.  Unlike Eagle Farm, we’ve had a bit of success here lately and found 5 of the 8 winners last week.  The track as of Tuesday is rated a Soft 6 with the rail out 8m.  Rain is forecast Wednesday so we’ll more than likely see a downgrade.

Race 1

Red Scarlet (3) stepped up to 1400m last start at the Gold Coast and handled it very well.  He beat Balboa Rock by 1.5 lengths and that horse came out and won at Eagle Farm last Saturday.  Will race in a forward position as he did last start and be hard to run down.

Other Hopes:

Hearts Honour (2) put in a good effort 1st up before disappointing at Eagle Farm last start.  Will be further improved here 3rd up and has won over this course and distance.

Vidarr (4) looked a nice type when winning at the Sunshine Coast on debut.  Ran on quite well suggesting the extra distance will suit 2nd up but goes up in weight and this is harder.

Baby Merlin (5) has finished in the placings in both his career starts.  Fought on well last start when going forward over 1200m.  Should be further improved here and will be right in the mix for a long way.

Race 2

Rock On Ivy (2) was never on the track last start when finishing 3rd over this distance.  It was a very good effort to still run on when she was no closer than 3 wide.  There is no speed in this race so I’d like to see Josh Oliver who claims 3kg go forward.  Has a very good record over the distance.

Other Hopes:

Butcher Blue (4) has been racing well since coming back from a lengthy spell.  He won last start with a tough effort at the Sunshine Coast over 1400m.  The start prior he wasn’t far off Secret Puzzle who has won in town.  Up in class and distance but looks capable.

Stella Di Notte (7) has always threatened to do something but has never followed through.  Made ground late over 1600m last start after being held up.  Drawn well.

Rich Reward (6) battles away most starts.  Put in a good effort last start over 1400m at the Gold Coast when wide throughout.  Suspect at the distance but handles wet tracks.

Race 3

Clever Blaze (12) finished quite well last start at Doomben over 1200m when finishing 2nd.  To me she looked like a horse that wants further.  She gets that here with the step up to 1350m.  She was 35 days between runs so should be further improved here.  Tegan Harrison will go forward and be prominent in the run.

Other Hopes:

Miss Amigo (7) has finished 2nd in both starts since coming back from over a year off the scene.  Fought well last start but was just beaten over 1200m at the Sunshine Coast.  Will be fitter here and should be handy in the run.

Mushin (3) was fair when resuming last start.  Raced well last preparation when over further so will appreciate the extra distance here.

Ercolano (9) put in an ok effort when on debut last start.  He was 6.4 lengths behind a talented horse in Mr Wind.  Should be improved 2nd up.

Race 4

Gracida (7) resumes here and has a super a fresh record.  He was very good last preparation with 2 wins from 3 starts.  One of those was by 4.5 lengths in heavy going over this trip here.  From barrier 3 Robbie Fradd can lead and prove hard to run down.

Other Hopes:

Thomas The Tank (4) has struggled in city class racing his past 2 starts.  Will appreciate the drop in class here.  Has to carry 59.5kg but can go forward and does race well on wet tracks.

Knight Templar (1) has been around the mark in recent races.  3kg claim helps but has a poor record at the track.

Excelartie (8) won last start at the Sunshine Coast over 1000m.  This is harder but is in good form and did find the line well last start.

Race 5

Light Shows (2) won nicely last start over 1200m at the Sunshine Coast in Class 2 company.  He really picked up late suggesting the 1350m here will suit.  Damian Browne takes the ride and will give the horse a great run from barrier 1.

Other Hopes:

Magic I Am (1) at this stage has no jockey engaged so I’d suggest is a doubtful starter.  Has been in good form lately in this class or harder.  Will go forward from the wide gate and be hard to run down.

Jennifer Juniper (6) broke her maiden last start here over 1200m.  She led and didn’t give the rest a chance.  She’s up in trip and this is harder but drops in weight and will be handy in the run.

Fleur D’Orage (7) will be hoping for a down pour as she’s undefeated on heavy going.  Was quite good 1st up before disappointing last start.  Can improve here up in trip.

Race 6

Dandy One (1) has found form in his past 2 starts.  2 starts back he bolted in by 4 lengths over 1200m at the Sunshine Coast.  He then finished 3.9 lengths behind Monsieur Gustave who has since won again and looks a really nice type.  He’s drawn nicely in barrier 2 which should see Ryan Wiggins race in a prominent position.

Other Hopes:

Bourbon Road (6) had struggled in city class racing before running on last start for 2nd at Ipswich. This seems about his level. Races best over this distance but has drawn awkwardly here.

La Cigale (5) has only won 1 of 14 starts but has been in the placings 8 times.  Resumed in good style last start at the Sunshine Coast when finishing a narrow 3rd.  Will take improvement from his 1st up run.

Georgio (4) has been racing quite well recently.  He won 2 starts back at Ipswich before finishing 3rd last start at the Gold Coast.  Races well over this distance and should be able to race just off the speed.

Race 7

Khaleesi (7) resumed last start here over 1200m and ran really well.  She found the front in the straight but fitness gave out and she finished 3rd to Pienkna by just half a length.  She’ll take improvement from that run and I don’t think the drop in distance is a bad thing.  Josh Oliver who claims 3kg can go forward and give them something to catch.

Other Hopes:

Abracadash (1) had won 3 in a row before meeting Hidden Pearl in city class racing last start.  Back to this grade is more suitable and she’s drawn to get a great run.  3kg claim helps.

Honey Holt (5) resumes here.  She’ll be better over further but if they go too hard in front she’ll be steaming home over the top of them.

Passion To Win (12) narrowly missed the win here last start.  Has a good record over this distance and should be handy in the run.

Race 8

Magic Love (4) looks a mare with some ability and room to improve even further.  She won at the Sunshine Coast 2 starts back by 4.5 lengths to break her maiden.  She then proved that was no fluke by winning a Class 2 here by a length.  Damian Browne takes the ride and will be able to cross and take up the running.  She’ll be tough to hold out if left alone.

Other Hopes:

Otto From Hamburg (5) resumed with a fair effort last start.  Raced well last preparation and should be further improved here 2nd up.

Carrangall (1) has been racing in good form.  He won 2 in a row before performing well in city class racing last start.  Just needs some luck from the wide gate to feature.

Suite Mover (9) didn’t have a lot of luck last start when caught wide.  Will get a better run here and should be further improved.  Undefeated on soft tracks.

Best Bets

Race 4 – Gracida (7)

Race 8 – Magic Love (4)

17/09/16 – Eagle Farm

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A monster 10 race card greets us at Eagle Farm this Saturday thanks to the Doomben meeting last Saturday being cut short after the 5th.  The track as of Friday is rated a Soft 7.  While fine weather is forecast, we know from past experiences that the track will still race like it has some cut out of it even if the rating improves.  The rail is out 6m.

***Track and Weather Update Saturday morning: The track is rated a Soft 7.  The forecast is for a mostly sunny day.***

Race 1

We kick things off with a BM75 over 2200m so try to contain yourselves please!  I’m going with Annaman (4) who has been around the mark without winning this preparation.  Last start here over this trip he fought on quite well in the heavy conditions to finish a 1.2 length 3rd.  He beat home Denominator that day and meets that horse 2.5kg better at the weights here.  He’ll race in a prominent position for Tegan Harrison and gets his chance here.

Other Hopes:

War Baby (5) is a deadset iron horse.  This will be her 6th run in as many weeks.  She’s taking on this distance for the 1st time and is up 600m but she found the line strongly in the Ballina Cup suggesting that it may suit.  She has proven to be a real Eagle Farm horse and loves it wet.

Denoninator (2) has been in good form recently.  Narrowly missed the win here 2 starts back before racing wide last start to finish 4th.  He was behind Annaman and now meets him worse at the weights which is a concern.

Emerald City (1) improved last start over 1800m when running on for 2nd at the Sunshine Coast.  Should be further improved 3rd up but doesn’t have the best record on rain affected tracks.  3kg claim helps.

Race 2

I believe when doing the form that Eagle Farm has to be considered separate to other tracks given that it has played as a completely different beast.  That means I place greater emphasis on past efforts here since the reopening.  Particularly if it’s wet.  Shuda Known Better (8) fits that criteria.  She broke her maiden in a dominant fashion here last start when finding the line strongly over 1400m on a heavy track to win by 1.3 lengths.  The rise here to 1500m looks like it will certainly suit.

Other Hopes:

Rhyming (2) has been racing very well since starting her career.  She narrowly missed the win on debut and the horse who beat her has since won at this track.  She then won her next 2 starts with the most recent a strong finishing effort over 1300m.  Slight concern that she’s rising 200m 24 days between runs.  However is obviously talented and the 3kg claim helps.

Dapper One (7) ran on well last start for 3rd behind a couple of handy types.  Rises 300m in distance but is on the quick back up so that should suit.  Handled this track ok 3 starts back.

Good Luck Malela (3) finished 2nd behind Rhyming last start when resuming.  He’ll take improvement from that run and will appreciate the rise in distance.

Race 3

I said in the previous race comments about Eagle Farm horses.  Well we have a definite one in this race in Monster Of Energy (4).  This guy has a terrific record here of 2 wins and 2 2nds from 4 starts.  Last start he won well over this trip by 1.3 lengths.  While he rises in weight, he’ll get a great run for Tegan Harrison from barrier 2.

Other Hopes:

Monsieur Gustave (10) has come back in terrific fashion this preparation.  He won by 9.3 lengths 1st up and then went to Doomben and again put his rivals to the storm.  I have no knock on the horse’s talent but I feel the price on offer here is poison given he has never raced at Eagle Farm and is also unknown on a wet track.

Bushy (8) ran well here last start when finishing 2nd to Monter Of Energy.  He found the line quite well that day and meets Monster Of Energy better at the weights.

Skylimit (2) has shown an ability to handle the Eagle Farm track.  In 2 starts here he has finished 2nd and then won over 1200m.  Slight concern with him stepping up to 1400m.

Race 4

Alpen Rose (6) resumed last start at the Sunshine Coast with a narrow win over 1000m.  She ran on well that day and looks to have come back in good condition.  She’ll be suited by a strong speed here which will allow Brooke Stower who claims 2kg to sit off the speed before coming home strongly.  The horse is undefeated in 3 runs on heavy tracks.

Other Hopes:

Bush Caviar (3) has put in 2 good efforts here his past 2 starts.  Last start here he faded late over 1200m to finish 1.7 lengths back in 4th.  The drop in distance looks a good move and it’s a distance he’s performed well at in the past.

Hot Hit (1) resumes here with plenty of weight to carry.  However he races well fresh and has a good record over this distance.  Form in NSW is certainly good enough for this race.

Morning Fog (8) has put together a good record.  She’s won 3 of 6 starts this preparation and has raced well on wet tracks.  Put in a good effort last start in Saturday company and should have finished closer with a better start.

Race 5

This is a very competitive race where most entrants have a realistic chance.  La Spiaggia (5) won well over 2000m last start at Doomben.  He disappointed the start prior here but 3 starts back put in a really good effort to finish 2nd to San Telmo over 1600m and that horse has been in top form.  Drawn to be prominent in the run.

Other Hopes:

Revitalise (9) past 2 efforts here over 1600m have been good.  Last start he finished well for 2nd and was just in front of Teronado.  I don’t think he was going as well as the other horse at the end so the rise to 1800m may not suit.  However he gets in with no weight after the claim.

Deconstructed (8) has been racing in solid form recently.  He finished 3rd here 2 starts back over 1400m before running 2nd to Bentles over 1600m at Doomben last start.  Query out to 1800m but looks capable of handling it.

Royal Mephisto (12) is 100/1 and on the surface looks out of it’s league here.  Some will say I don’t like my money as I’ve had a few bucks each way on him.  Yes he’s up steeply in class and is getting on in age but he’s on the quick back up after finishing off ok over 1800m last Sunday.  He has performed well 4th up in the past and gets in with a light weight.

Race 6

One Inch Punch (9) hasn’t done a lot wrong since coming to Queensland.  He won here over this trip in heavy conditions 3 starts back before finishing off well for a 2nd to Total Authority when on pacers were favoured.  Last start he probably wasn’t at home over 1600m with 59kg.  Back to Eagle Farm over this distance and dropping 5kg in weight should see him right in this.

Other Hopes:

Total Authority (6) won here in fine fashion 2 starts back over this distance.  She beat One Inch Punch that day but meets that horse 2kg worse here.  Will race in a prominent position.

Dream Choice (3) has been racing in good form recently.  Won here 2 starts back over 1200m.  Up to 1400m now is a concern given his poor record at the distance.  Having said that he has been running on and the 3kg claim helps.

Punta Norte (7) can mix his performances.  Put in a good effort 2 starts back here when 4th behind some handy types.  Gets his chance here.

Race 7

Bound For Love (14) has been in top form since joining Toby Edmonds.  Last start over this distance here she found the line strongly to win by 3.8 lengths.  San Telmo was 2nd that day and that horse has since won in stronger company.  She gets in with just 52.5kg with Jeff Lloyd in the saddle and in the conditions that is gold.

Other Hopes:

Secret Puzzle (10) was a dominant winner here last start when winning by 5.5 lengths over 1400m.  She loves a wet track as shown by her undefeated record on heavy going.  The rise to 1600m is a concern but the nature of her last start win suggests she’ll handle it.

Fusina (4) is up in class but did run well 2 starts back when winning at Doomben over 1640m.  He has a terrific heavy track record so the wetter the better.

Bodega Negra (1) put in a stinker in the Ballina Cup last start.  However his efforts here prior to that were very good.  He won over this trip before running 3rd to Mr Epic.  That’s good form for this.  Has 59kg to contend with.

Race 8

I liked the way Consorting (2) found the line last start when resuming here after nearly a year off.  On a day when on pacers were favoured, to make ground was a really nice effort.  The rise in distance will suit and he’ll be fitter 2nd up.  He rises in class on that run but he was racing in stronger races than this in Victoria so that’s not a concern.  Drops in weight which looks a real bonus.

Other Hopes:

Taillevent (6) has been racing well lately and won in good style here last start over this trip.  Should be prominent and no reason he can’t win again.

Fire Within (8) has been a model of consistency lately.  He’s taken a liking to Eagle Farm and has been in the placings at all 3 starts here.  Gets in with a light weight and meets Taillevent better at the weights than when they met last.

