How to play it: Shy Boy to win and box trifecta and first four 4,6,7,8; Odds and Evens: Evens
Race 2: BM 66 HCP (1100m)
Now for the older sprinters, and it’s a tricky affair. Loved the way progressive 4YO Gold Coast mare 6. Mosht Up dashed past them third-up at Grafton, and while this is a bit tougher, she has enough promise and looks well treated at the weights.
Dangers: After gripping on to win a C1 second-up at Grafton, 4YO Gold Coast stallion 3. Invincore was poor at Coffs this grade when easy in betting. Draws much better here and can bounce back. The best is still to come from 5YO Grafton gelding 2. Rioli who has won only once from 16 but placed a further seven times. Form in late winter was good through a couple of strong Highway runs, although hasn’t officially trialled and may just need the run. Eagle Farm-based 6YO gelding 1. Ignite The Light resumes with a fair first-up record and the blinkers off. Campaigned in handy metro company last time and did win a trial coming in, although 62 kg is absolute ceiling weight.
How to play it: Mosht Up to win; Odds and Evens: Split
Race 3: BM 58 HCP (1530m)
Tactical contest over the middle trip. Lightly raced 4YO local mare 3. Jeopardise Me has superior scope and potential. Charged home from well back to win a C1 here second-up and is destined for better races. Looks the one to beat, with clear running from the 500m!
Dangers: Ballina 6YO gelding 2. Tycoon Rossa has found the line nicely all prep and was rewarded with a smart win this track and grade last start. Up 2 kg on that but drawn to get plenty of cover and can win again. Expect 4YO Gold Coast gelding 5. Concave to be getting home hard after hitting the line hard third-up in a C2 when backed in from double figure odds. Nicely bred by Zoustar from Teardrop Rock, who had city class ability winning five from only 11 starts. Rival 7YO Gold Coast gelding 1. The Equalizer climbs to 61 kg and hasn’t won for a while despite tactical changes on both sides of the border. Is better ridden off the speed, and this is a much-needed drop in grade. Ballina 3YO colt 4. Torrens is an intriguing runner by a former Cox Plate winner. Resumes without a public trial, but defied a huge betting to drift to storm home and win on debut at the Gold Coast on the last day of winter.
How to play it: Jeopardise to win; Odds and Evens: Split
Race 4: MAIDEN HCP (1530m)
Doesn’t get a whole easier here, but 4YO Gold Coast mare 2. Construe gets her chance to finally break through. Has gone back to the tail from wide barriers in her last couple at the Gold and Sunny Coast before motoring home into a place. Draws much better here, so won’t be as far away on the turn, which is critical back in trip and on a smaller track.
Dangers: Improving 3YO Gold Coast filly 5. Dependable Nite has been close up in her last couple. Drops in weight with the winkers coming off, but will need her share of luck from a wide draw. Local 4YO gelding 1. Bosendi is also bursting to win one heading into his 10th start. Finished off okay in a handy maiden at the Gold Coast before charging home from last to beat all but the winner a fortnight ago. Again will be forced a long way back from a wide draw, but, if he gets the speed on up front, will be rattling into the finish. Another Gold Coast raider, 3YO filly 10. Regal Romance was well backed when finishing off okay second-up and will appreciate more ground slipping down in the weights.
How to play it: Construe to win and box trifecta 1,2,5,10; Odds and Evens: Split
Race 5: F & M MAIDEN PLATE (1200m)
Another wide open affair at set weights likely to be dominated by 3YOs from the Gold Coast. One of them, promising filly 8. More Than Good, just needs a clear run from the 500m to finish over the top. Zoomed home late in a handy maiden on debut at Grafton. Draws to be tucked away and saved for final surge.
Dangers: Debutant Gold Coast filly 12. Vampirina Diamond (Declaration Of War x Vimala by Viscount) looks forward enough with the blinkers on off two sharp trials, and stable is smart at getting them ready early. Rival filly 7. Careno wasn’t far away resuming this track. Second-up form is usually not as strong but has to be a serious chance drawn the inside. Another Gold Coast filly 6. Gandiva is drawn right off the track, but she has early tactical speed and likes to go forward. Has stuck on okay last couple in deeper maidens, and like her back in distance if she can get across without spending too much petrol. Filly 4. Current will find this easier than first-up maiden company at the Sunshine Coast where she worked home fairly, but will still need to do everything right from a wide barrier. Watch the market on 3YO local filly and first starter 9. Real Appeal (Real Saga x Silken Appeal by Tobougg) who has had two quiet trials for leading stable, while 4YO Grafton mare 3. Nanny’s Primed has been placed in four of eight and worked home okay resuming at Ballina. Include in exotics.
