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The Sportsman Weekend - - Sunshine Coast A Detailed Formguide - WITH GREG SPLETTER

Race 1

Strange old race to kick off the card, and PRUE’S AN­GEL should bolt in. Beat a bet­ter field than this last start with more weight, and will ap­pre­ci­ate as small field here jump­ing out from the in­side gate. She def­i­nitely an odds-on pop around $1.80, so the $2.20 is a mile off the mark. FOXY HOUSEWIFE looks only pos­si­ble dan­ger but she is go­ing to be do­ing it tough over the short course even on fresh legs. She has solid form, with a close-up run in the Listed Gai Water­house last prep and good lines tho­rugh Manaya Princess Posh, but she is more of a miler than a 1000m horse. AIMALAC MIL­LIE won a good sprint race at Tam­worth in Au­gust, and ran well in the last race of the Grafton car­ni­val both over this trip, but is el­i­gi­ble for eas­ier races and has to give the favourite weight.

Race 2

The young­sters are still sort­ing them­selves out and we haven’t had any­thing jump out of the box yet. Best of these on pa­per is favourite BETAIMA who plugged through the heavy go­ing on de­but be­fore a strong five length win here two weeks ago. Drawn well and Jeff Lloyd will take her to the front again and try to lead all way. The $2.90 seems about right but it’s not a race get ex­cited about. OKEE­CHOBEE needed the ex­pe­ri­ence when a good de­but third be­hind The Odyssey and Gun­tantes and is likely to be bet­ter be­haved to­mor­row. Drawn out wide which is a real con­cern, and she will need luck early on from out there. STAGE PLAY is the third line af­ter a tidy trial win at home last week. Drawn well and these fil­lies look to have it over the boys.

Race 3

Tricky gate for MISHANI RO­MAN to­mor­row but if Jim Byrne can find a spot early he will be very strong at the end of a mile. Hit the line big odds be­hind smart pair in town last week­end af­ter a solid maiden win at Toowoomba when re­sum­ing. He will be spot­ting them a start but has a long straight to run them down and looks a good bet at $7.50. A MAN TO MATCH is stakes-placed at this track and dis­tance and didn’t have the best of luck last time be­hind Alpine Dancer. Drawn out with top pick and will be back off the speed but will also hit­ting line late. MYWIFESAIDNO went across the line with him back in Septem­ber be­hind Belle Roc and hasn’t done too badly since, scor­ing a slim vic­tory here last time run­ning on from the back. While they’re un­likely to break any record there is enough speed en­gaged to en­sure these back­marker types all get their chance

Race 4

The re­stricted stay­ing con­tests are al­ways tricky up here but I’m not go­ing to jump off SO YOU WISH af­ter he filled our pock­ets last week­end. Stuck his nose out on the line to beat the favourite, bless his cot­ton socks, and can take a sit or push for­ward from the wide gate early if they’re not go­ing fast. The $7.00 isn’t quite as juicy as last week but it’s more than enough to keep the faith. STAN­LEY was well sup­ported up to open class last week­end and ran a good race, get­ting bloused by Eshtikraaj late in the piece. He has to be hard to beat back to Bm75 grade but he is up 5.5kg on the run. STRAIGHT HOME is pretty con­sis­tent and did show up in Grafton Cup pre­lude the last time he went be­yond 1800m. Back down to a more rea­son­able im­post to­mor­row and J Lloyd jumps on. Each way hope from the wide draw.

Race 5

Many chances here but the top­weight AN­OTHER SLIP­PER is a crazy, crazy price at $41. I know this bloke and he doesn’t want it wet, but still stuck on last time at Ip­swich af­ter play­ing up at the gates. He had a long se­quence of runs from his 3yo days to end last year where he didn’t re­pro­duce early good form, but since switch­ing to Tony Gol­lan he has been a much more gen­uine ar­ti­cle, beat­ing Val­fierno here first-up over 1000m be­fore a top ef­fort in a good class three at the Gold Coast. He’ll sit off them and is gen­uine threat. Against these he’s more of an $8.00 shot, I am load­ing up each way at $41. Just crazy. GOOD TIME CHAR­LIE has been rac­ing well in bet­ter com­pany for Michael Lakey and will find this eas­ier. Close-up be­hind Taw­fiq Boy and Fred­die Fox Trot at con­sec­u­tive runs over 1200m, then bat­tled on be­hind Courtza King class six level at the end of Septem­ber. Fresh­ened for shorter trip and from the wide gate will go back and be saved one run. He’s also over mark at $17, but not by as far as the top pick. BASARA is un­beaten first-up and has pretty good form, her two fail­ures this year com­ing on heavy tracks. Good run here three starts ago be­hind Miss Ex­fac­tor and from the good gate is go­ing to be very com­pet­i­tive, but just on the money at $4.60. VI­ENNA POWER should be easy to spot, he’ll be one go­ing like the clap­pers from gate 18 to cross them early and will en­sure those off speed get a fair crack at the busi­ness end. Knocked up a lit­tle last time in stronger com­pany and back onto a dry track will give them some­thing to run down. Worth in­clu­sion in your mul­ti­ples at 25/1.

