Leading hoop Jeff Lloyd has a great book of rides at Doomben tomorrow but the best of them are all up front end the card, so we’ll strike early and strike hard. MISS QUAINTLY returned to racing after a couple of months off with a decent enough performance behind the impressive Stella Victoria here over 1350m. Never really looked like winning but stuck on okay and will strip a much fitter conveyance. Big win over this trip at her last run prior to the let-up and although at $2.25 maybe a turn or two under where I’d like to get set, she does look the winner. A MAN TO MATCH ran a nice race behind Belle Roc last time after an unflattering run at the Gold Coast. Did show up in stakes grade over the winter carnival and with only a half kilo more than the filly will get every hope. AILEACH disappointed after a huge first-up run in behind Mittere and Ef Troop but has lifted her last couple slightly easier assignments. Last beat all but Baccarat Baby who is down for the Flight Stakes tomorrow so it’s a solid formline.
Lloydy continues the sequence in the next with STELLA VICTORIA who he has partnered to consecutive victories this prep and is on track for their hattrick. Never going to lose here a fortnight ago leading all the way and this is not a strong class six field by any stretch. Again not missed at $1.75 but you’d be hard pressed to make a case for her being anything other than odds-on. HINGUS ROSE has been racing well and after the claim at least gets to jump out with the favourite on level terms. Close-up in the blanket finish at Sunshine Coast last weekend, but while she did win the run prior the second horse has since failed dismally. DAPPER ONE wasn’t far away from Zofonic Dancer and the placegetters in the final event last Saturday and that makes it two good 1600m runs in a row. Place hope at longer odds.
IMPAVIDO has been hard to catch down south but finds himself in one of the weaker class three plates I’ve seen up here and looks a good thing. His last couple on wet tracks haven’t been bad since winning at Gosford under 59kg, and prior to that he was only three lengths behind Avilius? That’s just too strong for these and the $1.90 is fine by me. SOFIE’S GOLD CLASS has scored two very impressive victories since returning from a year-long spell and were it not for the inclusion of Impavido she would be awfully hard to beat in her own right. Not as well suited here but has a big finish on her and the extra trip suits. Good proposition in our standout trifecta. SIR BARNABUS whacked away in stronger grade last time but his previous two when chasing hard behind Fighting Teo were pretty good. Should pick up a cheque in this but hard to hold him up to the fave.
TAWFIQ BOY looks a likely candidate for consecutive winner number four for Jeff Lloyd though at least he has some genuine competition in this line-up. It’s an unusual field for an open sprint up here but bloke does fit the bill of the in-form restricted class runner well and truly on
up after consecutive victories. Finished off in the soft conditions last time but he’ll be better on a good track and back down to the limit weight will give this shake. Looks about right at the $3.70 given that he does have serious competition including SNITZ who has his sights set on bigger things. Found the black type a bit strong at end of last prep but did spank them in
trial at the Gold Coast earlier in the month and will trail the speed from gun draw. The other one in the market is FIERY HEIGHTS who was probably as surprised as me to find himself heading the weights in open grade despite never having won beyond a class six. Chased home two multiple winners this month in Tversky and Zumbelina and he is certainly up to beating them, but the 59kg without a claimer is a big impost.
Someone else gets a chance here and it could be Mark du Plessis on SMARTYPY who scored easy wins at the midweekers before covering plenty of extra ground and disappointing a little last time as favourite. They’ll run along here which will suit her and she can bounce back at a great each way quote of $6.50. BLUE SEATTLE was close-up behind Darktown Strutter at the Gold Coast in August then wasn’t far Beau Arrow here the end of 1050m. Unlucky that she has drawn out as she will empty half the tank overcoming gate 13. PARADIS IMPERIAL comes south on odd occasion and rarely runs a bad race. Even run up at Rocky when resuming but has a great record around this trip and can carry weight.
BEAU ARROW is unbeaten in three runs, though he did take a long time to get there last time and gave us all heart palpitations. Must have been spotting the leader six lengths on straightening but just kept coming until he grabbed them about 40cm before the line. He’ll have to do the same tomorrow from gate nine but at $3.70 I’m sticking solid. I’VE GOTTA NEL ran very consistently last campaign for just the one win but he does go well fresh and has drawn perfectly. There is more speed engaged but I expect he will kick up and at least get a couple of cheap sectionals in running. He has gone well against some very handy sprinters and is probably fairly priced at $5.00 as he’ll be getting a tidy start from mine. On the same line of betting BOLD CHANCE is under the odds after a below par run first-up in Beau Arrow’s race. He does improve second-up, but he will need to.
GALTERO made it two from two this prep last time with a super win in a lowly class one at Ipswich and can stick another palling on the picket fence from the same draw tomorrow. Took a little while to hit top gear after balancing up but didn’t he run away with it in the end. It was only the big finish from the second horse that ate into four length margin he had on them on the post and looks as though he’ll relish the extra trip. Down in weight very hard to go past. ROAD TO HEAVEN looked good in the Hunter with consecutive victories but found a couple better 0MW grade here three weeks ago. Up 5kg into this easier assignment, has drawn a worrying gate and will be hard pressed to run Galtero down. MYMMING’s finish was awesome, but can she do it again? That was her 8th straight placing after winning maiden in February and most of them have included a massive final sectional. Someone should probably point out to her where the post is. Include in your multiples for sure on last run.
This is a trap race with only a couple that can’t have a reasonable case made for them. At the $9.50 I’ve settled tentatively on GOOD TIME CHARLIE who has placed at all three runs this prep against strong opposition. A length and a bit from Tawfiq Boy last month, then less than a
behind Freddie Fox Trot at this level. Unlike the mares’ class six, this C6 is extremely strong with plenty of depth, but from the inside draw and with bottom weight Good Time Charlie will give us a sight each way at odds. REACH FOR HEAVEN has come up fave on the back of a top debut run for Toby Edmonds when bloused roughie Nothing Box. A solid speed here will help his chances. FORTENSKY hasn’t been rating too badly in open class at his last two after a shocker first-up and back to this grade even with the big weight can be a force. Load up in your quaddie.
PRIORITISE has been a class above in his last three over mile, winning each of them from varying positions in-running and with just 53.5kg on his back will get every chance to run out a strong 2000m tomorrow. Definitely a pre-race query around him doing so, but he’s going so well he might end up winning by five and we’ll be left wondering why we didn’t double our bet. EXOTERIC is a very capable member of the middle distance team at Chris Waller stable and battled on okay last start behind the enigmatic Kubis under 59.5kg. Drops sharply in weight and gets a nice trail tomorrow. BRILLIANT JET fell one short of his hat-trick three weeks back running on into second spot after My Guiliano was off and gone, but he probably prefers it dry. Gets it here and although drawn awkwardly will go well again.