Eagle Farm is where Brisbane metro racing will take place this Saturday. The weather is overcast, the track is good (4) and the rail is out four metres for the entire circuit.
Race 1. (13:37) www.brc.com.au Handicap (70) 1400m
Looks to be good placement by the Waller team when it comes to 3 Snitzel Day (Bet Now: $8.00). This bloke makes his Queensland debut after racing in Sydney where he was racing okay but just couldn’t quite measure up to be a winner. Generally, Waller gets it right when he sends horses to Queensland and this bloke, fresh and back to 1400m, looks an ideal recipe for start one in the sunshine state.
2 Get Stuck In (Bet Now: $5.50) should just about be ready to show his best third up from a break. Numerically, his two runs back have been just fair but the runs have been much better than what the form guide reads. Ran over 1350m at Doomben last time and worked to the line strongly to run a close up fifth. 1400m on the bigger track looks a good set up and is a definite threat.
7 Copywriter (Bet Now: $11.00) deserves a crack at Saturday grade. This mare has raced really well this time in for Stuart Kendrick and last start was well deserved over 1350m at Doomben given it was her first win for the prep after a string of minor placings. 1400m should be okay provided she gets an economical run. Harder here but hard to knock the way she’s going about it.
Race 2. (14:12) Lunar New Year Raceday Handicap 1000m
9 Iamican (Bet Now: $4.80) is an I Am Invincible filly for David Vandyke having her first start. She has only had the one public trial, which came at the Sunny Coast a couple of Tuesdays back. She jumped lovely from a wide gate to cross and lead and just showed sustained speed, leading all the way to win impressively under little pressure, beating stablemate Alligator Blood, who on Saturday. Kept on ice for this, so leaning her way.
1 Guntantes (Bet Now: $4.20) is a son of Rothesay for Rob heathcoate who resumes. He was one of the more sharper youngsters in Queensland earlier in the season, winning impressively on debut before a solid second to The Odyssey. Interesting he resumes without a trial but he’s probably had a private jumpout or two in readiness for his return to the races.
5 Ready To Roam is a Better Than Ready gelding for Tony Gollan having his first start. He trialled behind Garibaldi at Doomben earlier in the week and while the winner was impressive, I didn’t mind the way this horse went about his business and considering the stablemate is $2.70 and this bloke near $20, I can’t get them that far apart in the market.
Race 3. (14:47) Access Insulation Handicap (0MW) 1000m
7 Capital Connection (Bet Now: $6.00) is a talented son of Denman who resumes for the Tony Gollan stable. This bloke hasn’t raced since September 22 at the Sunny Coast where he raced like a tired horse behind Divine Dice, and the market did say he was looking for the paddock after a pretty good campaign. Trialled brilliantly a few weeks back and appears on track to run a beauty fresh.
No reason why 5 Meet Mr Taylor (Bet Now: $1.85) can’t make it 5/5. He is 4/4 to start his career and has been well placed by Kelly Schweida, but he’s still got the job done and has done it impressively each time he has stepped out, the latest when resuming at Doomben last Wednesday and he bolted in, smashing the clock. Back to 1000m to take on the big boys here should help his cause.
13 Masterati (Bet Now: $17.00) is a Steve O’Dea trained gelding who looked to trial up well prior to resuming over this track/distance a couple of weeks back where he had a relatively good run near the speed and loomed to be a threat but he just ran out of puff late when fifth to Connoisseur. Normally he runs flat second up and bounces back third up, but remaining at 1000m might well work in his favour.
Race 4. (15:22) TAB Handicap 1200m
I’ll take a punt on 9 Veladero (Bet Now: $17.00). He’s been an absolute bludger for Chris Waller for a while but at his best, he’s better than these. I’ll take a chance on him being ready first up. He’s had two trials to prepare for his return, the first one over 1270m at the Sunny Coast before going to the Gold Coast and 1000m where he won the trial. Got the grounding to run well first up. Interesting to see what the market does.
5 Impregnable (Bet Now: $4.80) is in a real purple patch at the moment for Toby Edmonds. He hasn’t raced for four weeks since racing on his home track where he was near the speed and fought on strongly to run third to the well performed stablemate Tyzone. He does seem to be a horse who races best on the fresh side, so the break between runs seems ideal and he’s a definite threat.
3 Sony Legend (Bet Now: $10.00) is a son of Hard Spun for Briant Smith that resumes. This bloke hasn’t raced since August 25 when down the track at the Sunny Coast behind the Stakes performed Divine Unicorn. Comes here with no trials under the belt but can sprint well fresh and 1200m is his pet trip. If they go silly in front, look for him to be flashing at them late.
Race 5. (16:02) Girls Day Out Raceday Plate (Class 3) 1200m
Really keen to see 7 Showus Ya Diamonds (Bet Now: $11.00) second up. Was keen on her at a price to run a bold race fresh over 1000m here a fortnight ago and 300m out she loomed to win the race. I just thin given it was her first run in 36 weeks, her condition just gave way and she tired to run fifth. Hopefully she’ll take good improvement from that and I like her up to 1200m.
3 Acqume (Bet Now: $4.20) is the class runner of the field and will no doubt be popular in the market. Resumed over 900m at the Gold Coast where pretty much class got her home in the end. Nothing flash about the win or margin, but she got the job done. Her form in Melbourne does read very well and the tick over trial looked good enough to suggest she’s come through the resumption well.
