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The Sportsman Weekend - - Gold Coast A Detailed Formguide - WITH GREG SPLETTER SPME01Z01MA - V1

Race 1

Not a whole lot to go on in the first ju­ve­nile race of the sea­son with just

cou­ple of trial wins over small fields in av­er­age times. BRINKMAN­SHIP has a bit go­ing for him, though, and with­out much con­fi­dence we’ll set­tle on him in the first. His only trial was eye­catch­ing in so far as he flew the start and was a mile in front on set­tling. Un­touched

the run to line, beat­ing the sec­ond horse com­fort­ably and street­ing the oth­ers. He didn’t run flash time but he had plenty in the tank on line. First crop of Spirit Of Booms and he’s a half­brother to tal­ented lass Tiy­a­trolani. No idea if $2.60 re presents value but there don’t ap­pear to be many chances. RAINS APLENTY has come up odds-on on the back of a trial win at Toowoomba last month and his mother was a Thou­sand Guineas win­ner in her time, though she hasn’t set the world on fire in the breed­ing bar n. Ran fair time for

850m and Luke Dittman is stick­ing with him hav­ing rid­den both this pair to their trial wins. BURN­ING SUC­CESS and BOLTER weren’t far from each other at the trial on the Sun­shine Coast, though I’d ex­pect them to fin­ish a fair way be­hind

two favourites in bet­ting.

Race 2

The fil­lies’ di­vi­sion looks stronger and FISH ‘n’ SNITZ will take some beat­ing fol­low­ing an im­pres­sive trial. Mus­tered speed and led them eas­ily at what looked to be more track g al­lop pace than trial speed. Given a shake-up maybe a hun­dred out to clean out the pipes but was un­touched oth­er­wise. Time wasn’t out­stand­ing but she did it very well and from the good draw should be there­abouts. MIR­A­CLES APLENTY has won two tri­als at Toowoomba, the first beat­ing the odds-on fave in colts di­vi­sion so his per­for­mance might add some con­fi­dence to this filly. Drawn out a bit so she will need to show zip early but at $8.00 looks rea­son­able value. MISS ESTER beat a small trial field about four weeks ago but the time was okay. Drawn next to Mir­a­cles Aplenty and will also need some luck or good gate speed find a po­si­tion.

Race 3

Very keen here on EX­CEED­INGLY at the $6.50 fol­low­ing two runs back from a very long spell. In­cred­i­ble train­ing per­for mance to have him salute at his first run since Feb 2014 with a win the Sun­shine Coast, then did well un­der 59kg to battle on be­hind Madame Lily over this trip. This is a good deal eas­ier and he’s drawn much bet­ter gate to go for­ward and take run­ning down. HI HARRY also won first-up, though off a far more mod­est break, here at the Gold Coast where he was far too strong for a fair class three field. Drawn next to the top pick and he should be very com­pet­i­tive from there. He mixed it with some of the bet­ter 3yo’s of his crop last year over slightly longer trips and he looks set for a lu­cra­tive cam­paign. FRED­DIE FOX TROT has come up way too shor t at $2.65 as he lines for his hat-trick. Broke through at

sec­ond star to post his maiden win at Lis­more, then fin­ished off well here last time to beat an av­er­age class one field com­for tably. Drawn poorly and is well up in g rade. Not the worst but aw­ful value.

Race 4

I’m very dis­ap­pointed with the price about DREAMS APLENTY but he should prob­a­bly win. Set a strong pace first-up over 1350m be­fore be­ing mowed down by the enig­matic Some­day, then again led them a mer ry chase from awk­ward draw be­fore run­ning out of puff on the line. He’s back a fur­long in dis­tance here and should be just about at his peak third run in, but this isn’t a bad field I don’t think he’s en­ti­tled to be twos-on. He should get some cheap sec­tion­als midrace with noth­ing likely to take him on in ear nest, but he owes his fans plenty after go­ing down as favourite at his first two runs back. DREAM FIN­NISH can pull out a strong run fresh and did just that when re­sum­ing at Ip­swich last star t. Beat a de­cent Bm85 field and drops 3kg ste pping up to open g rade to­mor row. The ex­tra trip suits, he will be tak­ing many lengths off the favourite in the straight. TORGERS- EN is an in­ter­est­ing runner from the Chris Waller yard who put in an en­cour­ag­ing ef­for t first-up a very strong class three plate in town. Drops 5kg for this and will strip fit­ter for the hitout. Wor th not­ing that he was runner-up in the Bill Ritchie last year and was only a cou­ple of length be­hind Hau­raki in Ep­som so he is well up to this. FRESPANOL has also been rac­ing well this time in the favourite won’t have ev­ery­thing his own way. Tread war­ily.

