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DRIVE THE DREAM (9) comes up with a tricky alley, yet there might be enough front end tempo to ensure she can find a position in transit to be in a striking position. Rolling forward to take control from gate 7 at AP 2 starts back she packed too many guns and with even luck in transit can arrive.
CORPORAL LUNA (1) should find this marginally easier than what he has been facing and with the ace gate will be in the firing line. Last start he didn’t have the best of luck in the run that saw him down the line and his run 3 back was a touch better than the result reflects. The gate is a big plus.
THE HARLEM HAMMER (5) was a winner here 2 starts back when capitalising on gate 1 and taking them all the way over the 2280m trip. Forced to work last start she has podium claims here.
RARING TO GO (2) will be 2nd up since a break and since transferring to the Charlie Chiang barn. With good early speed he can look to fire the 1st shot and with the added fitness has place hopes.
SELECTIONS: DRIVE THE DREAM (9), CORPORAL LUNA (1), THE HARLEM HAMMER (5), RARING TO GO (2)
SUGGESTED BET: DRIVE THE DREAM (9) to win
IM FREE FALLING (7) has been in the money his past 6 in succession and after starting to prove costly cashed in to score last start. Finding a suitable target he worked home strongly off the 2nd line and arrive to score. He will need plenty of luck here but is worth a chance.
HERITAGE BEACH (3) started in red figures last start and was sent forward from gate 4 and was working in the run when holding on for the bronze. Only 4m from the winner 2 starts back he can look to settle close to the speed here and will be fighting to the finish.
TELL THE FUTURE (4) was caught wide last start from gate 6 and was snagged back to the rear and chasing. Only beaten a half-neck over the 2040m 2 starts back she will be right in the fight.
RUNNING ALONG (1) will be 2nd up in Qld following his 1st outing at Marburg when locked away and finishing mid-field behind CIRCLE LINE. With the options from the gate he is in the mix.
SELECTIONS: IM FREE FALLING (7), HERITAGE BEACH (3), TELL THE FUTURE (4), RUNNING ALONG (1)
LIFEINHEAVEN (4) found the pocket trail last start and chased hard to claim the silver behind ROWDYS ACE. That followed a luckless run from gate 5 when taken back to find position and if able to find position cheaply here she is worth a chance in an open contest.
MY SECRET TORQUE (7) will be needing some factors to fall in her favour, but if they do she can be ready to strike 1st up from a break. Placed at her past 2 prior to going for a break, her most recent run was a tidy effort when 2m from the winner OLIVER WINKLE. She will be probing for gaps here.
LETHAL PROMISE (8) continued his consistent form with another placing last start when doing all the work and falling a half-neck short of victory. That followed a Redcliffe victory and he will be in the mix again.
RED LUCK (1) has been well beaten in recent starts bit has also started from 2nd line draws in 3 of his past 4 starts. With the improved gate look for him to be much sharper in this.
SELECTIONS: LIFEINHEAVEN (4), MY SECRET TORQUE (7), LETHAL PROMISE (8), RED LUCK (1)
SUGGESTED BET: LIFEINHEAVEN (4) to win
SEA HAWKE (2) found his race at AP 2 starts back and despite starting from gate 7 was able to prove his dominance over the opposition to post a comfortable 18m victory. From gate 5 here last start over the 2040m he was finding the line strongly after going back early and he can look to dictate.
LIFES BLACK (9) will be further tightened from his latest outing when pouncing on the pegs from gate 3 and taking them all the way to score a comfortable 8m victory. Run down on the line 2 starts prior when setting a strong closing 800m panel he will be right in the fight here.
ALOT OF COST (4) has placed in his past 3 starts with the latest a tough effort when cutting the breeze after being sent forward from the 2nd line. He might need to work here but will be fighting.
FAVOURITE MISS (5) resumes from a spell to start her 3YO term. A debut winner here on then triangle up the passing lane, she was given an easy trial to prepare and has podium claims.
