Rail Position: Out 9m from 1600m to w/p, 7m remainder
Track Condition: Soft 6
STAR FALL is up from Victoria and is also engaged at the Gold Coast, but looks likely to be scratched from that race for this one. He is very fast and if he runs here he will take a lot of catching. Bush galloper STAR BOY is being headed toward the rich Country Championships and kicks off his campaign here. He won 3 on the bounce when last in work and has abundant pace. Will need to, to cross from this gate. HIGHWAY SIXTYSIX resumes here and has a great first up record. Is also looking at the Country Champs and this looks a nice race with no weight to carry.
Tip: STAR FALL
Such a good, competitive race. HEMMERLE is very smart but has drawn the car park and has top weight. He can hit the line hard and should dash home late if he finds cover. Is 3rd up here and both runs have been strong placings this grade. HAAMES boasts similar form and he too is 3rd up. Has each way claims. LUCY’S LEGACY is very honest but is out of her grade. Drawn perfectly though and will get the run of the race.
SIKHING GLORY is just so honest. Won 3 in a row last campaign and this time up, has had 3 starts and has placed in all of them – and at this level. LISDOONVARNA hasn’t been flash this time up but is fitter now and is having 3rd run in. Has the class on her day. PUMPKIN PIE loomed to win last start when resuming this grade but ran out of puff finishing 6th. Fitter now.
Tip: PUMPKIN PIE
STROME might surprise at big odds. She seemed to get bogged down on heavy track this grade last start when plodding on for 5th. Gets weight relief and could fly late. TORYJOY is racing in career best form winning a similar race last start. Chris Waller-trained mares tend to go on with it when in form. So respect. LAUSSEL just behind placegetters past few but things suit here.
Old speedster JUNGLE EDGE may well be thrown in here. He is classier than these, but must be getting a bit weary as age is catching up. Gets a welcome 3kg help here but still carries the most. Loves the wet and this track and he might just blow them all away…again. FROLIC hasn’t shown up for ages but on her day is a Gr 1 horse. Watch market as she resumes here. SINGLE BULLET is more than handy and carries no weight here. Will be flying home late.
Tip: JUNGLE EDGE
Interesting to see how this plays out. It is a very even field and a massive one at that. Lottery really. Main hopes appear to be FOLLOW SUIT, SOLO MISSION, EARTH ANGEL and DROCHAID. We suggest you box them up in exotics.
Tip: FOLLOW SUIT
SAMADOUBT is on the verge of winning 3 from 4 this time up. Is on the quick back up after leading all way to win an easier race last week. Likely to be leader again and rates highly. ORGANZA is very strong late and will need a strong tempo which she should get. Watch her dash home. AFTER ALL THAT also flashes home and has foot on the till. Ran great 2nd similar race over 1200m last start. Looms large.
The 3kg weight relief for the toppie here TURNBERRY will come as a welcome help as he’s in sparkling form this grade and drawn perfectly. Looks to get run of the race and will loom large as they top the rise. THY KINGDOM COME looks up to this. Was very strong winning weaker race last start but was impressive and is super fit. CHALMERS is in form too and can sneak a place.
ASTORIA has been set a task this week but form brings him into this. Bad gate and big weight mean he should drop out early and that may be his salvation as he’s very fit and will run on. MONSIEUR SISU, by contrast, is also fit and in form but he will charge forward and try to lead all way from this draw. And has the talent to do so. ISLAND MISSILE is a tough campaigner this grade and will run on probably grabbing a place late.