THE EARLY CROW
Local heroine Houtzen (Race 5) returns to her old stomping ground tomorrow and coming off a superb effort can chalk
up another big win at her home track. She came off a brief let-up last start and produced controlled display of speed to trounce a reasonable sprint field under the burden of 59.5kg. She is unbeaten at Gold Coast, with consecutive victories in her juvenile season including a cracker in the Magic Millions on this day two years ago. She won that race from barrier 16 and should be able to treat gate nine tomorrow with similar contempt. Right on the money at $1.80.
Terminology (Race 1) is coming off a minor placing in stakes company last start at Gosford but that result was a bit out of left field. She is well known to punters having cost favourite backers plenty on several occasions and while drawn well in the big maiden, the $2.65 is very skinny and I’ll be looking to work around her.
What wonderful timing that we jumped back onto one of my favourite girls
Sold For Song (Race 9) a fortnight ago at (Australian) cricket score odds of 25/1 and they’re serving her up again tomorrow at a similar quote so we’ll be sticking solid. They ran along that day and the drop back to 1350m was key for her as tempo is too lethargic her over a mile. The presence of Arbietsam and Monsieur Gustave here will ensure a genuine tempo and give her every hope. Last start over this course and distance she flew home from last to beat all but Dal Cielo and she can double up for us tomorrow.
This is an incredibly tough program and I don’t feel comfortable shaving too much off any given leg, but if we restrict the three-year-old race to two runners we can go a little wider elsewhere. Leg 1: 1,5,8,11.
Leg 3: 1,4,5,8,10,14.
A $100 wager will yield us just under 42% of the divvy.