Form analyst, SCOTT MCDONELL, previews Saturday’s Eagle Farm meeting, with horse racing tips and analysis for all 9 races. Good luck, punters!
Track Condition: Good 4
Rail Position: Out 0.5m entire circuit
DEBUSSY has been impressive winning both his trials with authority. Can never leave debutants from the Edmonds stable out of winning chances and from ideal barrier this colt should be right in the mix.
GREY DEFENCE started favourite at Sunshine Coast first-up from spell and after racing up on the speed sprinted quickly for good tough win. He can go on with it in this field.
VANTAN EXPRESS is a nice son of Vancouver. Drawn to get the perfect run in behind the speed and will have last crack at these. Placed in both trials and must include in winning chances.
STAR CHANCE comes into this off a solid Deagon trial win. Should get right run from ideal barrier and although bred to get over bit further must respect at first start.
STELLAR MAGIC was well supported into odds on at Doomben last start but just found one better final stages. She has won her maiden with ease at previous start and can bounce back to winning form in this.
INVISIBLE TEARS resumes. Only just missed in driving finish at Sunshine Coast before going for a break. Has trialed well leading into this and must respect.
SNEAKY THREE is a striking daughter of All Too Hard who stood out winning her only trial at Doomben. Has not had much luck with the barrier draw but she looks above average.
SNOWDROP is having first start for new stable. Was in the market when raced up on the speed at Newcastle first-up before fitness told final stages. Will strip fitter and should be up front for long way.
Tip: STELLAR MAGIC
HAPPY GO PLUCKY won with something in hand at Doomben three starts back then followed up with a couple of solid placings. He finds similar race and from inside gate can return to winners stall.
WORD FOR WORD looks close to another win. Two strong placings before finishing just out of placings here last start. Expect her to sit in first couple and she will be in mix for a long way.
Liked the way GUISE powered over them to get up at Doomben last start. Will give them a start straightening but look for her to be running on last 200m.
UNBIASED was doing his best work final stages when placed here last start. Will sit back in second half but cannot be left out of multiples.
Tip: HAPPY GO PLUCKY
JOYMAKER won with something in hand here two starts back then she backed that up with a close placing last outing. This looks nice race for her to return to winners stall.
STARDOME is threatening to win a race in this class with a couple of solid placings this track leading into this. Drawn to get perfect run in transit and should get chance final stages.
BOLD EXECUTIVE controlled the race from the front here last start before sprinting away final stages to win with ease. Should use inside gate to lead again and will take catching.
MORENDI has not been all that far away in recent starts. He had no luck when always wide at Doomben last start and prepared to forget that run.
GOTTA KISS had excuses when Vet found her to have pulled up with a cough first-up. She is a class filly and always improves second-up. Happy to go with her in this.
THE CULLINAN won here three back then followed up with a sound placing. Found the class rise to Group 1 Rosehill Guineas bit beyond him last start. Back in right race and from inside gate will get all the favours.
MASS DESTRUCTION has been placed in two of his three runs this time in. Only needs to hold that form to be right in the mix.
APACHE CHASE won the G3 Vo Rogue here back in January but just battled last couple. He will not want any rain but if he can get firm going expect him to improve.
Tip: GOTTA KISS
Going to have something each way on GOLLY HUTT. Comes into this off a couple of solid placings this track and would not leave him out of chances.
ALL TO DO relished the heavy ground when dominant at Doomben first-up from spell. Makes his own luck rolling forward and will be in this for a long way.
INGEAR just did not finish the race off well enough here last start after leading clearly. She will take up a prominent roll again and if she can get right run will take catching.
LEADERSHIP SPILL powered away to win at Doomben fresh then he has not been beaten all that far in similar races since. Finds similar race and cannot dismiss.
Tip: GOLLY HUTT
JUNCTION showed plenty of speed to lead them up here last start and held them all off until final couple of strides. Should control this from the front and will take catching.
EPIC GIRL won with something in hand here two starts back then she was good until run peaked last 100m at Doomben last outing. She is smart and would not leave her out of chances.
BANJO’S VOICE showed a nice turn of hoof to sprint away last 200m winning at Gold Coast last start. Third-up from spell and he will be right in the mix.
GET STUCK IN resumes from spell. Sure to be better when he gets over further but he has been placed fresh and may run cheeky race first-up.
VEGA ONE is the class galloper resuming from a spell. He looked good wining recent Doomben trial and should be ready for return to racing.
KYLEASE won at Sunshine Coast first-up. Only poor run since has been on heavy ground and back on firmer surface here she should be a factor late.
MASTER JAMIE is another resuming from a spell. Yet to finish any further back than second in his four first-up tries and recent dominant trial win at Rockhampton suggests he will be right in the mix.
LE PALMIER was strong late when resuming. He has the speed to sit just off the pace and should get last crack at these final 200m.
Tip: VEGA ONE
AXE has been in super form this prep winning two of his three starts this time in. Most recent when odds on at Gold Coast wining as he liked. Barrier a concern but happy to stick with him.
GO DARCY was dominant winning at Gold Coast two starts back then wanted to hang out here last start and could not finish the race off well enough. If he can improve his racing manners he can figure.
BONAPARTE is racing in consistent fashion this prep. Beaten just on 2 lengths in similar race here last start and that form good enough to be a factor in this field.
THE DARK looks close to a win in this class. Three solid placings this track leading into this and if he can hold that form would be a major player.