Arguably the most used turf track in the country, Gold Coast has coped well with the workload. The track has been rated a Good 4. Some heavy rain fell on Monday but with fine, warm days leading up to the meeting it should still race well. Look for an upgrade at some stage during the day. The rail is out 200m from the back straight to the home turn then true for the remainder. With relatively small fields in most races, every runner should get their chance.
BEST BET: RACE 2, NO1, WACK'EM.
NEXT BEST: RACE 4, NO1, POOKIES GRIN.
BEST ROUGHIE: RACE 7, NO12, AUDREE.
R1 1.05pm EQPAY FILLIES AND MARES MAIDEN HANDICAP 1400m
Leading trainer Tony Gollan should start the day on a positive note with HUSSON BOOTS. She put the writing on the wall last time at Doomben when she finished a close third. Although she goes up 3kg, she's drawn the rail and this looks a perfect race for her.
NAVY GAL won't be any pushover. She was forced to cover ground last start but never stopped trying and the winner Beaudacious looks a handy type. That's the right form line for this.
NORTHERN REVENGE gets full marks for her honesty. She's weighed in at every start apart from her debut and is a definite winning threat.
WATCHED is worth including in multiples. She ran well from a wide alley in slightly stronger company at Grafton last time and is back at her home track off a much better draw.
SELECTIONS: NO 8 HUSSON BOOTS, NO 6 NAVY GAL, NO 1 NORTHERN REVENGE, NO 7 WATCHED.
VALUE RUNNER: NO 7 WATCHED.
R2 1.40pm MARCUSWILSONRACING.COM.AU COLTS, GELDINGS AND ENTIRES MAIDEN HANDICAP 1400m
This looks a perfect race for WACK'EM (Best Bet). Last time he chased gamely all the way to the line behind the smart Sunny Fame who confirmed the strength of that form by winning again at this track last Saturday. Although he goes up in weight he'll be ridden by Daniel Griffin who knows this track like the back of his hand and should give him every opportunity to win.
SELECTIONS: NO 1 WACK'EM, NO 10 SCENSAY, NO 7 ERCOLANO, NO 2 WHO'S YOUR DADDY.
VALUE RUNNER: NO 2 WHO'S YOUR DADDY.
R3 2.15pm EQPAY HORSE RACING COLTS, GELDINGS AND ENTIRES CLASS 4 HANDICAP 1200m
With question marks over the fitness and form of some of his rivals, LITTLE WEALTH shapes as the value runner. He had excellent form in some strong races during the North Qld carnival in the winter and has landed an ideal alley at his local debut with top jockey Glen Colless booked to ride.
MARTINELLI is the intriguing runner. He's only been beaten once in four starts and has an unblemished record from only two appearances at this track.
Trainer Chris Munce has given punters a good lead by booking top jockey Jeff Lloyd for the ride. If there's even a skerrick of money for this gelding, it could pay to follow.
ELIMINATOR has a good record at his home track and didn't have much luck at Eagle Farm last start when he was trapped four deep without cover in much stronger company. This looks more his go.
Look for an improved run from DIVERSIFIER who failed in a hot restricted race at Rosehill last time but his previous gutsy win entitles him to another chance.
SELECTIONS: NO 6 LITTLE WEALTH, NO 4 MARTINELLI, NO 3 ELIMINATOR, NO 2 DIVERSIFIER.
VALUE BET: NO 6 LITTLE WEALTH.
R4 2.50pm THE SKETTA KELLY FILLIES AND MARES CLASS 4 HANDICAP 1200m
A big drop back in grade should enable POOKIES GRIN (Next Best Bet) to rediscover winning form. She scored an impressive win in Saturday grade three starts back when resuming. Her unplaced run two starts back can be forgiven when she had to carry the grandstand. Her last run was a total forgive effort when she was blocked for a run for most of the straight. She looks beautifully weighted dropping from Class 6 to Class 4 company with a kilo less weight to carry following the allowance for apprentice Brooke Ainsworth.
SELECTIONS: NO 1 POOKIES GRIN, NO 5 FAICONI, NO 2 KHALEESI, NO 4 KYOTO ROSE.
VALUE RUNNER: NO 5 FAICONI.
R5 3.25pm EQPAY EASY, QUICK, PAID ON TIME, C,G&E CLASS 2 HANDICAP 1400m
A couple of lighter-weighted runners hold the key to this race.
OUR ROCKY turned in an average effort first-up but trainer Tracy Green made a couple of gear changes which has turned his form around for the better. After apprentice Brooke Ainsworth's allowance, he's pitchforked into this with only 51.5kg and the rails alley is in his favour.
BENICO'S PRINCE beat Our Rocky at their latest clash and shapes as the logical danger. He's won at this track in the past and is coming off a timely confidence boost.
BOURBON ROAD was far from disgraced last time when he finished fifth from the outside alley on a heavy track which he doesn't really handle. He's back slightly in grade from a better gate and should strike a drier surface.
GIULIANI also flopped in the wet last time but he's much better than that. He won his only start at this track and distance. With Josh Oliver's claim he gets in reasonably well with 56kg.
SELECTIONS: NO 9 OUR ROCKY, NO 7 BENICO'S PRINCE, NO 3 BOURBON ROAD, NO 1 GIULIANI.
VALUE RUNNER: NO 9 OUR ROCKY.
This shapes as a very interesting clash between a couple of promising middle distance prospects.
EL CAMPEADOR gapped his rivals last start at Ipswich and this looks another ideal target. He has to carry 59kg but doesn't look that harshly treated considering it's only half a kilo more than what he carried last time. From the rails alley jockey Robbie Fradd should give him a cosy trail before making his move approaching the home turn.
PINOLINO is the obvious threat. She wanted to roll about and stargaze when she hit the lead in the straight at Ipswich but once she put her mind on the job she disposed of her rivals with a minimum of fuss which is a great sign.
QABLA has won only four races but three of them have been at this track and distance. He might be the big improver.
CASHINKO failed in city Saturday grade at Eagle Farm but it's always worth forgiving anything that flops on that track. Look for him to run a much-improved race.
SELECTIONS: NO 2 EL CAMPEADOR, NO 7 PINOLINO, NO 8 QABLA, NO 1 CASHINKO.
VALUE RUNNER: NO 8 QABLA.
R7 4.45pm EQPAY STRATA FILLIES AND MARES CLASS 2 HANDICAP 1400m
It might pay to forgive VICTORY PARADE one below par run. She brought about her own downfall last time when she missed the start and was unable to recover. That was against much stronger city Saturday grade and she'll find this much easier. Her previous form was faultless and, provided she jumps on level terms, she can take advantage of an ideal alley.
SAYS ME is a definite winning threat following two excellent runs this campaign. She should be nearing peak fitness and will enjoy the step up in trip after finishing strongly at the end of 1200m last time.
TEO TORRIATE doesn't know how to run a bad race. The downside with her is the wide alley but she's never raced in better form and was placed at her only previous start at this track.
AUDREE (Best Roughie) ran only sixth last time but she didn't handle the wet track. The going should be a lot firmer here and it's worth noting she won her only start at this track and distance. Jockey Larry Cassidy rode her last time and has kept the faith which is another encouraging sign.
SELECTIONS: NO 4 VICTORY PARADE, NO 5 SAYS ME, NO 3 TEO TORRIATE, NO 12 AUDREE.
VALUE RUNNER: NO 12 AUDREE.