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AQUA CRUISER (1) found good cover in the running line from gate 5 last start and when asked to make his run, loomed strongly to claim his 1st victory on the triangle. His run 2 starts back behind WILL THE WIZARD had merit and if he has the hustle to protect the poles, will be tough to stop.
HEEZ PERFECT (3) eased from gate 6 over the AP 2138m trip last start to find the pegs and went searching for the short-cuts. Closing nicely, he grabbed the silver behind HAVING THE FAITH, who franked that with a subsequent win. Fitter following 2 runs back from a spell, he can challenge.
ARBIT MAJOR (7) broke a long standing Albion Park hoodoo last start, arriving down the centre of the track to claim victory over the 2138m after racing in the trail. With another cosy trip, look for him firing the closing shots.
CONDAFEW (8) chased home for a mid-field finish from back in the pack last start behind ARBIT MAJOR. Keen in the run behind COMMODORE JUJON 2 starts back, he will be swooping late.
SELECTIONS: AQUA CRUISER (1), HEEZ PERFECT (3), ARBIT MAJOR (7), CONDAFEW (8)
SUGGESTED BET: AQUA CRUISER (1) to win
ONE OFF (2) is still searching for his 1st win this season, however, might have found the right conditions here to capitalise. Luckless last start from gate 6 when retreating early and then not seeing space when needed, he placed his previous 4 in succession. Firing the 1st shot the improved gate is a big plus.
MEGA STAR (1) was taken back from gate 5 over the AP mile last start and was hitting the line in nice style behind NOTORIUS. In for the fight when only 5m from the winner ONLY IN ROME 2 starts back, that had followed a hat-trick of wins. From the gate he will be in the fight.
CC JONES (8) worked in the run last start in a qualifier when fading after doing the heavy lifting as THE CRUISE MISSILE claimed the prize. 5m from the winner over the 2040m 2 back, he is in the mix.
MAJOR LUCKY (7) used the passing lane here 2 starts back to get within a flared nostril of the winner BRIGTHON PRINCE. Franking that when arriving from gate 6 here last start, he will be probing.
SELECTIONS: ONE OFF (2), MEGA STAR (1), CC JONES (8), MAJOR LUCKY (7)
SUGGESTED BET: ONE OFF (2) to win
APACHE WHITESOX (1) rolled across from gate 4 here last week and was forced to do it the tough way outside the leader, fading in the closing stages to be 5m in arrears of victory. Mid-field the start prior after again forced to work hard over the AP mile, he looks to get every chance from this alley.
MAYWYNS HONEY (7) has been runner-up at her past 2 starts, the latest when setting the tempo over this trip. Walking them through the opening 800m, it was set up for a last stanza sprint, but she couldn’t fight them off, with BARONE taking a 2m victory. Only a half-head away 2 starts back, she will be ready to take the snipers shot here.
ILLBEWATCHING (4) held the pocket trail here 2 starts back and with the easy trip held on for the silver behind PERFECT FEELING. Buried in the run last start, finding position cheaply can help his podium aspirations.
DUCHESS DOWNUNDER (5) secured the 1x1 trail last start from the 2nd line when not too far from the winner BARONE. Grabbed in the stretch after leading them up 2 starts back, she can chime in.
SELECTIONS: APACHE WHITESOX (1), MAYWYNS HONEY (7), ILLBEWATCHING (4), DUCHESS DOWNUNDER (5)
SUGGESTED BET: APACHE WHITESOX (1) to win
JOY MAKER (1) has been freshened since her last appearance and will line up here on the triangle for the 1st time. Sent to the post as fav 2 starts back from gate 2, she was 1st to the pegs before releasing for the trail and holding 3rd behind WHATTA GOOD REASON. The gate is a big plus and she can open her account.
FORGIVE ME (7) held on for 3rd on debut after securing the trial from gate 1. Forced to do it the tough way last start, she was in for the fight when not too far away from the winner SHERBETS CHOICE. With an economical trip on offer, she can be ready to make a play when the gaps arrive.
STAR KISSER (4) is a Pet Rock gelding on debut for Shawn Grimsey. With a tidy trial here, his latest trial was behind some older experienced campaigners and from the gate stays under notice.
KATANA (3) will find this a few shades easier than her debut when taking on a heat of the Redcliffe Sales Series. Taking some benefit from that, she can be an improver in this line-up.
SELECTIONS: JOY MAKER (1), FORGIVE ME (7), STAR KISSER (4), KATANA (3)
SUGGESTED BET: JOY MAKER (1) to win
After a string of runs where he wasn’t too far away but wasn’t really threatening, BEEF CITY STARZZZ (1) has worked his way back into form, winning twice and a narrow runner up in his past 4 starts. Taking them all the way over the 2040m here 2 starts back, he was closing strongly when only a neck shy of victory last time. With the early options, he looks to get his chance.
ALLSTAR SEA (7) continues to work closer to a victory, placed in 4 of his past 5 appearances. The latest was from gate 8 when working home in nice style wide off the track to get within a half-head of the winner. Hoping the 1 looks to hold, he will get the economical trip and be probing the gaps.
