25/08/16 – Mackay

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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.

Race 1

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.

Race 2

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.

Other Hopes:

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.

Race 3

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.

Other Hopes:

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.

Race 4

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.

Other Hopes:

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.

Race 5

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.

Other Hopes:

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.

Race 6

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.

Other Hopes:

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.

Race 7

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.

Other Hopes:

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.

Best Bets

Race 5 – Six Beat (1)

Race 7 – Becca The Jet (8)

 

24/08/16 – Sunshine Coast

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Corbould Park on the Sunshine Coast hosts this Wednesday’s racing.  The track as of Tuesday is rated a Soft 5 but the weather bureau is forecasting a reasonable amount of rain over the coming days.  Obviously it will pay to monitor but it looks like the track could quite possibly get to the heavy range.  The rail is in the true position.

***Track and Weather Update Wednesday morning:  The track is rated a Soft 5.  So far they have avoided any rain but forecasts showers are chance throughout the day.***

Race 1

Madam Amarouge (8) should be nearing peak fitness now 3 runs back from a spell.  Last start at Ipswich she found the line strongly over 1200m suggesting that the extra distance here and the bigger track will suit.  Rhyming beat her home by 2 lengths at Ipswich but she meets that horse better at the weights here.  Her breeding suggests that a wet track won’t be a problem.

Other Hopes:

Rhyming (5) has raced well in her 2 career starts.  She motored along the rail on debut to miss the win narrowly before finding the line strongly last start when winning at Ipswich.  Longer trip will suit.

Collar’s Up (6) broke her maiden last start over 1350m.  Will look to lead and could give some cheek in front.

Heart’s Honour (1) resumes here with 59kg.  May need the run but did win in fine style at 2nd start over 1350m.

Race 2

Visona Playboy (5) didn’t appear to handle Doomben last start when getting caught wide and racing towards the back of the field.  The start prior he was enormous when again covering a lot of ground but storming to the line to just miss the win.  He’s drawn much better here in barrier 3 and should appreciate the bigger track.

Other Hopes:

Stratuzy (7) missed the win by a whisker last start over 1350m at Doomben.  Will go forward from the wide gate and can be in this for a long way.

Rockabella Boy (1) is resuming and also having his 1st start for Tony Gollan.  Hard to get a gauge on this guy but he did finish a close 2nd over 1600m at his 2nd start.  Have to respect stable and top jockey goes on.

Murt Reynolds (8) has finished 2nd in his past 2 starts here.  He just missed the win last start over this distance when finishing strongly.

Race 3

Hooriya (6) looks to be a horse with staying potential.  She joined John Zielke 3 starts ago after racing for Mick Price in Victoria.  She put in a dominant performance last start here over 1800m when breaking her maiden.  She won by 4.3 lengths and looked to be travelling easily at the end.  Being a High Chapparal she’ll appreciate the extra distance and a wet track shouldn’t worry her.

Other Hopes:

Answered (3) has been racing fairly over this distance recently.  Will be plugging away when the others could be getting tired.

Lord Chamberlain (1) battles away but has won over this trip in the past.

Onemore Twist (4) struggles to win but has been thereabouts in recent races.

Race 4

Fusina (4) won a Class 5 over 1640m at Doomben in fine fashion last start.  He put pay to the field easily and stays in the same class here.  He rises 2.5kg but Jimmy Byrne retains the ride.  Heavy track form is fantastic with 2 wins and 2 2nds from 5 starts.  He also races well here.

Other Hopes:

Silento (6) ran on well last start when winning over 1350m at Doomben.  He’s up in class and distance but that shouldn’t cause too many concerns here 3rd up.

Yoho (1) will go forward and could be hard to catch.  Found the competition too stiff last start and will enjoy the drop back in class here.  Claim helps.

Raffinato (8) finished 3rd behind Silento last start.  Doesn’t win often but is usually around the mark.  Has raced well over this trip in the past and should be running on.

Race 5

This is a tricky way to kick the Quadrella off.  I’m going with Magic Love (6).  She ran last on debut after engaging in a speed duel.  That was however a Saturday race over 1200m that had some top 3 year olds involved.  Coming back to maiden class and dropping back to 1000m will suit.  From barrier 3 Jeff Lloyd will be able to give her a great run.

Other Hopes:

Bel Above (3) finished 2nd on debut prior to a break.  He then went ok over 900m when resuming.  Drawn wide but should go forward.

Secret Sites (10) is on debut here and hasn’t been seen at the trials.  Drawn barrier 1 so should get a good run.  No jockey named at this stage.

King Drabadore (4) has had 2 runs back from a lengthy spell so should show further improvement here.  Didn’t have a lot of luck last start but didn’t finish far off them.

