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Gr 2 Q22 Preview

This $1.2m Q22 race is chock full of intrigue and classy gallopers. It's at the end of Saturday's Eagle Farm card and Ric Chapman previews how the race will be run and won.

1. Numerian (10)

echo J: J Mott T: A Neasham

Top class at this time of the year. Showed that by racing wide yet still fi9n fishing hard to win the 1800m Hollindale, then suffered from 2nd up syndrome when plodding home behind Bois D’argent in the Gr 1 Doomben Cup. Fit, is capable and is ready to return to best i this.

PB Rating 8.4
Last 5 14x10
Win $26.00 Place $7.00
  • Ready to Fire

2. Huetor (17)

echo J: T Berry T: Peter & P Snowden

Looms as a major threat at good odds. After finishing hard with big weight and winning in the mud at randwick, he came north and was a solid 5th to Numerian then was running on gamely again when 4th to Bois D’argent in the gr 1 Doomben Cup. Not man made ground that day so the run was superb. Loves this time of year. Big danger.

PB Rating 9
Last 5 x0154
Win $17.00 Place $4.60
  • Good on Soft

3. Light Infantry Man (5)

echo J: C Williams T: C Maher

Comes here from Europe with real and legit Gr 1 form. resumed from a spell with big weight and a solid 7th to Sky lab in the Scone Cup over 1600m. Came home like this will suit and he is much fitter but he’s never won beyond 1408m so that is a worry here 2nd up. Is classy though.

PB Rating 8.1
Last 5 320x7
Win $13.00 Place $4.00
  • Good on Soft

4. Bois D'Argent (4)

echo J: B Shinn T: A Neasham

Just keeps getting better every campaign and that was showcased last start when led for the last 1200m and too tough in claiming his debut Gr 1 winning the Doomben Cup. Beat a lot of these that day and is going to be on pace and try for same here. Is very very fit and rates highly.

PB Rating 8.5
Last 5 27431
Win $9.00 Place $2.90
  • In Form

5. Kovalica (12)

echo J: J Orman T: C Waller

Looks ready to fire. Finished hard when 3rd to Numerian over 1800m on heavy track then last start again ran on when beaten just over 2 lengths by Bois D’argent in the Gr 1. Better suited at this track and is super fit. Major threat.

PB Rating 8.6
Last 5 09536
Win $6.50 Place $2.35
  • Ready to Fire

6. Adelaide River (6)

echo J: J Mcdonald T: K Lees

Is this the dark horse? is a legitimate European Gr 1 horse having finished midfield in the English Derby, then was 2nd in the Gr 1 Irish Derby. First Aussie start was here over 1800m when well supported but found running on hard behind the inform Just Folk in the 1800m Lord mayors Cup. Lots of talk about him this start and must be respected.

PB Rating 8.8
Last 5 221x9
Win $7.50 Place $2.60
  • Ready to Fire

7. Le Don De Vie (15)

echo J: V Duric T: C Maher

Very capable stayer on his day but has had just one race in the past 2 years and it was a poor run. Not keen.

PB Rating 5.1
Last 5 172x0
Win $81.00 Place $20.00
  • Good on Soft

8. Vow And Declare (2)

echo J: B Egan T: D O'Brien

Disappointed last start when sat back at the tail of the field and just didn’t run on when beaten 5 lengths in the Gr 1 Doomben Cup. Better suited when ridden near speed and a lot better suited on a big track like this. Expect massive improvement.

PB Rating 8.6
Last 5 5x240
Win $15.00 Place $4.40
  • Likes Dry Track

9. Young Werther (14)

echo J: M Dee T: D O'Brien

Never a threat when beaten 5 lengths in the Gr 1 Doomben Cup last start. is better than that and did win at Flemington 3 runs back. Extra 200m is a worry here.

PB Rating 6.8
Last 5 23170
Win $21.00 Place $6.50
  • Likes Dry Track

10. Spirit Ridge (16)

echo J: R Maloney T: A Neasham

Tough old stager who retains great zest for racing as he showed when he out-bobbed them last start in slightly weaker race. Runs on the speed which is suited here and is sure to be therebouts all the way. The poor gate means he will drive hard early.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 20x41
Win $26.00 Place $6.50
  • In Form

11. El Bodegon (13)

echo J: J Collett T: C Waller

Two years ago was a tough classy Gr 1 performer but has lost his zest for racing and his form is horrible.

PB Rating 5.7
Last 5 90x00
Win $126.00 Place $31.00
  • Good on Soft

12. Cleveland (11)

echo J: D Gibbons T: K Lees

is getting ready for the 3200m Brisbane Cup so this will prove a bit short. Never a threat when resuming last start in the 1800m Lord mayors Cup and not expected to trouble these either.

PB Rating 6
Last 5 621x0
Win $101.00 Place $26.00
  • Likes Dry Track

13. Hezashocka (1)

echo J: C Schofield T: M Price & M (Jnr)

Racing in a purple patch of form lately. Won the 2200m Gosford Cup in the mud then was a good 7th coming from last in the Doomben Cup before on speed and too fit in winning the 2400m here last start. Harder here but is cherry ripe.

PB Rating 8.3
Last 5 53171
Win $10.00 Place $3.20
  • In Form

14. Naval College (7)

echo J: T Sherry T: A Neasham

Looms as a major threat. Has been brought along quietly and is ready to pounce. Has run a faster 2000m than all of these last campaign and is 3rd up here after 2 good runs. last start on speed and game 5th in the gr 1 Doomben Cup. Drawn well, is much fitter now and will test these.

PB Rating 8.9
Last 5 11x95
Win $21.00 Place $6.00
  • Ready to Fire

15. Fawkner Park (3)

echo J: T Schiller T: A Neasham

is the form horse of the field and rates very highly. Will get back but is they are running on he will fly late as he did last start when 3rd in the Doomben Cup. Wins in 2 more strides. that followed 2 bush Cup wins in fast time. Very hard to beat.

PB Rating 8.9
Last 5 44113
Win $4.00 Place $1.75
  • In Form

16. Converge (8)

echo J: T Clark T: G Waterhouse & A Bott

Not won past a mile so that’s a worrying stat but his last start game 2nd to Just Folk over 1800m suggested he would get this trip. Loves this time of year and can finish. place.

PB Rating 7.9
Last 5 06x02
Win $34.00 Place $8.50
  • Track Talent

17. Knight's Choice (9)

echo J: R Dolan T: J Symons & S Laxon

Strong stayer but may be a length behind the very best here. Last start was on speed but wilted final 100m when 4th to Just Folk. Extra trip a worry.

PB Rating 7.1
Last 5 13x24
Win $41.00 Place $10.00
  • Good on Soft

18. Amokura (18)

echo J: M Zahra T: K Lees

Is a Gr 1 winner here over this trip last year. Not far away last start when making ground from the back on a day when horses didn’t run on behind Bois D’argent. is super fit now and should be in your numbers.

PB Rating 8.3
Last 5 03x09
Win $18.00 Place $4.80
  • Track Talent

First 4

1. Huetor, 2. Naval College, 3. Adelaide River, 4. Fawkner Park

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