29/03/17 – Doomben

With Eagle Farm getting a break we’re once again backing up at Doomben.  The track is rated a Soft 7 with the rail out 10m.  Fine weather is forecast for Monday and Tuesday but showers are again a possibility Wednesday.

Race 1

One Mansini (1) drops in class here after running on quite well last time out when finishing 4th to Dreams Aplenty over 1400m.  The start prior he easily won at the Sunshine Coast.  The rise to 1630m will suit and it’s a distance he performed well over last preparation.

Other Hopes:

Like A Ruler (3) finished off well and won at Eagle Farm over 1500m last start after racing wide.  He defeated Dot Painting that day.

Dot Painting (2) won 2 starts back defeating Ercolano over 1350m here.  Last start he went forward and was run down by Like A Ruler.  Will go forward but could be suspect late if doesn’t get an easy time of it.

Antigone (6) was well beaten by Scorcha 1st up but improved last start to win easily at Eagle Farm over 1400m.  Big jump from maiden to Class 2 but the extra distance will suit and she looks to have some ability.

Race 2

This isn’t a maiden I want to get too involved in.  Tay Swift (10) run on well last start to finish 2nd at the Gold Coast over 1200m.  Her form prior to that isn’t bad against some reasonable types such as Niccanova and Beloso.  She’s having her 4th run this preparation so should have a fitness edge over her rivals.  Glen Colless should be able to race in a prominent position.

Other Hopes:

Rock Garden (9) resumes here following a freshen up.  Looks to have some ability but has been slow getting away.  That’s not ideal when you’ve drawn a wide gate but she should be finding the line.

Northern Divine (8) resumes here.  Has been in the placings in 3 of 4 career starts and did go close to winning last start.  Will go forward from the wide gate.

Hirtchals (6) is another 1st up here.  Raced quite well against some decent horses in 1st preparation.  2kg claim helps and should race in a forward position.

Race 3

Mr Strachan (5) was very good on debut at the Sunshine Coast over 1000m when finishing a close 2nd.  He settled in a prominent position and was strong to the line but unfortunately his stablemate was slightly better.  He’ll be fitter here 2nd up and is drawn to get all the favours.

Other Hopes:

All Pluck (3) did a tonne of work when resuming at Eagle Farm over 1000m but still fought strongly to the line for 3rd.  The extra distance here will suit and will have taken improvement from 1st up run.

Nothingforthepress (6) is on debut here and enters this race on the back of a nice trial win.  Should be well positioned in the run from barrier 3.  Others may have fitness edge though.

Rippin ‘N’ Tearin (8) resumed last start at Sunshine Coast with a 3rd placing over 1200m.  Will be handy from the nice draw.

Race 4

The Ambassadore (3) finished 2nd in a stronger race than this last start here over 1110m.  He now drops in class and only goes up 1kg.  Prior to last he had been competing well in some strong 3 year old races.  From barrier 2 he should enjoy a nice run.

Other Hopes:

Husson Boots (8) finally broke her maiden status last start when winning at Ballina.  May go on with it now and has drawn to get the run of the race.

Smooch (10) won last start on the heavy going at the Sunshine Coast.  Will be prominent in the run and fitter again here 3rd up.

Bonsho (4) ran on well to win a maiden at Eagle Farm last start.  It was an improvement on her 1st up run and I expect further improvement here.

Race 5

Dreams Aplenty (8) has come back this preparation in fine form.  He was run down late when finishing 2nd here when resuming.  Last start he crossed the field from the outside gate and was never headed in a win at Eagle Farm over 1400m.  He’s drawn well here and will go to the front again for Tiffani Brooker who claims 2kg which should see him hard to run down.

Other Hopes:

Deep Image (10) is a quality animal.  He finished 5.5 lengths from Winning Rupert on debut before easily winning a maiden here last start.  He resumes here from a short break on the back of a trial win.

Apoloboom (1) was disappointing last start at the Sunshine.  However his 2 runs before that were very good.  Will be prominent in the run and the 3kg claim helps.

Chamarel (2) improved last start to win well at Eagle Farm.  Will be handy in the run and the extra distance should suit 3rd up.

Race 6

Marabel (9) ran well 1st up behind Lieder who has since won in city class.  She improved last start when winning easily at Ipswich over this distance.  She settled a long way back before rounding the field easily and charging to the line.  She once again draws the outside gate which isn’t ideal but there looks to be a reasonable amount of speed in the race which should assist her cause.

Other Hopes:

Diamond On Command (11) won easily at Grafton 2 starts back to break her maiden status before finishing 3rd last start at Eagle Farm.  The extra distance looks suitable now and she’ll enjoy a nice run.

Kylie’s Fame (5) weakened last start when resuming over 1200m here.  She’ll take improvement from that and this is probably an easier affair.  Will go forward and could prove hard to run down.

Collywobble (12) finished a close 2nd at Toowoomba last start and had been competing in stronger races before that.  Drawn wide but does get blinkers for the 1st time.

