30/07/16 – Doomben

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Doomben plays host to the final Saturday of the 2015/16 season where the track as of Friday is rated a Good 4.  Fine weather is forecast so no changes to the track state will be seen.  The rail is out 3.5m.

Race 1

Viva Espana (5) has been racing very well since coming to Queensland.  She finished off strongly last start over the 3200m in the Queensland Cup to run 3rd.  However it’s the 2 runs prior that have her well placed here.  Both were over 2200m and saw her hit the line with gusto to finish 2nd by just 0.2 of a length.  She’s drawn wide but will settle towards the rear and will look to capitalise in the straight when the rest are tiring.

Other Hopes:

Rednav (1) has won his past 2 starts which were the Grafton Cup Prelude and the Grafton Cup.  Obviously racing in top form and this is easier but rises to 59kg.

Brave Ali (2) hasn’t won for 2 years but will find this easier than what he’s been competing in.  Will look to dictate terms in front and if left alone could jag a win.

Super Force (7) is up in class but has been racing ok.  Won 2 starts back over 1800m and was never on the track last time out over 2200m  when finishing 3.7 lengths from the winner.

Race 2

Hi Son (2) hasn’t won for nearly 2 years but is more than capable of winning this race.  He has been competitive against much stronger opposition to this recently and with Josh Oliver’s 3kg claim, gets in nicely at the weights.  I was originally concerned about the wide gate but the scratchings have helped out there and he should be able to race in a prominent position and be at the strong at the end.

Other Hopes:

Brazen Moss (7) finally got the win last start when claiming victory here over 1640m.  This is harder but racing well enough to be considered.

The Iliad (10) has put in some good efforts recently.  Didn’t handle the heavy Eagle Farm track last start but was very good 2 starts back when just missing the win.  Blinkers go back on and will be handy in the run.

Best Case (1) hasn’t won for a long time and recent form has been poor but this isn’t the strongest race and might be just what he needs to reclaim some past glory.

Race 3

Red Handle (7) looks to have come back this preparation in fine style.  She won a trial by 6 lengths before putting the sword to a maiden field at Ipswich 1st up.  I liked the way she found the line that day after sitting outside the lead.  She’ll take improvement from that run and it’s certainly a positive that Jimmy Byrne is in the saddle.  She has the early speed to be able to find a prominent spot.

Other Hopes:

French Jet (5) won with ease on debut at Toowoomba.  This is harder but has drawn well and will race in a forward position.

Zumikon (2) broke his maiden at Grafton by 3.8 lengths and followed it up with a win there last start.  This is tougher and has drawn wide but is racing in good heart at the moment.

O’Reilly Cyrus (13) won here on debut over this trip in fine style before an ok effort in the Karaka Millions.  Resumes here and has drawn wide.

Race 4

This is a really tricky race.  I’m going with Alpha Beat (6) who is having his 1st run for David Vandyke.  He has trialled nicely at the Sunshine Coast leading into this and did win 1st up last preparation when defeating El Sasso.  This is a quality galloper who has performed well in stronger races in the past.  There looks to be a reasonable amount of speed here which will suit his style.  Ron Goltz will be able to settle midfield and strike when the others are tiring.

Other Hopes:

Beckham (4) has been racing in top form recently.  Won over this trip here 4 starts back and also won at Eagle Farm last start.  Drawn the outside gate and potentially could be caught wide.  If gets some luck will be right in the finish.

Where’s Thatdragon (9) resumed last start with a win in the heavy going at Eagle Farm.  She won the start before a spell.  This is harder but has drawn well and will race in a prominent position.

Saluter (2) can be forgiven for failing last start on the wet Eagle Farm track.  Previous form was very good.   Will appreciate the dry track here but has drawn wide.  Jockey has poor winning strike rate.

Race 5

Arena Salon (12) should be ready to produce his best here 3rd up.  He resumed quite well behind Hi I’m Back who has won again at the midweeks.  He then raced wide at Grafton and expectedly weakened late.  He now gets out to his best distance where he has won 3 of 4 and placed 2nd in the other.  From barrier 3 Josh Oliver should be able to give him every chance with a sweet run.  Gets in with just 52kg after the claim.

Other Hopes:

Action Button (17) returns to Queensland after racing in Sydney.  He’s had 2 solid runs down there so should be right to go here.  Drawn well for Jeff Lloyd.

Old Habits (15) has been competing in tougher races than this without luck and can certainly show up here.

Shipwrecked (19) won last start here over this trip.  This is a step up in class but has shown ability in the past and will get a great run for Jimmy Byrne.

Race 6

Rhyme Nor Rhythm (9) has looked a nice type in all of it’s 3 starts.  He won by 6 lengths on debut at Toowoomba before being put out for a short spell.  He’s come back in good order with a hard fought win at Toowoomba over 1000m followed by a fast finishing 3rd at Ipswich over 1200m.  He raced wide that day so really wasn’t entitled to show so much toe in the run home.  He’ll be further improved here and will get a great run from barrier 1 for Brad Stewart.  There looks to be plenty of speed engaged here which will enable Stewart to take a sit just off it before charging to the line.

Other Hopes:

Slydini (1) is having his 1st start for Bryan Guy after doing his racing in Sydney with Joe Pride.  Best results have been on wet tracks but has been competing well in stronger races than so can certainly feature.

Little Capri (4) showed plenty of fight last start here over 1200m when finishing 2nd to Rough Eddie.  He led clearly at a strong speed and was only run down late.  Will probably try to adopt similar tactics here.

Flo Jo Snip (10) has drawn well and will use her early speed to race in a forward position.  Been racing well at the midweeks and performed ok 2 starts back when taking on Saturday racing.  Will give them something to catch.

Race 7

Madotti (10) is on the quick back up after finishing a narrow 2nd to Colinelle here last week over 1200m.  Madotti rises 1kg in weight while Colinelle goes up 4.5kg which is a significant weight difference.  She should be reaching peak fitness now at her 4th run this time in.  Last preparation she won the Vo Rogue when 4th up.  There looks to be quite a bit of speed in the race which will help her cause.  Jimmy Byrne can sit midfield before finding the line strongly.

Other Hopes:

Most Important (2) can be forgiven for failing as favourite last start on the bog track at Eagle Farm.  Her 1st up run showed he had come back in good order.  He raced very well in the better 3 year old races last preparation and I expect him to be in the thick of things here.  Will be prominent in the run.

Dylan’s Luck (7) has been racing in good form.  Last start he showed plenty of ticker to fight on for 4th after going way too hard in front.  Damian Browne takes the ride and I expect a much more patient ride.

Colinelle (5) won by 4 lengths when resuming in class 1 company before proving himself to be a quality steed when winning here last week.  It was a strong win but I’m concerned that the quick back up and the extra 4.5kg may knock the lightly raced horse about.

