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Punter's Intelligence Wrap - Hunter Day

Coal Crusher was primed by his trainer, Joe Pride, to peak for his grand final at Newcastle on Saturday in the $1M Hunter (1300m), and he ran his rivals ragged.

The gelding went to a new level with the blinkers going back on, and he did it on both ends, holding off the late challenges to score.

Punter's Intelligence recorded he led at an overall fast pace rating, running sustained sectionals throughout, and jockey Tyler Schiller rated the six-year-old to perfection.

Further, he took the sprint out of his rivals and clocked an overall time of 1:15.49.

He'll now go out for a spell, and expect him to return improved next campaign with him going out on a career peak figure.

Looking back at some sectional standout performers, Step Aside was one of the week's runs, with him saluting in style at Rosehill Gardens on Wednesday.

The gelding was resuming in the Benchmark 72 event over 1300m, and he was held up at a critical stage in the straight, but once clear over the final furlong, he reeled off the meetings fastest final 200m in 11.08. He can only improve off that effort and is one to follow.

Cloudland confirmed he is in career-best form after only going down narrowly after leading at a very fast pace. He beat the rest easily and stick with him moving forward.

Fleetwood controlled the tempo, leading at a farcical tempo in the Benchmark 68 Handicap over 1200m.

However, he showed a turn of foot and late strength, recording the entire meeting's quickest final 600m in 33.23.

Forgiving of Runwiththetide, who had excuses and didn't appreciate when he couldn't lead.
However, he still ran the meetings fastest, 400m-200m split in 10.80 and has come back improved this campaign.

Clear Choice had every chance when winning the final event, the Benchmark 72 over 1500m, but ran a slick time.

The four-year-old ran an overall time of 1:29.60, approximately 10.5 lengths quicker than a direct comparison being the F&M Benchmark 72 (1500m).

The well-backed Hokkaido tried hard in defeat and clocked the race's quickest final 200m in 11.56.

Fying Trapeze was brave in defeat after always facing the breeze in the genuine tempo, and he stuck on well.

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