By Neil Evans
Track Heavy 9/10 and rail true so wet track pattern crucial and likely to be off the fence.
|Race 1 2YO HCP (1100m):|
Most are first starters, with leading Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds hopping the border with promising filly 6. Virginia Dream (Snitzel x Buckleupbuttercup by Najran) who has trialled strongly and seemingly bred to get through this sort of ground.
Dangers: Gold Coast gelding 1. Hickson (Shrapnel x Tessie Girl by Fastnet Rock) also trialled well, but market will be huge indicator for the babies in this ground.
How to play it: Virginia Dream to win.
|Race 2 OPEN HCP (1530m):|
Slogging battle of tactics which should suit 5YO Toowoomba visitor 2. Grey Steyne third-up. Has a superior winning strike rate, and shown an ability to get through wet ground. Carried this weight over a shorter trip to win at home first-up and now looking for this journey.
Dangers: Gold Coast gelding 1. Bratislava is building a nice record and is hard fit coming out of stronger metro miles in Brisbane, but a query in the ground; while Ballina 5YO 3. Winkler has been well beaten in his last few against stronger, but down in grade and bred to handle the wet.
How to play it: Grey Steyne to win.
|Race 3 CL2 HCP (1100m):|
Tricky sprint in small field, but keen on 2. Sanglier who has had two improving runs back from a spell, boasts strong Soft track form, and rookie rider importantly takes 4kg off.
Dangers: Eagle Farm-trained 5YO 3. The Danger was around the mark this grade in the spring, and while first-up record isn't flash, has good heavy track form, and gets 2kg claim. Doubt anything else can win!
How to play it: Sanglier to win.
|Race 4 MAIDEN HCP (1000m):|
Big watch on 4YO local mare 6. Ser Ser Schon who has had two improving runs after three trials, so fit enough, but a little query in heavy conditions.
Dangers: Toowoomba filly 3. Madiara improved at third career run to just miss from a wide gate at Ballina, but in her first prep has never raced on anything worse than Good.
How to play it: Ser Ser Schon to win and quinella 3 and 6
|Race 5 BM 58 HCP (1200m):|
Beaudesert-trained mare 4. Send Us A Sign has been close-up in her last few in Qld against stronger and at her most competitive on wet tracks.
Dangers: Casino gelding 2. Crooked Gent is the clear threat! Closed nicely at his second run back, has a good strike rate this track and normally handles the wet. Last couple of runs from Beaudesert mare 8. Only Ever Annie at big odds have been okay, and she's bred to handle the conditions. Gold Coast mare 3. Cosmos Seven has had one average run back and no second-up form to recommend, but against that is a two-time winner in heavy ground, and will race on the speed so can't dismiss.
How to play it: Send Us A Sign to win and quinella 2 and 4.
|Race 6 F & M CL2 HCP (1100m):|
Coffs Harbour mare 4. The Eulo Queen is going well, but a query at 1200m in this ground from the inside.
Dangers: The form of Gold Coast mare and former Victorian 6. My Unicorn doesn't look flash, but her best form is easily on rain-affected ground, including a fast-finishing close second at Warrnambool last winter.
How to play it: Quinella 4 and 6.
|Race 7 MAIDEN PLATE (1530m):|
The clumps could be flying everywhere by this race, and at tricky middle distance, the exotics might be the best way home. That said, the Gold Coast form of consistent 3YO gelding 8. Sir Husson is good enough to win. Was overhauled late two runs back when hard in the market before ridden quieter and finishing hard into a place. Fit, bred to handle this ground and looking for the longer trip.
Dangers: Gold Coast filly 9. Del Vega comes out of that same race finishing just in front of Sir Husson, looks capable of handling heavy ground and suited up in trip. Casino-trained gelding 1. Delius has been working home right through this prep, and desperate for a longer journey. Untested in this ground, but bred to handle it. Lismore 3YO 4. Kidlat is also hard fit and hasn't been far away this prep, but also new to these conditions.
How to play it: Sir Husson to win and trifecta 8-9/1-4-8-9.
Sir Husson runs third at the Gold Coast on March 9
|Race 8 BM 58 HCP (1530m):|
Local mare 2. Howick resumed with a nice effort at Ipswich when heavily backed before failing against stronger at Doomben. Was sent back to the trials, and ready now for the extra trip. Wet track form solid and drawn to stay out of trouble late in the day.
Dangers: Gold Coast filly 3. Intimissimi rattled home at second career start to win her maiden at the Sunshine Coast, and is bred to handle the wet. Eagle Farm-trained gelding 8. Cedar Rapid just missed in a CL1 at Kilcoy last start and is clear best of the rest.
How to play it: Howick to win and quinella 2 and 3.
Howick wins at Ballina in July