If they overdo it in front, look for 6 Francisca (Bet Now: $8.00) to be warming to the task late. Steve O’Dea trains this quality mare, who hasn’t raced since September 15 at Doomben when down the track in an on pace dominated affair won by the then in form Stella Victoria. Looked to trial well at Deagon and has placed in 3/4 career outings when produced first up.
Race 6. (16:42) Moet & Chandon Chairmans Club Handicap 1200m
7 Belle Roc (Bet Now: $4.60) is a really promising filly for Brian Smith who is first up. This girl showed really good promise towards the end of Winter, winning two on the bounce, including an outstanding win from the back over 1400m at the Sunny Coast. Trialled up well a few weeks back at Doomben and 1200m first up tells me she’s done enough work for a first up assault.
There is a bit to like about the way 8 Macewen (Bet Now: $9.50) is going about it. Broke the maiden impressively over 1200m at the Gold Coast before having a couple of months off and repeating the dose at the same track/distance. Hardest test to date here against some handy types, but he seems to be in a really good frame of mind and has attacked the line in both wins which is a good sign.
12 Keirabella (Bet Now: $16.00) is a daughter of More Than Ready for Matty Dunn who is first up. This girl hasn’t raced since October 6 at Doomben on a bog where she struggled to pick her feet up behind Defence Missile. Thought his trial last week at the Gold Coast looked pretty good and she does seem much better suited on firmer footing. Interesting to see what the market does.
Race 7. (17:22) Events @ BRC Handicap 1820m
It’s difficult seeing anything beating 3 Emphasis (Bet Now: $4.00). Given a lovely ride from Lloyd to win over the mile here a fortnight back, sitting off a fast speed and having last say in a dominant win and I think a bonus win given he is better suited over further, which he gets here, so I can only see improvement off that, with upside…surely he puts these away doesn’t he?
I reckon fresh and back in trip will suit the Chris Waller trained 4 Estikhraaj (Bet Now: $7.00). He hasn’t raced since the Shoot Out Quality at Doomben where he was back in the run in a race dominated by those nearer the speed and he couldn’t quicken well enough behind Tally. Better suited here for mine and if things fall into place, I think he’s got the turn of foot to beat these.
6 Boom Boom Epic (Bet Now: $16.00) has done a good job this time in for Chris Anderson. She’s a bit one paced but will keep at it all day. Ran at Ipswich last time and loomed to win but had no answers for the turn of foot produced by Future Event. Off that, I’d say no to here, but bigger track and up in trip look big ticks for her and she can be a sharp improver at odds.
Race 8. (18:00) Memberships @ BRC Handicap (80) 1600m
Think you can make a really good case, hopefully at odds, for 11 Realing (Bet Now: $9.00). First two runs for the prep were just fair ordinary, but he was much better third up in the QTIS race on Magic Millions Day when beaten three lengths by Chapter And Verse, and you could make a strong case he should have finished closer. He’s a bit hit and miss at times, but off last start, he’s one of the hardest to beat here.
3 Brains (Bet Now: $3.10) has just been a revelation this time in. Trialled up brilliantly on a couple of occasions prior to resuming at Doomben where he produced a brilliant finale to win a race which has produced four winners, and should be five with Mewstone Rock, who was a moral beaten last Saturday. This horse then went to he 1400m here a fortnight ago and was just as impressive from off the speed in winning again. He’ll be suited too up in trip and clearly appeals.
Back up to the mile is going to really suit the Kelly Schweida trained 4 Bluebrook (Bet Now: $4.00). He was three weeks between runs when racing over 1400m here a fortnight ago where he didn’t get a lot of room in the straight late in the piece but battled away well behind Brains. Think he’s the horse to beat from that form reference leading into this, so happy to include him.
Race 9. (18:40) Kirin Handicap (Class 6) 1300m
If there’s any kind of natural improvement from the resumption, I’m all over 8 King Lear (Bet Now: $3.80). Pulled up lame in Moe when in Melbourne for a Spring prep so he came back home, trialled well and ran an absolute beauty first up at this track/distance when a fast finishing second to Mishani Electra. Gets weight relief and should improve off that run, hopefully.
There are a couple of runners at stupid odds, starting with 1 Strathmore (Bet Now: $26.00), who makes his Queensland debut for Chris Waller. He won’t know himself against this lot. If you closely look at his three runs in Sydney this time in, the runs haven’t been too bad in much stronger company than this. Just under two years ago, he was three lengths off Lucky Bubbles in a Group l at Sha Tin. $31+ seems very silly.
15 Denarius (Bet Now: $34.00) hasn’t won a race in a fair while but he’s racing well and for wider multiples he should be included. Ran at the Sunny Coast last time where he got back to near last in the run but savaged the line late to just miss out on picking up Publishing Power. That was his first run in a few weeks so there should be upside and he’ll be strong at the end if they go quick.
Best Bets & Quaddie Tips
BEST BET: Race Nine Number 8 King Lear
NEXT BEST: Race Seven Number 3 Emphasis
LONG SHOT: Race Eight Number 11 Realing
Quaddie Tips (Races Six Through To Nine):
Leg One: 5, 7, 8, 12
Leg Two: 3
Leg Three: 3, 4, 7, 11, 14
Leg Four: 8
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