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Punter's Guide to Thoroughbred Tracks
With little going his way since arriving in Qld, HANDSOME HERO (1) lands the gate to look to cash-in for his 1st victory in the Sunshine State. Strong to the line to be 5m from COLONEL JOY after starting from gate 6 here 3 starts back, he followed that with a 2m 3rd to MAJOR CURRENCY. Luckless last start, tonight’s the night.
CHERRYS THE BEST (3) is in great touch with consistent performances in her past 6 outings, finishing in the money at each. Claiming the silver last start when 2m from HARD TO HEAR, she was beaten an eyelash the start prior after working to find the front. She might need to be tough again, but she is up to it.
DOUBLE OR NOTHING (5) has been around The Creek on 6 occasions and been in the money at 5 of those. Spearing out to lead last start, he was nabbed up the passing lane. His early speed puts him in the mix.
LIVE ATOM (11) was a nice winner 1st up when taking them all the way over the 2138m here back on Jan 3. Striking trouble in the run one week later, he has been kept fresh and despite the gate can chime in late here.
SELECTIONS: HANDSOME HERO (1), CHERRYS THE BEST (3), DOUBLE OR NOTHING (5), LIVE ATOM (11)
SUGGESTED BET: HANDSOME HERO (1) to win
WITH THE BAND (5) blotted the ledger last start from gate 7 when finishing at the tail of the field over the 2138m as a red figure fav. Her 3 Qld starts prior to that had been superb, completing a hat-trick of victories at both the sprint and middle-distance. Sent forward early, she can bounce back with a bang.
JOVIAL JULIE (2) was pressing forward to find the front last start and after doing it tough early, faded late to be mid-field as HUNTAWAY pulled clear to score. Racing tough at her previous 2 starts and fighting gamely to be not far away in each, she can fire an early shot here to make a challenge.
LAUGHING EMOJI (9) was sent to the post as fav last start from gate 1 and was soon locked in the trail and couldn’t go on with it late. Only 3m away in a mares qualifier 2 starts back, she has podium claims.
TWITTER BROMAC (10) did some early work before cover arrived last start but was soon pushed a position further back at the 600m. Chasing hard to grab the bronze, she can be working home again.
SELECTIONS: WITH THE BAND (5), JOVIAL JULIE (2), LAUGHING EMOJI (9), TWITTER BROMAC (10)
SUGGESTED BET: WITH THE BAND (5) to win
ONE WISE MAN (1) has been facing some tough gates and finally lands the gate and conditions that look ideal. Hitting the line nicely after being buried from inside the 2nd line 2 starts back, he was too far out of the ground from gate 7 last time. With the early options, this looks his chance to cash-in.
RECIPE FOR DREAMING (2) went to the pegs last start from gate 9 and as the order was shuffled up, was too far back when the power went on. Hitting the line in nice style to grab the bronze over the sprint trip 2 starts back, he can fire out of the Hilux and with the good gate will get his chance.
SO BOBS YOUR UNCLE (9) settled in the running line over the Redcliffe sprint trip last start to be 9m from the winner MAJORDOIT. A nice 2nd from a wide gate 2 starts back, he can find the podium here.
RIVERLEIGH ROCKET (8) hit the line nicely here 2 starts back in a qualifier when only 4m from CARDLESFROMHEAVEN. Better suited at the sprint trip, from this gate with a cosy trip he will be probing for gaps.
SELECTIONS: ONE WISE MAN (1), RECIPE FOR DREAMING (2), SO BOBS YOUR UNCLE (9), RIVERLEIGH ROCKET (8)
SUGGESTED BET: Exotics 1-2-8-9
B MAC C (9) has been to the track 3 times since arriving in Qld and lines up here for the hat-trick after a pair of smart wins at his past 2. Last start over the 2138m, he was buried away on the pegs form inside the 2nd line and showed explosive acceleration to swoop home. Settling handy he can display his closing power again here.
SIGNORINA JUJON (3) released the front from gate 1 last start and with the easy trip in the pocket trail had to settle for the bronze behind HUNTAWAY. That followed a handy effort from gate 10 and with the gate to settle close to the action here, she can look to make a challenge.
COUNTRY RUN (2) found his race at Redcliffe 3 starts back and finished best to claim the prize as a red figure fav. He didn’t have the cleanest passage last start, but with an improved gate can fire the 1st shot here.
ROLL WITH ROCKY (8) isn’t far off a win in the right race after placings in 3 of his past 4 attempts. Chasing hard but no match for the sprint of B MAC C last start in holding 2nd, he can be thereabouts.
SELECTIONS: B MAC C (9), SIGNORINA JUJON (3), COUNTRY RUN (2), ROLL WITH ROCKY (8)
SUGGESTED BET: B MAC C (9) to win
MUMMYS BOY (10) will be further tightened following 3 runs in this campaign. 2nd up and landing gate 6, he eased early before moving around them to face the breeze. Proving too classy he extended to an 8m victory. Wide off the track from the 2nd line last start when grabbing the bronze, he can show his class here.
BEAUDACIOUS (8) found the front from gate 4 here 2 starts back and set a steady tempo through the middle stages before being gunned down late. Keeping a more even tempo last start, he found his race and held them off to score. With a soft trip on offer, he will be probing for openings.