Race 6

Rainbow Lace (8) looked a really nice type when winning her 1st 2 starts.  She then took on City class 3 year olds and jarred up.  She resumes here and will go forward for Bridget Grylls who claims 1.5kg.  If she’s fit enough then she could be very hard to run down.

Other Hopes:

Madiba (4) won at Ipswich last start over this distance in Class 1 company.  She did hang in which is a bit of a concern but should be further improved 2nd up.  Drawn well.

Double Dollars (6) has been racing well this preparation.  He won his maiden easily at Ipswich 2 starts back before narrowly missing the win last start.  Will likely go forward.

Tuscan Falls (2) has been competing in tougher races than this recently.  3kg claim helps but won’t want it too wet.

Race 7

Fast Fella (4) was coming back following a 55 day break when he finished 3rd at Ipswich last start.  He hit the line strongly to go down by just 0.9 of a length.  That was over 1200m so the 1400m on the bigger track should suit.  He’s drawn to get a nice run for Glen Colless.

Other Hopes:

Good Intentions (7) just missed the cash in this class here 2 starts back.  Prepared to forgive last start effort after suffering a number of issues.

Voodoo Blue Magic (2) hasn’t done a great deal in recent times but drops back in grade here and will appreciate a wet track.  Claim helps.

Spirit Minded (8) ran 20 lengths last when resuming.  This is easier and he did win 2nd up last preparation here.  Extra distance here will help but probably still wants longer.

Race 8

Magic I Am (7) improved markedly 2nd up when winning at Doomben in Class 3 company over 1200m.  She has put together a nice record with 3 wins from 6.  She particularly likes this trip with a 75% success rate.  Jeff Lloyd takes the ride and can go forward and be prominent in the run.

Other Hopes:

Magnus Cor (8) found Saturday racing a bit beyond her capabilities last start.  The start prior she won here easily over this trip.  This is harder but loves racing at the track and will be running on.

Lady Denman (10) has struggled recently but may find this class more to her liking.  Boasts a win over Magnus Cor 4 starts back and has won her only start on heavy going.

Stick With Me (6) won 2nd up at the Gold Coast over 900m and wasn’t too bad when taking on City class racing last start.  Doesn’t like it too wet but can’t put the pen through her due to her class.

Best Bets

Race 3 – Hooriya (6)

Race 4 – Fusina (4)

20/08/16 – Eagle Farm

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We return to Eagle Farm for another Saturday’s racing.  The track is rated a Soft 5 and the rail is out 7.5m.  There is a slight chance of showers between now and kick off but even with fine weather it will still have plenty of give.  The big question is, how will it play?  Well after what happened last Saturday, your guess is as good as mine so it’s best to wait and see.

Race 1

Cushion Pink (2) has looked a good in her brief career.  She won at Doomben 2 starts back over 1110m when finding the line late.  She then raced at Eagle Farm last week and after settling back, ran on nicely over 1200m.  That was a tougher race than this and she now steps up in distance which should suit.  Jeff Lloyd takes the ride and should be able to give her a better time of it from barrier 1 than what she has in recent runs.

Other Hopes:

Perilous Love (10) on paper has a poor record.  However she ran on well last start over 1500m here after racing wide suggesting the extra trip here will suit.

Captain’s Pick (1) stuck on nicely over 1500m here last after leading.  Goes up 4kg in weight but will race in a prominent position and could be hard to catch.

Social Vampire (4) broke her maiden at the Sunshine Coast last start over 1400m.  She went forward and kept going to win by 4 lengths.  This is harder but looks capable.

Race 2

Hidden Pearl (1) resumed last start here over 1000m and made an absolute mess of her rivals.  We were treated to a nice price that day but there will be no charity here.  Having said that, she looks hard to beat.  Bridget Grylls will be able to go to the front again and her sustained speed will be too much for the rest.

Other Hopes:

Irish Constabulary (3) has been a model of consistency this preparation.  Was caught wide last start but still ran on well.

Abracadash (4) has won her last 3 starts.  She’s obviously flying however it’s doubtful she can match motors with Hidden Pearl.

Race 3

Sentimental Prince (6) comes here in good form.  He won 2 starts back at Doomben over 1640m before winning again last start over 2050m.  That was only a Class 2 but I liked the way he finished the race off.  The rise in trip looks suitable now.  He looks like a horse that is hitting his straps and could more to offer than a lot of these.

Other Hopes:

 Denoninator (2) is on the quick back up after winning over 1800m at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.  It was very good effort to win by 1.8 lengths after missing the start by 4 lengths.  Previous form was good and 3kg claim helps.

Anton En Avant (3) won here last start courtesy of a strong finish over 2200m.  I thought he may have done something the start before but he ran dead last.  That level of inconsistency can be expected from this guy but if he can back up his last start effort then he’ll be in the finish.