Race 7

Aimalac Millie (6) put in a strong showing when resuming at the Gold Coast over 900m last start.  She overcame a wide gate to go forward and fought on strongly to just go down.  That was a stronger race than this and she should be improved here 2nd up.  Matthew McGuren can go forward from the nice draw and should prove hard to catch.

Other Hopes:

Johnhro (1) resumes here following a trial win.  He races well fresh and is drawn to get a sweet run.  He was in great form last preparation in stronger races.

Snitzel’s Joy (10) has won both starts this preparation.  She went forward and fought strongly last start over this distance.  Will need luck from the wide gate.

Live Fast (12) was taking ground off Aimalac Millie last start when finishing 3rd.  The extra 150m here will suit and the inside gate should be beneficial.

Race 8

Magnus Cor (1) resumed in good fashion at the Sunshine Coast last start.  She ran on well to finish a close 3rd over 1000m.  She’ll be improved 2nd up and the extra distance will suit.  Tiffani Brooker who claims 2kg should be able to settle midfield behind a good speed before running on strongly.

Other Hopes:

Red Handle (6) has won her past 2 starts.  She has the ability to go forward or take a sit and the claim certainly helps.

Conniving (3) fought on well last start when finishing 2nd to Red Handle.  Can go forward from wide gate but will need some luck.  Fitter here 3rd up.

Lipsync (4) has built a good record and resumed with a win last start.  Has performed better at the Sunshine Coast but is drawn to get a nice run.

Best Bets

Race 4 – The Ambassadore (3)

Race 5 – Dreams Aplenty (8)

25/03/17 – Doomben

After a week of wet weather we’re confronted with a rain affected track this Saturday at Doomben.  As of Friday it is rated a Heavy 8 with the rail out 0.5m.  Further showers are a possibility but they look to lessen as we get closer to kick off Saturday so an improvement isn’t out of the question.  It should be noted that after racing here on Wednesday on a bog track the going will be better on the inside section of the track out to about 8m.

***Track and Weather update Saturday morning: Following 15mm Friday, the track is back to a Heavy 10.  There’s a slight chance of showers today but even if it stays dry, we’ll still be on a rain affected track.***

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Race 1

There’s quite a few 1st starters engaged here and when you add a wet track, this becomes a tricky way to start the day.  Snitz (2) is a youngster from the Matt Dunn stable that has started his career in good style.  After a good trial win he went to Grafton and made short work of the outside gate to cross the field and go on to win by 1.8 lengths over 1006m.  He once again draws wide but he’ll be fitter and does possess enough speed to find a forward spot.  The appointment of Jeff Lloyd is a positive lead.

Other Hopes:

Acceptile (1) is the most experienced of the field and has competed well in some good Saturday 2 year old races.  Never been out of the top 3 in his 6 starts and has race fitness on his side.

Wudang Blade (3) is another that backed up a good trial win with a win on debut.  He jumped well and was never headed at Ipswich over 800m.  Will be improved 2nd up and draws to get a great run.

Hingus Rose (14) is on debut here and hasn’t done a great deal in 2 trials.  Blinkers go on and gets in with a light weight.  Breeding suggests she will get through the ground.

Race 2

Magnatune (4) won by a length at the Gold Coast in a BM75 over this distance last start.  He goes up in class here but drops in weight.  The 3kg claim for Adam Sewell helps.  He loves a wet track as shown by his 4 wins and a 2nd from 8 runs on a heavy surface.

Other Hopes:

Outraged (2) won over this distance at Eagle Farm 3 starts back and finished 2nd to Morendi last start.  Was beaten by 3 lengths that day but did miss the boat entering the straight when time to make his run.

Comacina (5) will take improvement from his 1st run over this distance last start where fought on behind Morendi after going forward.  Similar tactics in a race with limited speed could prove advantageous.

Caillebotte (6) may appreciate coming to Doomben after struggling at Eagle Farm recently.  Certainly needs to lift but gets Jeff Lloyd in the saddle.

Race 3

Perilous Love (1) was impressive last start when winning here over 2030m.  She found the line strongly to give her rivals a 5.3 length hiding.  She rises 4kg on that effort but I doubt that’s enough to turn the tables on her.  She’s been in good form and did win over 1800m on a heavy 9 track 4 starts back.

Other Hopes:

Up The Tempo (4) put in a good showing last start when finishing 2nd behind Perilous Love.  She was stepping up 430m and did work early that day so will be better here at her 2nd go at the distance.

Nordic Show (9) ran on well last start over this distance to finish 4th behind Perilous Love.  Gets in with a postage stamp weight after the claim for Adam Sewell.

Let Me Say This (7) improved last start when winning over 1800m at Eagle Farm.  Struggled the start prior in this company but will be fitter here and can race in a prominent position.

Race 4

Sheiswhatsheis (4) broke a long run of outs when winning here over 1630m last start.  Alannah Fancourt went forward and was never challenged in the run home.  Tony Gollan felt that he had made a mistake keeping the horse at sprinting distances prior to the win and this was this distance was more her go.  She rises in grade but drops in weight and will give them something to catch in front.