Race 8

Sagaronne (2) looked to have found the form last start that had been missing for a year.  She was flying last year during the Winter Carnival which saw her win the Listed Phoenix and finish 2nd in the Group 1 J.J Atkins.  Unfortunately for whatever reason things haven’t gone to plan since.  That was until last start in the Daybreak Lover where she finished strongly after being checked in the straight for 4th behind Sold For Song.  While the 5 weeks between runs isn’t ideal, she looks to be back in form and her best would be too good for these.  Jeff Lloyd can settle midfield and will be looking to finish the season on a high.

Other Hopes:

Mr Epic (1) is a ripping horse that puts in every time he races.  Has come back this preparation in good style with wins in his 2 most recent runs.  Has a great record over this distance and the 3kg claim helps.  Wide draw could be problematic.

Legal Procedure (3) is a consistent fellow from Rockhampton that’s been racing in good form.  Unfortunately Mr Epic seems to have his measure.

Ima Showman (9) caught the eye last start when finishing strongly over 1200m behind Colinelle.  He’s on the quick back up and up 400m but it looks like it will suit given the way he has found the line.

Best Bets

Race 6 – Rhyme Nor Rhythm (9)

Race 7 – Madotti (10)

27/07/16 – Eagle Farm

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We head to Eagle Farm on Wednesday for the midweek meeting.  The track is rated a Soft 5 with the rail out 9m.  Cloudy days have been forecast but there is no chance of rain.

Race 1

Duke Of Christophe (8) is a 3 year old with some staying potential.  He’s been around the mark in most of his 7 starts.  He ran on quite well last start over 2040m when finishing 3rd in Class 1 company and the 2200m here looks like it won’t cause him any troubles.

Other Hopes:

Arrabiato (1) was finishing well over 2040m last start but was hampered by Duke Of Christophe.   I’m not convinced he would have beaten The Duke but he certainly would have finished closer.  He did beat that horse 3 starts back.  Blinkers go on for the 1st time.

St James Square (7) ran on over 1700m at Ipswich last start.  The way he found the line suggests the extra trip here will suit.  3kg claim helps.

Queen Gee (12) has had 27 starts and is yet to win a race.  Put in a good showing last start when running 2nd over 1800m by half a length.  Gets in with a light weight after claim.

Race 2

Abracadash (2) has been racing in very good form lately.  She won at Ipswich narrowly 2 starts back before easily winning at Grafton by 2.3 lengths last start.  She steps up to 1200m but with the lack of speed in the race, she’ll be able to control things in front.  She’s drawn barrier 1 and the 3kg claim for Josh Oliver will make this a lot easier to do.

Other Hopes:

Roxy Rhythm (4) has raced well this preparation.  Last start over 1350m at Doomben she matched motors with Shipwrecked and while outsprinted late, she didn’t shirk her task.  Should be prominent in the run.

Faiconi (1) resumed last start with a 3rd placing here over 1200m.  Should be improved 2nd up and the 3kg claim helps.

Race 3

Hi I’m Back (3) has been in good form this preparation.  He ran 2nd to Irish Constabulary  and was ahead of Fortini when resuming over 1110m.  He then won at Doomben over 1200m and narrowly lost last start over the same trip.  He’s drawn nicely in barrier 2 and can box seat for Jimmy Byrne.

Other Hopes:

Rough Eddie (1) has won his past 2 starts.  Last start he won a Class 3 at Doomben on a Saturday.  He’ll get a great run in a forward position from barrier 1.  3kg claim helps.

My Cousin Bossy (4) has been freshened following a number of very good runs.  I would have liked to see him over slightly shorter being 56 days between runs but Jeff Lloyd will give him a nice run and he can show up here.

Fortini (2) is a consistent type who is 5 weeks between runs.  Past 2 starts he’s finished in the placings behind Irish Constabulary.  3kg claim helps and will be prominent in the run.

Race 4

Stratuzy (4) should be nearing peak fitness now after 2 runs this preparation.  She resumed with a 2nd behind Bidii Babe who went on to win in Saturday company.  Last start at Grafton she was given no relief in front and was overpowered in the last 100m or so when finishing 4th.  Jimmy Byrne replaces Tegan Harrison and will race in a prominent position from barrier 3.

Other Hopes:

Bo Bo Horse (1) is having his 3rd run back from a spell.  Last start he ran on well at the Gold Coast to finish a narrow 2nd over 1200m.  Further improvement expected and will be finding the line.

Tickled Pink (6) was run down late when resuming over 1200m last start.  Will take improvement from that run and should be able to find a forward spot from the wide gate. No jockey named at this stage so may not run.

Altered (3) is a 2 year old taking on the older horses.  Has trialed solidly leading into this and the blinkers go on which signals intent.

Race 5

Tricky way to start the quaddie with this 3 year old maiden.  I’m going with the Chris Munce trained Visona Playboy (10).  He resumed last start at Doomben with a 3rd placing.  He was slow away and got back in the run but weaved through in the straight to finish off nicely.  He’s drawn wide here but that hasn’t been a problem at Eagle Farm since racing came back here.  He should be improved 2nd up and will be finding the line strongly.

Other Hopes:

Carrangall (2) put in a strong showing last start when just missing the win at Doomben over 1200m.  He was 2.2 lengths in front of Visona Playboy but meets that horse much worse at the weight.

Teeroys Tribute (5) has placed in all 3 career starts.  Resumed at Toowoomba off a short break with a 2nd.  Drawn well and Jeff Lloyd takes the ride.

Hallside Rebel (11) resumes here and was gelded during the break.  He has also joined the Chris Anderson stable.  Both changes should have a positive effect.  Was previously a consistent type with 5 placings from 8 starts.

Race 6

Moonlight Dancer (7) has been racing well this preparation.  She finished off ok 2 starts back when finishing behind Yoho and Topending over 1350m.  She was 47 days between runs that day so I feel she did quite well to finish as close to those as she did.  Last start she ran on along the fence to just miss the win against Shipwrecked.  She’ll appreciate the rise in distance here and should be further improved.  The longer Eagle Farm straight will suit and she’ll be charging to the line.

Other Hopes:

Topending (8) hit the line strongly 2 starts back but failed last start when up in class and in heavy going.  Will appreciate the drop in class here.  Jimmy Byrne takes the ride.

Yoho (1) finished 2nd last start over 1350m at Doomben.  He’s a consistent type and the 3kg claim helps but it is a worry that he’s up in distance 28 days between runs and others engaged here were finishing better than him.   Will look to control things from the nice draw.

Old Smokey (3) has been in consistent form recently.  This is his right level and he can show up from the good gate.  Should be handy in the run.

Race 7

Dame Van Winkle (6) broke her maiden status last start when winning at Doomben over 1350m.  She ran on strongly that day and did the same thing the start prior when resuming.  She looks to have come back a better horse this preparation.  There looks to be a decent amount of speed in the race which will help her run on style.  She jumps to Class 2 here but looks capable of winning with Jimmy Byrne in the saddle.

Other Hopes:

Air Force  One (1) ran on well at Ipswich last start over 1350m when winning in this class.  Only rises half a kilo and can be prominent in the run.

