Country Cups Challenge | Gympie Cup
Gympie Turf Club, Gympie Racecourse, Exhibition Road, Southside, Gympie / Sat 26 Oct
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BILLY LINCOLN (8) was an impressive winner here first up in Queensland. He scored easily on that occasion. Although he is back to mile here he looks a promising type and the one to beat. He will just need a touch of luck from the draw.
GIVE ME FIFTY (9) looks well placed here. Last start he came from well back in the field to finish strongly behind NIGHT NINJA. He is a legitimate danger.
WILD ABOUT TOWN (6) finds a suitable race. He hasn’t been too far away of late. With luck from the draw can figure.
TORQUE TO THE MAX (1) draws well here. She faced a much tougher assignment last time out. She maps to receive a good run in transit and can fill the exotics
SELECTIONS: BILLY LINCOLN (8), GIVE ME FIFTY (9), WILD ABOUT TOWN (6), TORQUE TO THE MAX (1)
SUGGESTED BET: BILLY LINCOLN (8) to win
MONTANA NIGHTS (5) has been racing in great form after returning from a spell. First up he sat parked outside the leader when 2nd to BILLY LINCOLN. Last start he wasn’t far away behind ALL GOOD WALLY. He strips fitter again here and looks hard to stop.
SOMEWHEREINHEAVEN (2) lands a good draw and her form is hard to fault. Last start she finished 2nd to MONTANA LAD. She can race well from the draw.
ALSJEANSMAXSSTAR (8) is an ultra-consistent gelding having 9 starts for 7 minor placings. Although he has been frustrating for punters he lands a good trailing draw and can be in the finish
FAVREAU (3) raced ok on debut. With natural improvement can go better here.
SELECTIONS: MONTANA NIGHTS (5), SOMEWHEREINHEAVEN (2), ALSJEANSMAXSSTAR (8), FAVREAU (3)
SUGGESTED BET: MONTANA NIGHTS (5) to win
BILLBOARD BONNIE (1) finds a winnable race. 2 runs back was down the track behind NICSTAR in a 1:57.9 mile rate for the 2138 metres when having to work hard outside the leader. Last start was a forgive run when breaking in the run. The draw suits which gives her a winning.
BLUE SHARD (5) is only lightly raced only having the 4 race starts. He was a solid winner here 3 starts back. With luck from the draw he can be somewhere in the finish.
ZED EXPRESS (6) was a winner here last time out. Although the draw isn’t in his favour his form is good enough to feature here.
RED LUCK (9) receives a good trailing draw in this race. With the right run he can place.
SELECTIONS: BILLBOARD BONNIE (1), BLUE SHARD (5), ZED EXPRESS (6), RED LUCK (9)
SUGGESTED BET: BILLBOARD BONNIE (1) to win
LETS DIG IT (9) goes on top here in an open race. Last start wasn’t too far away behind TRENT FROM PUNCHY in a mile rate of 1:57.8 for the longer journey of 2138 metres. From the trailing draw here over the mile is worthy of a ticket.
JUST ONEGOOD ONE (2) has won 2 of his last 5 starts. His last 2 runs have been full of merit when having to work in the run on both occasions. The draw is a plus, he can figure here.
NIKALONG HENRY (3) hasn’t been too far away of late. He should punch up handy from the draw and will be in it for a long way.
DOLLARBILL (10) returns here from a stint in Victoria where he didn’t have the best of luck. With luck from the draw he can place.
SELECTIONS: LETS DIG IT (9), JUST ONE GOOD ONE (2), NIKALONG HENRY (3), DOLLARBILL (10)
SUGGESTED BET: LETS DIG IT (9) each way
MOONLIGHT BUTCHER (3) was a brilliant winner last time out at Marburg. He looked good when winning that event. From the good draw here he can repeat the dose.
RISKY BUSINESS (9) was an impressive winner here last start here from a wide draw. He is a consistent customer and with the right run from the draw he can be prominent again.