Other Hopes:

Neuschwanstein (7) won well 2 starts back before racing wide last start.  Drawn to get a much better run here and enjoys a rain affected track.

Deconstructed (3) won 1st up before finishing 3rd to Neuschwanstein last start.  Will be further improved 3rd up and has enjoyed success in the past over this course and distance.

War Baby (11) gets out to a more suitable distance here after finishing down the track at the Gold Coast over 1400m last start.  The heavy track increases her chances.

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Race 5

Nilette (8) resumed last start at the Sunshine Coast over this distance finishing 2.2 lengths from the winner.  She endured a tough run racing 3 wide the trip but still fought on well.  She’ll be further improved here and does possess a very good 2nd up record.  She won over this course and distance on a heavy track 2nd up last preparation.  From the inside gate Anthony Allen can go forward and take up a prominent position.

Other Hopes:

Candika (13) put it together last start when putting away a similar strength field over 1500m.  Has been freshened and drops in trip but will be hitting the line hard.

Trois Choix (9) resumes here on the back of a good trial effort.  Raced previously in Sydney and the form it showed there is good enough for this type of race.

Race 6

Fortini (7) has come back this preparation in good form.  He won well 2 starts back at Eagle Farm over 1200m before finishing just over a half length from the winner last start here in this class.  I thought last start’s effort was very good considering he was held up but did get going once clear.  He won his only other start on a heavy track and has performed well on soft going in the past.

Other Hopes:

Privlaka (3) resumes here and did win fresh last preparation.  Raced well in good company when last in work.  Will be finding the line.

Queen Tara (12) won 3 starts back and went well last start when running on behind Good Job Bro at Eagle Farm.  She should be getting home strongly.

Skylimit (4) has been racing ok in stronger races than this recently.  Will go forward and be in this for a long way.  Untested on heavy going but has performed well on soft.

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Race 7

Flamboyer (2) has been racing well lately.  Two starts back he won at Eagle Farm over 1200m by 1.3 lengths.  Last start he finished 3rd behind Upstart Pride in the Gold Coast Goldmarket.  He loomed up at the 200m and looked like he was going to pass Upstart Pride but I feel the pressure of doing the chasing caught up with him.  There’s no Upstart Pride here so he should get an easier time of it and prove hard to run down.

Other Hopes:

Beatniks (9) drops in distance after racing really well at Eagle Farm over 1600m in recent races.  She’ll be finding the line strongly.

Jopa (3) has drawn horribly here but has to be included based on recent form.  Found the line strongly last start to finish 2nd at the Gold Coast to Upstart Pride.  Loves this track and distance.

Dream Finnish (14) resumed last start with a 3rd placing behind Flamboyer and Fiery Heights.  I thought it was a nice way to return and she’ll be further improved here 2nd up.  She’ll be running on strongly.

Race 8

This no metro win race over 1350m is a really tough way to end the day.  I’m going with Kim Noir (15).  She found the 1630m too far last start when finishing 6th behind Sheiswhatsheis.  She raced in the 1st 3 horses and looked likely until the 200m mark.  The drop back to this distance will suit and it’s a trip she’s got a very good record over.  She’s drawn well which should allow Anthony Allen to settle in the 1st handful of horses.

Other Hopes:

Chivadahlii (5) resumes here and is having his 1st start in Queensland after previously racing with Darren Weir.  Races well fresh and while has been better over further, will be finding the line.

Jetsonic (13) ran on strongly last stat when finishing 4th to Tyzone.  He’ll appreciate rising in distance here and has raced well on heavy tracks in the past.

Motion Granted (2) rarely runs a bad race.  He’d been racing well in these types of races before going to Ballina last start where he won in easier company.

Best Bets

Race 6 – Fortini (7)

Race 7 – Flamboyer (2)

18/03/17 – Gold Coast

We head down the M1 this Saturday for a metropolitan meeting at the Gold Coast Turf Club.  Unfortunately the weather hasn’t been kind and we’re faced with a wet track. As of Thursday the track is rated a Heavy 8 with the rail in the true position.  Further wet weather is forecast.

***Track and Weather update Saturday morning:  The track is rated a Soft 7.  Showers are forecast but hopefully will hold off till the evening.  (Who would know given recent forecast accuracy.)

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Race 1

It’s always risky getting involved in a 2 year old race on a wet track when it’s unknown how the youngsters will handle it.  Miss Exfactor (7) debuted recently in very good style.  She went with Houtzen early in the race before that great filly dashed away late. Miss Exfactor was 4 lengths from the winner but she brained the rest, some who had won in Saturday metro races previously.  She’ll be fitter here and  should go forward for Jimmy Byrne.  A heavy track is a concern but she did race well on a Soft 5 Eagle Farm track which is a good test!

Other Hopes:

Shogun Sun (4) is on the quick back up after winning easily at Eagle Farm over 1200m on Monday.

Chief Havoc (1) debuts here for Liam Birchley.  He’s well bred, drawn well and the blinkers go on suggesting intent.

Maharni (3) finished 3rd last start here over 1200m.  Went forward but weakened late.  Will be fitter 3rd up.

