Country Cups Challenge | Gympie Cup
Gympie Turf Club, Gympie Racecourse, Exhibition Road, Southside, Gympie / Sat 26 Oct
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MR KALYPSO (7) is marching through the grades and looks to be making up for last time. A winner of all 5 starts this season he has been brutalising his opponents and last start did it comfortably in strong time over the 2040m. He can get away from the pegs early and looks impossible to stop.
CHIRPY CHUCKLES (3) speared across from gate 6 last start and was able to find space to get in behind the leader. Losing momentum at a key stage he got going again to finish 11m from the winner FRANCO TOTEM. The closer gate can see him make a play for the silver.
HARD TO HEAR (4) was a winner here 2 starts back when threading a needle through a gap to score a narrow victory. His run from back in the pack last start was solid and he will be closing hard again.
SPEEDIE MCARDLE (1) started off the 2nd line in a 2nd division band 5 race last start and was hitting the line in good order behind ALWAYS MY MATE. 3rd here 4 starts back of this gate he has podium claims.
SELECTIONS: MR KALYPSO (7), CHIRPY CHUCKLES (3), HARD TO HEAR (4), SPEEDIE MCARDLE (1)
SUGGESTED BET: Flexi trifecta 7 / 3-4 / 1-3-4
LILAC FLASH (6) is trying to keep pace with his stablemate MR KALYPSO and also comes to the triangle with 5 successive wins. In a similar race last start from this same gate over the 2040m he was given plenty of time to settle before charging home and going straight past them. With similar tactics he can leave them standing.
BET IM SPECIAL (1) will appreciate the ace draw here after facing some wider gates in recent starts. Snagging back to find position last start from gate 4 he was strong to the line behind JANUARY and 2 back took on open company when only 8m from GLENFERRIE HOOD. From the gate he will have the options and can feature.
NONE BETTOR (3) had little trouble in holding the front last start over the 2040m trip from the inside alley and was never in danger when extending to a 9m victory, running home a slick closing panel. He can look for the pegs here and be fighting on in the stretch.
SELECTIONS: LILAC FLASH (6), BET IM SPECIAL (1), NONE BETTOR (3)
SUGGESTED BET: LILAC FLASH (6) to win
STONED AGAIN (6) has placed at his past 3 starts and the past 2 only been beaten a neck and a head from the winner. Settling in the running line last start at Marburg he was charging late to run NORTHERN MUSCLE to a neck. Only gunned down in the closing stages 3 starts back by IVANOV, he can throw down a challenge.
SHADY SADIE (8) has the 50m impost to contend with here but has been meeting the open performers at her past 2 starts. Bombing the start last time out she chased valiantly when 4th to OUR OVERANOVA. A winner 3 back from a 40m tape at AP, she will be right in the fight.
ASTRAL RULER (5) never got into the contest last start from back in the pack behind NORTHERN MUSCLE. Assess on his run 2 back when working hard from the breeze and only finishing 4.5m from the winner. He can be sharper in this.
SOMEDASH (3) was buried away in the run last start and chased gamely to chime into the F4 numbers. Slowly starting to put it together she has exotic hopes from the 10m tape.
SELECTIONS: STONED AGAIN (6), SHADY SADIE (8), ASTRAL RULER (5), SOMEDASH (3)
SUGGESTED BET: STONED AGAIN (6) to win
MAMMALS MAGIC (1) started off the 2nd line last start and with a strong tempo in front sailed home strongly down the centre of the track and put up a 9m winning margin. Not suited from a wide gate the start prior at Armidale, she has the speed to hold the pegs here and can dictate.
MACHEASY (4) will find this easier than what he has been facing in 4 runs back from a spell. He worked hard in the run 2 starts back when holding on for the silver in a 2nd division qualifier and was then hitting the line strongly to again finish 2nd when only beaten a half-neck. He is a big threat.
