BETTER LAND resumes tomorrow against a capacity line -up and with Jeff Lloyd will give him every hope from the perfect draw. He won a good class three up here last prep under 59kg before placing in stronger grade, and was a winner on soft ground when under the Tutelage of Darren Weir. He won recent trial at home and I wouldn’t think the $9.00 will be available when they jump. TUMBLER had plenty of support taking on WFA company in the Victory Stakes a fortnight ago but ran by far the worst race of her career, failing to beat runner home. This is much easier, and we might be able to put the failure down to the horrid Eagle Farm surface, though I wasn’t overly enthused by her first-up win here a fortnight prior. It was just a win, and at $3.20 is a bit of risk for mine. INVINCIBLE EXPRESS made it five in row with a handy first-up win at Ipswich three weeks ago. It was a weak field and she will need to progress further to measure up these, but five in a row is nothing be scoffed at and she
in with a hope, though no value at $4.20. There are several other chances here, including LE CHEF who finally returned to winning form after long run of outs and at $26 is worth including in your multiples.
My big speccy for the day is ALLKNIGHT SAINT who has been a wonderful animal followers of this column and gets his chance to please us again at upwards of $26. You don’t often get a heads-up that a win is imminent with this bloke, you almost have to pre - empt his return to form, and a solid hitout un- der his belt here three weeks ago He can run a race here. Second-up last prep he improved to beat a strong open class field over this trip, and at the end of last prep he almost stole a race at Eagle Farm on wet ground, so conditions won’t hurt him. He’s big fella who will lope along on the speed from the perfect draw and will have something to give in
straight. PRIVLAKA is one of mine and he ran another strong race on wet ground last time only to get bloused by the fresh horse. He has to contend with a big weight and a nasty draw here and for that reason I’m going around him, but he has genuine claims on the soft track as always. PAYROLL is having his first run since a great effort behind Stratum Star on Magic Millions day back in January over 2200m. Carried 61.5kg to a seven length victory first-up last campaign and she could give some cheek at the $13.
I have to stick with PUNTA NORTE here after proving too classy for a Bm85 field at Eagle Farm last start. He carried 59.5kg and drops 5.5kg back down to the limit weight here as he steps up stakes grade. H loves the conditions, he’s the one on up and with two runs under his belt he should be peaking here at pet distance. Plenty to like for a $7.50 shot, he just needs a smidgin of l uck early from the tricky draw. JUMBO PRINCE is always hope around this grade and his two runs back have been very good. Beaten j ust over a l ength by Single Gaze last time over this course and distance and with penchant for the soft tracks he has solid claims again at a fair $4.40. PINDAN PEARL has had change of stable
and after botching the start made late ground behind Punta Norte last start. She does like the sting out of the and at 25/1 could inject value into the exotics. Race 4
I was a bit concerned with OURS TO KEEP resuming over 1200m last start in the Dalrello and he did look a little tired at the end behind Saint Patricks Day. He has drawn well again and I’m hoping that it wasn’t the soft track that cost him last time. I was very tempted to put COOROI CHASE at $13 after two strong performances on wet tracks to date. Followed her 16 length trial win with an impressive victory on debut, then got well back and ran on into second spot last time should relish to step up to 1200m to - morrow. Not convinced she is up this, but at the double figure quote it wouldn’t cost much to find out. SNITZKRAFT also found the 1200m a bit much last time knocking up at the end into third spot, though it seems he didn’t like the soft go - ing. He’s going to strike another wet track here, but at least this one is because it actually rained. Risk , but has genuine claims.
Many chances here and without a great deal of confidence I’m jumping onto MORTON’S FORK who goes okay fresh and does get through the ground with aplomb. Sandown Guineas winner who didn’t really fire in the autumn, but he has had a couple of trials in preparation for his return and he does have a bit of class about him. He’s probably entitled to be favourite at the $4.40, but tread warily. OINK knocked over the hotpot first-up on a soft-7 and will take beating again here drop - ping back to set weights. Ran some top races up here last carnival as a juvenile and is likely to make his presence felt at three. SYLPHEED had to deal with a heavy-10, and Winx, two runs back before producing a much better result in the Gold Coast Guineas last time, running on nicely at the end of 1200m after covering ground. Suited at this trip, but I’m concerned she might not handle the going as the breed aren’t known for it.
The absence of high class participants in the Chairman’s give MORENDI a great chance of picking up well deserved black type win. He has knocked up winning this campaign and proved he can do it on any surface with a last start victory the soft-7 at Eagle Farm. Michael Cahill will put him to sleep off the speed and he should be hitting line hard, he’s good value at $11. STAMPEDE has come up the $3.90 after winning the Wagga Cup last start and with respect to that race it highlights lack of top level staying talent in this. He is rarely far away and will no doubt take up the lead give them something to run down. NEVERLAND didn’t on first-up behind Sadaqa at her first attempt on soft going and that is a bit of a concern as she will have to contend with the shifty surface tomorrow, but she is a smart stayer when right. Took seven runs to manage a placed effort last campaign but he previous form suggested she would be right up to this on her day.
Pretty keen on REDZEL tomorrow on the back of a strong win in the Hall Mark last time where he led all the way on the heavy-8. Beaten a lip by stablemate in the Galaxy
run prior but meets him several kilos better for the narrow defeat and at $7.50 is by far best value in the race. RUSSIAN REVOLUTION did score a good win first-up, but he gave in without a yelp in the tougher TJ Smith fortnight later and is up to 57kg. He hasn’t convinced me, and while he gets a nice run from the draw will have to go better than he did at Randwick beat this lot. MUSIC MAGNATE’s win in the Victory was a tough one and it should set him up nicely to peak tomorrow on surface he is very comfortable on. Won the longer Doomben 10,000 last year and could easily go back to back .
MONGOLIAN WOLF has had just the one run for champion trainer Darren Weir and was very impressive taking out the Frank Packer Plate on the heavy-8 a month ago. He ob - viously loves wet, D Weir has got him winning from the get-go and at $3.70 is enormous value. Group Two -placed in New Zealand prior to the stable switch and against these he should be more like $2.20. He
give us a great finish to a top program. ORDER AGAIN is far too close to the favourite in the market to warrant consideration but he is certainly a rough hope after winning on the heavy-8 at Eagle Farm last time by more than seven lengths after giving them a start. Fitter and is bred to get the trip. VIOLATE battled on well to push Dreams Aplenty a nose in the Gunsynd Classic last start, but he did finish seven lengths behind top pick in Sydney. Drawn well and should beat plenty of them home.