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HARD TO HEAR (5) started from the 2nd line last start and was hitting the line in good order to be 5m from the winner. That followed a nice run when not far from the smart ARGYLE BEACH. He looks to get into this race nicely and gets his chance for a season opening win.
GOODTIME STRIDE (7) started from gate 6 here on Tues over the mile and rolled forward to 1x1 cover when holding on for the bronze behind the all-the-way winner BETTING BARON. Her run the start prior was a nice effort at Redcliffe behind THE IDES OF MARCH and this looks a winnable race.
ROCKWITH THEDEVIL (3) went through his 4YO term without a victory and will be hoping to start this season on a more positive note. His run here 2 starts back was a tidy effort from the breeze and he can place in this line-up.
GHOST GUM (6) is an Albion Park maiden and while that is likely to stay the case after this race, he can look to chime into the exotics. 3rd here 3 starts back from the pocket trail, he can look for cover and finish late.
SELECTIONS: HARD TO HEAR (5), GOODTIME STRIDE (7), ROCKWITH THEDEVIL (3), GHOST GUM (6)
SUGGESTED BET: HARD TO HEAR (5) to win
FRANCO TOTEM (5) was a winner on the grass at Kilcoy 3 starts back and then followed that with a 2nd when circling early from gate 12 and then nabbed right on the line. He worked hard in the run here on Tues and just faded the closing 100 behind LENNY THE LEGEND. This is an easier assignment and he gets every hope.
ARTFUL MAID (1) returned from a freshen with an all the way win over the 1780m at Redcliffe 4 starts back and then over the 2138m here 2 starts back again took them all the way when holding on to win by a neck. With the ace gate she will be leading them deep into the stretch.
MAMMALS MAGIC (4) found her race here last start and after being buried in the run early finished too strongly to arrive for the win. That followed a tough 3rd from gate 6 at Redcliffe and she will be in the mix.
JACKS AT THE BEACH (7) still faces the wide gate as a result of his starting indiscretions yet should appreciate this opposition. His run here on Tues was a tidy effort behind the airborne SPRING CAMPAIGN and he won’t be far away.
SELECTIONS: FRANCO TOTEM (5), ARTFUL MAID (1), MAMMALS MAGIC (4), JACKS AT THE BEACH (7)
SUGGESTED BET: FRANCO TOTEM (5) to win
PSYCHEDELIC (6) will take good benefit from his latest run when returning from a freshen while trainer John Cremin competed overseas. Buried away on the pegs in a band qualifier he was never going to threaten as SECRET JACK dealt in front. Lack of tempo might be an issue here but he can arrive.
OFFICIANADO (1) found his race here on Sat night in a 2nd division qualifier and from this same gate took the trail and then finished best to score a 2m victory. That was his 3rd run back from a long break and with the added fitness can go close again here.
MANDY KRIDEN (5) scored in mares company here last start and in the process landed consecutive wins for the first time in her 12-win career. In great touch she can look to land the hat-trick and will be steaming home.
PHANTOM ROCKSTAR (2) has placed in 3 of his past 4 starts and can look to drop down to the pegs early to get a cosy trip. Buried away in the run last start, he is one to include in the exotics.
SELECTIONS: PSYCHEDELIC (6), OFFICIANADO (1), MANDY KRIDEN (5), PHANTOM ROCKSTAR (2)
SUGGESTED BET: PSYCHEDELIC (6) to win
ALI DOWNUNDER (1) lands the best gate of his career and can look to take full advantage. He finished strongly at Redcliffe 2 starts back to arrive for the victory and then here on Tues went back from gate 6 and flashed home late for 3rd. With the options from the gate he can cash-in.
JILLIBY MACARENA (2) steps out in Qld for the 1st time since transferring to the Max Towns barn. He arrives with some handy form in Vic that includes a nice win at Geelong when sent forward to the front from gate 5 and scoring a comfortable win. He can make the right moves at his AP debut.
AT RANDOM (8) was a winner from 3 back along the pegs on debut, taking the inside runs and sprinting sharply to the line. He followed that with a tough run in the breeze at Redcliffe when under 2m from the winner ALI DOWNUNDER. He will be probing for a gap.
VALIANT GEM (5) can look to start his 3YO term how his 2YO term finished in scoring victory. Working hard in the run from the breeze he dug in to open his account last time and will likely need to work again here.
