Eagle Farm Look, March 17.
Weather: Overcast. Track Rating: Heavy 8, 9.30am. Factors: Apprentice riders on pre-post favourites in six of the eight races. Overcast, track could deteriorate.
Race 1: The field is down to six runners with top two fancies Lucky Luna and Steel Zip, each to be ridden by a 3kg claiming apprentice. Small fields often lead to tactical battles, so it may come down to the ride, fancied runners have to be a risk. Last start winner Okane has a nice weight drop and Gold Rating has trialled well since his last run.
Race 2: Topweight Dansonate was consistent when last in work and ran a good third on heavy going behind Noogoora Burr here. Lita and Bam’s Boy won well at the provincials and should have taken improvement from that. Watch on Barry
Baldwin trained Stratojet.
Race 3: Marked was an impressive winner last start, but faces acid test on heavy track here. The six-year-old is nicely weighted with the 3kg claim and if handles the going should win. Winmara is a swimmer, racing well and looks good value in early markets.
Numbers: 2 (each way), 1,6,8.
Race 4: Emoticon ran a super race last start under a big weight and has to lump his full 58kgs again. While racing well, the heavy track coupled with a step up in trip is a real concern. Dodging Eddie will be suited by the 1800m and is on the minimum. Diago and wet-tracker Loves A Challenge also command respect.
Race 5: Last start winners Viking Heart and Boys On Tour are drawn together out wide and could fight the race out. Boys On Tour has won in the wet, which may give him the edge over the Kelly Schweida trained gelding. Five O’Clock, Another Superior and Denwood are value chances for the quadrella first-leg.
Numbers: 1/5, 4,8,15.
Race 6: Class runners are Border Rebel and Funtantes are first-up here. Border Rebel is unbeaten in heavy going (3-3) and has a great record when resuming. Border Rebel will carry 57.5kgs after the claiming allowance for Anthony Allen, so he is well in at the weights and the apprentice should be under no early pressure from one alley. Mondean is a likely improver in the
Race 7: Apprentice Ashley Butler’s 3kg claim makes Win A Million look one of the good things for the day. The five-year-old won well here in the is class and conditions last start and has apparently done well since. Machination loves the wet and
Tea Tattle ran an improved race last start. Trombone Alley had no luck last start when trapped four and five deep and can run an improved race on a seven day back-up.
Race 8: Oak Street is likely to start favourite, but faces a tough task second-up and more than a month between runs, although he did trial well at the Gold Coast. Nice horse, but would not like to be taking short odds. Requested won well last start, in heavy going and has the benefit of recent racing, which is a bonus in the heavy. Value chance in Ruapehu Boy, heavy track winner and third up.