Annaman (4) weakened after leading over 1800m here last start in Open company.  He wasn’t too far off them and this is nowhere near the same strength race as that.

Race 4

La Spiaggia (8) found the line strongly last start when finishing 2nd to San Telmo here over 1600m.  He steps up from a BM75 to Open company but looks capable of doing so and should be cherry ripe here 4th up.  He has a good record over the trip and likes the cut of the ground.  While drawn wide that shouldn’t be a problem for Jeff Lloyd who can settle midfield or slightly better.

Other Hopes:

Jetset Lad (2) has found form in his 2 most recent runs.  Drops back to 1600m which looks a fair move at this stage of his career.  Gets in well again with the claim for Josh Oliver.

Revitalise (9) finished 3rd behind La Spiaggia last start here.  He raced 3 wide but still fought on well.

Beckham (4) has been racing in excellent form recently.  Won here last start over 1400m but seemed to be weakening late.  That concerns me stepping up to 1600m but will go forward and try to run the race to suit.

Race 5

Monster Of Energy (9) has been racing in really good form lately.  More importantly he’s been racing in top form at Eagle Farm.  Three starts back he slaughtered a Class 3 field over this trip.  He then nearly held off a fast finishing One Inch Punch in the heavy going.  Last start he was held up in the straight at Doomben before picking up late to run a close 3rd.  He’ll enjoy being back here and gets Paul Hammersley in the saddle.

Other Hopes:

Where’s That Dragon (1) won here when resuming over 1200m on a heavy track.  He then found Open company too strong last start.  She’ll enjoy racing back in this grade.  From barrier 2 Matt McGillivray will be able to race in a prominent position.

Most Important (3) has been around the mark since resuming but has performed below expectations.  Looks closer to a win following last start’s effort and will be handy in the run.

Budget Bender (6) found Open company beyond him last start when resuming.  If past performances are anything to go by then we can expect a big improvement here 2nd up.

Race 6

The Monstar (2) rises 2.5kg following his impressive win last start but I don’t think that’s enough to stop him.  All his efforts since coming to Queensland have been good but he was outstanding last start when pulling away in the straight to win by 3.5 lengths.  He meets some of those horses again and it’s hard to see them turning the tables.  Drawn to get a great run.

Other Hopes:

Dream Choice (4) finished 3rd behind The Monstar last start and was doing his best work late.  Drops in weight here.

Into The Red (1) was 2nd behind The Monstar last start.  Meets that horse better at the weights but seemed to be struggling a touch in the final 100m.  Could be caught wide.

Executed (3) has been racing in good form.  Won in Listed company 5 starts back and comes here on the back of a win at Townsville.

Race 7

This is a typically open 1 metro win race.  I’m going with Fire Within (8).  He’s turned his form around in recent times.  2 starts back he motored late to win over 1050m at Doomben.  He outsprinted Sharpe Hussler that day. Last start he ran a narrow 3rd to Sky Limit here over 1200m.  He’ll carry 6kg less than Sky Limit here after the claim for Josh Oliver.  I liked the way he finished off that day and we’ll be looking for a similar strong effort here.  Should get a nice run from barrier 4.

Other Hopes:

Dantga (11) resumed last start and put in a strong effort.  He raced wide throughout but still fought on to finish 4th and just 1.1 lengths behind the winner.  Put together a good record early in career.

Johnhro (1) has been in good form this preparation.  He’s won his past 2 starts and was particularly strong last start when finding the line along the fence.  3kg claim helps.

Sharpe Hussler (13) has been a real tease.  Has run 2nd in both starts since resuming.  He’ll be finding the line and Eagle Farm should suit but I’m just not convinced.

Race 8

San Telmo (9) has been in ripping form since coming to Queensland.  Last start here over 1600m he found the line strongly to win by 1.8 lengths.  He rises 2kg in weight but he looks to have further improvement here 3rd up.  Both starts have shown a liking for the track which is a massive bonus.

Other Hopes:

Bound For Love (13) has been racing in good form and hasn’t been out of the top 3 in 6 starts this preparation.  Finds the line well and the rise in distance looks suitable.

American Diva (12) has won her past 2 starts.  Won well over 1650m last start in class 1 company.  This is tougher but will be running on strongly.

Royal Roulette (3) won over this distance by 2 lengths last start.  Will find this tougher and has drawn the car park but is in form.

Best Bets

Race  5 – Monster Of Energy (9)

Race 8 – San Telmo (9)

17/08/16 – Doomben

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Doomben plays host to this Wednesday’s midweek meeting.  The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail out 9.5m.  The forecast is for mostly clear days.

Race 1

Tickled Pink (5) has raced well since joining the Chris Munce team.  She resumed at the Sunshine Coast with a narrow 2nd over 1200m.  She worked early to find the lead and was only run down late.  She then went to Eagle Farm and finished 2nd over 1200m.  She should be reaching peak fitness now 3rd up. She once again draws a wide gate but she does possess early speed which should help Ryan Wiggins find a forward spot.