RED LUCK (2) was a Marburg winner 2 starts back when settling behind the leader and then with the space to come to the outside finished best. Luckless when snagged back from gate 5 last start, he can get in behind the leader here and be coiled for the run when it presents.
SELECTIONS: MAMMALS MAGIC (1), MACHEASY (4), RED LUCK (2)
SUGGESTED BET: MAMMALS MAGIC (1) to win
ROYAL LINCOLN (2) made the most of a front line gate last start and holding the front from gate 1 was never in danger in scoring an all the way victory. That followed 2 starts from the 2nd line through a Gold Pot series where he was 3rd in the heat and was always facing a task in the final. He looks to have them covered from this gate.
CC JONES (10) has placed his past 2 starts and was hitting the line strongly last start from back in the field when running a 4m 2nd to JUST ROKIN who dictated in front. The start prior was a huge run when making a starting error and charging home to grab 3rd. Look for him swooping home hard once again.
GOT THE GOODS (5) returned from a spell at AP in fine style when hitting the line hard from back in the field to grab a 1st up win. Buried away from inside the 2nd line at his next start he never saw space and then last start was gunned down as a red figure fav. He will be storming home.
ZED CODE (8) claimed a mares qualifier here 2 starts back when making the most of the pocket trail and using the passing lane to score. Closing out nicely last start she will be probing for the openings.
SELECTIONS: ROYAL LINCOLN (2), CC JONES (10), GOT THE GOODS (5), ZED CODE (8)
SUGGESTED BET: ROYAL LINCOLN (2) to win
NOVENA ROSE (2) will take further benefit from her latest start when 2nd up from a break. Returning over the 2040m in a mares qualifier she chased valiantly to claim the silver behind NERIO off the 2nd line. Last start and again off the 2nd line she circled to the breeze and was again strong. With the improved gate she gets every chance.
ELFONZO (4) was 1st up in Qld last week when taking on a 2nd division qualifier off the 2nd line and hit the line in good style to be 5m from the winner PADRISIMO. Grabbed in the closing stages from in front at Swan Hill 2 starts back he can be right in the fight in this.
ONLY ONE PROMISE (8) resumes from a spell and was last seen in the Redcliffe Derby when chasing hard from the pocket trail behind COLT THIRTY ONE. Given a nice trial to prepare he is loosely assessed to start his 4YO term and will pay to follow.
PAY ME INTEREST (7) will need a slice of luck in the run but if able to sight a gap can be chiming in late. Hitting the line in good style to score last start, her previous run was sound behind COREY WILLIAM. She just needs some space.
SELECTIONS: NOVENA ROSE (2), ELFONZO (4), ONLY ONE PROMISE (8), PAY ME INTEREST (7)
SUGGESTED BET: NOVENA ROSE (2) to win
COMPLY OR DIE (10) faces the tough gate here but he is in touch and shoots for the hat-trick. Handed the race 2 starts back when he only had to sprint the last 200m, he earned it last start when circling the field from gate 9 to the breeze and was in for the fight to score in good style. In a wide-open claimer he is worth a throw at the stumps.
EXCEPTIONAL MACH (9) pressed on to the front over the 2138m trip at AP 2 starts back and was too strong in scoring a nice win. He was well below par last start when fading out and if forgiven for his 2nd Redcliffe appearance, he can look to bounce back in this.
SICILIAN SLUMBER (2) slid back from gate 5 here on Tues and chased hard in the closing stages. Back to claiming grade should suit and with the speed to be 1st to the pegs should find a good position in readiness to challenge.
OUR MELS DREAM (6) was much sharper last start when closing I good order behind COMPLY OR DIE and only 3m away. Forget his Armidale run 2 back, his run for 3rd here 3 starts back was solid and he will run his usual honest race.
SELECTIONS: COMPLY OR DIE (10), EXCEPTIONAL MACH (9), SICILIAN SLUMBER (2), OUR MELS DREAM (6)
SUGGESTED BET: COMPLY OR DIE (10) to win