Pienkna (3) won at Doomben last start over 1200m and ran 2nd to Hidden Pearl here 2 starts back.  Drawn to get a nice run.

Race 9

Wild ‘N’ Famous (1) resumed in good style at Rosehill last start.  He was right in it until fitness gave out about 100m from home.  To get within 1.6 lengths of Sir Bacchus is a fair effort.  He’ll be improved 2nd up and the Snowden’s have a good record of bringing horses to Brisbane.  Damian Browne takes the ride and shouldn’t be too far away in the run.

Other Hopes:

Queen Tara (7) has been racing well since joining the Edmonds stable.  Finished strongly here 2 starts back to just miss the win.  She wasn’t too bad last start at Doomben but had too much to do in the run home after settling back.  Will appreciate coming back here.

Man Of His Word (4) will be storming home.  He’s always threatening to win and he gets his chance here.  Up in class but significantly down in weight and gets Jeff Lloyd in the saddle.

Miri Miri (6) has been racing in good form.  Put in a good effort here 2 starts back when finishing 4th to Skylimit over this trip.  Either side of that run has seen her win at the Sunshine Coast.  Should be prominent in the run.

Race 10

We come to the end of a long day and Brazen Moss (2) will do me here in what isn’t a strong race.  He’s 5 weeks between runs but that last run was a beauty.  He made ground late to finish 2nd here over 1600m to Mr Epic.  That was Class 6 company and he now drops back to Class 3.  He rises 4kg because of that but still looks well placed.  His form prior was very good.  With the weather we’ve had it’s fair to say the track will be chopped up a bit by now which won’t bother him.

Other Hopes:

Unassuming (15) has been performing well in lesser grades.  Finished strongly 2 starts back at the Gold Coast to win over 1400m in a class 1 and again finished well last start to just miss the win at Doomben.  Inside barrier probably not ideal but will get back and steam home with the light weight.

One Mansini (16) is lightly raced but in good form.  She’s up in class but the extra distance here looks like it will suit. Blinkers on for the 1st time and top jockey Jeff Lloyd should also increase her chances.

Testability (12) should enjoy the distance rise given her form over this range when in Melbourne.  Won 2 starts back at the Gold Coast and wasn’t bad behind big winner Monsieur Gustave last start.

Best Bets

Race 2 – Shuda Known Better (8)

Race 7 – Bound For Love (14)

Race 9 – Brazen Moss (2)

14/09/16 – Doomben

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We return to Doomben for the 3rd time in a week.  The track as of Tuesday is rated a Soft 6 with the rail out 6m.  We should see further improvement to the track state with mostly clear skies forecast Wednesday.

Race 1

There’s a number of 1st starters who haven’t been seen at the public trials involved here which makes this 3 year old maiden a tricky affair.  Manias (5) from the Heathcote stable that is one of those unseen horses.  Obviously there’s a risk involved supporting this guy but he’s drawn to get a great run and gets Damian Browne in the saddle.  Breeding suggests he’ll have no dramas with a soft track and being from this stable he’ll be well educated.

Other Hopes:

Tyranny (6) is a horse I was tipped by several sources when it was on debut.  Nozi must have been a busy boy!  While he didn’t get the money at Toowoomba he put in a good effort and should be improved 2nd up.  Drawn well and should find a forward spot.

Make A Ruler (4) beat home Tyranny on debut and looked the stronger of the 2 horses.  Should take improvement from that 1st up run but has drawn badly here so could get posted wide.  Significant jockey change with Jeff Lloyd going on.

Valknut (7) is on debut here and hasn’t seen at the trials.  Jimmy Byrne takes the ride suggesting to me this is the better chance of Gollan’s runners in the race.

Race 2

Stellar Knight (3) is having his 4th run this preparation and should be ready to break through.  He’s been in the placings in all 3 runs this time in work and has been no further than a length from the winner.  From barrier 3 Josh Oliver who claims 3kgs can go forward and control things in front.  If that happens then he’ll be hard to run down.

Other Hopes:

Duke De Vega (1) is having his 1st run in Queensland after previously racing with Chris Waller.  He’s been in the placings in 6 of 10 starts and while he’s been racing over longer can certainly show up here.  Top jockey on board but has 59kg.

Rockabella Boy (6) resumed last start with a reasonable effort considering the circumstances of his run.  He was never on the track and ran accordingly.  He draws the inside gate here and can settle in a forward position for Jimmy Byrne.  Should be fitter 2nd up.

Ted (9) is on debut here following a very good trial win.  Blinkers go on but he’s had a number of false starts with having his 1st race and also he’s drawn awkwardly.

Race 3

Marabel (9) put in a good effort when finishing 5th on debut at the Sunshine Coast over 1200m.  She was never on the track and at times was 4 wide without cover.  Yet she finished the race off quite well and was only beaten by 3.3 lengths.  She’ll take improvement from that run and has drawn nicely for Michael Cahill.  There doesn’t look to be much speed in the race so I think we’ll see Cahill go forward and look to control things in front.