SELECTIONS: SEA HAWKE (2), LIFES BLACK (9), ALOT OF COST (4), FAVOURITE MISS (5)
SUGGESTED BET: SEA HAWKE (2) to win
ELFONZO (2) has struggled to fire a shot since arriving in Qld yet this will be his easiest assignment to date. Forced to the outside draw owing to his barrier manners his last run saw him fade out behind BLINGITTOTHEMAX. With the benefit of a good gate he looks to get his chance here.
ALWAYS AT NIGHT (7) has the tricky gate to negotiate but if he happens to see space with track to work with he will be a big threat. He worked home in good order over the AP 2138m trip 2 starts back and last start was still coming on the line when grabbing the bronze. Will just need some luck.
MANWITHTHEESKI (1) tried to take them all the way over the mile at AP last start and just faded in the closing stages. Back to the triangle is a big plus and with the options will be thereabouts.
HERES MY NUMBER (8) was buried away on the pegs last start and didn’t see space until the race was gone. Wore down by LETHAL PROMISE 2 starts back he will be right in the fight here.
SELECTIONS: ELFONZO (2), ALWAYS AT NIGHT (7), MANWITHTHEESKI (1), HERES MY NUMBER (8)
NIKALONG HENRY (6) has the wide gate to negotiate but should appreciate this class of contest after taking on much stronger conditioned events where he has placed at his past 2 starts. Buried away last start he found the line nicely in slick time behind SOME EXCUSESOMEWHERE and can take this.
MICKEE CULLEN (4) was angled to the pegs here last start from a 2nd line gate and was chasing a long way out. That followed a tidy effort from a wide gate when closing out in good order. Fitter from 3 runs back from a break he can be sharper here.
CHEYENNE AUTUMN (9) was sent forward from gate 4 last start and finding the front looked to take them all the way when grabbed in the closing stages. The gate hurts but with she can podium.
TASCOTT LADY (7) was charging along the passing lane last start and went within a head of the winner FAMOUS SHOES. She looks set to be buried away again here but will be probing for the gaps.
SELECTIONS: NIKALONG HENRY (6), MICKEE CULLEN (4), CHEYENNE AUTUMN (9), TASCOTT LADY (7)
SUGGESTED BET: NIKALONG HENRY (6) to win
ITZ MAJOR LOOK (7) will be sweating on the 1 looking to lead throughout and if that scenario eventuates he will be poised and ready to strike. Locked away on the pegs last start he was strong to the line when he did see space last start behind JUST DEAL IT and just needs factors to fall his way.
MY MAGIC MERLIN (2) has been runner-up at his past 2 starts both from gate 6 when working across and doing the hard yards outside the leader. In both he has been fighting all the way and only beaten a head in each. The improved gate helps and if he finds the pegs 1st will be hard to stop.
CONTRARY COURAGE (1) started from inside the 2nd line last start and never spotted an opening to issue a challenge. 3rd at each of her previous 2 starts, she has the options from the gate.
SHEZA GALVINATOR (8) has been in the money at her past 3 starts and after successive placings capitalised last start with an all the way win from gate 3 in strong time. With even luck she can throw down a challenge.
SELECTIONS: ITZ MAJOR LOOK (7), MY MAGIC MERLIN (2), CONTRARY COURAGE (1), SHEZA GALVINATOR (8)
SUGGESTED BET: Exotics 1-2-7-8
KIWI SOLDER (1) was locked away on the pegs last start and found the line in good order to be 5m from the winner. He should be fitter for that run after a 3 week break between starts and in an open contest can look to make the most of the gate to break his maiden status.
WHATA STRIDE (7) will be hoping the 1 looks for an all the way effort as that will give her the chance to be ready to take the snipers shot up the passing lane. Grabbing the bronze behind the handy 3YO SEA HAWKE 2 starts back, she was too far back chasing a slick closing 800m winner last time.
ACE MONTANA (3) has faced the starter just 3 times with 2 of those coming at Marburg. His latest run saw him working in the breeze and fading late. Showing gradual improvement he can place here.
NIGHT NINJA (5) was 1st up for his 4YO term last start at Marburg when he was hitting the line in good style from a long way back at Marburg. Fitter for that run he stays under notice from the gate.
SELECTIONS: KIWI SOLDER (1), WHATA STRIDE (7), ACE MONTANA (3), NIGHT NINJA (5)