Other Hopes:

Polski Lady (4) resumed last start at the Gold Coast where she led early before being run down to finish 2nd.  She’ll take improvement from that run and I expect the blinkers going on for the 1st time to really sharpen her up.  Will race in a prominent position from barrier 4.

Multichoice (9) was on debut last start at the Sunshine Coast when finishing a half length 3rd.  Can only improve on that run and the booking of Jeff Lloyd is a positive.  Drawn well.

Sheza Yankee (10) ran like a drunken sailor on debut.  Gets a near side blinker on which will hopefully get her to run straight.  Should improve noticeably if that works.

Race 2

Good Catch (3) has had 2 race starts and both have been quite good.  He opened up with a 3rd over 1100m where he ran on.  He then raced 3 wide the trip over 1200m at the Gold Coast and finished off well.  Unfortunately he ran into a nice type in Smart Devil who overhauled him late.  Smart Devil ran well in town last Saturday.  Scott Galloway shouldn’t be too far off the action in the run.

Other Hopes:

Ignite The Light (13) disappointed on debut when backed as if unbeatable.  The jockey reported that he didn’t handle the soft track. From the good gate I’m prepared to give him another go on a good track.

General Wind (2) is on debut for Toby Edmonds.  Won a trial in nice style and has drawn to get a great run.

Alseeya (1) resumed 2 starts back after just over a year off and should nearing peak fitness now.  Both runs have been ok.  Senior jockey in Michael Cahill replaces the apprentice.

Race 3

This isn’t a race I’ll be getting too involved in with a number of debutantes who haven’t been seen at the trials taking part.  Publishing Power (6) should be improved here 2nd up following his good debut run.  He found the front in the straight and was only run down on the line.  The rise in distance looks like it will suit.  Emma Ljung who claims 3kgs should be able to race in a forward position from barrier 4.

Other Hopes:

Shuda Known Better (12) savaged the line last start when finishing 2nd here.  He settled back that day after drawing wide but won’t want to do that here.  The extra distance will suit.

I’m A Rippa (4) finished 3rd last start when resuming.  Was beaten home by Shuda Known Better but will strip fitter here.  Drawn to be prominent.

The Ambassadore (13) finished 3rd over 800m on debut.  Will need luck from the wide gate but should be improved 2nd up.

Race 4

Belflyer (2) has been racing well recently.  He won 2 starts back at Ipswich over this trip before finishing well last start here when finishing 5th behind the in form Shipwrecked.  That was in Saturday NMW race so he should find this easier.  Nathan Day climbs back on and he’s won both times he’s ridden the horse.  He’ll be finding the line strongly, we just need him to be close enough to strike in the run.

Other Hopes:

Buon Auspicio (8) has had 2 runs back from a spell and should ready to fire a shot.  Has weakened late in both starts after leading.  Should get an easier time in front here and gets a light weight on it’s back after the claim.

Lucky Lucre (1) ran on last start for 2nd at Gold Coast over 1400m in this grade.  Drawn well and gets Jeff Lloyd but has to carry 59kg.

Steakandbearnaise (3) resumes here.  May need the run but was in solid form down south before the break.  Will be prominent in the run.

Race 5

In A Jiffy (7) found the line strongly last start when finishing 3rd by 0.3 of a length at the Sunshine Coast over 1600m.  Previous form was ok over further but that, compared to his effort last start showed that he is better over the mile.  Jimmy Orman can give the horse every possible chance by settling handy.

Other Hopes:

Rising Luck (1) has been racing well.  Took the lead midrace last start and nearly hung on for the win.  Finished just ahead In A Jiffy and now meets that horse better at the weights thanks to the claim for Rick Johnston-Bell.

Rock Spark (5) has come back in good fashion.  He’s won both starts this time in and should have further fitness gains here 3rd up.

Solar Burst (8) was disappointing when having her 1st start in QLD.  Prepared to forgive that run as many horses have struggled at Eagle Farm.  Form in Victoria was good and places it well here.

Race 6

Shamfrancisco (2) resumes here and is having her 1st start in Queensland for David Vandyke.  She’s put together a very good record with 3 wins and 3 minor placings from 7 starts.  Her form in Sydney and surrounding areas places her nicely in this company. She has warmed up for this with a very nice trial win. Michael Cahill can lead or at least be very handy in the run which will make her hard to run down.

Other Hopes:

Lanikai (3) is having her 1st start for Tony Gollan after racing with John Sargent in Sydney.  Hasn’t done much in 4 1st up runs but has been competing in stronger races than this.

Red Future (5) resumes here.  Raced well in some strong 3 year old races last preparation and form at provincials was good.  Should be strong late.