Other Hopes:

Madam Amarouge (8) has shown signs of improvement in her past 2 starts.  Last start over 1300m at the Sunshine Coast she ran on quite well for 3rd.  Blinkers go on for the 1st time but I’m concerned with where she lands from the wide draw.

Northern Revenge (1) has been in the placings in half of her 10 starts so is certainly consistent.  She draws to get a nice run and the 3kg claim certainly helps.

Voanaba (3) has been around the mark in her recent starts.  This is tougher than what she’s been facing but she’s drawn well and gets 3kgs relief for the apprentice.

Race 4

Go On Red (2) resumes here after a short break.  He races well fresh and did beat Yankee Rose recently in a trial.  While this is short of his best, he did almost defeat Umgeni 1st up last preparation over 1200m.  There looks to be a decent amount of speed in the race which should suit.  Damian Browne will be able to get a nice run from barrier 1 just off the speed before coming home strongly.

Other Hopes:

Bernitchy (3) put in a good  showing last start when finishing just under 2 lengths off the winner over this distance here.  He led the field up that day and will look to do the same here.  Drops in class.

Eleni Whirl (4) resumes here for David Vandyke after previously racing in NSW for Joe Pride.  Races well fresh and while form wasn’t flash before coming up here in hard company, she did trial well.

Dutch Treat (6) won here 3 starts back over this trip and defeated Bound For Love in the process.  That has has since won well in Saturday class racing.  Drawn to be prominent and 3kg claim helps.

Race 5

Raffinato (5) has been racing well with 3 placings in her past 3 starts.  Last start at the Sunshine Coast she found the line strongly to run 2nd in Class 5 company.  She drops in class here but is up in weight.  From barrier 4 Jeff Lloyd should be able to race in a prominent position.

Other Hopes:

Gouldian (1) has been in good form this preparation.  He won 2 starts back over 1400m at the Sunshine Coast in Class 1 company before finishing well last start over 1600m.  Has 59kg to carry but will be running on.

Rock On Ivy (8) has a good record over this distance and should be ready to show her best 4th up.  3kg claim helps and will be finishing strongly.

Topending (7) ran on well last start here over this distance for 2nd.  A month between runs and a wide gate probably isn’t ideal.

Race 6

Says Me (4) was very good when resuming last start at Ipswich.  It was 303 days since her last run so to finish so strongly was a good sign.  She also drew wide that day and was forced to go back but did begin well.  She’ll be improved here 2nd up and should race in a forward position for Jimmy Byrne.

Other Hopes:

Nothing To Dance (7) has been good in 2 career starts.  She won on debut before finishing 2nd last start over this trip at Ipswich.  She led the small field that day and weakened late.  She’ll be fitter here and should get a nice run from barrier 4.

I’ve Got Friends (3) resumed last start with a 2nd place finish at Toowoomba over 1050m.  Probably should have won if not for a slow start.  Will be handy in the run.

Polskie Lady (5) has been in good form this preparation.  Found the 1400m too far last start but won here 2 starts back over this distance to break her maiden..  Drawn wide but can will look to go forward and lead.

Race 7

Lanikai (10) improved last start when finishing 3rd to Magic Love here over 1050m.  That’s good form as Magic Love looks to be a smart type.  She has a good 3rd up record so I’m expecting further improvement here.  She’s drawn well for Jimmy Byrne who should be able to give her great run.

Other Hopes:.

National Trail (3) has been very good this preparation with 4 2nds and a win.  Distance may be a stretch but did run on well over 1000m last start.  3kg claim helps but wide draw could be awkward.

Sleep Tight (7) resumes here after nearly a year off.  Ran well in 2 starts last preparation and will be finishing strongly.  Has a good fresh record.

Tuscan Falls (2) won last start at the Sunshine Coast over 1000m.  He rises in distance here and doesn’t have the best record over the trip.  Having said that he did show some fight last start and will be handy in the run.

Race 8

Assertory (11) was 6 weeks between runs when finishing 2nd last start here over 1050m.  She fought on well and was a length from Prompt Return who ran well again last Saturday.  She’ll be fitter for the run and can get a nice run for Robbie Fradd.  From barrier 3 she shouldn’t be too far off them entering the straight which will make her hard to hold out with her strong finish.

Other Hopes:

Legendary Luke (4) resumed last start at Eagle Farm over 1200m for 6th.  He’ll appreciate the drop in class here.  He’ll settle back and charge home but may need to make up too much ground.  3kg claim helps.

Dream Finnish (3) resumes here and did win over this trip last preparation when 1st up.  Gets Jeff Lloyd to ride and will be finishing strongly.

Emphasis (1) resumed with a reasonable effort last start.  Will be better later and over further as he was last preparation but can finish off well here.

