The Gold Coast hosted a metropolitan meeting on Wednesday where the track was lightning fast and played a bias towards horses on the pace. Any horse which got well back had no hope of making up ground in the straight. There has been no rain so it should play the same way on Saturday.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8,)
Skinny Play: 8/2/1,4,/1,2,10
Wide Play: 3,6,8,12/2,3,7,10/1,4,6,10/1,2,4,10
BEST BET: R5 – 8. UMBERTO
Next Best Bet: R6 – 2. TRUE PASSION
Best Roughie: R7 – 6. DALLINGER
No6 NOBBY'S GIFT
No3 HIGH BLAZE
No 12 POWER OF DIVAS
VALUE RUNNER: No1 BETAJET
No2 ENDLESS DON
No1 DEVIL'S FIRE
No5 KICKSTART MY HEART
VALUE RUNNER: No2 ENDLESS DON
No2 ROBBERS COBBER
No8 LEGAL STATURE
No4 HUNTER ISLAND
VALUE RUNNER: No4 HUNTER ISLAND
No3 BRIGADOON LEGEND
No4 MORE THAN MONEY
No6 STAR STILETTO
VALUE RUNNER: No6 STAR STILETTO
No8 UMBERTO (BEST BET) Has trialled well recently and then protested unsuccessfully when second at Doomben last start in a far tougher race than this. He should have won easily last start and this looks ideal for him.
No12 GO DAISY She has had a lot of chances but indicated a win wasn't far away with a last start fourth at Doomben. A repeat would see her in the finish here.
No6 NEVER IN DOUBT Was well backed last start but had no luck at all when midfield in a Doomben maiden. Has a bad barrier again but this is easier than last time.
No3 GWAPO Has been racing only fairly of late but hasn't had a great deal go his way. Ran second to a top two-year-old last season and only has to repeat that run to be a chance here.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 GWAPO
No2 TRUE PASSION (NEXT BEST BET) Showed all of his usual pace first up at the Sunshine Coast but then faded badly. The winner ran sensational time and no wonder True Passion stopped. This distance and track suit much better.
No7 MAGIC LOVE There is a big wrap on this mare and she had only one run last campaign because of an injury. Usually goes better second-up but has had a trial for her comeback run in this.
No3 CAPTAIN TANGO He hasn't run since March when his form was good in similar races to this. He has not trialled but he does have a very good first-up record and is among the main chances here.
No10 CHARLEE BEAR Looked like being a top line galloper but has gone off the boil of late. But showed some signs of his old form last time and this distance suits. A light weight hope here.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 CHARLEE BEAR
No1 CASCATA ROSSA Has lost two races on a positive swabs of late so back in an easier race now. Resuming here but on best form would win this easily. Won a recent Deagon trial in nice fashion.
No6 DALLINGER (BEST ROUGHIE) Two runs back from a spell have been only fair. But getting fitter and is a winner this track and distance. Drawn to get a nice run on the pace here which should be an advantage.
No4 MYSTYKO Has been a most consistent placegetter of late but always seems to find one a bit better. This isn't overly strong and must be an each-way hope again.
No10 DODGE THE PRESS Honest enough horse but has had plenty of chances to win this class. Should be about the place money again.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 DALLINGER
No2 AMARYLISS Getting close to another win with a strong second first-up behind a very smart horse. Looks nicely placed against this opposition from a good barrier.
No4 ROSES OF JOY Another consistent mare who has been a bit unlucky at her past two minor placings. Never out of the place in three goes this track and distance and looks hard to beat again.
No1 HEART OF AUSTRALIA Took 12 goes to break her maiden but has been a most consistent placegetter. She might go on and win a few now she has broken her duck.
No10 GRUINARD BAY Broke through for an overdue win in a maiden last start at the Sunshine Coast. This is harder but is another who might go on now she has broken her maiden status.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 ROSES OF JOY