I’ve got a bit more time on my hands so I thought I would start looking at some of the other meetings around the place. I haven’t had too much to do with racing from Central and North Queensland so it should be interesting looking at Mackay on Thursday. The track is currently rated a Good 4 with the rail out 3m. Showers are forecast but the track shouldn’t be affected too much.
We start the day with a maiden for 3 year olds over 1050m. Tricky affair with a number of 1st starters who haven’t been seen at the trials. Market movements are your best guide here.
Bomber Miss (3) just loves racing. She’s 10 days between run going into this race but prior to that she had run 5 times in 5 weeks. It seems to agree with her as she finished in the placings in all but 1 of those races. She was also strong to the line. From barrier 1 Stephanie Lacey can race in a prominent position before steaming home.
Elspeth’s Star (4) won here over this distance last start. She looked gone on the turn but rallied to pick up late and grab the win. She’ll be further improved 3rd up and will race in a forward position.
Bossy Beach (7) broke his maiden at Cairns last start. This is harder but gets in with a light weight and should be running on.
Shady Daisy (5) hasn’t done a lot in 2 runs since coming north. Almost beat Johnhro 3 starts back at Ipswich and that sort of effort would see her go close here.
Reset Express (1) resumed last start over 1300m at Rockhampton and put in a good effort to finish 6th by 2.2 lengths. He looked like a challenger but fitness gave out late. He’ll be improved here 2nd up. Chelsea Jokic who claims 1.5kg can sit just off the pace before working home strongly.
Party Pies (2) put in an ok effort here 1st up where stewards noted that he may have resented the tongue tie. It’s up sharply in distance but raced predominantly over the trip in Victoria so that shouldn’t be a problem. Will go forward from wide gate.
Saurabh (5) ran on well last start over 1100m. The extra distance here should suit and he’ll give them something to catch from the nice barrier.
Flinch (4) doing do a lot at Rockhampton last start but raced reasonably well here the previous 2 starts. Drawn well.
Jewellery Thief (8) was disappointing last start but previous form was very good. She won here over 1100m 2 starts back after running on strongly. Her record at this track is excellent and she boasts a 1st and 3rd from races here over the trip. Will go forward from the nice gate and could prove hard to catch.
Mishani Viking (6) won his 1st start at Mackay after previously racing in Brisbane. He found the line strongly that day and can only take improvement from that run.
Prince Dan (2) resumes here and despite not winning 1st up has run well in the past when fresh. Has a very good record at the track and distance and will handy in the run.
Nelamos (5) didn’t cover herself in glory when well beaten in the Gladstone Cup last start. Did win the start prior and chances would increased if it rained.
Six Beat (1) is the victim of his recent success. He has won his past 3 starts and now has to lump 60.5kg after the claim for Chelsea Jokic. However I don’t think the increased weight is enough to stop him. He carried 59kg last start at Cairns and had then safely held at bay as he won over 1900m. He drops back to 1800m here and will race in a forward position which should make him tough to get past.
Mystic Harmony (9) finished 2nd by 1.8 lengths to Six Beat last start. He finished well that day and now meets that horse better at the weights. Has a poor winning strike rate and while he’ll be finishing strongly, he may have too much ground to make up.
Call Me Ringo (11) is having his 1st start in the north after racing predominantly on the Darling Down. Form not fantastic but is battled hardened after numerous races over 2000m.
Perfectly Alligned (4) was well beaten at Cairns last start by Six Beat. Form prior was quite good and does like racing at Mackay.
Artibai (1) is dropping back considerably in distance but clearly has a class edge here. At set weight conditions he is weighted to win. He enters this race on the back of 3rd place finishes in the Townsville and Cairns Cups which were Open company. Most of his opponents here have been struggling in Benchmark 55 races. From barrier 4 Chelsea Jokic should give him a nice run. However at $1.45, he’s not a bet I’ll be having.
Fortune Mascot (2) might be worth an each way bet if you’re looking to get involved. He has been racing in good form and enters this race on the back of a win over this trip in BM55 company. Will look to dictate terms in front and steal a win.
Beyond (3) won here last start over this distance. Will get back in and finish off strongly but may be giving the others too much start.
Skeletons (8) was disappointing when resuming last start. Missed the start in a big way and never recovered. Form prior to coming to North Queensland was good enough to feature here.
Becca The Jet (8) has put in 2 very good efforts recently. After running on well for 2nd here 2 starts back she found the line strongly last start to win over 1300m. Adding merit to the run, the jockey dropped the whip when things were getting serious in the straight. There looks to be a decent amount of speed in the race which will allow Stephanie Lacey to sit midfield or so before coming home over the top of them.
Bon Temps (1) finished 2nd in a tougher class race last start. He drops in class here but will have to carry 60kg after the claim. Should race in a prominent position.
Schreiber (12) needs a few scratchings to get a start. He also needs a jockey. However he’s racing in good form and has drawn to get a nice run.
Prelusive Strike (3) has been struggling in tougher grades recently. Needs to lift but could do so racing against lesser opposition.
Race 5 – Six Beat (1)
Race 7 – Becca The Jet (8)