AROONA (8) has placed here his last 2 starts. Both of those runs were full of merit and with a good trailing draw here is definitely in the mix.
PEGGY STARDUST (1) was defeated as a short-priced favourite here last time out. Her run 2 starts ago keeps her in contention.
SELECTIONS: MOONLIGHT BUTCHER (3), RISKY BUSINESS (9), AROONA (8), PEGGY STARDUST (1)
SUGGESTED BET: MOONLIGHT BUTCHER (3) to win
TANYAS PAST (1) was a winner here 2 runs back when coming off a wide draw. Last start she didn’t have much luck behind MAJESTIC KIWI. With options from the draw she looks should be hard to stop.
SPONDOOLEY (2) finds a suitable race. He is never far away and from the draw should get handy in the run and be ready to strike when the sprint goes on.
MAJOR GENERALJUJON (7) has the wide draw to overcome here but hasn’t had the best of luck of late. 4 starts back he finished 3rd to the smart CRUZY DUDE. With luck from the draw he can feature.
JACKS GAMBIT (8) maps to receive a good run in transit here. He is going well enough to figure in the placings.
SELECTIONS: TANYAS PAST (1), SPONDOOLEY (2), MAJOR GENERALJUJON (7), JACKS GAMBIT (8)
SUGGESTED BET: TANYAS PAST (1) to win
CAESARS ASTRUM (1) was a big winner here last time out in a fast mile rate. From the pole draw she looks very hard to beat again
MONTANA CHIEF (8) charged home to score along the sprint lane on Monday when a mile back near the home turn. That winning time was strong and from a better draw here is a definite threat.
TRENT FROM PUNCHY (7) was a solid winner here last start from a wide draw. He draws wide again here but on that recent effort he is in the mix.
NICSTAR (5) has been racing well of late winning 2 of his last 3 starts. He had to go back from the wide draw last time out over the sprint trip. Back to the longer journey here suits.
SELECTIONS: CAESARS ASTRUM (1), MONTANA CHIEF (8), TRENT FROM PUNCHY (7), NICSTAR (5)
SUGGESTED BET: CAESARS ASTRUM (1) to win
WHOSTOLEMYPIGEON (1) was an impressive winner here on Thursday from the same draw clocking a mile rate of 1:54.3. He has options from the gate. He can win again.
LURAH (8) draws to receive a gun run behind WHOSTOLEMYPIGEON. She took on Saturday Night grade last time out behind BALLERINA CAURU. With a cosy run in transit she can figure.
VINTAGE DREAM (3) wasn’t too far away last start behind MAJESTIC KIWI in a solid mile rate.Back to the front row here will help her chances.
SPRINGFIELD SPIRIT (7) has been racing really well of late. He has a wide draw to overcome here. With luck he can place.
SELECTIONS: WHOSTOLEMYPIGEON (1), LURAH (8), VINTAGE DREAM (3), SPRINGFIELD SPIRIT (7)
SUGGESTED BET: WHOSTOLEMYPIGEON (1) to win
PARISIAN ROCKSTAR (2) lands a good gate again here and is back to his preferred distance. He was placed last time out over the longer journey of 2138 metres. The gate and distance are both a big plus, this looks his chance to return to the winner’s circle.
JUMPING JOLT (6) finds an easier assignment from what he has faced his last couple of starts. The draw is a sticky one but look for him charging late.
LUCIFERS LEGEND (9) has been placed his last 2 starts from front row draws. From the second row draw he follows a good beginner in PARISIAN ROCKSTAR so he should be handy in the run and can make his presence felt.
THREO (1) doesn’t have the best numbers next to his name but generally races well from this draw. He can be thereabouts.
SELECTIONS : PARISIAN ROCKSTAR (2), JUMPING JOLT (6), LUCIFERS LEGEND (9), THREO (1)
SUGGESTED BET : PARISIAN ROCKSTAR (2) to win