The Equalizer (7) loomed large last start at the Sunshine Coast when running on but was overpowered late.  He’ll be further improved here and will be finding the line strongly.

Lieder (2) is having his 1st start in Queensland after racing with John O’Shea in Sydney.  Didn’t do a lot in his trial and hasn’t done much 1st up in the past but this isn’t a strong race so it wouldn’t surprise if he featured.

Race 8

Medieval (9) broke through for his 1st win in grand style 2 starts back when winning at Ipswich by 4 lengths.  He then stepped up to Class 3 company last start and didn’t have a great deal of luck in the straight when running into a wall of backsides.  He got going after that and ran 3rd but should have finished closer to Monster Of Energy.  He rises to 1600m here which should suit given the way he’s been finishing his races off.

Other Hopes:

Gothic Might (5) has finished 2nd in his past 2 starts.  Last start he fought tooth and nail with Brazen Moss in the straight over 1640m and was only overpowered late.

Cheval Le Vent (4) is lightly raced but looked to have a bit of ability last start when winning at the Sunshine Coast over 1600m in Class 1 company.  This is tougher but can feature.

Bracteate (1) was disappointing when having his 1st run in Queensland.  Prepared to forgive that as the track was a bog.  Down in class here and will get a nice run from the inside gate.  Has a fair weight to carry.

Best Bets

Race 1 – Duke Of Christophe (8)

Race 4 – Stratuzy (4)

23/07/16 – Doomben

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Racing this Saturday comes to us from Doomben where the track as of Thursday is rated a Soft 5.  The track will certainly improve over the coming days and will more than likely reach the Good range with temperatures set to get up around the 25-27 degree mark.  Supposedly it’s Winter!  The rail is out 1m.

***Track and weather update Saturday morning:  The track is rated a Soft 5 but the forecast is for a fine day with temperatures reaching 28 degrees so we’ll see an upgrade***

Race 1

Tricky way to start the day with the 2 year olds taking on 1600m.  Only 1 of the 15 nominated has raced over this trip so we’re taking a leap of faith that whoever we back will actually see the trip out.  I’m going with Invinciboy (2).  This guy is still a maiden after 9 starts but ran on nicely over 1350m here last start.  He was 28 days between runs that day so will take improvement from that.  He meets Royal Tithe better at the weights for beating her home.

Other Hopes:

Royal Tithe (1) has the best credentials in the race.  Has won 3 races and finished off quite well last start when finishing 3rd over 1350m.  Will be handy in the run and the 3kg claim for Josh Oliver will be a big help.

Persistent Shadow (13) got back and ran on for 4th last start over 1350m.  Finished just behind the above 2 mentioned horses.  The extra distance should suit.

Clarendon House (6) took on older horses last start when breaking her maiden over 1400m in the heavy going at the Sunshine Coast.  Ran on well that day suggesting the 1600m here will suit.  Senior jockey replaces apprentice.

Race 2

Panno Rossa (1) has been racing in top form this preparation.  He’s 3 of 6 starts this time in and his most recent 2.  He won by 3 lengths at Murwillumbah 2 starts back before finding the line strongly over 1800m at the Gold Coast last start.  He rises to 59kg now but has carried that to victory before.  Jeff Lloyd will give him every chance.

Other Hopes:

In A Jiffy (10) ran 4th here last start over 2200m.  Found that a bit too far so will appreciate the drop in distance.  Has shown up over this distance at NSW provincials in the past.

In The Kitty (13) has just the 1 win from 11 starts but has finished in the minor placings 8 other times.  Backs up quickly after finishing a distant 2nd at Eagle Farm over 1800m last start. Drawn to be prominent in the run.

Anton En Avant (4) is 3rd up from a spell and has done some of his best work under those conditions.  Hasn’t won for over a year so needs to lift but this isn’t the strongest race and he’ll appreciate the rise in distance.

Race 3

This is another open affair where luck in running will play a role.  I’m going with Dantga (12) who is resuming.  He’s raced well fresh in the past and tuned up for this with a 2.8 length trial win where he looked to be doing things well within himself.  He looked a really nice type early in his career but just didn’t seem to come up last preparation.  There looks to be plenty of speed engaged here which will allow Matthew Bennett to sit just off them before hitting the line strongly.   

Other Hopes:

Royal Occasion (3) has been freshened since running quite well in the Eye Liner where the race wasn’t run to suit.  He won well the start prior at the Gold Coast.  He’ll get back in the run and fly home.  He won’t want to be giving them too big a start though.

Dame Destiny (4) has been in ripping form this preparation.  Won here last start when leading.  Barrier 15 makes things a whole lot tougher with speed drawn inside it.

Limerick Moon (13) finished 4th behind Dame Destiny last start and hit the line well the start prior at Rockhampton in Open class.  Drawn well and will be handy in the run.

Race 4

Straturbo (3) has been freshened after running quite well down the straight at Flemington.   Prior to that he really showed a liking for Doomben when having 2 starts here.  3 starts back he finished a narrow 2nd before winning a Listed race over 1050m by 2 lengths.  He raced away late that day which was encouraging.  He’s drawn well for Jeff Lloyd and can stalk Upstart Pride in the run.

Other Hopes:

Upstart Pride (5) won by 4 lengths here 3 starts back and was run down late last start.  If he gets things his own way in front then he could prove too hard to catch.

Jopa (1) prefers it wet but is a quality horse that can show up here.  Will get back and charge home.  3kg claim for Sarah Eilbeck helps.

Treatmelikealady (9) resumes here on the back of a solid trial run.  Races best when fresh and will be in a prominent position in the run.

Race 5

The Umbrella Man (14) resumed last start over 1200m and put in a good showing.  He settled a long way back but made up a lot of ground in the run home.  While the 1350m here is still short of his best distance, there looks to be plenty of speed in the race which will play into his favour.  The wide barrier will force Jimmy Byrne to get back but he’ll be hitting the line hard.  He looked to be a very handy type last preparation and I’m expecting to see further improvements this time in.

Other Hopes:

Binary (5) found some form last start when finishing well for 3rd over this trip.  This is a drop in class and he won his only 3rd up start.  Will need luck from wide barrier.

Motion Granted (6) has been racing well in midweek company.  Finds it hard to win but finally draws a gate so will be prominent.

Clang’s Victory (12) is a lightly raced mare who has put together a nice record.  Resumed last start at Grafton with a 2nd over 1106m.  This is tougher but will be prominent.

Best 6

Angel Dancer (7) has come back this preparation in fine style.  She opened up with a win at Toowoomba over 1210m before putting in an eye catching display last start here.  She settled midfield before charging to the line to win well.  This race is no harder.  She draws well for Jeff Lloyd who should give her a great run.

Other Hopes:

Hotel Drive (5) finished last preparation in style with 3 wins.  Started this preparation a bit slowly but found form last start at Grafton when finishing a narrow 2nd.  Will prominent in the run.

