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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.