Race 1 - 1:15PM THE AGENCY REAL ESTATE HANDICAP Tips (2400 METRES)
The Bjorn Baker-trained 1. KISS THE BRIDE should be right at his top now stepping up to 2400m with four runs under the belt and despite still carrying 61kg after the claim, he was successful off a similar pattern last preparation, winning over the 12 furlongs in this Benchmark carrying just half a kilo more.
While the wide third-up run just left him a little flat on January 23 behind the in-form Sacramento who was well rated up front, the son of Savabeel still plugged away for third and from a low draw, apprentice Tom Sherry can him in the first few pairs on settling.
3. Harpo Marx is very deep into his preparation but is holding his form and ran into the progressive import Great House a fortnight back. This isn't any harder and he looks the pick of the closers should they over-do it up front.
4. Kaapfever doesn't win out of turn but is racing consistently and caught the eye late in the Australia Day Cup with 7. Power Of Attorney coming out of the same race. He was quite plain there but dropping half a kilo for the step back to Benchmark 78 level, is the best weighted galloper in this field.
Race 2 - 1:50PM SILVERDALE FARM PIERRO PLATE Tips (1100 METRES)
While 5. GIANNIS looks likely to improve in his three-year-old season, there's plenty of raw ability with this Chris Waller-trained colt and off the last lead-up trial, he worked every bit as well as debut winner Stay Inside, who is the favourite in this event.
Making his first appearance in the Canonbury Stakes, the son of Flying Artie did play up in barriers and looked very new to it all when racing greenly from there on but was only beaten a length and half on the line. Nash Rawiller now takes the reins and with natural improvement at start two, could be the blowout in a tough race.
No knock on the win of 1. Stay Inside who was professional throughout on debut and landed good bets ($12.00-$7.00) to score a comfortable victory. Entitled to be favourite but $2.50-$2.60 is very thin in what's a different race to that January 23 contest.
Don't be shocked if 10. Camino Real (scratched) is the best runner to come out of this race in time and her October effort was terrific before being tipped out. She'll improve as the distances increase and including 12. Headliner who was runner-up to Stay Inside. He was held-up early in the straight and should've finished a little closer.
Race 3 - 2:25PM TAB HIGHWAY CLASS 3 HANDICAP (1800 METRES)
It won't be easy for trainer William Freedman to have 7. BIRDONAWINNINGPOST winning at her seventh outing in what's still only her first racing preparation, but the four-year-old has showed no signs of slowing and following a Class 2 Muswellbrook romp, was unlucky when going to the Provincials.
Settling back in a slowly run affair at Gosford, she at least runs second if they went to the outside at the top of the straight, but instead had her momentum halted when racing in restricted room before diving through late. She's back to the 54kg minimum for an easier assignment here and maps well, just off the speed from gate three.
At 30/1, 4. If You Think So caused a big boilover on January 23 and did it style, stretching away for a four and a half length win. This isn't any harder on paper, but there's more pressure up front in this contest, so he's unlikely to get it all his own way again.
2. Lamington Drive
has no turn-of-foot but he's tough, in-form and very honest. Back to 1800m a slight knock and don't discount 10. Wil To Excel
at big odds ($26.00 @ Sportsbet)
who has a 4kg turnaround on Birdonawinningpost from their January 7 clash. He was competitive at the Provincials prior to that.
Race 4 - 3:05PM ROBRICK LODGE TRISCAY STAKES Tips (1200 METRES)
Godolphin mare 6. TAILLEUR has opened up a very short price for her first Stakes assignment on Saturday but with a fitness edge of over the proven class runners of the race and plummeting to 53.5kg following a big second-up win, she gets her chance for a black-type victory.
The four-year-old couldn't have been more impressive in that January 16 win, sprinting away late albeit did have all the favours and the form is questionable around that race but with no natural leaders, she may even take up the running here. Interested to see what the betting does late.
Of the six resuming mares, there hasn't been a real standout among at the trials with perhaps 8. Subpoenaed being the pick of them. A classy mare that can produce a big peak figure, she does look more than wound up enough to run a race fresh.
Couldn't fault the recent trials of 1. Madam Rouge and 2. Icebath but if the predicted rain falls early enough, I suspect the money will come for the latter, a lightly raced four-year-old than goes to a new level on wet tracks and it's worth noting her last hit-out was against two smart sprinters in Written Beauty and Dirty Work.
Race 5 - 3:45PM ACY SECURITIES HANDICAP Tips (1600 METRES)
Off the back of two really good trials, 8. CANASTA produced a nice first-up effort over the 1500m but just peaked late and was reeled in late by the hard fit Above And Beyond, who had had a birthday there and this five-year-old was spotting 4kg to that winner.
With no wet track form, he drifted late in the betting prior to his second-up assignment and jumping to the front, gave nothing else a chance in what was a very soft victory on the line. The son of Mafki has gone to a new level this campaign and while this is harder, he drops 2.5kg for his trouble and should be able to cross from out wide.
We specked 3. Yonkers at a big price fresh and although safely held, he was doing best work late, recording the second fastest last 600m of that January 30 event. May be looking for something with a bit more tempo now but with improvement, he's a chance.
1. Soldier Of Love was gifted the win by All Time Legend on January 23 and now goes up 2kg, however, it's a kind map from a low draw and there's a big watch on the Chris Waller-trained import 7. Mohican Heights on his Australian debut. Alhough asked for an effort, he closed off quite well in a January trial behind Peltzer.
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Race 6 - 4:25PM CELLARBRATIONS SOUTHERN CROSS STAKES (1200 METRES)
As the fit and in-form runner of this field, consistent Godolphin sprinter 4. ROHERYN is an each-way bet at the early odds in what is a very weak Group Three and with the ability to handle any conditions, this gelding does appeal as the safest option in this field.
Last preparation, where following an unlucky second to Eduardo (subsequently bolted in via the Group Two Missile Stakes), he defeated Probabeel, who won three of her next four starts, including the Group One Epsom. He had genuine excuses in his last flop (cardiac arrythmia) and is ticking a lot of boxes for a race of this nature versus opposition with genuine queries.
7. Masked Crusader promised the world in two smart wins to kick off his career and as an odds-on favourite each time, was defeated in every outing last campaign, all at benchmark level. Concede he could bounce back but would like to see him do it first and there's no meat on the bone at the current odds.
On ability, I'd nearly back 3. Standout (scratched) to do a number on this field but he's been very inconsistent since last year's Expressway and any rain won't help while 1. Victorem is another first-up runner here. He's been a hard one to catch in recent years but is very capable when right.
Race 7 - 5:05PM YULONG APOLLO STAKES Tips (1400 METRES)
The feature of the day sees nine of the 10 runners first-up and while she's always going to improve further as the distances increase, star mare 6. VERRY ELLEEGANT is adaptable enough to sprint well fresh at 1400m which was evident last campaign when winning the Winx Stakes.
A six-time Group One winner that has developed into a world class galloper after having her faults early days, she's travelled well under a hold in both trials ahead of this return and on rain-affected ground, is comfortably the best middle-distance runner in the country. Expect class to take her a long way yet again.
4. Mugatoo is one of many highly anticipated runners making their return here and although I don't think he runs a strong 2400m, ability nearly got him home in the 2020 Metropolitan before a Cox Plate attempt, which he arguably should've won (raced three-wide throughout). Look for him to be getting home late.
2. Dreamforce often finds himself as the sole leader in these events and this is no exception but he won't want too much rain on Saturday while 1. Kolding has race fitness over his rivals and it was a nice return behind Savatiano where he just peaked late, so there's definite improvement to come.
QLD RACING: Doomben Selections
Race 8 - 5:40PM TAB LIGHT FINGERS STAKES (1200 METRES)
The market is trending early towards pair of obvious fillies but it looks a much more open race than that and without a great deal of confidence, have lent the way of the Godolphin three-year-old 5. THERMOSPHERE who arrives second-up off a nice return against older rivals on January 30.
She was well supported late ($10.00-$7.50) in that 1200m assignment and despite rattling off the fastest last furlong for that Benchmark 88, just had too much to do in a leader-dominated race. Off the back of only one trial leading into that, there's upside and as a dual Group winner, she's at least an each-way price in a tough affair.
Where exactly is 1. Away Game at? After a long and searching two-year-old season which saw her compete from November to May, it took a freak Isotope effort to roll her fresh and then didn't seem to run out the 1400m in the Magic Millions 3YO Classic. Back to 1200m is a tick but how strong is that Queensland form? Inclined to respect the betting with her.
3. Hungry Heart
was predicted to be the star three-year-old filly of the spring, but just kept finding one better. Firmly in the can't back/can't dismiss her camp and one at huge odds ($51.00 @ Palmerbet)
who should be shorter is 11. Elizabeel
. Has trialled up well and should've won a Listed event prior to running second favourite when defeated by Peltzer.
Race 9 - 6:15PM RANVET HANDICAP Tips (1300 METRES)
Ideally, we would've loved one more from 8. SUBEDAR (scratched) given the lengthy lay-off but he was superb on return against All Time Legend, who should've won his next two starts while outside Bandersnatch (subsequent Listed winner) and a one runner in the 1100m opener, he was the only other galloper to break 34 seconds for the last 600m on that entire January 9 card.
Given he hadn't raced since a fourth-place finish in the 2019 Caulfield Guineas, James Cummings has opted for a little freshen-up with the son of Sepoy but he was kept ticking over with a solid February 1 trial behind a pair of top class sprinters and the very handy Icebath. With any improvement, he should be taking care of this lot.
Respecting 3. Academy who is better placed out to the 1300m second-up and he did work home well for third behind Tailluer fresh, which is decent enough form considering how short she is in a Group Three earlier in the card. He's likely working early from out wide, however.
1. Thy Kingdom Come
generally needs every favour and has a poor Randwick record, but is dropping back from a third at Listed level and although the trials weren't necessarily flash, 5. Rocha Clock
has enough class to finish top three/four in a race of this strength. Is worth thought for the exotics at a decent price ($11.00 @ Palmerbet)
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