How to play it: More Than Good each way and first four 8,12/4,6,7,8,9,12/3,4,6,7,8,9,12/3,4,6,7,8,9,12; Odds and Evens: Evens
Race 6: CLASS 2 HCP (1200m)
After two spaced runs in metro company earlier in the year, local 3YO filly 8. Devine Grey resumed with a smart maiden win this track when heavily backed. Takes on tougher company, but slips down to 54 kg.
Dangers: Gold Coast 4YO mare 1. Intissimi resumes from a nice draw off two trials. Has won two from six so far, and was impressive winning first-up last prep in heavy ground. If 4YO local gelding 2. Rest Of The World gets an even share of luck from a wide draw, he’s a serious threat. Hasn’t started for six months but w
as a dominant winner on debut in autumn before progressing quickly to Highway company and has had two solid trials to prepare. Another promising 3YO Gold Coast filly 9. My Diamond Girl swept home late to win on debut at Grafton when firming in from a big price. Tougher here, but, like a few of them, has enough ability if she gets the breaks. Expect a big run fresh from 3YO Gold Coast gelding 6. Vertical who won on debut at Lismore in August and has trialled okay. Local 3YO gelding 6. Cinco Star just missed resuming here in a weaker race and drops in weight.
How to play it: Devine Grey to win and box trifecta 1,2,8,9; Odds and Evens: Split
Race 7: BALLINA CUP PRELUDE (1530m)
Feature race augurs well for the top home track stable of Matt Dunn headed by consistent 5YO gelding 6. Saxton Rock who drops back from some strong efforts in superior Saturday metro class, including a dominant C4 win at Doomben and finishing only 1.2 lengths from the smart Trevelyan at Eagle Farm. Will go forward from a middle gate, and looks the one to roll. Dangers: Stablemate 6YO gelding 10. Tivoli Street powered home to land dominant wins at the Gold Coast and Grafton, before pattern and tempo went against him up in grade at Ballina. Will settle back, but looks the right trip for him to charge into the finish. Ballina 6YO gelding 8. Nothingforthepress is drawn wide but looks ready now well into this prep and around his best distance after close-up in the BM86 Christmas Cup at Lismore. Coffs Harbour 7YO gelding 4. Boncosta scored a shock win in the Murwillumbah Cup back in late August at his only run on this track en route to tackling stronger metro class in spring when he was out of his depth. Comes in off a 10-week break with no public trial, but suited back to this distance.
How to play it: Saxton Rock to win and quinella 5 and 10O; Odds and Evens: Split
Race 8: CLASS 2 HCP (1200m)
Competitive and open sprint to finish that looks a showdown between the Dunn stable and the powerful Edmonds yard on the Gold Coast. Smart home track 3YO gelding 7. Bells Approaching has come back good for a second prep just missing as a heavily backed favourite first-up at Grafton before sweeping home for a dominant win at Coffs. Took on smart city company as a 2YO earlier in the year.
Dangers: Stablemate 4YO mare 1. Dreaming Of Biscay looks well placed again after finishing hard to land a nice betting move first-up in similar grade. Progressive 3YO Gold Coast filly 5. Flatter was strong to the line at Doomben holding them off to win his maiden at just third start. Looks well above average, although has to overcome a tricky gate. Stablemate filly 9. Deep Echo is also showing promise after landing her maiden at second start, but this is a decent step up in grade. Lightly raced 4YO Ballina mare 4. Be Watchful resumes off a fair trial, but normally comes to hand quickly and draws the inside.
How to play it: Bells Approaching to win and trifecta 1,5,7/1,4,5,7,9/1,4,5,7,9; Odds and Evens: Odds
Race 2: 6. MOSHT UP
Race4: 2. CONSTRUE
Race 8: 7. BELLS APPROACHING
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