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BAL­LINA — Matt Jones

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACE DAY PREVIEW -

RACE 1

No Hat No Play lost the rider last start on the Gold Coast when sup­ported and be­fore that was luck­less in his races due to wide gates. He’s drawn wide again. Roth­ford will get a bet­ter run this time from the in­side gate and won’t have as much ground to make up. Golden Lily hasn’t won or placed in eight starts but was for­merly trained in town and raced in much bet­ter com­pany.

Bet­ting strat­egy: No Hat No Play win

RACE 2

Stel­lar Jewel has fin­ished sec­ond at past two starts but could have eas­ily won both. She’s sus­pect at the trip but will plough through the wet con­di­tions. Mother To Race Her was just be­hind Stel­lar Jewel last start but gets a 2.5kg weight swing. Han­dling the wet track is a ques­tion mark. In­fi­nite Reign has a win on the heavy and drops well back in class from a Lis­more Cup run. Real Elu­sive looks a hope due to her form.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Stel­lar Jewel win

RACE 3

Af­ter a string of plac­ings, Marokawa can im­prove off that thanks to a good gate. Amorita has won first-up be­fore and, if she gets a touch of luck from a wide gate and doesn’t run into traf­fic in the straight, she can give them a test for a lead­ing sta­ble. Tof­fee Drop ran a close third to New Hori­zons last start and that’s pretty good form for this type on race. A re­peat of that ef­fort brings her right into this.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Quinella 3, 9

RACE 4

Play Now’s con­nec­tions are sweat­ing on their mare get­ting a run in this race be­cause she’s shown good enough form to be a threat. Can­is­ter may have fin­ished ninth on de­but on the Sun­shine Coast but was less than three lengths off the win­ner. Schill Rock You will have to be for­given for her last-start 12th when she be­gan awk­wardly and bumped an­other run­ner.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Play Now if starts, Can­is­ter if not

RACE 5

Star Of Harada only has to carry the weight (62kg) well and he’ll be very hard to beat. He’s won on a heavy track but prob­a­bly doesn’t want that here with the weight. He won well first-up and is proven sec­ond-up and is un­beaten at the dis­tance. Dansu won a slightly weaker race but has been in top form and has a win on a heavy track. Has won four times at the dis­tance. Dubawi Sniper will im­prove sec­ond-up but tends to get bet­ter with a few runs. Siroc­can Lad ticks all the boxes on pa­per but hasn’t been seen at the races since Fe­bru­ary. He is su­per when fresh.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Star Of Harada win

RACE 6

Queen Of Kingston will look to find the lead and set her own tempo. She loves 1400m and the trainer thinks she’s a city-class horse in Bris­bane al­ready. Just watch her in the pa­rade ring though be­cause she can play up a bit. If Bal­ius and Cashing Up start, they’ll take beat­ing. Cham­pagne Rock comes up from weaker grade but it a grand old horse. Voltaire Lu­miere ran well in a strong race at Doomben last start and has won four from six at the track in­clud­ing one early in the year.

Bet­ting strat­egy: Queen Of Kingston win

RACE 7

They’ve got to carry big weights on un­suit­able ground but Black Wand and So You Wish look to be lead­ing chances. So You Wish is bred to run a very strong mile which might help him con­sid­er­ing this will be more like a 2000m race if the track is heavy. Black Wand ran over 1350m last start as if he’ll rel­ish a mile. Ty­coon Rossa wasn’t great sec­ond-up which can hap­pen af­ter a slash­ing first-up run so give him an­other chance now that he’s fit­ter. Sap­per Tom might be the one to watch at odds. Bet­ting strat­egy: Ty­coon Rossa each way

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