Sea Red (3) resumes here and has won 2 of 5 1st up runs.  She races well here and will be finding the line strongly.  I’m just concerned that she will get too far back.

Chariot Of Gold (4) has drawn the inside gate and will look to lead.  Gets every opportunity to do that and if left alone could bolt away.

Race 7

Akavoroun (4) had done very little for 2 years before last start.  It’s quite a leap of faith to suggest he can repeat that sort of effort here but that’s what I’m doing.  Last start over 1630m Damian Browne went forward and led the field up.  He was only run down in the last 50m or so and finished 2nd to Harada Bay by 0.8 of a length.  He carried 59kg that day and now drops to 56kg.  That will be of great benefit.  He’s drawn wide but he should be able to settle fairly close to the front.

Other Hopes:

Flamboyer (3) is racing in a rich vein of form.  He won at Eagle Farm 2 starts back and then won the Glasshouse Handicap last start.  Both occasions he led and proved too strong in the run home.  He rises in distance here and has failed at it in the past but he’s never raced better and could get away things in front.  Drawn well.

Harada Bay (5) finished strongly last start to win here over 1630m.  Has a good record over this trip and only goes up 1kg.  Will be finishing well.

Lauterbrunnen (8) was 3rd behind Harada Bay last start.  Found the line well that day and despite his struggles at Doomben can show up here.

Race 8

Madotti (1) is having her 3rd run back from a spell and looks ready to fire.  Last start she found the line strongly over 1110m here to finish 5th.  She got a long way back early and had to make her run on the bend so to get within a length was a very good effort.  She’ll appreciate the rise to 1200m and with a decent speed in front will be charging late.  Gets 3kgs off for Josh Oliver.

Other Hopes:

Quick Ketch (3) wasn’t test 1st up after running into trouble in the straight.  He is undefeated in 2 2nd up runs and I expect improvement here.  Drawn wide so will get back in the run and run home strongly.

Dylan’s Luck (4) caught the eye last start when matching motors in the straight with Madotti.  Damian Browne replaces the apprentice but the weight swing isn’t beneficial.  Still, he hasn’t done anything wrong in brief career and there’s no reason he can’t show up here.

Dandy One (10) resumes here and was highly competitive in these types of races when last in work.  Drawn well and will be prominent in the run.

Best Bets

Race 4 – Straturbo (3)

Race 8 – Madotti (1)

20/07/16 – Gold Coast

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The Gold Coast Turf Club hosts a rare midweek meeting this Wednesday where we have 9 races to get involved in.  The track as of Monday was rated a Heavy 8 (Soft 7 Tuesday) but fine weather should see an improvement to the mid-Soft range.  The rail is in the following positions: 3.5m 1400-1000, 4.5m 1000-400, 3.5m 400-W/Post, 1.5m.

***Track and Weather Update Wednesday morning: The track is rated a Soft 6 with mostly clear skies forecast.  We could see a further upgrade later in the day.***

Race 1

I quite liked the run of Tay Swift (10) when on debut last start at Doomben.  She was very green that day and had inside horses shift out on her in the straight but still found the line strongly over the 1050m.  She will take plenty of benefit from that 1st run and I expect a fair amount of improvement here 2nd up over 1200m.  Jeff Lloyd is on board and he’ll be hungry to keep his lead in the jockey’s premiership.

Other Hopes:

Beloso (1) resumed recently with a 2nd at Eagle Farm over 1200m.  He finished well that day and will be improved here.  Showed some promise in debut run.

Sharp Speedo (9) resumes here.  She’s had just the 1 career run where she ran on for 3rd at the Sunshine Coast over 1200m.  Drawn well and will be finishing strongly.

Final Zero (8) is on debut here and enters the race on the back of a good trial win.  Drawn wide but blinkers go on.  I would suggest Jimmy Orman will look to be prominent in the run.

Race 2

Doubt Defying (1) was very good last start when running a narrow 2nd at Eagle Farm over 1200m.  He found the line well that day on the Soft 7 track so won’t have any dramas with the state of the track here.  Mimi Amara who beat him looks to have some ability.  This is his 3rd run this preparation so he’ll be reaching peak fitness and will be hard to hold out late.

Other Hopes:

Queen Cora (8) won 2 trials before having her debut at Ipswich.  She led them over 1010m before fitness gave out late and she finished 3rd.  She’ll be improved 2nd up and gets blinkers on.  Luke Dittman will go forward from the wide gate.

Shuda Known Better (7) resumes here.  Looks to have some ability after finishing not far off Candika on debut.  She then fell in her next start at Toowoomba.  Tegan Harrison will look to make use of the good gate and race in a prominent position. Sire not a noted wet track producer.

Nordic Show (11) improved when having her 2nd start.  She was 0.9 lengths from the winner and the 2nd horse has since run well in town.  Further improvement expected 3rd up.

Race 3

There’s quite a few battlers going around in this maiden over 1800m.  Last Moment (9) was beaten by Mysterium last start at the Sunshine Coast over 1800m by 4.5 lengths when finishing 2nd.  However Last Moment was 5 lengths in front of 3rd place and Mysterium had run some nice races previously.  Despite the big gap, I liked the way she found the line.  She has drawn well here in barrier 4 and should be able to settle handy.  The claim for Josh Oliver sees the horse carry just 52.5kg.

Other Hopes:

Excitement Levels (1) is on the quick back up after running at Ipswich on Friday.  Has been in ok form and could get an uncontested lead.

Fassler (5) has been around the mark in most races.  Will get back and run on.

Jam With The Duke (2) has been trying for a long time to break through for that maiden win.  Good effort 2 starts back when finishing 3rd at Ipswich over 2150m.  Mixes form but if mind on the job then could show up here.

Race 4

Uh Oh (6) looks close to a win after finishing in the placings in 4 of 5 starts.  Two starts back he finished off well when finishing 2nd to More Patasi.  Last start he was 3rd behind Mimi Amari and Doubt Defying.  This is his 4th run this preparation so he has a definite fitness edge on his rivals.  He’ll go forward for Chris Dell who claims 3kg.

Other Hopes:

Shawl (9) resumes here and does seem to do her best work when fresh as shown by her 2nd to Abracadash last preparation.  Did run 2nd on heavy going 3 starts back.  Gets in with a light weight after the claim for Tiffani Brooker.

Polskie Lady (7) resumes here on the back of a 3rd placing behind Hannah’s Wish in a trial.  That horse won well when it resumed recently.  Will go forward from the wide gate but could be suspect late.

Put The Rope Away (8) is an interesting runner on debut.  Has shown little in trials but has been brought up from Sydney and Jimmy Byrne has been booked to ride.

Race 5

This is a very even maiden affair for the 3 year old fillies.  I’m going with Opinionated (3).  She resumed last start over 1200m at Eagle Farm with a 3rd placing.  She settled last after jumping awkwardly but finished off well for 3rd.  She’ll be fitter 2nd up and and with Jeff Lloyd taking the ride you’ll know you’re in the fight.  From barrier 5 Lloyd should be handy in the run.

