Country Cups Challenge | Innisfail Cup
Innisfail Turf Club, Pease Park, 2 Palmerston Drive, Innisfail / Sat 19 Oct
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REGULUS (7) lines up for the 1st time since sweeping the Redcliffe Sales Series where he demolished them in the heats and was too strong in the final. He has no favours from this gate but he is a classy customer and can continue his rampage.
LEFT A TERROR (2) will be fresh since his last start in the Breeders when running a head to CAPITALIZE after charging home once the gaps opened. With the speed to fire the 1st shot he will be in a great position to challenge.
BETAMERICA (4) fought all the way to the line when just missing behind the smart GINGER MICKY. Breaking her maiden 2 starts back, she will be right in the mix here.
SPECIAL RESERVE (6) shoots for a hat-trick of victories after winning her past 2 starts here. Holding on for a narrow victory last start she will be looking to continue her form.
SELECTIONS: REGULUS (7), LEFT A TERROR (2), BETAMERICA (4), SPECIAL RESERVE (6)
SUGGESTED BET: REGULUS (7) to win
RUHTREBO (5) looked to take them all the way last start from gate 2 but was outgunned by DARKERSHADEOFPALE who had the sit on him. He was good in the Redcliffe Derby 2 starts back and can look to bounce back here.
BRONSKI MACKENZIE (3) has claimed the bronze at her past 2 starts the latest when the peg-line filled the trifecta with DARKERSHADEOFPALE winning. She led until right near the line 2 starts back behind PATERNITY SUIT and will give this a shake.
JUST ROKIN (1) will take good benefit from her latest run when 2nd up after 12 months on the sidelines. Her return run was a tidy effort and with the gate advantage can be around the money.
SNAKES N LADDERS (2) worked home strongly wide off the track 2 starts back to run a tidy 3rd. He lost momentum at the wrong time last start and with a cleaner run has podium claims.
SELECTIONS: RUHTREBO (5), BRONSKI MACKENZIE (3), JUST ROKIN (1), SNAKES N LADDERS (2)
SUGGESTED BET: RUHTREBO (5) to win
MO JARNEY (2) held the front here on Tues and dictated to score a 2m victory. Only gunned down the closing stages when looking to lead all the way 2 starts back, he can fire out here and with the confidence from the win go back-to-back.
FRANKS FORTUNE (1) will strip fitter from his latest start when 1st up from a break and finishing 9m from BIG BEAT. With the benefit of the inside gate he will be coiled and ready to strike when the gaps open.
LUCKY NED PEPPER (8) was grabbed late when trying to go all the way 2 starts back and last start buried away hit the line in good order. With the cosy trip he can be charging home.
LEVI JADE (6) has placed at his past 2 starts in similar line-ups and despite the wide gate can look to finish in the money again here.
SELECTIONS: MO JARNEY (2), FRANKS FORTUNE (1), LUCKY NED PEPPER (8), LEVI JADE (6)
SUGGESTED BET: MO JARNEY (2) to win
TACT OLLIE (2) was having his 1st Qld start and resuming from a spell when starting fav and finishing 3m from VETTEL. Forget his last start when making an error, he gets back to the good gate and gets every chance for the breakthrough.
MASTER DIP (5) had been building towards a win since arriving in Qld and was able to capitalise here on Tues over the 2138m trip. Sent to the front from gate 4 he took control and held on to score a 2m victory. Taking confidence out of that, this is not much tougher and he can go again.
MOTU REAL STYLE (1). fitter from 2 runs back from a spell she can look to release the right runner and be ready to issue the closing challenge when the gap opens.
SLIPASLYGRIN (6) was too far back here on Tues from the 2nd line and couldn’t get into the contest. He has no favours again from the gate but has exotic claims.
SELECTIONS: TACT OLLIE (2), MASTER DIP (5), MOTU REAL STYLE (1), SLIPASLYGRIN (6)
SUGGESTED BET: TACT OLLIE (2) to win
MAJOR KIWI (2) is the form claimer in Qld and last start chalked up a six-pack of consecutive wins. Scoring at the sprint and middle distance the wins have been versatile and from gate 2 he can look to settle close to the speed and continue the streak.
SICILIAN SLUMBER (3) found the front last start and was given no peace in front when fighting on gamely to finish 5m from the winner. His past 2 runs in claiming company have been good after some runs in band events and looking for the pegs here can give this a shake.
COMPLY OR DIE (8) has placed at his past 2 starts, the latest when in the pocket trail from this gate. He can look to get off the pegs early here to avoid being buried away and has place claims.
INA GREAT PLACE (6) had no luck last start when denied the breeze by a non-breeze runner and kept 3 wide the last 1200m. His form prior was solid and with better luck can bounce back here.
SELECTIONS: MAJOR KIWI (2), SICILIAN SLUMBER (3), COMPLY OR DIE (8), INA GREAT PLACE (6)
SUGGESTED BET: MAJOR KIWI (2) to win
ACT OF VALOR (9) made a winning debut in Qld last start in a strong effort. Sent to the chair from gate 5 he was too strong in scoring a neck victory. That was his 1st start since Mar so should take good benefit from that run and despite the 2nd line doesn’t strike a field any harder.
