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Punter's Guide to Thoroughbred Tracks
GLENEAGLE WARRIOR (7) started from the 2nd line last time out at Marburg when making a late challenge to get within a head of the winner. Breaking the maiden tag 2 starts back in early December when too tough in the breeze, he can get the easy trip here and be ready to strike.
MISTER COLE (6) speared across from gate 3 to find the front last start when returning to kick-off his 3YO term. Taking control over the AP mile, he steadied the ship mid-race allowing the after burners to be ignited for a 27 flat closing panel. The gate hurts, but he might have the class edge on his rivals.
WHERES SEGGY (1) started inside the 2nd line last start and buried in the run was 7m from the winner. FEARLESS FAITH was too sharp for him 2 starts back but with the gate he can feature here.
FOUR FOR FOUR (3) has placed in 4 of her 5 outings here on the triangle, the latest when runner-up at her 1st start for the season. Only beaten a half-neck, she will be tighter and can be thereabouts.
SELECTIONS: GLENEAGLE WARRIOR (7), MISTER COLE (6), WHERES SEGGY (1), FOUR FOR FOUR (3)
BEEF CITY STARZZZ (8) started fav last start from gate 9 and was sent to the pegs. Buried in the run he never saw the space to offer a meaningful challenge. He found them a bit slick late over the AP mile 2 starts back and finding the right trail here, should get the trip to power over the top.
WECANONLYHOPE (5) doesn’t have any favours from this alley, yet she hasn’t been far away of late, finishing runner-up at her past 2 in succession. Working to the front from gate 3 last start, she was collared late when 4m away and if limiting the early burn here, can be around the mark once again.
ELLE JAY (7) had an early look last start before easing in to take the pocket trail when finishing 8m away. A beaten fav 3 starts back, she can secure a soft trip here and look for the gaps in the stretch.
PERFECT FEELING (1) took them all the way at Marburg 3 starts back, holding off a late challenge to score. His past 2 haven’t suited, but back to this gate in this line-up, he can ask some questions.
SELECTIONS: BEEF CITY STARZZZ (8), WECANONLYHOPE (5), ELLE JAY (7), PERFECT FEELING (1)
SUGGESTED BET: BEEF CITY STARZZZ (8) to win
BONNIES CAM (1) started from gate 8 over the sprint trip here last start when settling back in the pack to then finish mid-field behind MODERN THOUGHT. Since finishing a tough 3rd here 4 starts back, he hasn’t been at his best, yet with the peg-line options here, looks to get every chance to turn the fortunes around.
RAINBOW ATOMIC (3) will take further benefit from his latest appearance when 2nd up from a let-up and having his 2nd run following a stable switch. Firing out to take control over the AP mile, he was grabbed in the latter stages. With gate speed, he can be in the right position to challenge.
SHADYS DELIGHT (7) found the pocket trail from gate 8 over the sprint trip here last start when finishing 3m from the winner. Not far away at each of his past 4 starts, if close enough, he can strike.
BAMBOLE NERE (2) was 7m in arrears of KID CALVERT last start which followed a forgive effort when making an error and losing all chance. From the gate, she can be close enough to chime in.
SELECTIONS: BONNIES CAM (1), RAINBOW ATOMIC (3), SHADYS DELIGHT (7), BAMBOLE NERE (2)
SUGGESTED BET: SHADYS DELIGHT (7)
BETTERTHANLEGO (10) returns to the track to start her 3YO term after a four-start 2YO term that netted placings on three occasions. The only miss came at her last start when making an early error before being sent to the breeze. With a nice trial to prepare, she can strike 1st up to open her account.
LANOCH BAY (5) has the wide gate to overcome as he looks for an elusive victory that has been out of reach on 12 previous occasions. Banished to the trials for a last start error, he returns here with a front-line gate after his past 3 have been from the 2nd line. 13 might just be his lucky number.
STARZZZ ON HIGH (1) is showing steady improvement and last start was 7m from the handy FOREVER ROCKING after looking to lead throughout. With the early options she is in the mix.
ITMIGHTBEYOU (2) looked to take them all the way last start from gate 1, but after walking them early, couldn’t stave off the challengers when holding on for 3rd. With good early speed she can place again.
SELECTIONS: BETTERTHANLEGO (10), LANOCH BAY (5), STARZZZ ON HIGH (1), ITMIGHTBEYOU (2)
SUGGESTED BET: BETTERTHANLEGO (10) to win
BETTOR MEMORIES (4) is a Bettors Delight filly out of the mare Janball makings her debut for the leading Dixon stable. A full sister of two winners including THATS BETTOR, she has trialled in nice order for her 1st race appearance, in handy time at AP. From the gate she can start with a bang.
HURRIKANE SPECIAL (1) has the race experience to call on, boasting more starts than the entire field combined. Eased back in the early stages last start from gate 5 last start, it was just too far out of reach. The improved gate is a big plus and she can challenge for that elusive victory.