Race 2

Lieder (7) has been in good form lately.  He won 3 starts back and has got into the placings his past 2 starts.  Last start he ran on strongly to just miss the win at Eagle Farm over 1600m.  The rise in distance here looks suitable and Damian Browne should be able to race handy from the good gate.

Other Hopes:

Mr Spin (4) proved that a wet track does not faze him last start.  Over 1600m at Randwick on a bog track he ran on strongly to claim a Highway race.  Will be running on here.

Positive Problems (9) comes up from Sydney for Bjorn Baker in good form.  Her 3 most recent runs have all been on heavy tracks.  She’ll go forward from the wide gate and could prove hard to run down.  Would have liked to have seen her finish off better last start over 1600m however.

King Red (2) went forward last start and fought strongly to win over 1600m at Eagle.  He defeated Lieder that day but now meets that horse worse at the weights.  Will race in a forward position.

Race 3

These BM75 distance races usually throw up a funny result and now we’re adding a wet track to the mix….good times.  Skytrek (5) has shown signs of improvement lately.  Two starts back he ran on for 2nd here over 1800m.  Last start he again ran on 2400m at Eagle Farm in this class.  It was a good effort to get within a length of the winner after the jockey dropped the whip.  He should enjoy a good run.

Other Hopes:

Magnatune (1) has been performing well in these types of races recently.  The wet track enhances his chances.

Three Points (6) has finished in the placings in his past 3 starts which have all been in these types of races.  Is close to a win and should be prominent in the run.

Outstrip (9) has won just 3 times in 56 starts.  Having said that all 3 wins were on soft or heavy tracks.  He’ll be running on.

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Race 4

 We got from a 2200m to a 900m and the task of finding the winner doesn’t get any easier.  I’m going with Land Office (4).  He resumes here following a very good last preparation.  He won a Class 6 city race and ran a number of close placings behind some handy types.  While he’ll be better later, he can show up fresh here from the inside gate.

Other Hopes:

Dylan’s Luck (6) disappointed last start but did make ground at Toowoomba.  Was much better winning here the start prior over this trip.Drawn well and has won on heavy before.

Sassy Tycoon (2) is a speedster resuming here.  Has a super record over this course and distance and the 3kg helps.

Live Fast (13) ran well last start at Eagle Farm over 1000m when finishing 2nd to Khaleeq.  Drawn well and has a good record over the distance.

Race 5

Brazen Moss (6) caught the eye charging to the line 1st up to just miss the win over 1200m at Eagle Farm.  She then raced wide last start when stepping up to 1400m in a race won by Neuschwanstein.  She can be forgiven for that as she generally races flat 2nd up.  She’ll be fitter here and has raced well 3rd up in the past.  While she’s drawn wide I don’t think that will be such a problem on the heavy track.  In 2 heavy track runs she’s finished 1st and 2nd so no dramas with the track.

Other Hopes:

Neuschwanstein (3) finished off strongly last start over this distance at Eagle Farm to win by 2 lengths.  It was an impressive win and he can go on with it here.

Delightful Feeling (8) has been a touch disappointing since resuming from a short break.  Prior to that he was going well with 3 wins in a row including 2 Highway races.

Slydini (12) drops back in distance but did finish a close 3rd over this course and distance 5 starts back.  May have found them a bit nippy on a dry track but really comes into it on the heavy going.

Race 6

Fast Arrow (9) is up in class but drops significantly in weight.  Last start he won here over this distance by 1.5 lengths carrying 61kg.  He now drops to 54kg and the King of the Coast, Dan Griffin retains the ride.  Form prior to that win was very good.  He has a great record on rain affected tracks.

Other Hopes:

Hudson County (8) has been racing well besides a failure at Eagle Farm 3 starts back.  Stuck on quite well for 3rd last start at Eagle Farm over 1600m.  Will go forward from the wide gate and could prove hard to catch.

Colour Charge (5) has been in ripping form over the Eagle Farm 1600m with 2 wins from his past 3 starts.  No reason he can’t carry that form over to the Gold Coast.

Sabkhat (10) has been around the mark in this class of racing lately.  Was caught wide last start over 2000m but fought on well.  That should hold it in good stead here.  Should race handy.

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Race 7

Flamboyer (2) has been in good form lately.  He went very close 3 starts back when finishing 2nd in the Sunshine Coast Cup.  Last start he went forward at Eagle Farm over 1200m and was too strong, winning by 1.3 lengths.  Alannah Fancourt will roll forward again here and could prove hard to run down given the horse’s liking for a wet track.

Other Hopes:

In His Stride (5) resumes here after a freshen up.  He found the line strongly here 2 starts back on Magic Millions day to just miss the win.  Look for him to be getting home hard again.

Jopa (4) rarely runs a bad race.  Won his only start at the course and distance. Loves a wet track.

Sir Moments (1) is a quality galloper and for that reason will lump 61kg.  That could be an ask on the heavy track but he did win his only other heavy start.  Won the Sunshine Coast Cup last start.