Race 5

This is a very open stay­ing event, far more than the mar­ket would sug­gest, and AN­TON EN AVANT is get­ting very close to a win. He’s had seven runs back and put in the best of them last star t com­ing off a four week fresh­enup ag ainst sim­i­lar field to this. Stuck on gamely and was less than a length from Lov­ing Home on the line. Saves his best for this cir­cuit and with J Lloyd re­tain­ing mount the $8.00 looks de­cent value. VASSAL can’t be far off a win after rack­ing up his third con­sec­u­tive plac­ing in Lov­ing Home’s race last time. Nar rowly beaten, though he was only a half length in fron of the top pick on the line and is up to 58kg to­mor row. Un­der the mark at $3.20 but is cer tainly a gen­uine threat. MONTEUX took breather after beat­ing Mr Epic im­pres­sively back in Au­gust and im­proved shar ply back up to 1800m last star t, plac­ing be­hind Cau­then’s Power at the Sunny Coast. Should be up near speed and at $11 can give back­ers a sight.

Race 6

It’s not re­ally a day for good things but SNITZKRAF T re­ally should win ag ain after do gged per­for mance first-up over this trip. He didn’t beat a g reat deal, but he was giv­ing away

ton of weight and got the job done with­out giv­ing back­ers too much of a fright. Fit­ter for run and he is g reat value at the $3.40, I’d have thought he was more of a $2.50 pop. COLOSIMO ap­pre­ci­ated the speed on at Ip­swich last time and mo­tored home to score an im­pres­sive win over the fil­lies. The early tempo may have flat­tered her over the last fur­long or so but she did show up as an early 2yo, and after a cou­ple of un­suc­cess­ful out­ings in Syd­ney she has run her­self back into for m. Fair value at the $6.50. CO­RAL BAY couldn’t snare hat-trick last time after good wins at the Sun­shine Coast, but he did take some g round of Snitzkraft in the run home. Gets a nice weight tur naround and at $10 is some hope.

Race 7

Both di­vi­sions of the R70 are mine­fields and I’m go­ing to give RED HAN­DLE one more chance. Drew a good g ate last time and had ev­ery hope be­fore just bat­tling away down the straight at Ip­swich ag ainst a pretty av­er­age line-up. Su­per run

star t prior when she beat all but Im­pre gnable at Doomben. Mak­ing g round was hard to do at Ip­swich and she might bet­ter here with the rail true and some cut out of

g round. About right at $4.60. REVALDOR hasn’t been placed at his last four, though he has been show­ing steady im­prove­ment and was only a length and a half from Ur­ban Knight last time after cov­er­ing ex­tra g round. No luck with the draw ag ain here but is near­ing a win. VOLTAIRE LU­MIERE is aw­fully hard to catch and I pre­fer to gam­ble on him ear­lier in his cam­paign fresh le gs. Still, run be­hind Bour­bon Road last start was a cracker, and at the $9.00 we should prob­a­bly find a spot for him in our quad­die.

Race 8

All the ac­tion in this di­vi­sion is down bot­tom of the weights, and DERR MOUN­TAIN looks the best of them. Had her first run for Toby Ed­monds here a cou­ple of weeks ago and she did good job car ry­ing 59kg to vic­tory over the 1400m. Drops 3.5kg into this mod­er­ate as­sign­ment and same course and dis­tance with J Lloyds in the sad­dle will take a power of beat­ing. Looks as though she’ll bree ze through this class and looks value at $4.40. ANTIGONE beat a very av­er­age class three field eas­ily last star t after two close-up ef­for ts over the shor ter trips. Back in trip which won’t help but is one of the main dan­gers. ALL THAT IS is prob­a­bly en­ti­tled to be a bit shor ter than $12 after some good re­cent re­sults. Not disg raced in a stronger -0MW last time, and put an eye­catcher the run prior hit­ting the line strongly be­hind Karak­abeel in a much tougher R70 in town.

Race 9

So many souther n raiders star t shor t up here and dis­ap­point, but SHOCK ALERT looks a good thing to my eye ag ainst fair and even Bm80 ros­ter. Beat small field at Kem­bla last time but did it eas­ily, and was placed in stronger Bm73 g rade at Can­ter­bury the run prior. He’s won two of his three runs this time in, should get trip com­for tably and I’d be sur prised if they don’t shave some­thing off the $2.70 prior to the jump. SPRING TY­COON is a handy type around this g rade who dis­ap­pointed at Ip­swich last time when he couldn’t make round be­hind Moon­light Dancer. Bet­ter than that, and if he gets some luck from the nasty g ate will be com­pet­i­tive at busi­ness end. CAPETOWN HUSSEY snuck un­der my guard two runs back over the mile be­fore a handy enough ef­fort in a Bm85 last time. The ex­tra trip suits, and if they go hard and the run-on is in play she will be one catch­ing the eye late.

Race 10

I never thought I would tip BULLPIT ag ain, ever, yet here he is bob­bing up in the nor th with strong cre­den­tials for this. It’s been a good while since he tasted suc­cess but he has run some g reat races this year be­hind the likes of Crys­tal Dreamer and Ther mal Cur rent. Very fast and he’s drawn to jump and run to­mor­row. Han­dles the st­ing out of the g round and should be rated well by Jeff Lloyd. De­cent each way value at $5.50. GATLINBURG is go­ing for four on the trot after notch­ing his hat-trick last time in town. This is def­i­nitely tough but the speed will be on and he will be round­ing them up in the straight. SIR DONALD goes very well fresh and is un­beaten at track. Yet to show up at this level but he likes it wet with only 52.5kg from the per­fect draw will be close enough if good enough to the top pick on straight­en­ing.

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