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The Sportsman Weekend - - Detailed Formguide For Gold Coast - with Greg Splet­ter

Race 1

Not re­ally a day for good things at the Gold Coast, but the best of them comes up in the first in OF THE DAY who has won two of her last three. Tough win at Doomben start over this trip, and she wasn’t dis­graced two starts back in the strong two and three -year- old race won by P ri­ori­tise. Looks about right at $2.70 with Rob­bie Fradd on board we can in­vest a de­cent por­tion of our start­ing bank with con­fi­dence. ESPIRITU is be - com­ing a pest for me. I know her tal­ent but she is not a con­sis­tent mare, only show­ing enough ev­ery few runs to draw me in again. Run­ner-up in open class be­hind Pinch River ear­lier in the year, and a good run in Mel­bourne fresh, but I won’t be putting her on top again un­til she puts two to­gether. Still, at 25/1 you can throw

into mul­ti­ples for value as she is bet­ter than these on her day. FI­NAL ZERO is on the sec­ond line of bet­ting and has drawn well. Beaten a lip by Of The Day last time and on vir­tu­ally the same terms will be within neck or so of her again. Race 2 Be­low av­er­age field of open grade sprint­ers here with half them out of form and the other hope­lessly out­classed. HARD STRIDE has been rac­ing okay with­out look­ing like win­ning one, and against this line -up will go close. De­cent enough fresh run be­hind Stella Om­bra and al­though his sec­ond-up form leaves a lot to be de­sired, from the per­fect draw he can just about get away with this and is a fair (equal) favourite at $4.00. SONY LEG­END my old fave has lost that ping in his fin­ish that we all know he has, and he might be ready for a break . Su­per win at his last run here when last-to -first over 1200m, but has missed a place all five runs since. Still, this is a very easy as­sign- ment and he has a hope. LONDEHERO needs the speed on to fig­ure and while there are plenty here who like to camp close to the speed, they might find them­selves all look­ing at each other while Rocky King gets some sweet sec­tion­als out in front. He won’t give away as big a start as he some­times does and has been fresh­ened up which is plus. Race 3 While no good thing, HINGUS ROSE is by far the best value all day and should be less than half her cur­rent $19 quote. She has only missed a place once, and chalked up sec­ond ca­reer win two runs back with a good ef­fort in a de­cent ju­ve­nile event. Beaten by smart one l ast time over 1050m and as the young filly up against the old folk here jumps out with only 51.5kg. Awe­some value. I would have thought BONSHO would be f avourite here af­ter scor­ing i n sim­i­lar grade last start at Doomben. Chased home Kha­lama her pre­vi­ous two and from the great gate has to be a strong hope. Looks a touch of value her­self at $4.00. The bulk the book has been hoovered up by SARAJEVO who for some rea­son is $3.70 favourite de­spite hav­ing missed a place at each of his last six starts. He has been tri­alling in prepa­ra­tion for re­turn since April 12 this year and had six trial hitouts since then. He has won just one race from 17 starts on top of the ground and has drawn a shocker. He showed some abil­ity about three years ago but other def­i­nitely make more ap­peal here. Race 4 OUT­RAGED is an­other who I con­sider by no means a good thing, just the sec­ond best one I can find. He was given hope last start when he needed binoc­u­lars to see the sec­ond-last horse at the 600m and af- ter a weav­ing pas­sage still man­aged to close to a long head be­hind Yaba Dabl Doya. Bound to be a lit­tle closer over the longer trip to­mor­row and drops a half kilo for that out­stand­ing run. Very happy to stick with him here at $4.00. MR EPIC con­tin­ues to race well and it was no dis­grace

be beaten by Mon­teux last start who looked very good on the day. Beat him the run prior and while he’s weighted up to his best, he only re­ally has to beat my top pick to win again. AN­TON EN AVANT is get­ting closer

a win af­ter fin­ish­ing third Mon­teux and Mr Epic last time. Not so keen on the drop back to 1800m, and I will prob­a­bly wait un­til he strikes a wet sur­face be­fore jump­ing back on but he is in the mix here, at least for a place. Race 5 These $30k R70 races are a poor cousin to the class three plates and JADEDFOX gets her chance to pick up an­other one to go with the sim­i­lar event she picked up in town at the end of July. Didn’t han­dle drop back to 1200m, nor the class rise, last time when a dis­tant fourth to Of The Day, but her pre­vi­ous form this prep was good. Great each way hope at $6 with J Lloyd on board. MALKARA will have his work cut out get­ting across from 15 but it’s hard to knock his form at home. Brought up his hat-trick this cir­cuit last week­end with a com­fort­able win over a small field un­der 61kg. This is step up in class to­mor­row but he in top form. DRIV­ING WHEELS did it tough last time be­hind Jadedfox cov­er­ing ex­tra ground in the run but wasn’t beaten far on line. No favours here with bar­rier 20 but it’s hard to be­lieve he will cover as much ex­tra turf to­mor­row and at $20 is ca­pa­ble of up­set­ting the ap­ple cart. Race 6

Not an overly strong af­fair and I’m cir­cling back to my old mate MARKS - FIELD who bobs up ev­ery few runs in this type of event with­out a lot warn­ing. Great run in town two starts back be­hind Khaleesi a much stronger race be­fore only bat­tling over the longer trip last time un­der big weight. Back to 1200m to­mor­row and has drawn get a nice run in tran­sit. Down to 56kg af­ter the claim at around $20 is each way bet. TY­COON ACE has runs on the board and is the de­served $4.40 favourite here. Closed late be­hind Kha­lama over the shorter trip two runs ago be­fore bounc­ing back with a good win lead­ing all the way from an awk­ward draw. He’ll go for­ward again and if he can get across will be hard to run down. NEPTUNE PALACE has been in the first two at his last four ap­pear­ances, the lat­est a close sec­ond to Khaleesi a sim­i­lar Bm80. Rac­ing very well and should find spot in your quad­die. Race 7 No toplin­ers en­gaged here and al­though still a maiden the form of ITALIA BELLA should mea­sure up. Placed in the Cham­pagne Clas­sic at Group Two level dur­ing the win­ter car­ni­val and fol­lowed that up with more black type in The Phoenix be - hind picket fence -builder Par­doe. Drawn ideally and at $4.60 is the one to be on. SHOGUN SUN equal fave at $3.70 on the back of tidy win in very wet con­di­tions at Rand­wick last run. Didn’t set world on fire up here prior to that, with by far his best run com­ing on sim­i­lar wet ground be­hind Bring It Home Pop. May need those con­di­tions to jus­tify his quote. PARADIS IM­PE­RIAL got through late at Townsville last start to bring up her sev­enth win from only 12 starts and she is a win­ner in town in Satur­day com­pany. Drawn the paint and should get all the favours in run­ning, I’d be throw­ing her in the quad­die at the $12 for value. Race 8 Stick­ing with DENARIUS here tak­ing on an eas­ier class six field than he is used to. Nice ef­fort in Sydney last start in the wet con­di­tions af­ter fin­ish­ing off nicely first-up be­hind Kha­lama over an un­suit­able trip. Should find some cover in run­ning here and the 1400m has al­ways looked his best trip. An­other de­cent each way prop - os­i­tion at $7.00. BACKSLAPPER is not en­ti­tled to $11 af­ter run­ning home nicely in a much stronger class six be­hind Havasay at Doomben last start. He goes well here, should rel­ish the ex­tra fur­long and has drawn ide - ally. CORNROW wasn’t com­pletely dis­graced in a su­pe­rior class six be hind Oink last time and is rarely far from the ac­tion. He’ll need a touch of luck draw but must for mul­ti­ples at $12 in this av­er­age event. Race 9 When in doubt, lean on the picket fence and ROBBERS COBBER has been do­ing a fine job this prep once he found his form. His first three over the shorter trips were for­get­table but since hit­ting the mile he has kept on win­ning, his last two over this course and dis­tance. Lots to like for a $10 shot. SUBSOLAR is on the same line of bet­ting and has re­turned from let-up in June in fine fet­tle. Scored a good win at the Sun­shine Coast two runs ago then tried hard in a class five in town over mile trip. Suited this dis­tance and has a big fin­ish when right. AN­OTHER LARGA is around the same price at $9.50 which seems a good for a horse beaten just a length at Can­ter­bury last start. Won two of his pre­vi­ous three starts lead­ing all the way and could take catch

here if left alone in front.

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