Race 1 - 11:05am
BenchMark 90 Handicap (2040m)
A tricky race to start the mammoth eleven race program with Chris Waller saddling up two of the main chances in Estikhraaj and Exoteric. Estikhraaj is stepping up to the 2040m following a fifth over 1550m at Canterbury three weeks ago while Exoteric made up plenty of ground from the back when sixth over 2000m at Doomben a month ago. The Chris Munce trained First Crush will handle the soft track conditions and will appreciate the step up in distance following a sixth over 1615m at Doomben on February 10.
2 Units First Crush
Race 2 - 11:40am
Class 3 Plate (2040m)
Three year olds Iowa and Pinch Passion will clash again when they take on the older horses over the 2040m in the Class 3 Plate after finishing sixth and eighth in the same race against their own age group over 1615m at Doomben three weeks ago. Monaco Snob and High Wind have some middle distance form and finished second and third over 2200m at the Sunshine Coast on February 18 and will be suited by the 2040m. Toowoomba four year old Quiero has found winning form and will be chasing a hat trick after wins at Dalby and Toowoomba. The Tony Sears trained four year old has wet track form and the front runner might be hard to run down if Skye Bogenhuber can dictate the tempo to her liking.
2 Units Each Way Quiero
Race 3 - 12:12pm
BenchMark 70 Handicap (1110m)
The Toby Edmonds trained I’ve Gotta Nel has been consistent of late and is due for a win after being placed at his last two starts. The Sequalo four year old has an inside barrier, has won on a rain affected track and has the benefit of apprentice Jean Van Overmeire’s 2kg claim. