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The Sportsman Weekend - - Doomben - WITH G R EG S PLET TE R

Race 1

HOPES ETER­NAL has pro­duced two mas­sive per­for mances to date to re­main un­beaten and I’d back him in any­thing at the mo­ment un­til he gives me a rea­son not to. At both starts he has been run off his feet early and rid­den the en­tire way to the tur n just to kee p up with them, but as yet he hasn’t looked like run­ning out of puff, pow­er­ing clear at both Toowoomba and Doomben. He’s like the En­er­giser bunny, he just kee ps find­ing at $1.80 we’ll stick solid and load up on him. He’d be closer to $1.30 but for the in­clu­sion of debu­tant EF TROOP who put them the sword in a re­cent trial here. Showed g reat early pick-up to lead them com­fort­ably and skipped away in the straight to win by pan­els. Clocked an 800m equiv­a­lent of 46.8secs which is very quick and he will be get­ting a big star t off my bloke. I can’t en­vis­age any­thing beat­ing both of th­ese home, but if you’re look­ing for a third pick maybe ONLY WANNA SING from the Robert Heath­cote yard who has drawn well and is an in­ter­est­ingly bred colt.

Race 2

Tak­ing a real punt here with JETSONIC who has caused prob­lems for him­self in re­cent times, but if he jumps truly he will give them a can­ing. Got a slap over the wrist two star ts back get­ting left be­hind at the g ates and rock­et­ing home to beat all but Cour tza King, then ag ain missed the train and found him­self out back be­fore pick­ing them up in straight. Fell less than a length shor t and th­ese last two runs must have con­nec­tions tear­ing their hair out. He clearly has more abil­ity than the shor t-priced favourite here, it’s just a ques­tion of him get­ting away cleanly. If he does he will make mock­ery the $5.00 on of­fer. VALFIERNO got stuck in be­hind the leader on straight­en­ing last time and had he not been held up there’s no doubt would have chalked up his hat-trick. I a small query about him over the longer trip here, the last time he went over 1200m he wilted badly. He is in top for m though, and about right at the $2.80 con­sid­er­ing my bloke could blow the star t and his chances. Sim­i­lar to first, I don’t see any­thing else trou­bling the scorer, but if you’re look­ing to play the exotics then throw DON’T DOUBT MAR­LEY and LOOSE GOOSE in. Both have abil­ity and are usu­ally com­pet­i­tive around this g rade.

Race 3

I’ve never fan­cied OUT­RAGED on a wet track de­spite jag­ging a cou­ple of plac­ings in the con­di­tions in his ca­reer, and he ran as I ex­pected here a for tnight ago over 2200m. He had won two of his pre­vi­ous three star ts very im­pres­sively, beat­ing money pit Vas­sal on both oc­ca­sions with Ric MaMa­hon in the sad­dle. He has cer tainly de­vel­oped a rap­por t a stayer who gives them big star ts and needs to stay out of trouble. Back on top of the g round here he will be fin­ish­ing at a rate knots and at $10 is a much bet­ter bet than the favourite. CAPETOWN HUSSEY has cer­tainly gone ahead in leaps and bounds since ste pping up to a mile and be­yond this pre p. She has now won three of her last four in­clud­ing an im­pres­sive vic­tory over a fair Bm90 field here week­end. She’s up off the limit weight now, and has to go an­other two fur­longs for those rea­sons I’m go­ing around her at the $2.70. END­LESS DAYS missed a place last time car ry­ing 59kg ag ainst weaker op­po­si­tion but his pre­vi­ous win at this tack was out­stand­ing, spot­ting them a star t and hit­ting the line with gusto. Not en­tirely con­vinced he’s up to the class rise here but an 8kg drop in weight he is wor th a saver at $8.00.

Race 4

Stick­ing with PLUCKY GIRL in this who didn’t han­dle the heavy-10 last star t and we can put a line through the run. Pre­vi­ous for m was ex­cel­lent in­clud­ing a close-up run be­hind Ma­nias over this trip at Bm80 level and this is a fairly mod­er­ate class six lineup. Drawn well and will be very com­pet­i­tive at the $4.40. FEELIN THE LOVE is an­other of the Kris Lees raiders who put in a de­cent fresh run at Can­ter­bury, fin­ish­ing a cou­ple of lengths from the win­ner over 1250m. Hard to catch, but she does go okay sec­ond-up and this is not overly dif­fi­cult. Once again good money is be­ing thrown at NILETTE and re gu­lar read­ers of this col­umn will know that I am not a fan. I can’t see her win­ning class six, even ag ainst this pedes­trian line-up, and a quick look back through her for m re­veals a tale of woe for favourite back­ers. Give her a wide ber th. In the eq­ui­ties mar­ket she would be what is known as cap­i­tal killer.