Race 6

In­trigu­ing con­test here with the Kosciuszko win­ner head­ing weights and sev­eral di­verse form­lines con­verg­ing. Stick­ing with DREAMS APLENTY who is gen­uine stakes per­former and a very tough nut to crack fresh. First-up last prep he was beaten half length over this trip in a de­cent open race, and his pre­vi­ous fresh run re­sults in win at Ip­swich. Gets con­di­tions to suit and will roll for­ward from the mid­dle gate and try to sneak some cheap sec­tion­als. He only has one pos­si­ble chal­lenger for the lead and given that horse’s m.o. my bloke might well let him go and stalk him. He’s no good thing but will put him­self into the race at the right time at around $6.00. SOLD FOR SONG is one of my faves and it’s hard not to be on her, but she hasn’t re­ally come this prep de­spite a very en­cour­ag­ing first-up run be­hind Dal Cielo. Beaten a nose in the Gil­gai at Group Two level last spring and less than two lengths in Tiara up here, but hasn’t done enough since to keep me on board. Should im­prove back to an eas­ier level. BEL BURGESS is go­ing to lead again from the per­fect draw with just 52.5kg on his back and Dreams Aplenty will have to sort him­self out with a trail. Well backed last start when left alone in front but this is tougher race and he will have qual­ity horse­flesh chas­ing him down in the straight. No knock on the price at $5.50 if you fancy him.

Race 7

This is a pretty strong Bm70 but I can’t go past the Femme Fire­ball form and MASTERATI looks very hard to beat. Good de­but run for the new sta­ble here two runs back bat­tling on well in an 0MW be­hind Di­vine Dice, then gave the very promis­ing Femme Fire­ball a run for her money at Doomben be­fore hold­ing down sec­ond spot on the line. From the good draw he’ll be up there again and will look win­ner at some point. Very happy to take the $4.60. RE­MARK­ABLE SON is re­sum­ing straight up to 1400m which is some query, but he hasn’t done a lot wrong to date at six starts here on his home track. Easy win­ner at this track as a long odds-on fave last prep over 1800m be­fore find­ing one bet­ter the same trip the fol­low­ing week. He did score a tidy maiden win firstup last prep and Jeff Lloyd is on again to­mor­row, but against this grade he may just need the run and be worth jump­ing on up to a mile sec­ond-up. MR BEL­LA­GIO is a right­ful equal fave here at $4.60 af­ter beat­ing sub­se­quent win­ner Bryne­ich last time. Has good form be­hind the right types and will be com­pet­i­tive again from the in­side gate.

Race 8

Su­per line-up here in just a stan­dard 3yo race, it gives us the hint that the big races aren’t all that far away. Aw­fully hard to match up some of these form­lines, but in the end I’m on one that is un­doubt­edly over the odds and that is SHAMURT at $17. She giv­ing the boys weight but is a tal­ent ran a big race in town last start. Utilised the favourable draw to push for­ward and although cop­ping a bump on straight­en­ing she did look the win­ner un­til bloused by Light Up The Room. In­cred­i­ble ef­fort to do what she did con­sid­er­ing they neg­a­tive split the 1200m (by a sig­nif­i­cant mar­gin) and those up front were al­ways go­ing to knock up. Showed up around the likes of Lean Mean Ma­chine and Zou­sain in the win­ter with some nat­u­ral im­prove­ment off her two runs back she will give a big sight. HOLD THE LINE faces acid test to­mor­row af­ter rolling cou­ple of rea­son­able types to re­main un­beaten. Too strong for Belle Roc when de­but­ing on her birth­day, then nosed out De­fence Mis­sile here three weeks later. Re­sum­ing and has to be some risk straight to 1200m against a solid line-up, she’s a bit un­der the odds at $3.30 but is gen­uine hope. AXELLA will drift back but should get a gen­uine tempo and will be run­ning on. Flashed home in Listed grade here at this dis­tance at her last run be­fore the break to beat all but Granny Red Shoes. Scratched the other day in a winnable race and drawn badly 15, but will drop out be saved for the straight.

Race 9

STAN­LEY PARK has won all four starts since trans­fer­ring to Toby Ed­monds and from the good draw looks ev­ery hope of con­tin­u­ing his great form. Lat­est led all the way here giv­ing back­ers no cause for con­cern in the Bm70, with more than two lengths to spare on the line. There is an in­sane amount of speed en­gaged here and with more to lose than the oth­ers it wouldn’t sur­prise me to see him take a bit of sit be­hind leader and be strong late. Still learn­ing the ca­per but I can’t com­plain with $5.00 about a horse go­ing for his fifth straight win. ANNATIME is bound to get hec­tic tempo and she will be run­ning on strongly over the last fur­long. Beaten a half length by smart Desert Man last start and gets a nice weight drop to­mor­row. On the money at $11 in an open race. ORADONNA has drawn a shocker but does drop back grade from her last cou­ple. Stuck on be­hind Prue’s An­gel last start but she is go­ing to need some J Lloyd magic to over­come gate 19, or per­haps 12 scratch­ings.

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