Race 8

I really liked the run of Our Beebee (8) when resuming at Eagle Farm over 1000m last start.  She found the line strongly to win by 1.3 lengths.  She looked to have more to give which was encouraging.  She’ll be improved 2nd up and the step up in distance won’t pose any problems as she did finish 5.5 lengths off Winning Rupert over it last preparation.  With Rebecca Williams claim she once again gets in with a light weight.

Other Hopes:

Beaudacious (9) resumed last start in the race won by Our Beebee.  She savaged the line to finish 2nd.  She’ll lap up the 1200m here and it’s a distance she’s undefeated over.

Tyzone (1) has built up quite a record winning 6 of 9 starts.  Most of those have been in North Queensland but he proved he has talent last start beating the older horses at Doomben.

Scorcha (15) romped in last start at Doomben by 7.5 lengths to break her maiden status.  This is harder but has always looked like a good horse capable of winning a good race.  Breeding suggests she’ll handle the track and she’ll race in a forward position.

 Best Bets

Race 5 – Brazen Moss (6)

Race 7 – Flamboyer (2)

Golden Slipper Competition

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15/03/17 – Doomben

We’re back at Doomben this Wednesday where the track is rated a Good 4 as of Tuesday with the rail out 6.5m between the 800m and 400m and 4.5m the remainder.  There is a high chance of showers and storms over the coming days so a downgrade looks likely.

Race 1

Wigglesworth (3) didn’t get a lot of luck in the straight last start when finishing 1.2 lengths from Just Orm in a Saturday Class 3 over this distance.  He was tightened for room in the straight when looking to make his run.  He did get going once clear.  From barrier 2 Brad Stewart can go forward and prove hard to run down.

Other Hopes:

Colinelle (1) resumes here and is undefeated in 2 fresh runs.  Looked a promising type last preparation in 3 year old company when winning in Saturday class.  Struggled when racing older horses but did have excuses.  Should be prominent in the run.

All Troops (2) has been in consistent form this preparation.  Shouldn’t be too far away in the small field and will be running on late.

Tactician (4) resumes here and does race well fresh.  Finished a close 2nd to Quatronic 1st up last preparation.  Will look to go forward but could be trapped 3 deep.

Race 2

Kuznetsova (3) has come back this preparation in good form.  She ran on for 2nd at the Sunshine Coast when resuming before giving them a touch up by 4 lengths at Toowoomba last start.  She’ll be fitter here 3rd up.  The outside barrier isn’t ideal but I expect Josh Oliver to find a spot close to the action.  She’s undefeated on soft going.

Other Hopes:

Viaductress (1) resumes here on the back of a trial win.  Hasn’t been in the placings in 3 fresh runs but this is easier than what she has faced in Sydney.  Drawn to get a great run.

I Like Candy (2) has been racing well lately.  Was run down last start when finishing 2nd at Eagle Farm in this class.

Snitzel’s Joy (6) resumed with a narrow win at the Sunshine Coast last start.  This is harder but the blinkers go on for the 1st time and from the inside gate she could prove hard to catch.

Race 3

This isn’t a race I want to get too involved in.  D’amore D’merrier (10) was sent out favourite when on debut at the Gold Coast over 1300m last start.  She finished 1.7 lengths from the winner which I thought was a good effort considering she was never closer than 3 wide.  She’ll be fitter here and is drawn to get a much better run.

Other Hopes:

Ercolano (2) has come back quite well this preparation.  She ran 2nd last start to Dot Painting over 1350m here, easily defeating the rest of the field.  Will need some luck from the outside gate but is better than most of these.

Dee Cee Delights (1) finished 2nd to Red Saga last start at the Sunshine Coast over 1600m.  I thought it was a really good effort as she was left to cart the rest of the field up trying to catch the leader but still fought on strongly.

Awesome More (6) should appreciate the extra distance after running on well at her past few starts.

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Race 4

Medieval (1) returns to Brisbane after racing in a couple of Highway races his past 2 starts.  While she failed last start, his form prior to that was quite good.  Two starts back he finished he ran on well to finish a narrow 2nd over 1800m.  The start prior to that he won here over this trip and in this class.  He brings better form into this race than his opponents and should enjoy a great run from the inside gate.

Other Hopes:

Makuru (6) has put in 2 good efforts since coming to Queensland.  She’s run on well at both starts suggesting that the extra distance here will suit.

Agree To (2) disappointed last start when sent out a short priced favourite at the Gold Coast last start.  I’m prepared to forgive him for that as it was his 3rd run back from a long spell.  The 2 starts prior to that were very good.

Pinolino (4) resumed last start with a 5.3 length 2nd at Ipswich over 1350m.  She’ll be fitter 2nd up and did run well over this distance last preparation.

Race 5

Clever Blaze (7) resumes here.  He ran 2nd to All Over Bossanova on debut and we know that horse is a real speedster.  Clever Blaze’s form during his 1st preparation was very good.  He was competitive against some good 3 year olds and finished with 3 2nds from 5 starts.  That sort of form is better than what most of these bring to the table.  The outside barrier isn’t ideal but he has enough speed to get across and find a spot in the 1st 5.