Invitto (1) rises 300m in distance here 3rd up but could be looking for that trip now.  Drawn to get a great run and claim helps.  This is tougher than races it’s previously been in however.

Race 7

I’m looking forward to seeing Quatronic (6) resume here.  This well bred gelding from the Matty Dunn stable stamped itself as a horse with some ability in it’s initial campaign.  He’s won 2 of 4 and 1 of those was an impressive effort in 3 year old Saturday class.  He wasn’t asked to do much at all in his trial leading into this but I dare say Dunn will have him ready to go here.  Jeff Lloyd takes the ride and should be able to race in a prominent position from barrier 4.

Other Hopes:

Comic Story (2) resumes here with a top 1st up record.  Has had 2 good trials leading into this.  Has only been out of the top 3 placings in 1 of 7 starts and should race in a forward position here.

Dylan’s Luck (3) has raced well this preparation.  They’ve been good quality races and a repeat of those efforts will see him in the finish here.  Claim helps.

Chin Chun (1) improved noticeably 2nd up when just missing the win here.  Drawn to get a great run and the 3kg claim definitely helps.

Race 8

Olsson (5) is a lightly raced 5 year old who put in an improved showing last start.  He was 2nd up that day and picked up late to finish a close 3rd over 1200m here.  He remains in Class 3 company and the rise in distance will suit.  He’s awkwardly drawn but Ryan Wiggins should be able to get across and find a spot not to far from the lead.

Other Hopes:

Secret Code (3) has raced well in 2 starts since coming back from Hong Kong.  Won well 1st up before being run down last start for 2nd.  Will go forward and be in this for a long way.

Beckoning Light (6) ran well last preparation.  This time in she’s been tardy at the start which has proved costly.  Despite a poor getaway she did run on last start.

One Mansini (9) resumed in nice style last start when winning at Eagle Farm over 1200m.  That was a maiden and this is big jump in class but looks to have some ability.

Best Bets

Race 6 – Shamfrancisco (2)

Race 7 – Quatronic (6)

13/08/16 – Eagle Farm

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Eagle Farm hosts this Saturday’s racing where the track as of Thursday is rated a Soft 5.  Showers and/or a storm are forecast for Thursday afternoon before clearing up for Friday and Saturday.  The rail is out 5m.

Unfortunately getting a preview written has proven to be a tough ask with work commitments cutting my available time on Thursday.  On Friday I’m attending a special function for my Dad who is retiring from his job of 49 years.  It’s a fair bet there will be a few celebratory beverages which will rule out any preview work!

Race 1

1. Black Jag (2)

2. Pann0 Rossa (6)

3. Meteorologist (5)

4. Best Case (3)

Race 2

1. Hi I’m Back (2)

2. Bearskin (9)

3. Meet George Jetson (4)

4. Wigglesworth (10)

Race 3

1. Kit De Luca (14)

2. Smart Devil (4)

3. Cushion Pink (10)

4. O’Reilly Cyrus (12)

Race 4

1. Royal Occasion (6)

2. Sony Legend (9)

3. Divine Service (5)

4. Brotherly Secret (8)

Race 5

1. Man Of His Word (3)

2. Daisy Duke (14)

3. Oberland (5)

4. My Cousin Bossy (4)

Race 6

1. Flamboyer (2)

2. Our Boy Nicholas (11)

3. Zin Zan Eddie (4)

4. Beckham (5)

Race 7

1. One Inch Punch (3)

2. Shipwrecked (10)

3. Colinelle (11)

4. Binalong Road (1)

Race 8

1. Sea Red (5)

2. Desert General (7)

3. Mr Epic (2)

4. Brazen Moss (10)

Best Bets

Race 4 – Royal Occasion (6)

Race 6 – Flamboyer (2)

Race 7 – One Inch Punch (3)

 

10/08/16 – Doomben

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There will be an unusually massive midweek crowd at Doomben thanks to it being the Exhibition Public Holiday.  Mekka Wednesday isn’t for the faint of heart or weak of bowel that’s for sure!  For those interested in the racing and not writing themselves off, the track is rated a Good 4 with the rail out 7.5m.  The weather forecast is for a mostly clear day.

Race 1

Golden Future (1) has been freshened after an average effort last start.  Her previous 2 runs were quite good.  She ran 4th by half a length on debut before finishing 3rd at her 2nd start.  Speed should be reasonable here which will help her get home strongly.  Up in distance which should suit even following the freshen up.

Other Hopes:

Stratuzy (3) has been struggling to finish races off over 1200m which makes the jump to 1350m here a query.  Weak sort of a race so still a contender given she’s usually not too far away.  Will go forward.

Collar’s Up (7) raced in a forward position last start and nearly grabbed the win at the Gold Coast.  The winner that day won last Saturday in city class racing.  Will be prominent in the run.

