A bumper nine race program has been assembled for the Gold Coast on Saturday where it is QTIS Jewel Day. The weather is fine, the track is heavy (9) and the rail is in the true position for the entire circuit.
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Race 1. (13:33) Mount Franklin Plate (c4) 1300m
4 Perfect Aim (Bet Now: $3.90) for me. Pat Duff trains this four year old, who drops a fair bit in grade/depth after contesting some decent races in recent times. Three weeks ago was far from disgraced at Eagle Farm behind one of the more in form gallopers not just in Queensland but Australia at the moment, Emerald Kingdom. Clearly no horse of that class here and he won’t mind it if there is give in the track.
2 Mountbatten (Bet Now: $4.50) is three weeks between runs since racing over 1400m at Eagle Farm in a total on pace domination by Peppi La Few but I also think this guy just didn’t run out the 1400m. Fresh legs back to 1300m I like, he doesn’t mind getting his toe in, and drawing out on a wet Gold Coast track is actually an advantage on recent meetings when the track has had give in it.
9 Abb Roy (Bet Now: $19.00) is a Michael Hennings trained mare that was unwanted in betting when resuming over 1100m here two weeks ago but didn’t mind the way she ran at all despite having no friends in the market behind Beau Arrow, a proven city performer, so that doesn’t read too bad for this and does get better as the prep gets deeper.
Race 2. (14:08) Sunshine Coast Scorchers-bm72 1200m
14 Keep On Loving You (Bet Now: $7.00) is flying at the moment and hopefully he can take the step up to metro level here. Past two wins have come over 1200m at Toowoomba and he’s been really impressive each time he has stepped out, hitting the line with real purpose. Is a winner at the Gold Coast, love the booking of Brad Stewart and won’t mind a wet track.
Keen to see how 10 Magic Fox (Bet Now: $3.00) goes for Kelly Schweida, who is resuming after a Magic Millions prep. Could easily make a case he should have won here two back, then went to the QTIS race on Magic Millions Day and was outclassed behind Outback Barbie. Finds a winnable race for his resumption and the trial win was strong.
2 All Pluck (Bet Now: $15.00) could be a blowout chance if this track is truly wet. He’s a swimmer for Tony Gollan that wasn’t too bad first up at Eagle Farm behind Usmanov. Tick over trial was good to the eye and his best form is clearly on wet ground, so drawn out with give in the track, the set up is there for him to run well.
Race 3. (14:43) Jim Beam (bm72) 1200m
3 Red Stina (Bet Now: $15.00) on top. Rex Lipp trains this mare, who can mix her form, but her best is clearly good enough to beat these. Loved the way she went in a recent trial win on her home track at Toowoomba when off the speed before peeling wider and her change up speed was impressive. Wet track is fine and this is a winnable race for her.
21 Moonshine Lady (Bet Now: $4.40) is a Team Hulbert trained mare that had her first run for the stable over the 1110m at Doomben where she was kept pretty safe in betting off two trials and with the featherweight, she ran along in front and gave nothing else a look in a solid showing of sustained speed. Freshened up and proved the resumption was no fluke at the Sunny Coast. Just needs to stretch that out to 1200m, but the big tick for her is if we get a wet track.
2 Jardin Rouge (Bet Now: $6.00) can be a definite improver here third up. Ran over 1110m at Doomben last time out where she got back to near last in the run but loved the way she closed off and got close, finishing a close up fifth. Up to 1200m looks a big tick for her and did win her lone run when racing on soft ground.
Race 4. (15:18) Carbine Club Gold Coast Stakes 1800m
1 Hallelujah Boy (Bet Now: $12.00) can be a big improver third up. Bob of the head was the difference between a win and a loss first up at Warwick Farm before going to the Members Cup at Doomben where he was awful behind Silvera but that second up flat run is a habit. Go back to the Winter, he placed in the Hollindale at this track/distance on wet ground, so he’ll be hoping the rain comes and comes hard.
11 Eric The Eel (Bet Now: $3.60) is a fascinating runner here. Quality three year old for Stuart Kendrick who is third up here after giving his rivals a start and a beating two weeks ago over the mile at Doomben, really finishing off his race with purpose to win impressively. Good test, but enormous upside and has always promised to measure up at this level. Gets his chance.
2 New Universe (Bet Now: $9.50) has been up a little while for Chris Waller but continues to race quite well. Won well two back before having three weeks off and racing in the Members Cup where he was held by Silvera, but didn’t stop chasing and was quite good. Up to 1800m looks okay and he’s a horse who loves to get his toe in.
Race 5. (15:57) Aquis Qtis Jewel 2yo 1200m
Looks pretty straight forward here with 1 Rothfire (Bet Now: $1.12) to continue his winning ways. IMO, he’s been the best 2YO to race in Australia so far this season, just ahead of Farnan. had his first look beyond 1000m two weeks ago in the Prelude and he was even more impressive than previous wins. He’s a star and should be winning again.
6 Kisukano (Bet Now: $7.50) is the only horse I can see giving Rothfire a race. Ran second to Rothfire two back before stepping up to 1110m at Doomben two weeks ago and was very impressive in beating the fillies, but the time was nothing compared to what Rothfire produced. Think she’ll run well again and likely runs second.