Other Hopes:

Crackacharge (2) resumes here after a short break.  He raced well in the 2 starts he had prior to the spell.  He’ll be prominent in the run.

Rock On Destiny (1) resumes here with blinkers on for the 1st time.  He put in a good effort when finishing 2nd at Eagle Farm at his only start last preparation.  Will be running on.

Pixie Hollow (9) is on debut and hasn’t been seen publicly.  Drawn well and the appointment of Jeff Lloyd should be seen as a positive.

Race 6

Hidden Budget (6) has come back this preparation in good form.  After finishing a close 2nd when resuming, she came out and won by 2.3 lengths at Eagle Farm over 1300m.  She’s drawn the outside gate here but she possesses early speed and can get across and find a forward spot as she did last start.  Jeff Lloyd takes the ride.

Other Hopes:

Ignite The Light (2) had his 1st run back in Brisbane last start after spending his last preparation in Sydney.  He did it in style with an easy 2.5 length win.  He’ll be improved 2nd up and will be prominent.

Stylian (4) took on a tough 3 year old race 2 starts back before running on quite well against older horses last start at Ipswich when finishing 1.7 lengths from the winner.  Can feature here.

Iron Craft (3) improved last start to win his maiden at the Gold Coast over 1300m.  He ran on well that day but may find himself too far back here.

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Race 7

Passionflower (2) has been in consistent form since coming to Queensland.  In 5 starts she’s finished 2nd 4 times and won the other.  Last start she found the line well to finish 2nd at Eagle Farm in Class 6 company over 1400m.  The rise in distance here looks ideal.  She shouldn’t be too far away in the run before getting home strongly.

Other Hopes:

I Feel Good (4) won by 3.3 lengths over 1600m at the Sunshine Coast last start.  Gets in with a light weight after the 3kg claim.

Blackjack Bella (1) put in a top effort 2 starts when finishing 2nd to Arki at the Sunshine Coast over 1800m.  She raced wide last start at Eagle Farm and didn’t feature but can hit back here from the better draw.

French Song (7) mixes her form but has the capabilities to show up here.  Narrowly lost over the course and distance 4 starts back.  Will go forward.

Race 8

This is a competitive race to end the day.  Pinch Mountain (11) resumes here and his best runs have been when he’s fresh.  Last preparation he went forward over this course and distance and was never headed when breaking his maiden status.  This is obviously harder but I think this guy has some ability.  From the good draw Larry Cassidy can go forward and will be hard to catch.

Other Hopes:

Kubis (10) can deliver the quinella for Rob Heathcote.  He resumes following a very good preparation where he was highly competitive against some good 3 year olds.

Doubt She’s A Lady (4) resumed here last start with a really good win.  She was having her 1st race for Chris Munce and she really let down to come from the back of the pack. Will be improved.

Kapgun (1) has been racing well in this class.  Will go forward from the awkward draw but could get trapped deep.  The claim helps.

Best Bets

Race 4 – Medieval (1)

Race 7 – Passionflower (2)

11/03/17 – Doomben

Doomben hosts this Saturday’s racing which is a welcome change following the tough conditions we faced at Eagle Farm last week.  The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail out 4.5m.  Fine weather is forecast.

Race 1

Outraged (2) turned things around 2 starts back when winning at Eagle Farm over 2200m.  He then stepped up to Open company last start on the quick back here over 2000m where he finished a close 4th to Explosive One.  He was doing his best work late which is a good sign getting back out to 2200m.

Other Hopes:

Explosive One (5) bolted in at Lismore 2 starts back and showed that win was no fluke by coming here last start and finishing off well to win over 2000m.  The extra distance won’t bother her.

Morendi (6) has been racing well over these distances at Eagle Farm lately.  He steps up in class but importantly gets plenty of weight relief.

Hi Son (3) improved last start when narrowly going down to Explosive One.  He could get an easy time of it in front which would help his cause but he hasn’t won since Jesus played halfback for Jerusalem.

Race 2

Pah Terie (2) was good on debut at Eagle Farm before winning here over this distance last start.  I thought it was a really good effort last time out.  After missing the start and copping a check when starting to build momentum on the turn, he really found the line once straightening.  He’ll be fitter here 3rd up and again draws to get a nice run.

Other Hopes:

Lady Lark (5) finished 1.5 lengths behind Pah Terie in 2nd last start.  She did a bit of work early  to sit on the pace but fought on quite well.  Previous form suggests a win isn’t far away.

Legadema (1) has won both his career starts easily at the Gold Coast.  He’ll be fitter here so should handle the extra distance.  Will go forward from the good gate and could prove hard to catch.

Pinch Passion (6) raced wide last start when finishing 2 lengths from Pah Terie.  Should get a much better run from the inside gate and will be fitter 3rd up.

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Race 3

Pinch River (4) was impressive when resuming after nearly a year off.  He went forward here over 1050m and was never headed, winning by 5 lengths.  This is no harder and I expect him to be further improved.  Ronnie Stewart will go forward and should prove hard to catch again.