DATSGOOD (4) started from gate 1 last start and sent to the post in red figures looked to take them all the way. Trying to pinch a break on the home turn, ACT OF VALOR kept coming and grabbed her on the line. She can look to get forward early here and try to turn the tables.
ARCH EMPRESS (5) has been off the 2nd line at each of her past 4 and can look to make the most of the return to the front. Beaten by some handy ones in recent outings she is some hope here.
MICKS MEMORY (1) did his share of early work last start and fought on gamely to be 12m from the winner. With the ace gate he can secure a cosy trip and be ready to issue a closing challenge.
SELECTIONS: ACT OF VALOR (9), DATSGOOD (4), ARCH EMPRESS (5), MICKS MEMORY (1)
SUGGESTED BET: ACT OF VALOR (9) to win
BETTOR BE LUCKY (1) faces a steep class drop after taking on a strong M0 last time and given no favours from a 2nd line gate. Grabbed in the closing stages over this trip 2 starts back when looking to take them all the way, he looks to get the job done this time.
PSYCHEDELIC (9) was finishing hard last start when beaten a half-head behind FRANCO TARIQ. A beaten fav 2 starts back, he needs conditions to go his way and from this gate can find good running line position and be charging home again.
WITH AUTHORITY (11) should appreciate this class of race after meeting some handy types in Sat night company. Luckless in the same M0 as BETTOR BE LUCKY 2 starts back he has podium claims.
MUCHO MACHO MAN (8) hasn’t been able to find the same rhythm here at AP as he had at Redcliffe which led to 6 successive victories. With a soft run in transit, this can be the catalyst to a turn-around.
SELECTIONS: BETTOR BE LUCKY (1), PSYCHEDELIC (9), WITH AUTHORITY (11), MUCHO MACHO MAN (8)
SUGGESTED BET: BETTOR BE LUCKY (1) to win
NONE BETTOR (11) goes in search of 4 successive wins and has found the form that his potential hinted was there. From this gate last week he worked home over the top for a strong win and laying down some slick panels. No favours again from the gate but he looks hard to stop again.
THUNDER MAC (1) comes in here a last start winner but will need to step it up against this opposition. The ace gate gives him that advantage and taking benefit from his latest run when 1st up off a freshen he has some claims here.
MISTER BLACKJACK (10) packed too many aces last start in a 2nd division qualifier and finished over the top to score a nice win. Stripping fitter from that, he can feature with the right run here.
SKYFELLA CAM (3) was wide off the track for a long way last start when finishing 6m from MUSCLE MACH. Only 1.5m from VETTEL 2 starts back he will be right in the mix in this line-up.
SELECTIONS: NONE BETTOR (11), THUNDER MAC (1), MISTER BLACKJACK (10), SKYFELLA CAM (3)
SUGGESTED BET: Exotics 1-3-10-11
DARKERSHADEOFPALE (5) appreciated the drop from Redcliffe Oaks company 2 starts back where she was buried in the run to come out last week and score a good win. Speared out from gate 7, a slick move to find the leaders back paid big dividends when finishing over the top. A classy filly, she will be hard to hold out.
MISS HOOLLIGAN (8) will need plenty of luck from the gate but if able to sight an opening with track to work with can be right in the fight. Last start in the Redcliffe Oaks the run was full of merit when doing some early work and beaten 10m behind SOCIABLE. Will be probing.
MAMMALS MAGIC (3) will take benefit from her Qld debut when looking to take then all the way over the mile. Finding the front from gate 5 she was grabbed in the closing stages by THUNDER MAC.
TROUBLESOME DAVE (11) worked hard in the run last start and loomed up to take the win but just couldn’t quite hold of the airborne NONE BETTOR. The 2nd line makes it a tricky ask, but he is in the mix.
SELECTIONS: DARKERSHADEOFPALE (5), MISS HOOLLIGAN (8), MAMMALS MAGIC (3), TROUBLESOME DAVE (11)
SUGGESTED BET: DARKERSHADEOFPALE (5) to win
GASMONKEY (10) started from the 2nd line last start and was trying to work into the contest wide off the track but just couldn’t eat into the deficit. 3m from the winner 2 starts back, he has favours from this gate but looks better suited in this line-up and can look to finish best.
DIVAS DELIGHT (5) will take further benefit from his latest start when 2nd up from a break. Sent to the post the fav in a 2nd division qualifier, he used the passing lane when 5m from A GOOD CHANCE. With even luck in running he can go close.
REDS JET STAR (9) was good to the line 2 starts back when starting from gate 12 and the race taken out by INVINCIBLE LOXTON. Only beaten a neck 3 starts back, she can look to secure a good spot and has claims.
TED WEST (2) didn’t look entirely comfortable last start at Redcliffe when making his maiden Qld appearance and should take benefit from getting to the bigger track here. Look for an improved showing.
SELECTIONS: GASMONKEY (10), DIVAS DELIGHT (5), REDS JET STAR (9), TED WEST (2)
SUGGESTED BET: GASMONKEY (10) each-way