Some Chris Waller with Sydney runners-up looking for firm ground and some progressives early in their preparations sparking interest in an otherwise unremarkable midweek card.
With only seven races to kick off the new season and the nine meter rail, all horses will have a chance.
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A small field sets things up for MONTANA WOMEN (2) who dominated Toowoomba final start clearing his second behind Hoot ‘N’ Holler in his previous outing. She has fitness on her side and with Angel Jones claiming 3kg will take time.
PRINCE SHALAA (1) won at Doomben in his early days and was later neutered. He won a recent lawsuit and with Boris Thorton will be in the box seat throughout.
BAD ODDS (6) was not helped at the start during the recovery. She showed speed on her debut and Steph Thornton can take advantage of the inside door,
FOLD AND CROCHET (3) won his case and will have every chance with Ben Thompson.
VERDICT: MONTANA LADY (2) has the fitness advantage.
A worthless lot that keeps me staring LOVE IS A Riddle (4) a five-year-old mare having her first start for Tony Golan. She has a solid pedigree, was solid in a recent test and only has to run that far to be at the finish.
OUR ARMISTICE (5) put in a solid effort finishing fourth in both starts. She’s quickly backed up and Sam Collett can get her forward from gate eight.
ART THEFT (1) seemed to want longer on its first outing for seven weeks and place itself at the Golden Coast more than 900m. The bondage continues and he will have every chance with Tegan Harrison.
DOMINATE (9) had support at first but disappointed and got spelled out. He returns on the back of a silent trial with blinkers and a tongue-tie. It is bred for speed and can be prominent.
VERDICT: Will watch for any market movement on LOVE’S A RIDDLE (4).
Chris Anderson had a good run lately and A SHY RUBY (1) was never on the track at the last start from Doomben but was not far to the finish in a race stronger than this. She is well placed in this company with Angela Jones 3 kg claim, can sit on speed and be strongest later.
Steve O’Dea and Matt Hoysted put a link on the tongue BUY (5) and the midweek return and shorter trip will do after a disappointing effort on the final Saturday start. She takes older horses but with 55kg should be prominent for a long time
SOUL OBSESSION (3) has now had two outings since arriving Lee Freed. She wasn’t suited for the last poly start, but her best Victorian form is fine at that level. With blinkers and a tongue tie, she could be ready to shoot for Sam Collett.
MAGNIFICENT (4) was too good at Doomben beating subsequent winner Adonisea. He has speed and with Michael Murphy fired the ace.
VERDICT: ONE SHY RUBY (1) fits this well.
Chris Waller brought ZA CEIBAS (4) north to win a race and he was not far behind on the final Saturday start on a similar trip. Jim Orman stays and similar positive conduct will get him straight to the finish,
The stable mate MOKTAFE (7) looked for good ground and will find it here. This distance is suitable and with Jim Byrne can reverse its recent form.
AVOID LIFE (8) love this song and its rhythm ZA CEIBAS (4) last departure home. With Tegan Harrison, she can move forward and set a tempo that works for her.
CHORUS (1) beat his own age group in his last two outings and Michael Cahill stays on. He takes older horses and rides on trips but will get all the favor from an inside gate.
SECRET TALES (2) had a wide run and didn’t run out until late in the last Saturday year. The trip can test but it is well placed against this company and won at eagle farm previously.
VERDICT: Open race but I like Waller runners.
Chris Waller brings them north for a purpose and PODIUM (2) showed promise in picking up the win Newcastle young girl in the right style. It struggled afterwards but over-ran and a Soft 7 might not have suited. The conditions here may be more to his liking and ridden with a cover by Jim Orman will be tough to hold.
The stable mate OTYRAR (1) was not seen on the poly at Ballarat but he is better here and a tongue-tie will help. He might want longer, but on this big track he could race for Jim Byrne.
JAKALBERRY FINN (3) disappointed with the recovery but it’s better than that and things could change with Brad Stewart making the rounds.
BLOW (5) is a lightly run Kiwi that remains promising and has joined Desleigh Forster. He might want more time, but he’s been neutered, the tongue is going and the trainer has a great record of getting them shot fresh.
VERDICT: Another race where I have a crush on the Waller duo.
Kris Lee brought the progressive HEMSWORTH (7) from Scone after a dominant victory at the last start and although it was more difficult, he won the two previous outings on this trip. A big tracksuit and with Jim Byrne will have a hard time holding up.
The Thorntons combine here with SOLD (4) who rode a daring race during the restart and his first start for the team. He returns to the company mid-week, will get all the inside gate favors and won his only previous start at this track and distance.
TOOMAÏ (6) will strip down for three outings this time around. He gives them a go but draws to do no work and can reach the line.
cosmic gossip (5) is another who will enjoy reuniting with company mid-week. This trip is suitable and Robbie Fradd drives in great shape.
VERDICT: HEMSWORTH (7) can do the job.
The little run TOLKOWSKY (9) chased CHERRYPICK (12) home last start and meets him 3kg better from a better draw. Now having his second start for Barry Lockwood, Dale Smith stays on and he won’t be running far.
Jack Bruce begins to make its mark and CHERRY PICK (12) was too good during the recovery at Ipswich. The wide door tests but he has speed and Ben Thompson could take luck out of the equation.
AT THE ORIGIN (1) is a smart horse on his day and has won two of three fees. He would prefer longer but is fitter for two tries, gets winks and could catch the first.
PREGNANT (7) brings a Victorian form that could pile up in this area. Ryan Maloney takes the mount and the three victories were on this trip.
VERDICT: TOLKOWSKY (9) is weighted to win.
ONE SHY RUBY (Race 3 No 1)
HEMSWORTH (Race 6 No 7)
TOLKOWSKY (Race 7 No 9)
Race 4: 1,2,4,7
Stroke 5: 1,2,5
Stroke 6: 4.7
Race 7: 9.12
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