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BUNDABURRA (11) has placed in all 3 starts since returning from a spell. Last start he was best of the chasing pack in a solid effort behind MARETTI which followed a tough effort from the breeze when 6m from ARGYLE BEACH. He isn’t helped by the gate but with even luck is worth a shot in a tricky contest.
OUTLAW FELLA (12) rolled forward from a wide gate over the 2138m trip 2 starts back and finding the front was able to hold on for a strong win. Racing tough when sent to the breeze from gate 7 last time out, he was in for the fight in a strong mile and with the front line lacking some depth he can feature.
ZARAS DELIGHT (8) was too far back last start in a mares only event but continued to find the line over the mile when 7m from the winner. Sweating on the 1 getting her to the lane, she will be ready to strike.
WERELIVINGTHEDREAM (1) steps up somewhat in grade here but that is off-set by landing the ace gate. She tracked home in good order last start which followed a win in a mares qualifier and has some claims here.
SELECTIONS: BUNDABURRA (11), OUTLAW FELLA (12), ZARAS DELIGHT (8), WERELIVINGTHEDREAM (1)
SUGGESTED BET: BUNDABURRA (11) to win
TOMEARA (1) started from the 2nd line last start over the 2138m and made good closing ground despite never being in the mix behind AQUA MISS. 2 starts back he struck the airborne MARETTI when fighting on for the bronze. With the option from the gate, he can get the perfect trip to strike.
GOTTA GOOD REASON (5) chased home strongly from gate 10 here 2 starts back and went within a half-neck of the winner PARISIAN ROCKSTAR. Buried in the run last start he never saw space and was luckless when 4m from AQUA MISS. With even luck in transit he will be throwing down a challenge.
BIG BRUCE (12) has been in the quinella at his past 4 in a row and resumes from a spell here without a public trial. He attacked the line last start when 3m from LILAC FLASH and can swoop hard here.
IMA TOP TYCOON (8) worked across from gate 3 to find the pegs before releasing over the 2138m and then was within 3m of the winner. With a soft trip he will be coiled and ready to strike here.
SELECTIONS: TOMEARA (1), GOTTA GOOD REASON (5), BIG BRUCE (12), IMA TOP TYCOON (8)
SUGGESTED BET: TOMEARA (1) to win
LILAC FLASH (11) was 2nd up from a freshen here last week when starting from gate 9 over the 2138m trip. Working home wide off the track he attacked the line and went home the best to score in a strong time for the trip. His return run was solid when 1.5m off the winner and he can arrive for the prize in this very strong contest.
SLICE OF HEAVEN (10) was a long way back after starting from gate 12 last start and tracking home strongly was finding the line in great style. That followed a strong win when sent to the front from gate 6 and packing too many guns for COLT THIRTY ONE. In what can be a tactical race, he is in the fight.
ARGYLE BEACH (12) was after a hat-trick of victors when working in the breeze from gate 3 she was fighting all the way when falling short by 4m to take the bronze. Bouncing back with a late closing win last start she will be swooping hard.
THE SPACE INVADER (2) in a race where all the power looks to be off the back-line, he can look to fire an early shot to get forward. He attacked the line hard last start for the silver and has podium claims here.
SELECTIONS: LILAC FLASH (11), SLICE OF HEAVEN (10), ARGYLE BEACH (12), THE SPACE INVADER (2)
SUGGESTED BET: LILAC FLASH (11) to win
LUCIFERS LEGEND (1) was sent hard off the arm here on Tues and was able to find the pegs and from in front was in for the fight when grabbed right on the line up the passing lane. He found the line strongly 3 starts back when close up behind PATERNITY SUIT and from the top alley can dictate.
WITH AUTHORITY (8) wasn’t suited when forced to do the hard yards outside the leader last start after rolling forward from gate 5 and he fought gamely when fading in the latter stages. Only grabbed in the last few strides here 4 starts back, he can get the cosy trip and be ready to strike.
TOP TRIO (3) started from the 2nd line last start over the 2138m and was working home in good order when only 4m from the winner. Back to the mile and off the front line he is in the mix here.
DAYS END (2) was too far back last start when trying to find position through a strongly run mile. He chased gamey for 3rd behind a big winner 2 starts back and from gate 2 can settle handy.
SELECTIONS: LUCIFERS LEGEND (1), WITH AUTHORITY (8), TOP TRIO (3), DAYS END (2)
SUGGESTED BET: LUCIFERS LEGEND (1) to win
LYNNSANITY (1) didn’t have much luck here last Sat night when landing gate 7 he was snagged back early and was then running into dead-ends in the closing stages when looking for an opening. On the back-up from Thurs where he landed a wide gate at Redcliffe, the return to the mile and the improved gate gives him his chance.
JUMPING JOLT (5) took on a stronger contest than this last start and from gate 4 slide back to find position. Buried away on the pegs he didn’t have the cleanest passage on the way home and could have been closer with better luck. 3rd in a 2nd division qualifier 2 starts back he can feature again.
MONIVAE (3) was forced to do it the tough way here last start and after facing the breeze was in for the fight when 9m from the winner. On the back-up from Thurs he can be in the mix here.
RIVERLIEGH ROCKET (11) couldn’t get in from gate 3 last start and ended up all the way back at the rear. Finding the line in good order, it was his best return in 2 runs back and he can be sharper again here.
SELECTIONS: LYNNSANITY (1), JUMPING JOLT (5), MONIVAE (3), RIVERLIEGH ROCKET (11)
SUGGESTED BET: LYNNSANITY (1) to win
COMIGAL (12) took on a mares race here 3 starts back and after finding a peg trail from gate 5 was working home in good order when 9m from the winner SHARDS HALO. She didn’t have much luck at her next outing and then last start was strong to the line when working home wide off the track. The gate hurts but she is up to this.