TINKA TERROR (2) moved up 3-wide 700m from home over the AP mile last time out and was able to worry the leader out of the prize in scoring a nice win. Only a head away here 2 starts back, she is right in the fight here.
LA PISTOLA (8) landed in the 1x1 trail here last start and was able to finish over the top in claiming victory. Runner-up from this gate 3 starts back, he is in the mix again here.
SELECTIONS: BEEF CITY STARZZZ (1), ALLSTAR SEA (7), TINKA TERROR (2), LA PISTOLA (8)
SUGGESTED BET: Exotics 1-2-7-8
MISTER FAHRENHEIT (1) set the tempo last start over this trip and had them rolling, with the effort taking its toll when fading in the latter stages. Gunned down here 3 starts back when in front, he should find this a little easier and with the gate to use his early speed, will be gripping on.
BARBOO (8) was a winner here 2 starts back over the sprint trip when pouncing on the lead from gate 3 and once in control had 10m up his sleeve. Holding on for the bronze over the AP mile last start from the pocket trail when only 2m in arrears, with the right early trail, he can challenge here.
MALIBU DREAM (2) was 2nd up from a break when making the most of the lamp lighting duties to dictate to victory here 2 starts back. With the good gate and added fitness, she is in the mix.
STORM GILBERT (4) has placed in 4 of his past 7 here at the triangle, the latest when fighting hard from the breeze and only 3m from the winner MONTANA EXPRESS. He can throw it down again.
SELECTIONS: MISTER FAHRENHEIT (1), BARBOO (8), MALIBU DREAM (2), STORM GILBERT (4)
SUGGESTED BET: MISTER FAHRENHEIT (1) to win
BLACKJEWEL (4) has a tougher gate than what she has lined up from in previous starts, yet she might have found the right conditions. Setting the tempo 2 starts back, it was slow early before she was outsprinted when 3m in arrears of victory. They were a bit slick at AP last start and in this contest she looks suited.
MANOFLISA (2) started from inside the 2nd line here 2 starts back and was hitting the line in good order when 4m from the winner PERFECT FEELING. Not suited last start when obliged to roll the sleeves and race tough over the AP mile, he can settle handy to the action to challenge.
PRETTYCOMPACT (8) was soon locked away on the pegs last start when 6m in arrears of the winner WEASEL. Not suited when retreating from gate 5 here 2 starts back, she can search for gaps here.
MISTER DECORUM (7) will be requiring a slice of luck at some stage from this gate as he looks like being buried in transit. Fighting hard after racing tough last start, he will be probing the openings.
SELECTIONS: BLACKJEWEL (4), MANOFLISA (2), PRETTYCOMPACT (8), MISTER DECORUM (7)
IM SANDY BAY (1) will have her chances decided as they score up and with the 1st 100m, as she finds herself back in the main draw for the 1st time in 2020. Plagued by terrible barrier manners, she didn’t score up both times previously when drawn gate 1. A winner here 3 starts back and not too far away in a stronger race last start, it will be heart in the mouth stuff early.
LA BELLE CHEVAL (3) snagged back from gate 5 last start before working home soundly when mid-field to MOLLYS SECRET. Buried in the run 2 starts back from inside the 2nd line, she used the passing lane 3 starts back when only a half-head from the winner. She can challenge in this.
THANKHEAVNFORGIRLS (5) held the pocket trail here 2 starts back and with the economical trip held on for 2nd over behind BARBOO. Doing some early work last start, she is a place chance here.
TRENTLEIGH (4) has been runner-up at his past 3 in succession, grabbed on the line when a neck short of victory here last week. That looked his chance for a breakthrough and a place appears best again.
SELECTIONS: IM SANDY BAY (1), LA BELLE CHEVAL (3), THANKHEAVNFORGIRLS (5), TRENTLEIGH (4)
Another race late in the night where the 2040m trip will sort them out. DARTESIAN (7) will need a slice of luck from inside the 2nd line but if he can sight the gaps in time, can arrive. Working home in good order to grab the silver behind SISTER FEELGOOD last start, he is worth a stab.
CARIBBEAN ROCKET (4) started a red figure fav in that same race from gate 8 last week but could only manage 6th, finishing 7m in arrears of the winner. Working home soundly along the passing lane the start prior, finding early position will be key to his chances here.
NEVASANO (6) eased from gate 5 to find position before chiming in late to grab the bronze behind SISTER FELLGOOD. Fitter for the outing after 2 runs back from a break, she has podium claims.
STAR OF WONDER (3) was taken to the pegs from the four-hole last start, looking for the short-cuts home in finishing mid-field behind MOLLYS SECRET. Winless in over 18 months, he can place in this.
SELECTIONS: DARTESIAN (7), CARIBBEAN ROCKET (4), NEVASANO (6), STAR OF WONDER (3)
SUGGESTED BET: DARTESIAN (7) to win