THE EARLY CROW

The Sportsman Weekend - - Gold Coast Preview -

THE AN­CHOR

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.

THE LAY

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.

ON SONG

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.

THE QUADDIE

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.

2: 8,13.

Leg 3: 1,4,5,8,10,14.

4: 2,6,7,11,12.

A $100 wa­ger will yield us just un­der 42% of the divvy.

Good luck!

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