Other Hopes:

Divine Centuri (6) was only fair when resuming in easier company last start.  She’ll be improved 2nd up and does have a good record here.  Will be prominent from the good draw.

Londehero (3) returned to his best form last preparation.  He resumes here and has raced well fresh in the past.  If they go hard in front then he’ll be the one that comes home over the top of them.

Steel Zip (1) is an old warrior that keeps putting in good efforts.  He wasn’t far off them in the Sunshine Coast Cup last start and has since been freshened.  He can show up over this shorter trip under those circumstances.  The wide gate is the biggest concern.

Race 4

Ahndras (1) has been racing in ripping form winning her past 3 starts.  Last start over 1630m here she really attacked the line late.  While she’s 28 days between runs, the step up to 2030m should not bother her.  The stable has bigger aspirations for her so it’s fair to say they’ll have her ready to win here.  From barrier 3 Jeff Lloyd should give her a great run.

Other Hopes:

Shock Alert (2) comes up from Sydney for Bjorn Baker.  Last start he won a maiden over 1600m at Hawkesbury.  The way he got to the line suggests he’ll love the extra distance here.

Miss Kindilan (5) ran on well to finish 3rd behind the classy Niccanova here last start over 1600m.  Should have no problem with the trip.

Up The Temp (7) was a touch disappointing last start after a couple of good efforts.  Blinkers go on for the 1st time which should bring about some improvement. Place chance.

Race 5

 Capetown Hussey (11) is racing in super form at the moment.  Two starts back she won easily here over 1640m in Class 3 company.  She defeated Karakabeel that day.  Last start she went to Ipswich and put away a 0-70 field with a strong finishing effort.  This is harder but she’s up to it.  Paul Hammersley can settle in a prominent position from barrier 2 before being strong late.

Other Hopes:

Sheiswhatsheis (2) just can’t seem to get that win.  She’s finished 2nd in her past 2 starts and looked the winner last start over 1350m before being swamped late.  Will go forward and look to hold on.

Old Habits (9) ran on from well back when finishing 3rd at Eagle Farm over 1600m last start.  Has a good record over this trip and will be rattling home.  The worry is he gets too far back.

Cashing Up (4) will appreciate dropping back to a distance he has a good record at after struggling over 2000m last start.  Won only other start over this course and distance.

Race 6

Siegfried (3) has gone to another level this preparation.  He won here 2 starts back over this distance before stepping up to Open company last start and finishing 2nd to the talented Cylinder Beach.  He was clearly ahead of the rest.  He’s drawn the outside gate here but I think Jeff Lloyd can find a position in the 4 or 5 horses.

Other Hopes:

Rudy (1) resumes here and has raced well fresh in the past.  He is clearly the class horse in race hence him being given 61kg.  He’ll be finding the line strongly.

Jopa (2) is 9 years old but still puts in every time he goes out.  Has a top record here and should enjoy a nice run.

Cantbuybetter (8) has raced well in his 2 runs this preparation but we’ll see further improvements here now that he’s out to the 1350m.  He has a top record over this distance and is drawn to be prominent.

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Race 7

I think they’ve worked out the key to High Specs (13) is to just let her roll forward.  While this is harder than what she’s been facing, she’s been racing really well and warrant a shot here.  She gapped them 3 starts back to break her maiden before finishing a close 3rd to Lieder who has been racing well in City class races.  Last start she went forward at Ipswich and was never headed.  She’s drawn a good gate here which will allow Jeff Lloyd to find a prominent spot.

Other Hopes:

Forbidden Kisses (7) finished 3rd to Red Handle 1st up and that horse has since won again.  Last start she won easily by 3.8 lengths here over this trip.

Rodanos (12) is undefeated in 2 career starts.  Both wins have been full of merit given the fact he didn’t get an easy time of it.

La Dolce Vita (9) has struggled to find her best form but gets her chance here.  Drawn to get a great run.

Race 8

I hope we’re ahead as this is a tough way to finish.  I’m going with Fortini (4).  He’s been building a good overall record and has come back well this preparation.  After finishing 3.4 lengths off Quatronic 1st up, he went to Eagle Farm and ran on strongly to win quite easily.  He loves this distance and has a good 3rd up record.  Larry Cassidy should be able to slot in just behind a decent speed before getting out and charging home.

Other Hopes:

Courtza King (13) impressed last start when resuming after a freshen up.  He came from well back with a devastating run to win here.  Always dangerous backing get back horses at Doomben so he’ll need a really good speed set.

Havasay (14) is another get back horse that will be hitting the line.  Many including myself said that was it for him last start despite him being found to be lame.  If he puts it all together then he can feature as his form in stronger races is good.

Vienna Royale (12) has drawn to get a top run.  Will go forward and could prove hard to catch.  Form since coming back has been ok and should be fitter here.

Best Bets

Race 2 – Pah Terie (2)

Race 3 – Pinch River (4)

 

10/03/17 – Ipswich

This Friday the Ipswich Turf Club will host the Swichettes Ladies Race Day.  The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail out 8m.  A fine day is forecast for all the ladies going.

