MY MAGIC MERLIN (5) returned from break 4 starts back over the mile and worked hard in the run in a tidy return. Again working hard when 2nd up in the Triad Consolation the run was solid and he went within a neck here on the triangle 3rd up. Beaten in 2 of his past 3 by runners lining up in the Derby on this card, he might just be worth a sneaky shot at the stumps.
DATSGOOD (1) has been runner-up in 3 of her past 4 starts, the latest a top effort when cutting the breeze and grabbed on the line by JUSTALITTLE TORQUE. Too far back in the Triad Consolation behind OPONINIS BLISS and not pacing cleanly, she can look to make the most of her chances from this alley.
REGAL ROCK (4) will be 1st up in Qld and since Feb for the Darrel Graham barn. Sent around in a trial to blow the cobwebs out he wasn’t asked for much in setting a nice platform for his return. He will be in the mix here.
STATEMENT PLEASE (2) was returning from a break in the Triad Consolation and was buried away in the run off a 2nd line gate and didn’t get a decent shot at them. With good early speed she can have a look and fitter for the 1st up run has some claims here.
SELECTIONS: MY MAGIC MERLIN (5), DATSGOOD (1), REGAL ROCK (4), STATEMENT PLEASE (2)
SUGGESTED BET: MY MAGIC MERLIN (5) each-way