Northern Revenge (4) has been around the mark in recent races.  Can stalk the leaders and will be the 1st to pounce if they go too hard in front.

Race 2

Visona Playboy (3) has come back this preparation in great form.  He ran on 1st up to finish 3rd before putting in a super effort last start.  He was never on the track and raced 3 wide with no cover but still ran on strongly to finish 2nd over 1200m last start.  The rise to 1350m looks suitable now.

Other Hopes:

Hallside Rebel (6) finished 3rd behind Visona Playboy last start.  He was resuming that day and will take benefit from that run.  Drawn well and the 3kg will help.

Dia De Reyes (8) should have won on debut when given no room on the rail by the winner.  Drawn wide and taking on older horses but stable must be respected.

Conca Del Sogno (4) could feature IF it’s not tardy out of the barriers.  In reasonable form but needs to lift.

Race 3

Jakuta (2) resumes here after a short spell.  He performed quite well as a 2 year old with a win and 2 2nds from 3 starts.  He’s a speedy type who demonstrated that the start prior to spelling where he raced 3 wide the trip over 870m at Toowoomba and won.  He could be suspect late in this race but he’s drawn well for Jimmy Orman who will give the horse every chance to see the trip out.

Other Hopes:

Charlee Bear (1) has won 5 of 6 starts. All wins have been in Northern NSW and his only failure if you can call it that was here when finishing 4th.  He’s drawn wide but if can find a spot then will be right in this.  3kg claim helps.

Love A Rose (4) broke her maiden last start when winning well at Ipswich.  Will be further improved here but drawn awkwardly.

Arnhem Beauty (6) has been racing well since resuming.  Broke her maiden last start at the Sunshine Coast and is drawn well here.

Race 4

Dame Van Winkle (3) has been racing well this preparation.  In all 3 starts since she resumed she has been in the top 3.  Won 2 starts back and then found the line strongly last start when finishing 2nd over 1400m.  The rise in distance will suit.  Her main rival in this race in my opinion has been scratched.

Other Hopes:

Pursuits (2) won her maiden last start when resuming.  Looks to have settled in well in Qld with David Van Dyke and I expect her to continue to improve.  Not well weighted considering she is out of maiden company and into a Class 2.

American Diva (7) broke her maiden when well supported at Grafton last start.  This is tougher but has drawn well and will be finding the line.

Hidden Gold (5) was beaten by 3.2 lengths by Dame Van Winkle when resuming.  She then won her maiden over 1600m last start.  Expect further improvement here.

Race 5

Scoutabout (3) has been racing well over the 1800m at the Gold Coast recently.  He won a Class 1 by 2.5 lengths 2 starts back before running on well last start when in Class 2 company.  He has the miles in his legs to suggest the 2050m will suit.  Michael Hellyer can settle just off the speed which should be solid before coming home strongly.

Other Hopes:

Mysterium (1) has been racing in excellent form this preparation.  He’s won his past 2 starts at the Sunshine Coast over 1800m quite easily.  He drops in class here but rises to 59kg.  Will go forward from the wide gate but there’s a chance he may have to work early to find a spot.

First Crush (4) led the field up last start over 1800m at the Gold Coast.  He did well to fight on for 4th.  Drawn out but will go forward.  Important jockey change with Jeff Lloyd replacing Chris Dell.

Outstrip (5) rarely ever wins but has been around the mark in harder races than this recently.

Race 6

Pepperano (12) is an interesting runner resuming here.  She looked to be a quality 2 year old who boasting a 3rd in the Group 2 Champagne Classic.  However she failed when resuming last preparation and was put straight back out in the paddock.  She recently won a trial in nice fashion and appears to be going quite well.  She’s drawn nicely in barrier 2 and the blinkers go on.  I’m expecting her to put in a bold showing.

Other Hopes:

Four Excel (3) improved 2nd up when finishing strongly for a narrow 3rd.  That was in a tougher grade than this and is drawn to get a great run.

Edge Away (9) has been in reasonable form since coming to Queensland.  Won last start over 900m when finding the line.  Gets in with a light weight after the claim.

Khaleeq (8) has gone close in his past 2 starts.  Drawn to be prominent in the run but could be suspect late.

Race 7

I’m not keen to take a silly price about Sharpe Hussler (6) but he does look to get his opportunity to win here.  He resumed last start here over 1050m and after running into a bit of trouble early in the straight, looked to be the winner once getting clear.  However fitness gave out late and he finished 2nd.  He’ll have taken benefit from that run.  From barrier 1 Robbie Fradd can give him a nice run midfield before getting clear and hitting the line strongly.