GOODTIME STRDE (5) did plenty of early work last start in a mares contest and fought on gamely after the work when 9m from the winner. Finding the line nicely over the 2040m trip at Redcliffe 2 starts back when under 4m from the winner JAX NAVARO and she can issue the challenge here.
FASTER BLASTER (2) started from a wide gate here on Tues and was strong to the line when 9m from the winner HAPPY FEELINGS. His previous 2 runs have seen him go without any luck and from an improved gate he can turn it around.
SHADOW HUNTER (10) was taken back from gate 6 here 3 starts back and then finished best to arrive for a stylish win. This is easier than his past 2 starts and with even luck in transit can chime in.
SELECTIONS: COMIGAL (12), GOODTIME STRDE (5), FASTER BLASTER (2), SHADOW HUNTER (10)
SUGGESTED BET: COMIGAL (12) to win
WATCH PULP FICTION (5) was back in the pack here last start and although finishing 8m from the winner SLICE OF HEAVEN his closing sectionals were brilliant. That followed a neck 2nd after fighting hard from the breeze in a slick closing panel and with plenty of tempo in this race can look to swoop over the top.
MARETTI (9) is in the zone and completed the hat-trick last start after rolling forward from gate 6 to take control over the 2138m trip. Keeping the power on once he assumed control he put them away to score by 16m. with an average winning margin of 14m in his past 3 victories, he can inject into the race here to challenge.
PARISIAN ROCKSTAR (2) also made it 3 on-end last start when leading throughout from gate 4 over the mile and keeping the speed on all the way in the sharp win. He steps it up again here but with the speed to lead will be in for the fight.
MANDY KRIDEN (1) started from this gate last start and after being buried in the run chased home to grab the bronze. With a similar trip from the gate, she will be probing for the openings.
SELECTIONS: WATCH PULP FICTION (5), MARETTI (9), PARISIAN ROCKSTAR (2), MANDY KRIDEN (1)
SUGGESTED BET: WATCH PULP FICTION (5) to win
ROCK WITH SAM (9) will take good benefit from his latest run when 2nd up from a break he was working home in good style to grab the bronze when 3m from the winner PARISIAN ROCKSTART in a strong mile. Too far back when MARETTI was carving it out up front 2 starts back, he looks to find his race here.
FIOKI (1) settled in the 1x1 trail here on Wed and was 4m from the winner. He closed out strongly here 3 starts back when 5m from the winner after starting from the 2nd line and with a cosy trip from the inside gate he will be coiled and ready to take the closing shot.
IMTHE GOLDEN CHILD (7) really attacked the line strongly here 2 starts back after making a mess of the start. His run had merit last start and despite the wide gate he is worthy of consideration.
CANKICKATARGET (3) started fav here on Tues from gate 8 and after being buried in the run was probing for gaps when finishing 2.5m from the winner. Settling handy to the speed he has claims.
SELECTIONS: ROCK WITH SAM (9), FIOKI (1), IMTHE GOLDEN CHILD (7), CANKICKATARGET (3)
SUGGESTED BET: ROCK WITH SAM (9) to win
LAVROS TEXAS (5) goes in search of the hat-trick after wins at the mobile sprint trip and then last start over the marathon stand. Starting from a 20m tape last start he was sent forward early and taking control held them off to score. Strong from the breeze 2 starts back, he looks hard to stop.
MIRACLE RISING (9) settled in the running line from a 10m tape last start and was finding the line strongly when running his closing 800m in a slick sub 57 run. He led them up in the DJA Final and fought back gamely for 2nd and after 2 runs back from a freshen can close out strongly here.
QUIETLY SPOKEN (4) was a winner here 6 starts back when finding the pegs from gate 2 and leading throughout for a strong 2138m victory. She has been close up in recent outings and from the gate will be right in the fight.
MONORAIL (1) was buried away in the run last start from the tapes and never really had a decent crack at them. Gate 1 is a big plus and with the cosy run in transit can chime into the exotics.
SELECTIONS: LAVROS TEXAS (5), MIRACLE RISING (9), QUIETLY SPOKEN (4), MONORAIL (1)
SUGGESTED BET: LAVROS TEXAS (5) to win
TRILIGHT BRIGADE (5) was resuming from a freshen here 2 starts back and landing gate 7 was always facing a task after snagging back early when all the tempo was up front. Settling in the running line last start she hit the line soundly behind FAME ASSURED. A smart mare when right, this looks her chance to bounce back.
PAY ME INTEREST (9) was after the hat-trick here last start and from gate 1 was looking to take them all the way. After a 2nd panel breather she ramped the tempo and went down swinging when grabbed late and beaten 2m behind FAME ASSURED. From the tricky gate she will be charging home.
JUST ROKIN (4) took on a restricted event at Redcliffe last start when starting fav and needed every bit of the stretch to arrive for the prize. Not suited from gate 12 here 2 starts back, she can be sharper here back to the front line.
OUR DIAMOND EDITON (1) was in the pocket trail from this gate 2 starts back when chasing hard to grab the silver over this trip behind FARRAHFOWLER. With a soft trip from the gate she has podium claims.
SELECTIONS: TRILIGHT BRIGADE (5), PAY ME INTEREST (9), JUST ROKIN (4), OUR DIAMOND EDITON (1)
SUGGESTED BET: TRILIGHT BRIGADE (5) to win