Mackay has one of the best racing surfaces of any track in Queensland. It means even in wet weather the track usually plays truly with all runners getting a chance in the straight. The rail is true and the track should be good.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 5,14/1,2/1.2/1
Wide Play: 5,9,10,11,14/1,2,4,8/1,2,7,10/1,2,9,12
BEST BET: R1 – 1. JERVOIS NIGHT
Next Best Bet: R8 – 1. FOUR EXCEL
Best Roughie: R7 – 10. PALACE TYCOON
No1 JERVOIS NIGHT (BEST BET) He has plenty of weight but should be too good for these on best southern form. Placed at Sandown and then Wyong in good races before being sold to the north. Looks too good here.
No2 PURSUITOFHAPPINESS Placed past three starts in similar company and knockout chance here.
No3 WATTO'S JET Placed six of 12 starts including past two runs this track. Each-way here.
No9 STORMY ZUMA Has raced well this track on occasions and down in the weights here.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 STORMY ZUMA
No3 RESET EXPRESS Won a 1500m maiden here in strong fashion last start and suited this distance.
No1 HARJAKA No luck recently and this distance looks ideal.
No4 KHADIJA Strong effort last time when second behind a handy horse at Rockhampton. Doesn't win often but always an each-way hope.
No6 GLAMORGAN BABE Old mare who has a handy record in these type of races.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 GLAMORGAN BABE
No2 RUFFY ROAD He should have finished closer last start and does like this distance.
No4 LIGHTNING JACKSON Returned to form last start with good Rockhampton win.
No3 UNDER THE WEATHER Racing well on various country tracks and this isn't very hard.
No1 REDMIA Good winner in easier race last time but has raced well in these type of events before.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 UNDER THE WEATHER
No2 BOGEY MAN Racing very consistently in southern Queensland and looks ideally placed here.
No8 HAYYLER'S ILLUSION Racing very well in easier races and ready to step up to this class.
No5 DRAGON FIRE Best form seems to be on country tracks but can bob up in these races on occasions.
No3 PRELUSIVE STRIKE Has some handy form this track and no luck last start.
VALUE RUNNER: No 5 DRAGON FIRE
No5 CLATEAU Run was much better than it looks on paper when last at Rockhampton at most recent run and does go well this track.
No9 MISS ANNA Much travelled and consistent mare who loves this track. Only problem is the bad barrier.
No11 DUDOOMP Has had plenty of racing but he has won five times and this type of race suits him after unlucky Rockhampton run last time.
No14 YOU CAN'T FIND ME Has a good record this track and gets in well at the weights with the apprentice's claim.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 MISS ANNA
No2 HELLUVA HOFFA Won this track and then too good again at Rockhampton last time. He is perfectly drawn here and getting weight from his main danger.
No1 TINTO ELEMENTO Has won five of eight starts on this track and second the other three times. Looks an obvious choice here.
No4 STARANTE On his best Brisbane form would win this but has been struggling of late. He will find this easier.
No8 FABULOUS CHILD Forget last start failure this track when got into trouble. Other form this track is good.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 STARANTE
No1 CRAIGLEA DEKEN Prolific country winner who has won three and been second four times this track. Only worry is the distance here with a big weight but should nearly win.
No10 PALACE TYCOON (BEST ROUGHIE) He was a strong winner in restricted class in Rockhampton last start. He has raced well in Brisbane restricted class on occasions and this distance suits.
No2 DECONSTRUCTED Believe it or not this bloke was once rated at Stradbroke Handicap candidate. Has struggled for form in recent years but good fourth in recent Rockhampton Cup gives him a hope here.
No7 OLD SMOKEY His three runs since coming north from Brisbane have been very good. This is a step up in class but he is a light weight hope.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 TYCOON PALACE
No1 FOUR EXCEL (NEXT BEST BET) Never runs a bad race this track and in good form with last-start win here. Has the inside barrier which is a big plus for him.
No9 ROCKETTE ROCKET Another who races well this track and impressive winner at big odds last time. Chance again.
No2 I AM BOSS Has won in good Saturday Brisbane races and won this track last start. Has strong claims again.
No12 VO TREASURE Looked like being a top horse early in his career and while never reaching those heights he is honest. He has a handy first-up record.
VALUE RUNNER: No12 VO TREASURE