2 Mishani Fraudster (Bet Now: $23.00) is a Les Ross trained gelding that ran second to Rothfire in that race mentioned above from two weeks ago. Last couple of races that Rothfire has won, the horse that has the box seat sit has finished in the placings, including this guy. Reckon a strong 1200m will see him out, but is one for exotics.
Race 6. (16:37) Canadian Club & Dry Hcp 900m
Market will be the guide but leaning the way of 2 Spurcraft (Bet Now: $4.00), a quality short course galloper that resumes. This guy hasn’t raced since January 25 over 1000m at the Sunny Coast where he couldn’t find the lead and that was the end of him. Actually did a good job to get as close as he did when fifth to Just Orm. Been freshened up and went like a jet with the Blinkers on in a recent Toowoomba jumpout.
6 Boom Chicka Boom (Bet Now: $3.90) is a speed demon for Les Kelly that looks perfectly placed at the 900m on his home track. Ran over 1000m at Eagle Farm three weeks ago where he got the lead and thought it was the ride from Du Plessis that won the race. Was able to get a midrace breather then really dash home. 900m is his A1 trip and on his home track, he’s very likeable.
Want to give 15 Ditmas (Bet Now: $16.00) another chance. Heavily backed when resuming over 1000m at Eagle Farm a few weeks ago and looked to get a good run in transit but he was just a touch flat footed between the 400m-250m, which cost him dearly I think when a closing third to Pizonie. Fitter, and more switched on, he can bounce back.
Race 7. (17:17) Qtis Jewel 1200m
I think the class of 14 Gem Of Scotland (Bet Now: $3.20) gets her home. She’s an absolute beauty for Rex Lipp who resumes after a three run Spring prep, which saw her win 2/3 in impressive fashion, and the defeat, you could make a case with a half decent ride she wins that too. Loved her recent Toowoomba trial win and she’s just so well in here at set weights.
9 Baby Boomer (Bet Now: $10.00) is bursting to win a race for Tony Gollan. Just found Master Jamie too tough two back before racing in the Prelude two weeks ago where he got back and savaged the line late to go within a lip of beating The Odyssey. Off the Master Jamie run, he’d struggle here, but off last run, he’s definitely in the mix.
5 Ready To Roam (Bet Now: $46.00) looks big odds here. Tony Gollan trains this three year old, who is first up. Hasn’t raced since November 30 in the Winning Rupert when pulling up slow to recover behind La Palmier. Quiet trial leading in but he is a horse who loves wet ground, so he should get conditions to suit and gets a soft run from the gate off a good speed.
Race 8. (18:00) Goldmarket 1300m
Pretty keen here on the Team Edmonds gelding 10 Grey Missile (Bet Now: $4.60). Has had two runs for the stable, winning impressively at the Sunny Coast when well supported. Had a freshen up and race at Doomben two weeks ago where he tried his guts out but was nabbed near the peg by Manaya. Fitter, up to 1300m on the home track with give in the ground, think he’ll take some beating.
4 Manaya (Bet Now: $6.50) is a daughter of Hinchinbrook for Michael Costa that wasn’t suited by the slow tempo two back behind Mishani El Lobo before going to Doomben a fortnight ago when surprisingly unwanted in betting but nobody told the horse that with a strong finale from off the speed. She’ll improve off that. Just doesn’t want the track too wet.
5 Snitch (Bet Now: $11.00) is a Tony Gollan trained gelding that had been bursting to win a race this prep and it finally came four weeks ago at Eagle Farm when getting the A1 run in transit just behind the speed, got into clear air and careered away for a dominant win. He’ll take enormous confidence from that and you’d like to think he can go on with it.
Race 9. (18:35) Coca-cola Plate 1400m
3 Defence Missile (Bet Now: $5.50) for me. Les Ross trains this very tough four year old, who is on the seven day back up after winning impressively last Saturday over 1400m at Eagle Farm, landing some good bets under a lovely ride from Maddie Wishart. This gelding has raced well on the back up previously and I don’t see 1400m being an issue.
Where did that win from 12 Peppi La Few (Bet Now: $2.80) come from? Yes, there was market support to suggest a win was on the cards three weeks ago at Eagle Farm, but leading all the way and winning by 3.5L? Nah, didn’t see that coming. Plitvice ticked that form off last Saturday. This bloke just has to repeat that effort to go close to winning again.
7 Taillevent (Bet Now: $27.00) doesn’t have the best of winning strike rates but this Bruce Hill veteran does still maintain a good amount of zest for racing. He ran over 1200m at Doomben a fortnight back where he was unwanted in betting but didn’t mind his finale behind Femme Fireball. Gets onto his home track and is a must for exotics.
Best Bets & Quaddie Tips
BEST BET: Race Seven Number 14 Gem Of Scotland
NEXT BEST: Race Eight Number 10 Grey Missile
LONG SHOT: Race Four Number 1 Hallelujah Boy
Quaddie Tips (Races Six Through To Nine):
Leg One: 2, 6, 14, 15
Leg Two: 14
Leg Three: 1, 4, 5, 10
Leg Four: 3, 7, 9, 12, 13
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