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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