Best Bets

Race 6 – Says Me (4)

Race 8 – Assertory (11)

11/09/16 – Sunshine Coast

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***Update: With all the scratchings due to the Heavy track my preview is useless.  Some races I was left with no horses.***

Another Sunday, another meeting at Corbould Park.  The track as of Saturday is rated a Soft 5 with the rail out 5m.  Showers are forecast right through to the early hours of Sunday morning  before clearing so it will pay to monitor but it looks like the track will be quite rain affected.

Race 1

I thought Invincible Express (1) was a good thing on Wednesday but they scratched to race here.  She resumed in good style with a 2nd placing behind Land Office here over 1000m.  Land Office went on to dominate in town so that’s good form.  Invincible Express has had a trial recently which she won by 4 lengths.  She’ll go forward for Michael Cahill and be hard to run down.

Other Hopes:

Hannah Banana (7) won on debut at Toowoomba by 5 lengths.  This is harder but can go forward and be a threat.

Miss Heidelicous (4) resumes here.  Broke her maiden status after 11 races last start and had been around the mark in most of her other starts. Should be handy in the run.

Archduke (3) is 1st up here following a good trial effort.  Was in good form prior to a spell which included a maiden win over 1000m.

Race 2

Mestalla (2) has put in 2 very good efforts in his 2 most recent starts.  He ran 2nd at Ipswich 2 starts back, beaten by Beaumaris but meets that horse better at the weights.  He was then narrowly beaten here by Miri Miri who is a handy type.  From barrier 1 Jeff Lloyd can settle just behind the speed before getting out in the straight and coming home strongly.

Other Hopes:

Beaumaris (4) as mentioned won 2 starts back at Ipswich.  Last start he ran 2nd at Doomben over 1350m.  Claim helps and will finish strongly but won’t want to settle too far back.

Nearctic Chiller (6) resumed last start with a very good effort behind Magnus Cor here over 1200m.  Will appreciate the rise in distance and should be improved 2nd up.  Will go forward and could be hard to catch.

Unbowed (3) has struggled a bit in harder races than this recently.   Won’t be too far away in the run and the 3kg claim helps.

Race 3

Ted (3) is on debut here for Stuart Kendrick and won a trial in nice fashion.  He looks to have some ability and is related to Neo.  He’s drawn out but with the blinkers going on, Damian Browne should be able to get across and find a spot in a race that doesn’t appear to have a lot of speed.

Other Hopes:

Ticketome (4) creates interest here on debut.  No public trial but the engagement of Jeff Lloyd is significant.  Drawn well.

Madam  Amarouge (8) has improved with racing.  Put in a good effort last start when finishing 3rd here over 1300m.

Race 4

Pinolino (4) isn’t far from a win.  She’s had 2 career starts and both efforts have been very good. She stepped up to this distance at just her 2nd start and finished off well.  Furhter improvement should be seen here 3rd up.  She’s awkwardly drawn but James Orman should be able to go forward early and find a spot.

Other Hopes:

Brightnbreezy (8) resumed after a short break with a 2nd placing over this trip here.  She beat home Pinolino narrowly but now meets that horse worse at the weights.  Having said that, she should take improvement from that run.

Minsk (11) improved last start when finishing 2nd to Visona Playboy.  She made ground that day and should appreciate the extra distance here.  Well drawn.

Raucous (7) has shown signs of improvement and ran on reasonably well last start over this trip.  Further improvement could see him feature but barrier no help.

Race 5

I thought High Specs (6) was a big show on Wednesday but it was scratched and now fronts up here.  She resumes here on the back of a very good trial win by 3.3 lengths.  Her form in Victoria prior to coming up here was quite good and she did resume last preparation with a 3rd over this trip.  She’s drawn wide which could present problems for Glen Colless but this isn’t the strongest of races.

Other Hopes:

Tahnacious (2) is on debut here and should be ready to roll having had 2 good trials recently.  Blinkers go on and is drawn to get a great run.

Magnormous (5) resumes here and is having his 1st start in Queensland.  Reasonable form in Victoria which looks adequate for a race of this quality.

Fine Eyes (7) was solid on debut when finishing 3rd over 1000m.  Made some ground suggesting the rise in trip 2nd up should be suitable.

Race 6

Light Shows (5) resumed last start at the Gold Coast in Class 3 company and did well to get within 2 lengths of the winner.  She’ll strip fitter for that run and will appreciate the drop in class here.  She’s drawn to get a nice run for Ryan Wiggins.

Other Hopes:

Sailor Gerri (2) won by 3 lengths here last start in Class 1 company.  This is harder but will race in a prominent position and gets Jeff Lloyd in the saddle.

Blinkin’ (1) is having his 1st start in Queensland after racing with Anthony Cummings in Sydney.  Didn’t do a lot in a trial leading into this but form down south would give it some hope here.  Has won fresh before.

Code One (4) ran well here 2 starts back when narrowly missing the win.  Missed the start badly last time out and never played a part so willing to forget that.  Gets the blinkers back on.

