● Eye Liner Stakes analysis
VERY little separates the leading contenders in Eye Liner Stakes betting but it is Tyzone ($4.40) that holds narrow favouritism from Moss ‘N’ Dale ($4.80), Most Important ($6), Lucky Hussler ($7) and Religify ($7.50). Lucky Hussler: After a couple of false starts this preparation, he is set to return. Lucky Hussler is the class horse in this field and on his best form he would bolt in. The question mark is whether he can produce that sort of form first-up. Religify: Set to return after what has been a lengthy break. He is outstanding value at his current price of $7.50. The Choisir gelding has recorded three wins from his seven firstup starts. His recent barrier trial win at Rosehill Gardens suggests that he is fairly forward for his return to the races. Most Important: Drops back in quality after being outclassed in the Doomben 10,000, Kingsford-Smith Cup and Stradbroke Handicap. He has won at this level in the past. The question is whether Mark Du Plessis can get him across from the wide barrier draw. Moss ‘N’ Dale: An ultra-consistent performer. He returned to winning form with a classy performance at Flemington last start. Charlie Boy: Narrowly beaten in the Gold Coast Cup but has since failed to fire in the BRC Sprint and the Spear Chief. Bassett: Has raced fairly without looking like a winning chance in all of his starts this campaign. It has been a long time between race wins for the Savabeel gelding. I’m A Rippa: The best backed runner in early Eye Liner Stakes markets with Ladbrokes and it is easy to see why. He led from start to finish to record a tough win in the BRC Sprint and he was only narrowly denied in the Spear Chief. Tougher than the rest: Failed to fire in two race starts since being sent to Queensland. He is a better horse than those performances suggest. Marenostro: The extreme outsider has not been seen at the races since September last year and during that campaign he looked like a shadow of the horse that he once was. Privlaka: Capable of a high-rating performance and he ran well in both the Victory Stakes and the BRC Sprint. He did have excuses in the Spear Chief last start. Tyzone: Recorded two wins on the trot and gets a welldeserved crack at black-type level. The horse is a proven winner but he does look under the odds in a race of this quality. Coolring: Ran well in the National Sprint and scored a fast-finishing win in the Wagga Town Plate but he was very poor at Doomben last start. Bushy: Comes out of a fairly plain effort in the Spear Chief. He has been racing well but unlikely to feature.