Other Hopes:

Choose The Moment (2) finished alongside Opinionated last start when resuming.  Will be fitter 2nd up and the blinkers go on for the 1st time.  Will need some luck from the wide gate.

Capital City (4) is on the quick back up after finishing 2nd at Ipswich last Friday.  It was a really good effort considering she was up 400m from her previous start.  3kg claim helps.

Right Of Way (1) finished 5th and was just behind Opinionated and Choose The Moment when resuming last start.  Meets those worse at the weights but will be improved and has drawn to get a nice run.

Race 6

Vision In Motion (5) had his 1st start in Queensland recently after doing his racing in Victoria.  He resumed in fine fashion with a 3rd in a NMW race in Saturday company.  He ran on that day and the winner Dame Destiny has been in top form.  He’ll be improved 2nd up and has raced well under those circumstances in the past.  Tiffani Brooker’s 3kg claim will be beneficial.

Other Hopes:

Skylimit (3) struggles to win but seems to be getting close to another victory.  Last start he was run down late after leading by a fair margin at Eagle Farm over 1200m.  Will look to set the speed here.

Redsson (4) has been racing in good form.  Won a class 2 impressively last start here over this trip.

Mr Cha Cha (1) resumed with a win at Ipswich before running last in his past 2 starts.  They were tougher affairs than this and he’s drawn to get a nice run.

Race 7

Queen Tara (2) comes up from Sydney for Peter Robl following a number of good runs.  She resumed in good style with a strong finishing win in the heavy going at Canberra.  Last start she again found the line but was unable to catch the winner.  She’ll be primed here 3rd up.  Peter Robl has shown an ability to place his horses very well so we have to respect the fact he’s brought a horse to the Gold Coast for a midweek Class 3 race.  She’s drawn wide but the engagement of Tegan Harrison to ride suggests to me that we will see positive tactics.

Other Hopes:

Flo Jo Snip (3) strung together 3 wins before finding the competition too tough in her past 2 starts.  Will appreciate being back in this class.  Drawn wide but will go forward for Ryan Wiggins.

Strata Lady (1) put it together last start when winning a Class 1 at Ipswich.  Showed ability in New Zealand and Tony Gollan should have worked her out now so I expect further improvement.

Beckoning Light (4) resumes here on the back of a solid trial.  She was in good form last preparation.  Will settle towards the back but will be getting home strongly.

Race 8

Lucky Lucre (3) will find this easier than the races that he’s recently been competing in.  He won a class 5 at Doomben 4 starts back but has since found Saturday racing a bit beyond his abilities.  Having said that he wasn’t too far off the likes of Elegant Composure, Beckham and Lauterbrunnen.  The 3kg claim for Josh Oliver will be a big benefit here and he’s drawn to get an economical run.

Other Hopes:

Umgeni (1) is the obvious danger.  He’s come back in top form with 3 wins from 3 races.  He races well here but I’m worried about the apprentice going on who has a horrible winning strike rate.  With that in mind, barrier 12 is less than ideal.

Brigadoon Legend (8) has been racing well recently.  He has a good record at the track and gets the King Of The Coast Dan Griffin in the saddle.  Drawn nicely and will take up the running but is suspect in the last 100m or so.

Kazoom (5) won 3 starts back in a Class 4 over 1640m at Doomben.  His following 2 runs in stronger company have seen him struggle.  Will appreciate the drop in class.  The blinkers go back on and with barrier 1 should see Tegan Harrison race in prominent position.

Race 9

Bound For Love (6) has been racing well since resuming 3 starts ago.  1st up she won her maiden by 2 lengths and the 2nd horse home was Eminent Knight who won on Saturday at Eagle Farm.  The next 2 starts she finished off well but just missed the wins.  She was 28 days between runs when she ran 2nd by 0.2 of a length last start here over 1400m so I expect her to be improved.  Jeff Lloyd takes the ride and should push forward to negate the tricky gate.

Other Hopes:

Rob Roy (2) finished 1.5 lengths 2nd to Magnus Cor last start at the Sunshine Coast in Class 2 company.  He’ll appreciate the drop back to Class 1 here and will get a great run from barrier 3.

Rose Of Woorim (10) ran on strongly at Ipswich last start over 1350m after having a freshen up.  Will be fitter here. Gets in with a light weight after the claim.

Halls Creek (1) ran last when resuming last start in a higher grade than this.  Can improve back on home track where he has raced well in the past.  The 3kg claim helps.

Best Bets

Race 2 – Doubt Defying (1)

Race 7 – Queen Tara (2)

16/07/16 – Eagle Farm

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Eagle Farm plays host to this Saturday’s racing.  The track as of Thursday is rated a Soft 5 with the rail in the true position.  Rain is forecast over the coming days with Saturday being the most likely to receive the heaviest falls.  How much we receive is a query so it will pay to monitor.

***Track and Weather update Saturday morning: The track is rated a Soft 5.  The forecast is for showers and rain.  10-20mm being suggested. That doesn’t fill 1 with confidence.***

Race 1

Happy Event (1) was stiff not to win at Ipswich when resuming but put the result beyond doubt last start when winning well at the Sunshine Coast over 1200m.  After drawing wide he went forward and then kept going in the run home.  He’ll be further improved here 3rd up.  He rises in weight but still gets in nicely after the 3kg claim for Josh Oliver.  Drawn well.

Other Hopes:

River Racer (10) finished a half length behind Downloading when resuming.  Will take improvement from that run and did race well last preparation.  Jeff Lloyd replacing the apprentice is a big positive.

Dia De Reyes (7) debuted at the Gold Coast last start over 1200m and finished a close 2nd.  He probably should have won but the winner pinned him against the rail in the run home and he never got a clear crack.  Should be improved 2nd up and the blinkers go on.

Downloading (4) has raced well in his 2 career starts.  He won on debut before finishing a length 2nd when stepping up to this trip.  Should be fitter and Jimmy Byrne will give him every chance.

Race 2

Artibai (1) looks well in here at set weight conditions.  He finished a length behind All Clear at the Sunshine Coast over 2200m in heavy going before finishing just half a length behind Amexed at Ipswich over 2150m.   Amexed then won the Sunshine Coast Cup next start.  This is a drop in class from what he is racing and I expect Damian Browne to give him a great run.  Drops in distance but has been freshened.

Other Hopes:

Don’t Tell Mama (8) has stepped up through the grades this preparation.  She started with a maiden win over 1100m and her most recent start was a win over 1650m by 2 lengths in BM75 company.  Looks to have more improvement left in her.

Collateral (3) won easily last start at Ipswich over 1666m in heavy going.  Raced well last preparation and won only start over this trip.

In The Kitty (14) has just the 1 win to her name but is always around the mark.  Ran on over 1600m last start so the 1800m here should suit.

Race 3

Saluter (1) has been racing well this preparation.  He finished a narrow 2nd in the Group 3 Healy Stakes 2 starts back after fighting tooth and nail in the run home.  He then finished runner up again in the Glasshouse Handicap.  This is an easier race than those and the 3kg claim for Josh Oliver places him very well at the weights.  He’ll be able to go forward and recent racing will give him a toughness in the run home.

Other Hopes:

Beckham (6) has really turned things around recently.  He finished 2nd in the Eyeliner before weakening late in the Spear Chief over 1500m last start.  The drop back to 1400m here will suit.  Jeff Lloyd can go forward and could prove hard to run down.

Trubia (3) had been racing well earlier this preparation but his 2 most recent runs have been disappointing.  Supposedly didn’t handle the track at Ipswich which concerns me here given the likely track state.  Blinkers going on could freshen him up.

Oak ‘N’ Arthur (5) resumed recently over the unsuitable 1050m at Doomben and put in a good showing for 2nd.  Will be fitter and will appreciate the extra distance and bigger track.  Will be running on.

Race 4

It’s unusual around these parts to see a 3200m race but that’s what we have here in the Queensland Cup.  It’s far from the strongest field assembled but 1 of them has to win and I’m pinning my hopes on Jiayuguan (2).  She’s been battling away in stronger races than this in Sydney.  While she takes on this trip for the 1st time, she has won over 2400m a number of times.

Other Hopes:

Murphy’s Delight (4) finished 2nd over this trip 2 starts back so we at least know he’ll run the distance.  Has been racing in consistent style in Sydney and Waller needs to be respected given he brought the right horses up here during the carnival.

Pop ‘N’ Scotch (6) has been in average form for some time.  He’s back with Birchley and he’s been the only trainer to get something out of this horse.  Ran 2nd in this race last year.

Instrumentalist (1) ran 3rd in the Ipswich Cup and then 4th in the Caloundra Cup.  Has won over 2800m.

Race 5

One Inch Punch (5) joined the Toby Edmonds stable from Melbourne 2 starts ago.  He’s started his time here in great style.  He resumed with a 4th behind Irish Constabulary before winning comfortably at Doomben last start over 1350m.  He was held up in the straight before getting clear and really attacking the line.  He’ll be further improved here and has a good 3rd up record.

Other Hopes:

Embley (8) is a horse I’ve been following in Sydney.  He’s been racing quite well but without luck.  Unfortunately luck is something he’ll need here after drawing the car park.  Will be finding the line strongly.

Nicked And Court (10) has been racing well in better quality races than this.  Looks close to win following a 0.6 length 4th at the Sunshine Coast.  Drawn to get a nice run for Robbie Fradd.

Bracteate (7) has been freshened after leaving the John O’Shea stable in Sydney and joining Steven O’Dea on the Gold Coast.  Has been performing well in midweek company down there and that sort of form should see him competitive in this race.

Race 6

Salmanazar (5) has come back this preparation in super fashion.  He won his 1st 2 starts back from a spell quite easily before taking on tougher company in his next 2.  Last start he measured up in Listed company when finishing 2nd to Sold For Song in the Daybreak Lover.  He was just 0.3 of length off the winner and that horse would be a short priced favourite here.  While he’s drawn the outside gate, there doesn’t look a great deal of speed so Jimmy Byrne should be able to find a spot close to the front.

Other Hopes:

Mr Epic (1) looks to have come back in good order following a really good preparation when last in work.  He comes here on the back of a strong win at Rockhampton over 1600m.

Sagaronne (11) was a couple of lengths behind Salmanazar in the Daybreak Lover and should be further improved here 3rd up.  On her day she is very smart.

Legal Procedure (2) is a consistent type from Rockhampton that has only been out of the top 3 in 3 of 19 starts.  Challenged Mr Epic last start but was overpowered late.  Damian Browne going on a positive.

Race 7

Most Important (15) takes on the older horses here but looks up to it.  He resumed last start here over 1200m and finished 2nd.  He fought on well which he wasn’t entitled to do after racing 4 deep without cover.  He has shown in the past that he improves considerably 2nd up so I expect him to be in top shape here.  He’s drawn nicely in barrier 2 which will allow Tegan Harrison to race in a prominent position.

Other Hopes:

Crossroad (1) has been racing in good form.  He ran on at Ipswich along the rail when that wasn’t the place to be 2 starts back when finishing 3rd to Londehero.  Last start he ran on strongly at Grafton to just miss the win.  Claim helps and he’ll once again be finding the line.

Assertory (12) is 2nd up here following a nice effort 1st up.  Races well 2nd up and will be running on.  Form last preparation was very good.

Londehero (6) broke a long drought when charging down the outside to win at Ipswich last start.  Drawn out but will be coming home strongly.  3kg claim helps.

Race 8

Outraged (5) was in top form prior to his 5th placing at the Sunshine Coast last start.  He narrowly lost to Beckham 3 starts back and ran 2nd by a whisker at Ipswich 2 starts ago.  It all pointed to a win last start but a questionable ride gave him next to no chance.  Damian Browne goes back on board and I’m prepared to give him another go.  He should relish racing here and will be charging hard to the line.

Other Hopes:

Sabkhat (6) was 5 weeks between runs last start when finishing a narrow 3rd at the Sunshine Coast.  He’ll take improvement from that run and will race in a prominent position.

Annaman (10) has put in 2 good efforts since resuming.  Should be reaching peak fitness now and the extra distance will be to his liking.

Deconstructed (4) resumed after a short spell with a good effort when finishing 3rd here over 1400m.  The winner of that race, Flamboyer has since won again.  Will take benefit from that run.

Best Bets

Race 5 – One Inch Punch (5)

Race 6 – Salmanazar (5)

13/07/16 – Doomben

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After a poor day at Doomben on Saturday, we get the chance to redeem ourselves there on Wednesday.  The track as of Tuesday is rated a Soft 5 with the rail out 6.5m.  The forecast over the coming days is for it to be mostly cloudy but with little chance of rain.

Race 1

Caro Cavallo (6) debuted at Eagle Farm 2 weeks ago over 1200m and finished 5th to Mimi Amara.  It wasn’t a bad 1st up effort considering it worked early and was having it’s 1st race start over 1200m which isn’t an easy task.  I thought he fought on relatively well and will definitely take improvement from that run.  From barrier 5 Michael Cahill should be able to settle in a prominent position.

Other Hopes:

Rock On Destiny (4) debuted at the Gold Coast with a 3rd over 900m last start.  He settled back and found the line strongly.  I think he found them a bit nippy and also he drew wide.  He’ll take improvement from that run and will appreciate the extra distance.

Isn’t He Brilliant (3) finished ahead of Rock On Destiny in 2nd last start at the Gold Coast.  Showed plenty of early speed and will be in this for a long way.  Not sure he’ll be as suited by the extra 300m here though.

Five Stud Poker (2) is a 1st start for Rob Heathcote.  Stable going well and this guy has trialled well leading into this.