Race 1

Wudang Blade (2) is on debut here for Marcus Wilson.  He warmed up for this with a very good trial win.  He jumped well and led before finding an extra gear late without any real urging.  A quick getaway is imperative in these 800m scampers so if Tegan Harrison can get him out quickly he’ll be a real threat from barrier 3.

Other Hopes:

Perfect Rain (1) is the obvious danger after winning here last start over this trip easily.  She rises in weight but has fitness and race experience on his side.

Red Colour (5) finished 5.3 lengths behind Perfect Rain on debut here.  Draws much better here and will be fitter.

Race 2

Mizaru (5) has been racing well recently.  Two starts back she broke her maiden here over this distance.  Last start she fought on strongly when stepping up to this class at the Sunshine Coast to finish a length 2nd.  From the good draw Geoff Goold should give her every possible chance.

Other Hopes:

Aussie Tycoon (3) broke her maiden status last start at the Sunshine Coast with very good win over 1400m.  She rounded them on the turn before showing a good turn of foot to win by 2 lengths easing down on the line.   She can go on with it now and the rise in distance should suit.

He’s All Heart (6) has won just once in 26 starts but has been racing well recently in this class.  Last start he settled back after drawing wide before making a long run and only being overtaken late.  Gets his chance here.

Hell Of A Time (1) resumed here last start over 1350m with a narrow win.  He ran on quite well suggesting the extra distance will suit.  He’ll be fitter 2nd up.

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Race 3

The Exhibitionist (6) has been freshened up after changing stables.  He has been performing reasonably well in stronger races than this.  Last start he was 3.9 lengths from the winner at Doomben over 1200m after being held up in the straight.  The start prior he finished off well for 2nd in a 3 year old maiden over 1200m.  Dan Griffin should be able to give him a great run from the inside gate.

Other Hopes:

Havran (1) has improved with racing.  Last start he ran on to finish 2nd at Beaudesert over 1100m on a Soft 7 surface.  While he was 1.8 lengths from the winner, he was 7.5 lengths in front of 3rd.  3kg claim helps and should be prominent.

General Sidereus (3) finished 2nd by 3.5 lengths at the Sunshine Coast over 1000m last start.  He’ll go forward and give them something to catch but he has been suspect late in past 1200m races.

Race 4

Jest Excel (4) made her long awaited debut here 3 weeks after a year of setbacks.  She didn’t disappoint connections as she went on to win over 1000m by a length.  She went forward and didn’t give them a look in.  She’ll be fitter for the run and I think it’s a good move by Tony Gollan to keep her at 1020m here.  She’s drawn the outside gate but she possesses good early speed which should allow Tegan Harrison to find the front or at the very least be very prominent.

(It was a small field to start with but race was decimated by scratchings)

Other Hopes:

Madame Tycoon (3) fought well last start at Toowoomba to win over 1050m.  She should get a better run here and will be strong late.

Race 5

Balkan Bambino (6) improved last start when fighting on well for a narrow 3rd here over 1200m in Class 2 company.  He’ll be further improved here 3rd up.  He competed well at times in stronger races than this last preparation.  He’ll race in a prominent position for Beany Panya who claims 2kg and will hard to beat.

Other Hopes:

Loaded And Ready (4) wasn’t far away when resuming after freshen up here last start.  He’s never too far away and will be fitter here.  Just concerned he gives them too much start.

Heza Chumley (1) had been racing in good form before finding 1350m beyond him last start.  The drop in trip here will suit and the inside gate will be of great benefit.

Fassler (3) has been freshened up and does race well under those circumstances.  Won here narrowly 2 starts back.

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Race 6

The Lord’s Loot (9) resumed at the Gold Coast over 1300m last start and finished a narrow 2nd.  She raced wide after drawing a wide gate so to run on as well as she did was a good effort.  Drawn better here and will be getting home strong.

Other Hopes:

Giftoflife (4) ran on for 2nd at Beaudesert last start.  Tends to get back and has drawn a wide gate.  Jeff Lloyd in the saddle is a positive.

Punkenstein (1) should be fitter here 3rd up and gets the blinkers for the 1st time.  Will find this easier than the 2 maidens he’s contested.

Race 7

Mishani Phoenix (4) has been racing well lately.  Two starts back he drew wide here over this trip and after settling back he charged to the line to just miss the win.  Last start he ran on quite well despite being briefly held up at Eagle Farm over 1500m.  He’ll find this easier and has drawn a good gate unlike his past few starts.  James Orman can make use of that by settling closer.

Other Hopes:

Lady Micaela (3) has been racing in good form.  She won here well over 1300m 2 starts back before running on well for 2nd at the Gold Coast last start.  Will need to overcome the outside gate but can by going forward.

Speranza (6) won 2 starts back over 1400m at the Gold Coast.  This is harder but should enjoy a nice run.

Best Bets

Race 2 – Mizaru (5)

Race 6 – The Lord’s Loot (9)