The usual Saturday standard Gold Coast meeting on what should be a good racing surface. The rail is out about 4.5m most of the way which means horses getting wider in the straight might be advantaged. There looks to be some value in the meeting.
QUADDIES (races 5, 6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 5,8,11,14/1,2,6/1/2
Wide Play: 5,8,11,14/1,2,6,7/1,3,6,7/2,4,5,7
BEST BET: R2 – 1. SCOUTABOUT
Next Best Bet: R7 – 1. RHYME NOR RHYTHM
Best Roughie: R8 – 2. FALKIRK DRIVE
No3 SWEET CAVIAR Has run third at both starts since a break and this looks ideal. One of the few top chances with a reasonable draw.
No6 CHE BELLA VITA Has trialled very well with wins in two and no luck first start when fourth at the Sunshine Coast. Has the rails here.
No9 STILL COOL First starter who has won a trial in good fashion. Has a nice barrier.
No1 CALL THE COPPERS Has been minor placed all six starts and would be favourite here except for horror barrier draw.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 STILL COOL
No1 SCOUTABOUT (BEST BET) Has been in great form at distances around 1600m since a spell. This is in his best distance range and never out of the place this track and distance. Go close again here.
No2 DEVIL'S FIRE Placed past three starts at shorter trips. Not finishing off his races but this longer distance might give him a chance to settle better.
No5 ONE MORE TWO MORE Has won his past two starts in the northern rivers and while this is tougher he has an each-way hope.
No6 SIDERO STAR Finished powerfully to win this track and distance last start. Up in class but hope again.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 SIDERO STAR
No1 HELAROCITY Has won six of 11 starts and missed the place only once. Resuming here but has had a trial and not badly placed after an apprentice's claim here.
No4 HIGH COST Honest and Doomben winner two starts back before struck trouble latest that track. Worth another chance.
No7 DON'T PLAY AROUND Racing well and run down last bit when second this track and distance last time.
No2 SWEET REPEAT Hard to catch but won at Doomben last start. Has to lead to win.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 HIGH COST
No2 NIGHT ATTIRE Good Sunshine Coast winner last start and this is no harder. Has a tricky barrier.
No1 CASCATA ROSSA Good second first-up and then a bit flat at second run back at Ipswich when fourth. Fitter now.
No4 DANE JESTER Forget last-start Ipswich failure and go on previous good third that track.
No5 FORT MYER Not a bad run when third at the Sunshine Coast last time and this hasn't got much depth.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 FORT MYER
No11 DON'T STUTTER Never far away these type of races and although has had a few chances looks the one to beat on exposed form.
No8 WICKED EXPRESS Placed three of six starts and will be fitter for first-up third at the Sunshine Coast. Better suited this smaller track.
No14 VIENNA MOON One of several first starters here who has had two trials and not bad either time. Respect as from an in form stable.
No5 NATURAL FORCE Good effort for first-up third at Ipswich. Has a poor barrier here and some rain might help on breeding.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 WICKED EXPRESS
No1 ERCOLANO Two runs from a spell have been solid and bred to love this distance a further. Very weak race and with luck can win.
No7 CUSHTY PRINCESS Has been third past two starts in harder races than this. The distance should suit.
No6 PARMELIA Won Toowoomba this distance two starts back and no luck last time when unplaced at the Sunshine Coast. Rates another chance this weak race.
No2 CHARLES THE THIRD Good second this distance in Toowoomba last start and might be getting back near his best form.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 CHARLES THE THIRD
No1 RHYME NOR RHYTHM (NEXT BEST BET) Quality galloper but can put in a bad one at short odds. Back to winning form last start in Toowoomba and should be too good for these.
No3 MYSTICAL RENEGADE Good second here last start and has won five of 15 starts. The obvious danger.
No6 IRON GEORGE Sydney form was only fair before first start this area when second at Toowoomba. At best would be hard to beat and fitter now.
No7 JOBIWOOD Battle away for third at good odds this track at latest and has an each-way hope again.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 IRON GEORGE
No5 ST HILARY Form doesn't look great but it has been in harder races than this and she hasn't had a great deal of luck.
No2 FALKIRK DRIVE (BEST ROUGHIE) Nearly fell last start at Ipswich but still managed to finish fourth. Never has any luck in his races but chance if things go his way from a good barrier.
No4 WINDCATCHER Has had several injury issues but on his day is smart. Has had a fair trial to get ready for this.
No7 ZOU DER ZEE Can pop up with a good run at times. Big odds when third this track behind a smart horse last time. Respect.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 FALKIRK DRIVE