Race 2

Irish Bandit (1) resumed here last start over 1200m and finished in 4th place, 3 lengths from the winner.  He went forward and only weakened late so should be improved here 2nd up.  The rise in distance will suit.  Jim Byrne takes the ride and can race in a prominent position.  Has 59kg to contend with but this isn’t the strongest race.

Other Hopes:

Conco Del Sogno (2) finished a length behind Irish Bandit last start.  He appeared to have something more to give in the run home so can improve here.  Extra distance looks beneficial.

Fastquest (6) resumes here with a multitude of gear changes.  Not sure if that’s a positive or negative but we’ll find out for sure after the race.  Will be finding the line strongly but may be better later when over further.

Beyond Brave (5) is a 2 year old taking on the older horses.  Has improved recently but probably looks at place chance here at this stage.  Wide barrier no help.

Race 3

Dame Van Winkle (2) resumed last start here over 1200m and finished in 3rd.  She finished strongly and ended up just 0.3 of a length from the winner.  She’ll take improvement from that run and be better here 2nd up.  Blinkers go on and he meets Georgette better at the weights.  Jimmy Byrne can settle just off the pace before coming home strong.

Other Hopes:

Georgette (3) fought on well last start over this trip when finishing 2nd.  Rises considerably in weight but the apprentice is replaced by Jeff Lloyd.  Has been racing well this preparation and looks close to a win. Drawn to get a great run.

Hooriya (1) is having her 1st run for John Zielke after racing with Mick Price in Victoria.  Form down there was quite good with 3 3rds from 4 starts.  3kg claim for Josh Oliver helps.

Chelsea Star (6) led the field up last start and only weakened late.  Disappointed the start prior but should be ready to go 3rd up.  Will race in a prominent position.

Race 4

Brazen Moss (1) proved costly for punters last start when looked to be travelling well entering the straight but just couldn’t get clear running.  I’m prepared to pony up again.  His previous form was very good and suggested he wasn’t far from a win.  While he has to carry 60kg here, he gets Jimmy Byrne in the saddle and this isn’t the strongest field.  The speed should be sufficient to allow him to get out and charge home.

Other Hopes:

Martial Art (2) takes on older horses after competing well against his own age.  Ran quite well in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas over this trip last start.

Smasher (3) gets in with a postage stamp weight after the claim for Sarah Eilbeck.  Ran on well 1st up before an average effort last start.  Can strike back here 3rd up and has run well over this distance in the past.

Night Attire (5) takes on older horses and rises in distance.  Will look to dictate terms from in front but may be suspect late.

Race 5

Duke Of Christophe (11) is still a maiden but looks the most likely to get the win here in this Class 1 2040m race.  This 3 year old has shown some staying promise and has finished in the placings 4 times in 6 starts.  Last start over 2000m, he found the line quite well for a narrow 3rd over this trip.  There’s some real question marks over the ability of most of these running the trip but we don’t have that concern with him.  Jeff Lloyd takes the ride.

Other Hopes:

Holy Harry (3) broke his maiden status 2 starts back with a win over 2200m.  Found the class a bit above him last start and will appreciate the drop in class here.  Will get a nice run and the 3kg claim for Fawke helps.

Red Chandelier (9) is untested over this distance but has shown signs of improvement recently.  Has competed in stronger races than this in the past.

Answered (6) made ground last start when finishing 6th over 1680m at Ipswich last start.  He was 44 days between runs so he’ll take improvement from that run.

Race 6

Sharpe Hussler (6) resumes here and has a very good fresh record.  He raced really well last preparation which culminated in a close up 4th in a no metro win race.  That sort of form will make him very hard to beat here.  The speed looks solid in the race with a number of horses drawn wide wanting to find the front.  That will help his big finish.  Robbie Fradd won’t have to use up too much energy from barrier 3.

Other Hopes:

Sequalex (1) resumes here.  He hasn’t won fresh in 6 attempts but has managed 3 minor placings.  Raced well last preparation but wide barrier may cause problems if he can’t get across easy enough.

To A Degree (5) has had a freshen up and races well under that scenario.  Races well over this trip and brings decent form from Wagga here.  Drawn to race in a prominent position.

Primed For Destiny (9) won 1st up before finishing down the track last start.  Generally finds something 3rd up and has a good record here.

Race 7

Hi I’m Back (8) has returned to racing in great form.  After winning 2 trials, he finished 1.3 lengths from Irish Constabulary 1st up.  He then finished strongly to win 2nd up here over this trip.  He’ll be further improved and did win his only other 3rd up run.  Jimmy Byrne can settle just behind the leaders from barrier 6 in a race where there looks a decent amount of speed.

Other Hopes:

Storm Fighter (3) finished behind Hi I’m Back and Fortini when resuming last start.  Races better 2nd up and was in good form last preparation in city class racing.  Drawn well.

Johnhro (4) has put in 2 good efforts since resuming.  He won his last start.  Should get all the favours from barrier 1 and gets 3kgs off for Tiffani Brooker.

Scenic Road (2) resumes here and does race well fresh.  Raced well last preparation in city class.  Query over him running out a strong 1200m 1st up but if he can get away with things in front then he’ll be a chance.

Race 8

Shipwrecked (7) ran on for 2nd when resuming over 1100m.  He then didn’t have a lot of luck 2nd up when firstly losing his position prior to the turn and then being held up in the straight.  He got going once clear.  In the past he has hit back following an average 2nd up run so I expect improvement here 3rd up.  There doesn’t look to be a great deal of speed in the race so Jimmy Byrne should be able to find a prominent position from barrier 2.

Other Hopes:

Moonlight Dancer (8) was slow away last start and didn’t play much of a role.  However her form prior to that was very good.  She won over this trip 2 starts back at Ipswich.  Will be finding the line but will need some luck in helping not get pocketed on the rail.

Yaba Dabl Doya (1) has been in good form this preparation.  Drawn to get a nice run on the speed and the claim helps for Brooke Ainsworth.

War Baby (11) has returned to form in recent runs.  Drawn wide but can go forward.

Best Bets

Race 3 – Dame Van Winkle (2)

Race 6 – Sharpe Hussler (6)

Race 8 – Shipwrecked (7)

 

09/07/16 – Doomben

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We return to Doomben for Saturday racing after a month or so away where the track as of Friday is rated a Soft 5.  Fine weather is forecast so we should see some improvement by Saturday.  The rail is out 4.5m.

***Track and Weather Update Saturday morning: The track is rated a Good 4 with fine weather forecast***

Race 1

Royal Tithe (7) is the best performed horse in the race.  She won a Group 3 when resuming this preparation and has competed well in other Group and Listed races since.  Last start she loomed large at Eagle Farm over 1400m but was unfortunately in the wrong part of the track and despite fighting strongly, failed to feature in the finish.  In a race that doesn’t appear to have a great deal of speed, Luke Dittman can settle handy from barrier 4.  At set weight conditions she looks well placed.

