The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

THE VER­DICT

- WITH NATHAN EX­ELBY

The de­bate: Best spring point­ers out of the Mem­sie.

Ver­dict: Boban gave the Bris­bane car­ni­val an early spring prize and he will be com­pet­i­tive in any­thing up to a mile. Volk­stock’n’bar­rell was never a win­ning hope, but hit the line nicely. He will come into his own when he gets to a race like the Un­der­wood.

Slip­per bias: Ex­o­sphere and Press State­ment both firmed to sec­ond and third picks for the Golden Rose af­ter their 1-2 fin­ish yesterday, leav­ing Van­cou­ver the $2.70 favourite with UBET. Based on what we’ve seen this spring, there’s no way the Slip­per win­ner is en­ti­tled to be ahead of yesterday’s pair in a fort­night.

Not so care­less: Rikki Jamieson in­curred her first sus­pen­sion in 500 rides when stew­ards pinged her for caus­ing in­ter­fer­ence at the first turn on Stradam. Jamieson, who has two months left in her ap­pren­tice­ship, was outed for six meet­ings, start­ing next Satur­day night.

The sting: Nostradamu­s con­firmed his sta­tus as a to­tal enigma with an ef­fort de­scribed by Glen Col­less as “plain” at Doomben. He gets pun­ters in though, with tab.com.au re­port­ing a $20,000 bet just be­fore the jump.

The plonk: Di­vine Ser­vice was off the map late at Doomben and led through­out in the near dark con­di­tions. Sim­i­larly, the con­sis­tent move for Snow­den new­comer Bound­ing at Caulfield was spot on.

Wish­ful think­ing: Les Ross be­moaned the big hand­i­caps that his pair of Mis­ha­nis, Hon­cho (pic­tured) and Di Caprio, have been bur­dened with. That’s the price you pay for a pro­duc­tive 2yo sea­son! The pair have more than $520,000 in the bank be­tween them – more than all of their op­po­si­tion com­bined yesterday.

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