Other Hopes:

Romanarma (2) is having his 3rd run back from a spell and races exceptionally well under those circumstances.  I’ve been keen to get on recently but they’ve scratched him twice which now leaves him a month between runs.  That may not be such a problem given he’s back in distance.  Wide draw more the concern but this is easier than he has been facing recently.

Sequalex (4) resumed last start in the same race as Sharpe Hussler.  Raced outside the lead and weakened late.  Should be fitter here and will look to go forward again.

Freerocker (7) resumes here on the back of a couple of trials.  May need the run but has competed well in stronger grades than this and will be finding the line.

Race 8

Roxy Rhythm (7) has been racing in consistent fashion this preparation.  She finished 3rd  to Shipwrecked here over this trip 2 starts back before running 2nd to Abracadash last start over 1200m at Eagle Farm.  She draws well here in barrier 2 which will allow Billie-Rose Derbyshire to take up a prominent position.  She’s down in weight and should be running on strongly.

Other Hopes:

Silento (9) resumed last start with a 4th placing over 1200m at Eagle Farm.  Will appreciate the extra distance here 2nd up.

Moonlight Dancer (10) finished ahead of Roxy Rhythm 2 starts back before a disappointing effort last start when uncharacteristically leading.  Would expect Jimmy Byrne to ride patiently here which will see her feature.

Bentles (3) resumes here and will probably need the run.  However has competed in stronger classes of racing than this so has to be respected.  Will go forward and be in this for a long way.

Best Bets

Race 2 – Visona Playboy (3)

Race 4 – Dame Van Winkle (3)

Race 7 – Sharpe Hussler (6)

06/08/16 – Eagle Farm

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We were travelling well up until a few weeks ago when the wheels fell off and winners became hard to find.  It won’t be easy but we get a chance to rectify that at Eagle Farm this Saturday where the track as of Thursday is rated a Soft 6 and the rail is out 2.5m.  Windy days are forecast with a chance for showers.

***Track and Weather Update Saturday morning: The track is rated a Soft 5.  There’s a slight chance of a shower around midday but it looks like we’re in for a mostly clear day.***

Race 1

The recently turned 3 year olds take on the 1600m in the opening event.  Some of these took each other on over this trip at Doomben 2 weeks ago.  However I’m looking for a different form line.  Beloso (3) is lightly raced and comes here in good form.  He resumed with a 2 length 2nd here over 1200m before winning at the Gold Coast over the same trip.  While he now steps up 400m 3rd up, the way he finished off strongly last start gives me confidence that he’ll be able to handle it.  A soft track won’t worry him and he’ll be finding the line strongly.

Other Hopes:

Persistent Shadow (4) found the line well last start when finishing 2nd to Royal Tithe over 1600m.  She meets that horse 1kg better here and it was reported the saddle shifted last start so I think she can turn the tables.  The longer straight should suit.

Royal Tithe (1) won last start over 1600m.  Been up for a long time but keeps producing.and 3kg claim helps.

Captain’s Pick (5) comes here on the back of a 9 length win over 1300m at Toowoomba.  Yes that was a maiden but you can’t be a mug to win by that far regardless of the grade.  Gets in with a postage stamp weight after claim.

Race 2

Small field engaged here but that doesn’t make it any easier to find the winner.  I’m going with Jetset Lad (2).  This old boy found the line well last start when finishing 3rd by 2.3 lengths to Akavoroun.  He was 42 days between runs so should take a fitness benefit from that run and the extra 200m looks suitable.  He meets Akavoroun 5.5kg better at the weights following Josh Oliver’s claim.  He should race in a prominent position from barrier 3.

Other Hopes:

Akavoroun (1) won the Tatts Mile last start and looked to have the opposition safely held.  Unfortunately the handicapper has given him an extra 3.5kg because of it.  Will race in a forward position and give them something to catch.

Annaman (7) has been racing in consistent form recently.  Gets out to a suitable distance and likes the sting out of the track but this is tougher than he’s been facing.

Teronado (4) had the thumps last start when finishing a distant last in the Grafton Cup.  Mixes his form but did run 2nd here 2 starts back.

Race 3

Hidden Pearl (2) resumes here and if right, should be too good for these.  She has put together a very good record in her short career and was considered good enough to take to Melbourne during the Spring Carnival last year.  Unfortunately she was found to have a poor recovery and was spelled after.  She draws nicely here and should be able to take up a forward position for Bridget Grylls who claims 1.5kg.

Other Hopes:

Pienkna (10) resumes here on the back of a trial win.  Races well fresh and is undefeated in 2 tries at the distance.  Drawn awkwardly but has Jimmy Byrne to navigate.

Tukiyo (1) is 1st up from a spell and usually shows up fresh.  Performed well in better quality races than this in the past but has drawn wide so will need luck.

Treatmelikealady (8) led but weakened last start when resuming.  Will be fitter 2nd up and has a top record over this distance.