REAP THE REWARDS (9) has faced the starter on 3 occasions now and is bursting out to open his win account. Leading to all bar the last few strides over the 2040m here 2 starts back, he faces a tough gate here.
SWEET JASMINE (3) resumes from a spell to kick-off her 3YO season following a 2YO term where things didn’t go her way at her only start. Opening the pipes with a tidy trial to prepare, she has podium claims.
SELECTIONS: BETTOR MEMORIES (4), HURRIKANE SPECIAL (1), REAP THE REWARDS (9), SWEET JASMINE (3)
SUGGESTED BET: BETTOR MEMORIES (4) to win
KWASII (1) started from inside the 2nd line last start and was soon locked away 3 back over this trip. Chasing hard to grab the bronze behind TIMELESS APPEAL, it followed a mid-field finish after setting the pace. With the speed to dictate here, if he can pinch a panel or two, he can stave them off.
TICK OF THE CLOCK (3) makes his 1st race appearance in Qld, arriving a two-time winner joining the Adam Sanderson yard. 7m from the winner at his last start back in Sept, he was sent around in a trial at Albion Park last week when following the speed to be 4m from the winner. He stays under watch.
GHOST GUM (4) has been earning consistently of late with a top-3 in 7 of his past 9 and the past 5 in succession. 3m from the winner last start at Tamworth, he can be thereabouts again here.
ASHLEE NITRO (7) was angled to the pegs looking for the short-cuts last start and they arrived, as she was able to pinch a 2m victory. With the soft trip on offer again, she can be ready to strike late.
SELECTIONS: KWASII (1), TICK OF THE CLOCK (3), GHOST GUM (4), ASHLEE NITRO (7)
SUGGESTED BET: KWASII (1) to win
TAPTHEKEG (1) will strip fitter and take great benefit from his latest outing when returning from a break. From gate 2 over the sprint trip, he was able to find the 1x1 trail when finishing 3m away in 2nd from EYE SEE DOUBLE. Yet to taste victory in Qld from 8 outings, this looks his chance.
THATS BETTOR (8) made the most of finding an easier assignment last start when keeping the favourite punters happy when arriving in the line to claim a half-head victory, set up with a slick early tempo. With a perfect 3 from 3 record here at the track, she can challenge to make it 4.
MISS CATALINA (7) wasn’t too far away from SHEZ GOT BLING last start at Tamworth which followed a passing lane 3rd in a mares qualifier. With the soft trip she can take the closing shot here.
RAFFERTY DELIGHTS (10) resumes form a spell and might just be able to find the pegs for a cheap ride 1st up. Effective when saved for a closing shot, he can look for the short-cuts to chime in.
SELECTIONS: TAPTHEKEG (1), THATS BETTOR (8), MISS CATALINA (7), RAFFERTY DELIGHTS (10)
SUGGESTED BET: TAPTHEKEG (1) to win
ONLY IN ROME (1) found the front from gate 3 over the AP mile last start with the lamp lighting duties costing 27.3 seconds for the opening panel. With the heat applied down the back, he fought on well to hold 4th. Placed in 3 of 4 here on the triangle, he gets his chance to end a long winless streak.
GOES BOOM (4) found his race last start here over the sprint trip. Finding the 1x1 trail from gate 9, he powered over the top to claim an 8m victory. He will need to step up from what he met in that contest, but with winning form and moving to the front line can look for a repeat effort.
BEZZA (7) makes his Qld debut for Taleah McMullen and arrives a winner 4 starts back at Terang when leading throughout in a sharp mile. With the easy trip on offer 1st up, he can probe for space.
PURE CHARISMA (8) has a pair of wins and a minor form just 4 attempts here at the peninsula paceway. Finishing over the top in mares company last start, look for her taking a closing shot.
SELECTIONS: ONLY IN ROME (1), GOES BOOM (4), BEZZA (7), PURE CHARISMA (8)
SUGGESTED BET: Exotics 1-4-7-8
LETTUCEFIRESTAR (1) found his race 2 starts back after some handy outings and after landing a nice position in transit, had bullets to fire in claiming victory over the 2040m. Forced to retreat last start, he worked home well for the bronze and from the gate, looks the one to beat here.
LIFES BLACK (6) has placed in all 4 starts since returning from a break, the latest when using the passing lane to be 3m from the winner HARD TO HEAR. Wide off the track in grabbing the silver 2 starts back after landing gate 11 over the 2138m, he has no favours from this gate but can chime in.
MAJOR GENERALJUJON (5) rolled forward to cut the breeze last start from gate 3 and digging in for the fight was too tough over the 1780m trip. Appreciating that assignment, he can look to build here.
FEELINGFORARAINBOW (9) was locked away against the poles last start at Tamworth and never really got into the contest from a 2nd line gate. A nice winner 3 starts back, he can be sharper here.
SELECTIONS: LETTUCEFIRESTAR (1), LIFES BLACK (6), MAJOR GENERALJUJON (5), FEELINGFORARAINBOW (9)
SUGGESTED BET: LETTUCEFIRESTAR (1) to win