SIR BULSKI (3) broke the maiden tag at Redcliffe 2 starts back when finishing best to claim a narrow victory as a red figure fav. Chasing for 2nd to BEADACIOUS last time out, he can chime in again here.
REDS GOOD TO GO (6) started from gate 10 last start when working home wide off the track to be mid-field to FOREVER ROCKING. A tidy 2nd from gate 7 when 2nd up 2 starts back, he is in the mix.
SELECTIONS: MUMMYS BOY (10), BEAUDACIOUS (8), SIR BULSKI (3), REDS GOOD TO GO (6)
SUGGESTED BET: MUMMYS BOY (10) to win
BLACKSADANCE (8) was stung with gate 7 over the mile last start yet returned a brave effort to hold on for the silver. Sent forward to do the tough stuff in the breeze, he was only beaten a half-neck o the line by FOREVER ROCKING. Fitter for the run after 2 starts back from a freshen, he can turn the tables here.
FOREVER ROCKING (1) has been a work in progress and has turned the corner, putting it together at her past 2. Lining up for the hat-trick here, her last start win was strong here over the mile when sprinting sharply to arrive for the prize. With the options from the gate, she can get the perfect trip to challenge.
AMAYA BECOMES (2) found her race at Redcliffe 2 starts back and dictating in front, zipped home a slippery last 800m, really amping the tempo the last 250m. Only 4m in arrears last start, she has claims here.
CALLMEDEMARO (6) rolled to the breeze from this same gate over this trip last start and was game in holding on for the bronze. He might need to work again here, but will be in for the fight over his younger adversaries.
SELECTIONS: BLACKSADANCE (8), FOREVER ROCKING (1), AMAYA BECOMES (2), CALLMEDEMARO (6)
SUGGESTED BET: BLACKSADANCE (8) to win
The first of 6 heats of the McNeil Memorial over the next 2 Friday’s has gathered a strong group of 33 square gaiters battling for the G3 Prize in the Final. AVEROSS DON (7) hit the line in good order after being locked away here 2 starts back to grab the silver and followed that with a tidy victory. He can start the series on top here.
MELPARK MAGIC (3) was cleanly away to find the pocket trail here on Tuesday and with the easy ride grabbed the silver behind the dictating winner MONORAIL. That followed a tidy effort against the open performers and with the quick back-up of 3 outings in 6 days, will be in the mix again.
JUSTABITLIKEMUM (10) has the big 30m impost to overcome here after starting to regather some form. A winner here 3 starts back over this trip from the front line, she can chime in late in this.
ARNOLD (8) has been to the track 4 times in Qld in 14 months and comes into this series 1st up since June. Yet to taste victory, he has started fav in all 4 starts and with a steady trial to prepare, he might be looking for the run.
SELECTIONS: AVEROSS DON (7), MELPARK MAGIC (3), JUSTABITLIKEMUM (10), ARNOLD (8)
SUGGESTED BET: AVEROSS DON (7) to win
Heat Two looks a tricky contest to dissect with a few of these struggling with their racing manners in recent outings. Usually safe in his gait, MUSCULUS (9) has been kept fresh since his last appearance when he was not at his best. A strong winner here over this trip 3 starts back, if he can reproduce that effort, this is within reach.
DOWN UNDER RORS (4) pressed ahead to take control over this trip last start from a 10m tape when collared in the latter stages, holding on for the bronze. His run had strong merit 2 starts back after making an error and finishing 3m in arrears and with a tidy start here, can throw down a challenge.
ROSEHILL MAGIC (10) was safely into stride from the front line over the longer 2647m trip 2 starts back and was never headed once in control in scoring by 6m. 3rd under mobile conditions last start, she can be thereabouts again here.
IS SOMETHINGBURNING (8) has been to the track 4 times in Qld since arriving from the Shaky Isles and made a mess of the start on each occasion. The ability is there, she just needs to get it right on race day.
SELECTIONS: MUSCULUS (9), DOWN UNDER RORS (4), ROSEHILL MAGIC (10), IS SOMETHINGBURNING (8)
MAJESTIC SIMON (11) returns from a break after taking on the DJA Final back in December at his most recent start. Eased to find position he couldn’t get into the contest in the latter stages. A heat winner when dead-heating with OUR OVERANOVA in the 2nd round, he can be a force in this series.
CLOVER LOU (4) has been in the money at 3 of her 4 starts since arriving in Qld including a win over this trip 2 starts back. That came from a 40m tape where she made an early error but was able to catch the field and hold on for a narrow victory. From the 10m tape she can make a challenge.
HAVANA MAGIC (5) has found her touch with a top-3 in 5 of her past 6 with 2 of those being victories. Pressing forward and proving too strong from the 30m tape last start, she is in the mix.
ZOOMALONG JOHNNY (1) will strip fitter from his latest start when 1st up in Qld off the back of over 9 months off the scene. Charging late after a cosy trip, he can secure a similar trip here.
SELECTIONS: MAJESTIC SIMON (11), CLOVER LOU (4), HAVANA MAGIC (5), ZOOMALONG JOHNNY (1)
SUGGESTED BET: MAJESTIC SIMON (11) to win