Race 7

Mysterium (4) has been in very good form this preparation.  He’s been in the top 3 in 7 of 8 races with the only failure over 2050m 2 starts.  The 1800m at the Sunshine Coast is his pet event and he gets conditions to suit here.  Brad Stewart will go forward and look to control things in front.

Other Hopes:

Royal Mephisto (3) put in an improved showing last start here when finishing 3rd over 1600m.  He should show further improvement here 3rd up as he gets out further in trip.

Qabla (5) doesn’t win often but has had his best results over this distance.  He ran on reasonably well last start and gets in with a light weight after the claim.

Rock The Pac (2) hasn’t shown a great deal this preparation.  Actually he’s been awful.  I keep hearing he needs further, speed on and wet.  Not sure he’ll get all those conditions but surely he improves with blinkers and Damian Browne.

Race 8

One Mansini (4) has been very good this time in work.  She won well 1st up before placing 2nd in a tougher race than this 2nd up.  The form out of that race has been good with Extrasay who finished 3rd, winning on Wednesday.  She’s drawn nicely in barrier 3 and should be handy in the run for Jeff Lloyd.  Blinkers go on for the 1st time which should tune her up nicely.

Other Hopes:

Stormy Destiny (1) was unlucky not to win last start at the Gold Coast.  He just needed a clear passage.  Previous form very good but has 59kg to cart.  Drawn well.

Taiyoshin (5) was well beaten last by a couple of good ones.  Ran well here the start prior.  Will go forward and will give some cheek.

Best Bets

Race 4 – Pinolino (4)

Race 7 – Mysterium (4)

10/09/16 – Doomben

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We’ve had a good time of it at the past few Doomben meetings and we return there this Saturday.   The track as of Friday is rated a Good 4 with the rail out 4m.  Unfortunately there is a fairly high chance of showers Friday and Saturday so we will more than likely see a downgrade.

***Track and Weather Update Saturday morning:  As expected the track has been downgraded to a Soft 7.  Showers are expected to continue throughout the day with a chance of a storm.***

Race 1

This looks a really messy way to start the day.  I’m going with Hard Stride (2).  He joined Tony Sears late last preparation after doing his racing in Victoria.  His 2 efforts in Queensland before being spelled weren’t bad considering they were at the end of a long preparation.  I’m expecting that he’ll have taken benefit from the break and being able to settle properly into the Sears yard.  He has a good 1st up record and while he hasn’t won for over 18 months he has won at Listed level.  From barrier 2 Emma Ljung who claims 3kg should be able to race in a forward position.

Other Hopes:

Saluter (1) would be top pick if the track was in the good range but unfortunately I don’t think that will be the case.  He’s been freshened and drops back to a distance that he has a very good record over.  Sarah Eilbeck who claims 3kg will try to get to the front from the wide barrier.  If she can without hassle them he’s a big show.

The Storeman (3) hasn’t produced his best for some time.  He resumed recently with an average effort at Toowoomba.  Historically he has fired 2nd up so we should see improvement here over a distance he’s enjoyed.  Blinkers go back on.

Marina Sands (7) has been racing well in North Queensland.  Won over 950m last start with 59.5kg so will appreciate the drop to 54kg.  Jeff Lloyd in the saddle is a positive move.

Race 2

The Country Cup over 1200m has drawn them from far and wide.  It’s very hard to line the form up from these non-TAB meetings but I’ll give it a go.  I’m going with the Bundy horse Midnight Curfew (4).  I’m prepared to forgive his past 2 starts and concentrate on his efforts before that at Rockhampton which were quite good.  3 starts back he won well at Rockhampton over 1100m in Class 6 company.  The horses that filled the minor placings have continued to run well.  He’s drawn to get a great run and gets in with a light weight after the claim for Matt McGillivray.

Other Hopes:

Bizarre Rock (10) hasn’t won too many races but is always around the mark.  He’s been in the placings in his past 7 starts.  He’ll carry next to no weight after the claim for Sarah Eilbeck and should be prominent in the run.

Heroic Action (1) resumed recently with a solid effort to finish 3rd at Toowoomba.  Has won 15 of 34 starts and has a very good 2nd up record.  3kg claim helps but will need to avoid being posted deep.

Smooth Talker (3) has been racing in decent style lately.  Ran on last start in the Dalby Cup over 1400m and should be doing the same here.

Race 3

We have the usual suspects front up for the weekly distance race.  My Diamantine (5) was 42 days between runs when she finished strongly over 2000m here for 3rd last start.  She’ll take improvement from that and the extra 200m looks like it will suit.  Robbie Fradd should be able to position her well in the run from barrier 3.

Other Hopes:

Panno Rossa (3) is a model of consistency.  Will get a nice run for Jeff Lloyd but I have concerns that he could be looking for a break after racing a bit flat last start.

Anton En Avant (7) has taken a real liking to Eagle Farm with wins there in his past 2 starts.  Whether he can replicate that form at Doomben is a concern but a wet track gives him his chance to.