Other Hopes:

Snow Fields (12) should be reaching peak fitness after 2 good runs back from a spell.  Drawn wide but as stated before there isn’t a great deal of speed so Jeff Lloyd should be able to get across and find a prominent position.

Persistent Shadow (10) didn’t threaten last start at Eagle Farm but did come home well after settling back.  The extra distance here will suit and Damian Browne taking the ride is a positive.

Maybe Sailing (8) comes up from NSW in good form.  She won her 1st 2 starts before a spell and returned with a close 2nd.  She’ll take improvement from that run and get the services of Jimmy Orman who is riding well.

Race 2

Divine Service (8) has been racing in top form.  He put in a great showing last start when finishing 2nd by a length to Lauterbrunnen in the Rockhampton Newmarket over 1350m.  I was impressed how he overcame the outside gate from the tricky starting point and really fought well up the long straight.  From barrier 3 here, Sarah Eilbeck can go forward and prove hard to run down.  He gets in with just 51kg after the claim for Eilbeck.

Other Hopes:

Upstart Pride (3) brained them here 2 starts back over this trip before weakening on a track that didn’t suit last start at Ipswich.  Drawn well and Jimmy Byrne will go forward with Divine Service.  Giving that horse weight however.

Dream Choice (4) is having his 3rd run back from a break and should be ready to fire.  The 2 races he’s competed in this preparation have been tougher races than this.  Barrier 1 should see him race in a prominent position.

Final Crescendo (5) is 2nd up here and usually improves following a 1st up hit out.  Has shown ability in the past in stronger races than this.  Question is, can he race to that standard again?  If yes, then he’s a big chance here.

Race 3

I can hear the cheers from punters with the return of the BM75 2200m race to Saturdays!  Snapper Rocks (10) is a 3 year old that looks to have more upside than the older horses he takes on here.  He finished 2nd to the highly promising Provocative 3 starts back before not featuring in the Group 3 Grand Prix 2 starts ago.  However he bounced back hard last start at the Gold Coast over 1800m and showed what he’s capable of.  He won by 5.8 lengths and appeared to have plenty left as he crossed the line.  Paul Hammersley should be able to give him an economical ride from barrier 1 before charging to the line.

Other Hopes:

Denoninator (4) finished off well 2 starts back behind Amex at Ipswich.  That horse has since won the Caloundra Cup.  Denoninator then won for us at Doomben over this trip.  Drawn wide and could potentially have to do a lot of work after settling back but drops in weight.

Nautilus (12) has improved in her most recent runs.  She won here last start over 2000m.  Against older horses here but shows promise.

Get On The Grange (1) comes up from NSW and did win over this distance last start.  Has 59kg but has Damian Browne on top.

Race 4

Dame Destiny (6) has come back in good order.  She won 1st up at Ipswich before finishing 2nd to Londehero on Ipswich Cup day over 1100m.  I thought that was quite a good run given how the track played that day.  She’ll be further improved 3rd up and has drawn well in barrier 3.  Jeff Lloyd should be able to settle handy in the run.

Other Hopes:

Invitations (2) has been racing in good form. Came up from Sydney 2 starts back and almost claimed the win after running on strongly.  Damian Browne takes the ride and will have him hitting the line hard.

Coup De Vent (10) is having his 1st start for Matt Dunn after doing his racing in Victoria.  Has had 2 trials and the 1st was very good where he finished just behind Steel Zip.  Will be better over further but will be running on and can show up fresh.

Moss Harry (4) has drawn horrendously which is a big concern.  However his form is very good with back to back wins here in good style.  If gets luck then can feature.

Race 5

Code Noir (6) from the Matt Dunn stable interests me here.  He’s coming off a very long break but showed talent in his initial campaign.  He won his 1st 2 starts and was close to the likes of Upstart Pride and Trubia in his 3rd start.  Matt Dunn has advised that he has had a throat operation since his last start which is a concern.  However he’s had 2 good trials recently suggesting that he’s showing no ill effects and also that he’s ready to go 1st up.  From barrier 5 Jeff Lloyd should be able to give the horse every possible chance.

Other Hopes:

Stella Di Notte (16) resumes here on the back of a couple of decent trials.  Looks a talented filly and has performed well in races against her own age.  Will be running on.

Passionflower (11) comes to Qld for David Vandyke.  Struggled in NSW but can feature in this standard of race.  Drawn well and will race in a prominent position.

The Umbrella Man (14) resumes here and will be better over further.  Has talent as demonstrated by efforts towards the back end of last preparation.  Will be running on.

Race 6

Ruling Force (5) has been in good form recently.  He finished strongly 2 starts back to finish 3rd at the Gold Coast over 1400m.  He then won the Rockhampton Cup last start over 1600m with another strong finish.  He’s drawn wide here but Glen Colless can roll forward and find a spot in the 1st handful of horses before finishing off well.

Other Hopes:

Lauterbrunnen (6) has raced well since resuming 2 starts back.  Won the Rockhampton Newmarket last start over 1300m.  He found the line strongly that day so the 1630m here will suit.  Performed well here in the past.

Lordag (3) returned to form last start after a couple of average efforts.  Has a good record here and will be finding the line.

Bewhatyouwannabe (2) has struggled against tougher opposition lately and will appreciate the drop in class.  Drawn to get a great run.

Race 7

Brettan (3) put in a strong showing last start when finishing 2nd to Flamboyer.  He was 42 days between runs that day so should be further improved here.  His form prior to that run was quite good and he looks close to a win.  Damian Browne takes the ride and should be able to settle just off the speed before coming home strongly.

Other Hopes:

Chariot Of Gold (5) has the ability to go forward and be hard to catch.  Current form not flash but can improve against this lot.

Punta Norte (2) is a tough nut to figure out.  He won 1st up before an average effort last start.  On best form would give these a hurry up.

Romanarma (6) hasn’t won for almost a year and has a poor record at Doomben.  However this isn’t the strongest race.  He ran on when resuming last start and the rise in distance will suit.

Race 8

Oberland (9) was impressive when resuming here recently over 1050m.  He made an absolute mess of them as he cruised to victory by 4 lengths.  He has always been touted as talented type but his record shows all wins have come 1st up.  The way he bolted in last start suggests to me that he has come back a better horse.  He’s drawn barrier 1 for Jeff Lloyd who should be able to give him a great run from there.

Other Hopes:

Secret Trail (6) resumes here and come up from Sydney for the Snowdens.  They did this last preparation and jagged a win.  She’s drawn awkwardly in barrier 12 and will need all of Damian Browne’s skill to find a spot.   Warmed up for this with a trial win.

Quick Ketch (3) resumes here and has run well fresh in the past.  Undefeated in 2 starts over the distance and will be hitting the line hard.

Madotti (1) will be better over further and in a few runs time.  Will get back from the wide gate and will be rattling home.

Best Bets

Race 1 – Royal Tithe (7)

Race 2 – Divine Service (8)

Race 8 – Oberland (9)