Race 4

Panno Rossa (1) has been in terrific form this preparation.  He won by 1.3 lengths at the Gold Coast over 1800m before finishing 2nd at Doomben last start over 2000m.  He had to carry 59kg that day and it proved the difference in my opinion.  He still found the line well however suggesting the 2200m here won’t pose a problem.  Josh Oliver takes the ride and his 3kg claim should prove to be beneficial.

Other Hopes:

Super Force (7) finished 2nd last start over 2200m.  Not sure it was the strongest Open company race you’ll see and he did get a favourable run but still a good effort all the same.  Drawn to get a nice run.

Charcuterie (5) finished 3rd last start over 2000m.  Was just behind Panno Rossa but now meets that horse worse at the weights.  Did a bit of work when caught wide but still fought on so 2200m looks within it’s reach.

Iberia (12) has won his past 2 starts in easier grades.  Distance will not be a drama as he won over 2920m 2 starts back.  Will be finishing off strongly.

Race 5

Cruising Speed (11) was a horse that was tipped to me before it debuted as one with some promise.  Unfortunately she’s got under my guard the past 2 starts which have resulted in wins.  She finished off well last start over 1350m and was ridden a treat by Jimmy Orman.  She’s lightly raced and I don’t see a reason why she can’t continue to improve.  She’s up in weight but should get a nice run from barrier 6.

Other Hopes:

Solar Burst (15) joins the Tony Sears stable from Victoria.  She’s 7 weeks between runs but was in reasonable form down there in arguably better races than this.  Drawn well.

The Umbrella Man (14) should be ready to fire 3rd up.  He was very good 1st up but left himself with too much work last start when getting too far back.  Should appreciate the bigger track here.

Mystical Renegade (3) has been racing well at the Gold Coast.  Finished strongly to win over this distance last start and is capable of stepping up to Saturday company.  Drawn well but has his fair share of weight.

Race 6

Into The Red (1) has been racing quite well this time in work.  He won here over this distance 2 starts ago when slugging it out for most of the straight with Saluter.  He then ran quite well in the Ramornie Handicap last start when finishing not far from the winner.  He draws barrier 1 here and should get a nice run just off the leaders backs.  The 3kg claim for Josh Oliver is a big help.

Other Hopes:

Grande Punto (6) has been racing well in Sydney.  Won over this distance last start in BM93 company.  Likes the sting out of the track.

Rock Royalty (5) has been improving with each run.  Finished just ahead of Into The Red last start in the Ramornie but now meets that horse slightly worse at the weights.

The Monstar (2) has put in 2 good efforts in his 2 runs in Queensland.  Likes racing on a soft track but the 1200m could test late.

Race 7

This looks potentially a real Quaddie buster!  I’m going with Red Letter Day (9).  I thought his run last start at the Sunshine Coast over 1400m was quite good considering he was 43 days between runs.  While he was 5.6 lengths from the winner back in 4th place, he didn’t shirk the task in the run home.  He’ll have improved fitness from run and now gets to a distance he won his only start at.  Drawn to get a nice run and the 3kg claim for Sarah Eilbeck certainly helps.

Other Hopes:

Revitalise (10) has put in 2 good runs since resuming.  He ran on last start in a much tougher race than this.  1600m suits 3rd up.

Colour Charge (4) finished 2nd last start and was in front of Red Letter Day.  It was a good effort given he had to do most of the lug work.   Form prior was very good.  Not sure he wants it too wet though.

La Spiaggia (11) showed improved last start when finishing 5th at the Sunshine Coast.  Was caught wide that day and had to work early.  There’s potential for that happening again here with the wide draw.  I expect further improvement here 3rd up and does like the sting out of the track.

Race 8

I’m disappointed Oberland didn’t get a start here as I thought he’d be tough to beat.  It’s quite an open race to finish the day.  Queen Tara (7) was very good last start when winning at the Gold Coast over 1200m.  She raced 3 wide without cover and started to make her run 800m out.  To still find the line as strongly as she did suggests to me she’s a very good horse.  She’s once again drawn but that hasn’t been such a problem here, particularly late in the day.  Jimmy Byrne takes the ride and will give her every chance.

Other Hopes:

Miri Miri (6) won well last start in Class 4 company at the Sunshine Coast in the heavy going.  She has competed strongly against some of the better last season 3 year olds and looks a likely type.  Will race in a prominent position.

Skylimit (5) has always looked to have some ability and put it together last start to win.  That was thanks to a more patient ride.  That would be the ideal way to ride the horse here but the wide barrier may see the jockey yelling Geronimo again.

Just A Bullet (1) has drawn the car park but has early speed so should find a forward spot.  Boasts a Group 2 placing to his credit and recent form has been good.

Best Bets

Race 3 – Hidden Pearl (2)

Race 4 – Panno Rossa (1)