Another Gold Coast meeting with big fields and a soft track. It equals upset results so look for value and for horses which can get away from the fence. Also it might be an idea to bet early before the track chops up as it sometimes can.
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QUADDIES (races 5,6, 7,8)
Skinny Play: 1,4/3,4/1,10/4
Wide Play: 1,4,5,10/2,3,4,10/1,2,6,10/4,5,7,13
BEST BET: R1 – 1. BRINKMANSHIP
Next Best Bet: R2 – 10. FOXY AFFAIR
Best Roughie: R5 – 5. EL SHADAY
No1 BRINKMANSHIP (BEST BET) Trialled very well and then very green when second this track and distance at only start. Looks the one to beat with race experience.
No3 HEAVENLY STRANGER A stablemate of Brinkmanship and also engaged in Brisbane. Won a trial very impressively and if she starts here will be hard to beat.
No5 MISS ESTER Unplaced at both race starts but both have been more than handy efforts. A knock out chance here.
No4 JOYMAKER A first starer who has not trialled and bred to want 1600m. But stable has a good record with first-up horses.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 MISS ESTER
No10 FOXY AFFAIR (NEXT BEST BET) Has trialled very well and then good third at only race start. Scratched from Ipswich Wednesday to run here.
No12 LAKOUDIS Should have won a maiden by now but never has any luck. He has better form than most of these.
No4 PAGE ONE Second at the Sunshine Coast behind a promising horse and then didn't handle the wet track when well beaten at Doomben.
No7 ZOFAST Three runs last campaign were fair but good recent trial win gives a chance in this.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 ZOFAST
No6 TEMPA MENTAL Hasn't finished worse than fourth at past five starts, Just needs a bit of luck to break through here.
No9 BRILEE ROSE At only start was a good third this track when had little luck. One of the main hopes.
No1 SWEET CAVIAR Ran two good minor placings and last start didn't have much luck when fifth at the Gold Coast.
No4 DIAMONDS ON RUBY Three race starts have been ordinary but good trial recently indicates has some ability.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 DIAMONDS ON RUBY
No4 CALLIGRAPHER Has had a break since very good fifth in a strong Doomben three year old race in August. Winner this track three runs back and probably too smart for these.
No6 DESERT COWBOY Hasn't run since May and no official trial. But has ability and this distance suits first-up.
No2 BRAT ATTACK Winner this track and distance three runs back and two runs since have been good minor placings. Getting up in weight but hard to beat.
No5 CAPTAIN TANGO Mainly best around the country tracks these days but can pull out the occasional good run and this suits.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 BRAT ATTACK
No4 SANCTUARY COVE Brilliant winner this track first-up and then didn't appear to handle the bog track when fourth at Doomben in latest effort.
No5 EL SHADAY (BEST ROUGHIE) Has had a few chances of late but nice effort last time when third at Ipswich. Has been looking for this distance.
No10 VANILLA JEWEL Two runs since a spell have been thirds behind smart horses. Each-way hopes are strong.
No1 PUNISHING Up in the weights but smart on his day. No luck last time when unplaced at the Sunshine Coast and has run good races in better company than this.
No3 SON OF A BRUT Strong win last start at 1600m and the 1800m here will suit very well.
No2 ANZIO Three runs in better company than this since winning at Doomben have all been good without placing. Gets another chance here.
No4 GEOMETRIST Placed past three starts including two at this track and distance. Always an each-way hope.
No10 HEAT SHIELD Won a maiden this track two starts back and then no luck last time when unplaced. The 1800m should suit.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 ANZIO
No10 FLOREANA Good maiden win this track at only start. Is up in grade here but has a lot of talent.
No1 THEAMBASSADORE Has been racing in stronger company than this and good second at Doomben two runs back is a good guide to him winning this.
No2 CALL THE COPPERS Finally won a maiden two runs back and then unplaced for the first time in his eight starts last time at Doomben. But that was a handy effort.
No6 HACKSAW RIDGE Led all the way to win a maiden this track last start. Up in class but has ability.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 HACKSAW RIDGE
No4 EXCALIBRATOR Has been strong at the finish of his past two starts which he has won against handy company. Looks the one to beat.
No7 IRON GEORGE Strong win two starts back and then given no hope with poor ride when beaten at the Sunshine Coast last start. Can win this.
No5 RHYME NOR RHYTHM Has ability but has been lacking something at the finish of late. Seems to go best in Toowoomba but has raced well this track on occasions.
No13 THE EQUALIZER Never far away in these races and won at Ipswich two starts back before placing here latest.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 IRON GEORGE