Cramming (6) finished strongly to just miss the win last start over 2000m.  Has a good record over this distance here but won’t want the track too wet.

Race 4

Ringo’s A Rockstar (1) has been racing in terrific form this preparation.  He won easily at the Sunshine Coast before coming here last start and winning by a length over 1110m.  He carries less weight here than he did that day thanks to the jockey change and claim for Josh Oliver.  He appeared to be easing down on the line last start so I doubt the 1200m here will be a problem.  From barrier 3 Oliver can stalk the speed before coming home strongly.

Other Hopes:

Another Slipper (9) broke through in a big way last start when winning by 5 lengths at Ipswich.  This is harder but has drawn well and will race in a prominent position.

Mishani Sleuth (3) has been racing in fairly good form recently.  Has a good record over this distance and does like a soft track.  Needs to lift to get near Ringo’s A Rockstart after being beaten by 3 lengths last start.

Excalibrator (12) ran well on debut when finishing 2nd to Nicconi Leggera over 900m at the Gold Coast.  Will take improvement from that and should handle the rise in distance.

Race 5

Prompt Return (11) has done nothing wrong since joining the Toby Edmonds stable.  He won over 900m at the Gold Coast 1st before winning here last start over 1110m.  I thought it was a really nice run given that he didn’t have things his own way in front but was still strong to the line.  He hasn’t been successful in 2 previous 1200m runs but I think he’s more than capable of handling it here 3rd up.  Should be able to get a great run just behind the leaders.

Other Hopes:

Land Office (13) was heavily backed last start here over 1200m and justified that support with a big win.  He rises 3kg but gets a senior jockey on board.  Drawn out but if he can get across without a great deal of trouble then he’ll be hard to hold out.

Sony Legend (6) resumed in fine style with a 2.3 length win at Eagle Farm.  He races well 2nd up and is drawn to get a great run.  Rises 2kg.

Royal Occasion (7) has been racing in good form but will need the speed on to be a chance as he gets right back.  3kg claim for Josh Oliver is very helpful.

Race 6

Secret Puzzle (4) has been in very good form this preparation with 3 wins from 4 starts.  Her only failure was here over 1200m 2nd up.  She comes here on the quick back up after winning by 5.5 lengths last week at Eagle Farm in the heavy going.  She has a top record over this distance with 4  wins and a 2nd from 5 starts and is also undefeated on rain affected tracks.  She’s up in weight but Brad Stewart should be able to give her a great run from barrier 4.

Other Hopes:

Pepperano (12) has come back this preparation in good style.  She was nutted late 1st up and then finished well last start over 1200m.  The rise in distance looks suitable 3rd up and she should be prominent in the run.

Pienkna (8) won here over 1200m last start when finishing too well.  Meets Pepperano worse at the weights and is drawn awkwardly.  However is racing well this preparation so can’t be ignored.

Sea Red (2) finds the line strongly but just gets too far back in the run.  Drops in trip and does race well at the track.  3kg claim helps.

Race 7

Monsieur Gustave (12) has been dominant this preparation.  He won by 9.3 lengths 1st up in Class 1 company at the Sunshine Coast.  He then came here last start and proved it was no fluke by braining a Class 3 field by 3.5 lengths over this trip.  He was cruising at the end and had more in the tank.  He steps up again in class but I believe he’s capable.  He drops 3kg and importantly draws a treat for Jeff Lloyd in barrier 2.  He’ll go forward and be hard to catch again.

Other Hopes:

Shipwrecked (8) struggled at Eagle Farm last start but won his 2 prior start here.  Both were over this distance and he draws to get a nice run for Jim Byrne.

Brotherly Secret (6) was good last start when finishing 2nd behind Land Office.  Races well here and looks ready to step up in distance.  Drawn to get a nice run for Damian Browne.  Won’t want it too wet.

Dandy One (9) won well at the Sunshine Coast 2 starts back before finishing 3rd and almost 4 lengths behind Monsieur Gustave last start.  Drops massively in weight and should be prominent.

Race 8

Bound For Love (14) has been in the money every run this preparation.  She won with authority last start when putting the sword to the opposition by 3.8 lengths over 1600m.  San Telmo was 2nd that day and that horse has since won again.  While she’s drawn wide, she is an adaptable type and Jeff Lloyd will be able to go forward and  find a spot if the speed isn’t strong or settle back and storm home if the speed is on.  She looks to be a mare with more improvement in her.

Other Hopes:

Silento (13) won 2 starts back defeating Bentles in the process and has been around the mark in his other 2 starts this preparation.  Drawn well and Damian Browne will take advantage of that.

Revitalise (6) has found some form this preparation.  Got himself into the placings in his last 2 starts over this distance at Eagle Farm.  Claim helps but barrier could pose problems.

Fusina (9) won here over this trip 2 starts back and put in a good effort last start.  The wetter the better for this guy.

Best Bets

Race 7 – Monsieur Gustave (12)

Race 8 – Bound For Love (14)