While all the attention is understandably centred on Moonee Valley for the Cox Plate, Brisbane has a meeting at Eagle Farm for us to get involved in. The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail out 3m. Showers are forecast for late Saturday so it will pay to monitor that situation. Hopefully they come in the evening.
This isn’t the best way to start the day with the usual suspects going around in an Open Handicap over 2212m. Denoninator (4) got too far back last time at Doomben over 2020m and despite finishing well was never a winning hope. He’ll appreciate being back at Eagle Farm where he has 2 wins and a 2nd from 4 starts over this distance. He’ll settle at the back again but shouldn’t be too far off them because of the small field.
Perplexity (1) should be nearing peak fitness here 4th up. He made good ground last start when finishing 3rd at Doomben over 2020m. The rise in distance should suit and will be handy in the run.
La Spiaggia (3) defeated most of these last start when winning over 2020m at Doomben. Wasn’t the strongest over the line after being ridden forward so the rise in distance here is a worry. Rises 4kg.
My Diamantine (5) ran on last start when 4th in the race previously spoken about at Doomben. Needs to lift as has been regularly beaten by his main rivals here. Does have a weight advantage.
Things haven’t been made easy for us here in this 2 year old fillies race where only 2 starters have race experience. Many of the 1st starts haven’t been seen publicly either. That makes this a low or no involvement race for me with Royal Myth (2) on top. I thought her debut effort was quite good where she finished 3rd to Real Princess at Doomben over 1050m. She jumped brilliantly but buck jumped shortly after before regrouping and running on quite well once clear. She’ll take benefit from the experience and the 2nd horse Dream Kisses has since won.
Wicked Intent (3) resumes here for Chris Munce. This guy does his best work fresh as shown by his 1st up record of 2 wins, a 2nd and a 3rd from 4 resumptions. He’s a talented galloper on his day as shown by his 2nd in the Chief De Beers last preparation when taking on older horses. He’s drawn well for Larry Cassidy who should be able to stalk the likely decent speed.
Hard Stride (1) won 2 starts back before being nailed late last start at Doomben over 1050m. Will go forward and may be pressured in front but will be fitter 3rd up.
Prompt Return (6) had been racing in good form prior to last start when he struggled against tougher opposition over 1200m. He’ll appreciate the drop in distance here.
Kudero (4) will be running on if there’s a strong speed in front. Drop in distance suits.
Brazen Moss (8) got the services of Jimmy Byrne last start and it worked wonders with the professional placegetter getting the win. He settled back before hitting the line with gusto. He rises in class but drops 4kg. He has a good record over this distance and should get a great run from barrier 3.
Sea Red (3) stepped up to this distance last start and it worked a treat with the mare getting the win with a fast finishing effort. Has a poor record here but can’t be ignored.
Lord Coconuts (11) finished well last to finish 2nd to Brazen Moss. Meets that horse worse at the weights but will be further improved here 3rd up.
Kaiser Franz (9) will be further improved here 3rd up after a good effort behind Sea Red last start. Will be running on but may want longer.
Better Land (2) is having his 1st start for Toby Edmonds after racing with Darren Weir in Victoria. He resumes here on the back of a good trial win. He’s a much maligned horse who has been accused of turning it up in the past. However this is easier than what he has previously faced. Given this is a set weights race, he seems well weighted compared to his rivals. From barrier 4 Jeff Lloyd should give him a great run.
Powerful Saga (5) has been in good form since resuming. He put it all together last start when winning over 1110m at Doomben. Should be able to go on with it.
Comic Story (6) ran really well here 2 starts back when finishing 2nd to Bidii Babe over this distance. Disappointed last start when seemingly having conditions to suit at Doomben. Will go forward and could prove hard to catch.
Cool Sequence (7) looks and up and coming type with some ability. Won last start over 1200m at the Sunshine Coast. He’s up in grade but should be further improved 3rd up and will be handy in the run.
This looks a really competitive 3 year old race over 1200m. I thought Tversky (9) offered some value here. He debuted last start at the Sunshine Coast over 1000m and won well. He defeated Charnley River by 1.5 lengths and that horse while a maiden is Group 1 placed and has run 4th twice in Listed and Group 3 company. He’s drawn nicely for Robbie Fradd who can settle just off the speed before running on strongly. If he improves on his 1st up effort then he can certainly give this a shake.
Bithard (5) can be forgiven for his last start failure when not taking kindly to blinkers. The start prior he charged home to finish 2nd here behind Nicconi Leggera. That sort of effort puts him right in this.
Super Suave (2) is undefeated in 2 career starts. Has looked the real deal in both starts and should be handy in the run here.
Smart Devil (8) resumes here after a good 1st campaign. Ran on well over this course and distance the start prior to a break. Drawn wide but will be running on late.
I’m sticking with Hanwritten (2) who has been in ripping form lately. Two starts back he went to Sydney and won a Highway race before winning over 1200m at Doomben last start. I thought he handled the 1200m well as he was pressured in front and went on to win by 1.5 lengths. He rises in weight but has drawn well in barrier 2 which will allow Jeff Lloyd to give him a great run.
Bidii Babe (10) ran 3rd last start at Doomben over 1200m. It was a good effort but she’ll appreciate getting back to Eagle Farm where she is undefeated in 2 starts over this distance. Will be handy in the run.
Assertory (15) ran 3rd to Hanwritten last start but was making ground at the end. Meets that horse better at the weights and will be finishing strongly.
Stella Ombra (11) can have his issues at the start yet he still always puts in a top effort. He’ll be steaming home.
Privlaka (3) has come back this preparation in good form. He won here over 1000m 1st up before not getting a great deal of luck in the straight last start when finishing 4th by 1.2 lengths. He was stepping up from 1000m to 1350m so should take further improvement here 3rd up. He should get a nice run for Jimmy Byrne.
Pera Pera (1) was never on the track when fighting on for 3rd last start at Doomben. He finished ahead of Privlaka and meets that horse better at the weights here. Will be prominent in the run.
Big Decision (8) has been racing well at the midweeks and comes here on the back of a win over 1350m. This is tougher but gets Jeff Lloyd in the saddle.
L’Entrecote (2) ran on when resuming last start. Will take improvement from that run and does have a good record over this distance. Drawn the car park which could prove problematic.
Race 7 – Hanwritten (2)
Race 8 – Privlaka (3)