Race 5

PERFECT DARE re­turns to rac­ing to­mor row and with a good trial win un­der his belt he can re­sume with a vic­tory. He had trouble strik­ing wet tracks ear­lier this year, but first-up last pre p when he had con­di­tions to suit he ran out of his skin in the QTC Cup here, beat­ing all but De ploy and Dothraki. There isn’t much de pth to this open sprint and at $5.00 he looks a g reat each way bet. BIDII BABE is an un­der rated type who is not par tic­u­larly con­sis­tent but if she pro­duces one of her for m spikes this is well within reach. Beaten less than a length first-up last cam­paign in the Silk Stock­ing be­fore tak­ing out Bright Shadow on a bog track. Weighted up to her best but will be hit­ting the line. TIYATROLANI presents in a sim­i­lar mould, ste pping out for the first time this sea­son and she has ex­cel­lent fresh for m. She beat a crack­ing field of 3yo’s first-up last pre p in the Mick Dittman and will set­tle right up on the speed here over the same course dis­tance. She has strong claims but is a lit­tle skinny at $3.00.

Race 6

I’ll be need­ing sev­eral scratch­ings to get my top pick into the field here, but if TAKARAKKA gets a star t he will give it a shake. Bolted in over this trip at the Sun­shine Coast in Se ptem­ber be­fore clos­ing late a much stronger event won by No An­namossity. Stuck to his guns last time be­hind the same horse and drops 1.5kg ag ainst the weaker field. I was hop­ing for a bit bet­ter than the $4.60 but to be fair it’s prob­a­bly his right price. SNAP­PER has been hit­ting the line nicely with­out threat­en­ing in re­cent times and with Rob­bie Fradd tak­ing the ride could pro­duce a bet­ter re­sult. Not too bad a run at the Gold Coast last week­end when drop­ping back shar ply from 2000m to clean out the pipes and should be ready to pro­duce some­thing like his best up to mile to­mor row. AQUA VITE proved a real swim­mer two weeks ago at the Gold Coast, pow­er­ing clear to win by six and a half lengths on heavy-10. He won’t get those con­di­tions to­mor row, but he does have for m on top of the g round as ev­i­denced by his pre­vi­ous out­ing when a good run be­hind the in-for m Fred­die Fox Trot. From gate 15 I’d put him down as a very layable com­mod­ity at $2.15, but he does have a win­ning hope.

Race 7

TORGERSEN strikes a good track here and a weaker field than the one he was scratched from last month he does look win­ner at a fair $2.90. Picked up very quickly the Gold Coast sec­ond run back from a break, go­ing straight past Dreams Aplenty over 1400m. He will get the mile here with­out a wor ry and from the gate should be able to find some cover off the fence. Big show. I have plenty of time for EM­PHA­SIS who put in a rip­per of a run sec­ondup here last star t, driv­ing late to get within half length of Ur­ban Knight and Man Of His Word. My big­gest con­cer n with him is that he is stay­ing at the mile here, he may want fur­ther. Worth in­clu­sion at the $9.50 in your quaddie and other exotics. MONTAUK is hard to line up here hav­ing his first run back for the Waller team, but he cer tainly has loads of abil­ity for a race of this cal­i­bre. Stakes-placed at his last two be­fore the break in­clud­ing a g reat run in Grafton Cup, and he has shown up fresh in the past. Kee p safe.

Race 8

COLOSIMO takes a big hike here up to 59kg but back to her own age g roup, and with the fil­lies likely to dom­i­nate the event, she looks the best value at $5.00. Sprouted wings three runs back to over­haul Miss Ex­fac­tor the end of 1200m be­fore hav­ing ta­bles tur ned over the same trip a for tnight later. Do­ing her best work late here last star t ag ainst the older sprint­ers and will be hard to hold out. MISS EX­FAC­TOR did im­prove shar ply off her first-up dis­ap­point­ment to beat them at the Gold Coast, but my big con­cer n with her is her abil­ity to run out the 1350m. There should be some pres­sure on up front and my filly should get the sit­ting shot at the favourite on straight­en­ing. RED HOT MISS con­tin­ues to bob up in this type of race with­out win­ning, but if they go su­per quick front she has the tal­ent to g ather them in. Hit line nicely at all four runs this pre p and is ca­pa­ble of up­set­ting her more fan­cied ri­vals here at the $18.

Race 9

The boys’ di­vi­sion of the class six is just as un­der­done as the girls and that give a young­ster like CHAMALU g reat chance to skip five g rades here and still win. Good win on de­but at the Sun­shine Coast last Au­gust after draw­ing off the track, and he can be for­given for not pro­duc­ing a re­sult in Golden Rose at just his sec­ond out­ing. Re­sumed after more than a year off the scene at the Sunny Coast last month and blew them away. Ob­vi­ously has a ton of abil­ity, he has drawn su­per gate and with a 5kg drop down to the limit I think he’s good value at $2.70. SPRING TY­COON found In­ter­locuter and co. a bit strong at Rand­wick last star t and he struck trouble up here the run prior, but his pre­vi­ous for m sug­gests can be com­pet­i­tive in this sub-par event. Beat My Girl Hay­ley three runs back and she is ca­reer best for m her­self. Drawn to get a nice run in tran­sit wor th throw­ing into your quaddie at the $8.00. LE CHEF hasn’t reached dizzy heights of his Magic Mil­lions win in sub­se­quent years, but at least he has re­dis­cov­ered the lo­ca­tion of the win­ning post. Close-up be­hind Al­lknight Saint at his home track sec­ond-up and is a good knock­out chance in the last $17.

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