SELECTIONS: ALI DOWNUNDER (1), JILLIBY MACARENA (2), AT RANDOM (8), VALIANT GEM (5)
SUGGESTED BET: ALI DOWNUNDER (1) to win
LUCKY UNLUCKY (1) resumes from a break after a 2 start prep last time when scoring a 3rd when returning and then an all-the-way win defeating some handy 3YO’s in RED CHARMER and COREY WILLIAM. Given an easy time in a recent trial, he gets the gate to take full advantage.
JUST ROKIN (8) will stalk the 1 every step and be ready to look for any 1st-up fitness queries. Lighting the lamps from gate 5 last start she fought hard to the line when grabbed late by LAUGHING EMOJI which was on the 1 day back-up from Redcliffe when beaten a head. She will be ready to take the last shot.
ITSMEGS (7) has the tricky gate but is racing in nice touch and been top 2 in 3 appearances this campaign. Taking inside runs last start she was 6m from DAPPER BESSIE and has place claims once again.
MY MAGIC MERLIN (4) can do some work in his races and from this alley can look to roll forward to find position. He worked home in good order last start and can be thereabouts in this.
SELECTIONS: LUCKY UNLUCKY (1), JUST ROKIN (8), ITSMEGS (7), MY MAGIC MERLIN (4)
SUGGESTED BET: LUCKY UNLUCKY / JUST ROKIN (1/8) quinella
OHOKA SQUIRE (6) drops back to the claiming ranks following a solid 3rd here on Tues when making good closing ground on the winner OUR CHITTYBANGBANG. That followed a solid run from gate 7 when working home behind WATTLEBANK FLYER. With the right tempo he can take an open claimer.
STIRLING WILLIAM (8) will need plenty of luck from this gate but if the gaps were to open he will be right in the fight. From gate 9 last start he worked home strongly and arrived on the line to score a nice win. A tough winner 4 starts back he just needs a rub of the green.
MISS KENNNY (4) was a nice winner at Redcliffe last start over the 2040m when sent forward to find the pegs before releasing the speed. With good early speed she can find the podium in this.
MAX RICHTER (7) has been freshened since his latest run when working in the breeze and fighting gamely to take the bronze. He can do some work again here but will be in the mix.
SELECTIONS: OHOKA SQUIRE (6), STIRLING WILLIAM (8), MISS KENNNY (4), MAX RICHTER (7)
SUGGESTED BET: OHOKA SQUIRE (6) each-way
ADRIFT (2) started from gate 5 in the Redcliffe 3YO final last start and didn’t have the cleanest run that saw him too far back in a race dominated at the front by DAPPER BESSIE. That followed 5 successive 2nd placed runs and with the speed to take control here can breakthrough.
VINTAGE DREAM (9) started from inside the 2nd line last start and used the passing lane to get within a neck of the winner ARTFUL MAID. A winner 6 starts back from gate 10 at Redcliffe, she has placed in all 5 runs since that win and with the right run can land in the money again.
SNAKES N LADDERS (3) is racing well and finds the right type of race to be prominent once again. A winner 2 starts back when finishing hard from gate 6, his last run had merit and he can feature again.
WERELIVINGTHEDREAM (8) made the most of the gate at Redcliffe last start and took them all the way to score by a head. Striking trouble at her previous 2 she will get a cosy trip and has place hopes.
SELECTIONS: ADRIFT (2), VINTAGE DREAM (9), SNAKES N LADDERS (3), WERELIVINGTHEDREAM (8)
SUGGESTED BET: ADRIFT (2) to win
JANUARY (7) has no luxury from this alley however it can be somewhat off-set with her racing pattern effective when charging home in the closing stages. Finding cover when rolling forward from gate 5 last start she was 3m from the in-form MANDY KRIDEN. With even luck in transit she can land the win.
MACHIN OUT (1) pressed on to find the front here 5 starts back over the mile and once in front was able to take them all the way. Since that win he hasn’t had conditions to suit and been too far back in the run at his past 2 to offer. Back to the ace gate he can look for a sharper effort.
CORPORAL LUNA (8) finished hard along the passing lane to score here 3 starts back at huge odds. He followed that with a 3rd at Redcliffe and with the soft peg trip will be probing for the run.
SURFACE TO AIR (3) will take further benefit from his latest run when 2nd up from a break and hitting the line in good style at Redcliffe. With good early speed he can land position and has podium claims.
SELECTIONS: JANUARY (7), MACHIN OUT (1), CORPORAL LUNA (8), SURFACE TO AIR (3)
SUGGESTED BET: Flexi trifecta 1-3-7-8