Race 1 - 1:12pm
There are plenty of winning chances in what is a tough way to start the day for punters. Rich Affair was banned from racing for three months after he bled when he recorded a dominant win at Doomben in September. That could prove to be for the best as he generally produces his best form fresh and his recent barrier trial at Deagon was sharp. He is well and truly over the odds in what is a very open race.
1 Unit Rich Affair
Race 2 - 1:47pm
Fit For Purpose has recorded two wins on the trot and with even luck in running he will be very tough to beat. He has improved each time that he has been seen at the races this campaign and he now has four wins from his eight race starts. The barrier draw is the issue and the pressure will be on Matthew McGillivray, but the Show A Heart gelding does have some tactical versatility. He is the class horse in this field and will be tough to beat.
3 Units Fit For Purpose
Race 3 - 2:22pm
Orcein is yet to record a race win, but he has shown a nice turn-of-foot in both the Golden Gift and his last start effort behind Gongs at Rosehill Gardens. He is a horse that is crying out for the step-up to 1200 metres and he does look like a professional galloper that will only improve with more racing under his belt. As long as he is able to stay in touch early, he will have the chance to finish over the top of his rivals.
2 Units Orcein
Race 4 - 3:02pm
Pinch River has a simply outstanding record over this track and distance and he returned to the races with a brave victory in the Bribie Handicap. He has the speed to press across from the wide barrier draw and take up the running, while he does have three wins from his six second-up starts.
Badajoz has been freshened up after finishing a credible fifth at Flemington on Kennedy Oaks Day and this is a genuine drop in class. He is another horse with an excellent record over this distance, but he will need some luck in running from the wide barrier draw.
1.5 Units Badajoz
1.5 Units Pinch River
Race 5 - 3:42pm
Long Time Ago did plenty wrong when he was beaten as favourite at Doomben last start and he is a better horse than that effort suggests. The fact that Stephen Baster jumps back into the saddle is a big positive and he should take benefit from under that run under his belt.
My Giuliano has recorded three wins on the trot since he has been sent to Queensland and there is no way that he should be as long as his current odds. There is no fitter horse in this field and he is a galloper that does have a great deal of tactical versatility.
1.5 Units Long Time Ago
1 Unit My Giuliano
Race 6 - 4:22pm
It is excellent that a race named after the great Buffering has drawn such a strong field. You can make a case for a number of the horses in this field, but Care To Think is a horse with a massive amount of upside. He has recorded three wins on the trot and he was nothing short of dominant last start – despite almost getting knocked over on the turn. He maps to get a lovely run with Jeff Lloyd in the saddle and he is a horse that is capable of taking the next step in his career.
1.5 Units Care To Think
Race 7 - 5:02pm
It would not surprise if there was an upset result in a race that is a key lead-up for the Magic Millions Guineas. Super Ex had no luck in running whatsoever in the Gold Edition Plate, but he was still able to find the line and he is a horse that still has a great deal of upside. He has drawn poorly once again and he will need an excellent ride from James Orman, but the $21 that is on offer is still well and truly over the odds.
The Gold Edition Plate quinella of Whypeeo and Pierata should both be in the finish, but they both look to have found their right price.
½ Unit Super Ex
Race 8 - 5:42pm
Cabeza De Vaca was ridden aggressively by Josh Parr in the Villiers Stakes and he was still able to tough it out to the line to finish second. This is a genuine drop in class and Doomben is a track that should really suit the Northern Meteor gelding. Stephen Baster will take the Cabeza De Vaca gelding straight to the front in the early stages of this race and he is an excellent judge of pace. There is no doubt that the six-year-old is the horse to beat.
3 Units Cabeza De Vaca
Race 9 - 6:20pm
This is a tricky way to finish the day for punters. Ghisoni has opened as a clear favourite, but in recent starts she hasn’t really looked like the same mare that looked a genuine star in the making back in 2016. Her stablemate Kinshachi is a horse that has previously had success in Queensland – she won this race 12 months ago – and she has been freshened-up for this race.
All Over Bosanova was only narrowly denied first-up over 1050 metres and she will be suited by the step-up in trip. She maps to get a dream run in transit right on the speed and she is a much better chance than the current odds suggest.
1 Units Kinshachi
1 Unit All Over Bosanova