Another day at the Sunshine Coast which continues to be raced into the ground. Big fields and finally the threat of rain but there does look to be some good bets on the card. As usual watch for horses which can get to the crown of the track in the straight.
QUADDIES (races 7,8,9,10)
Skinny Play: 1,11/6,9/4,14/2,15
Wide Play: 1,3,8,11/6,8,9,12/4,7,9,10, 14/2,5,8,10,15
BEST BET: R2 – 1. MY GIULIANO
Next Best Bet: R1 – 2. RANCHO MONTOYA
Best Roughie: R5 – 10. NUDGEE
No2 RANCHO MONTOYA (NEXT BEST BET) A small field but a good one and this is the best race of the day. But Rancho Montoya is in line for stakes races in Melbourne and strong win against older horses last time. Just needs some pace on.
No1 MISHANI BULLITT Last time he ran in a 1600m race he finished fourth in a Group One. Honest this campaign and despite another big weight the 1600m suits now.
No4 WAS IT WORTH IT Has won his past two starts in easier races but shows a lot of potential. Is probably the knock out horse.
No3 LADY LARK Has been racing well for months and got lost when the pace went on last start and ended up fourth. Could lead here.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 WAS IT WORTH IT
No1 MY GIULIANO (BEST BET) Many thought he should have got a protest when a nose second at Doomben last start. This is no harder and as a genuine stayer will appreciate the big track.
No5 MUSTARRID Has won his past two starts in easier races but should be on the pace here and has a light weight.
No2 STANLEY Has had no luck at all of late and better drawn here so should be able to get a sit off the pace. Tries hard and due for a change of luck.
No4 MISS ARABELLA Bred to stay and was racing well around the 1600m mark before failure at 2200m last time. Give another chance now she has had a staying race run.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 STANLEY
No7 THE MECHANIC Promising horse who has won his past two starts in easier races. Has a perfect draw and a light weight so looks hard to beat.
No2 JUST ORM Has plenty of ability and this could be his campaign as resuming here off two solid trials. Has a good barrier and should be with the leaders throughout.
No5 DIETERS Is probably a stakes horse at his best but has had wind problems. Good recent trial win indicates he can win here.
No3 TARZAN Who would know what he would do. At his best would win at his worst will run off the track and finish last. Very good second last time gives him a strong hope here.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 JUST ORM
No4 WITH A PROMISE She is unbeaten in three runs second-up and looks set to make it four from four here. Good effort when third in an unsuitable race at Doomben first-up.
No8 DIVINE SERVICE Two runs from a spell have been ordinary but should lead here and has a very good record this track and distance. Good value here.
No2 SUPREME EFFORT Wyong visitor who has been racing well in Sydney. Third-up from a spell here and should be ready to win. Has raced against some good stakes horses and not been disgraced.
No1 MAN OF HIS WORD Stakes winning horse who is heading south for the spring. Resuming here and this will be too short but if there is a break neck early speed watch out for him late.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 DIVINE SERVICE
No6 LORD COCONUTS Found the 2040m a bit too far last start but go on previous good fourth at the Gold Coast over 1800m. This suits perfectly.
No1 MR EPIC They don't come more honest than this bloke and fought on well when third in a stronger race at Doomben last start. Always an each-way hope.
No2 LORDAG Broke through for long overdue win last start at Doomben. Has won at 1800m and is very fit.
No10 NUDGEE (BEST ROUGHIE) Will be very big odds here. But a good winner in a Class 5 this track and distance last start. Won by six-lengths last time in handy time and has no weight here.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 NUDGEE
No11 PRIMED FOR DESTINY Has run very well at her past three starts on unsuitable track surfaces. This track will be softer and she can hit the line hard when the pace is on, which it will be here.
No1 ORADONNA Smart mare who has had a few problems but won a trial nicely recently and has won four times this track. Has an apprentice's claim so well off at the weights.
No5 MADAME LILY Landed some good bets when last-start Doomben winner and has each-way claims again here.
No2 SWEET REPEAT Has won twice this track and needs to lead to win. Should be able to do that from good barrier.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 MADAME LILY
No1 HELAROCITY Very promising horse who has won seven of his 12 starts. First-up run was terrific when came from last over 900m. Has plenty of weight but a 3kgs claim makes him hard to beat.
No8 NEPTUNE PALACE Racing well with a win and three seconds before a spell. Finished last in a recent trial but not asked to do much. Has won first-up.
No11 SILIQUA Loves this track where he can get back and run home strongly. Won here last time and each-way claims again.
No3 BEAT STREET Good record this track with four wins and two placings from eight goes here. Has not run a bad race this campaign and chance again here.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 BEAT STREET
No9 DEEP IMAGE Very promising horse who has won two of his four races and been stakes placed in another. Has had a few little problems but recent trial shows he will be very hard to beat.
No6 COURTZA KING Has rarely run a bad race since coming from Sydney last year. Had an easy trial for comeback here and has been placed four times first-up.
No8 RAJA AMPAT Has been getting too far back at Doomben of late and far better suited here where he has won three times.
No12 JETSONIC Winner only start this track and never far away in this class. Two runs from a spell have been good.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 RAJA AMPAT
No4 NIGHT ATTIRE Very hard race but Night Attire is at least on the up having won his past two starts in easier races. Does like this track.
No10 DON'T DOUBT MARLEY Just fair when beaten at Doomben last start but go on strong win previous effort this track.
No7 SCRABBLE Has a terrible barrier here but two runs from a spell have been handy. Another with a good record this track.
No14 NO ANNAMOSSITY Scratched from an easier race on Wednesday for this. Very heavily backed when last start Doomben failure but deserves another chance with a light weight.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 DON’T DOUBT MARLEY
No5 MANIAS This is a tough race but hard to go past Manias who has won his past three starts in most impressive fashion. Ran second at both his starts this track.
No2 MYSTIC OPAL Has been placed broth starts from a spell in better races than this. Has won three times this track and top hope again here.
No15 MANDRYKA No hope from the bad barrier last start but brilliant winner this track previous start. Hard to beat.
No10 IMPREGNABLE Most improved galloper who has won four of past six starts. Well up to winning again here.
VALUE RUNNER: No15 MANDRYKA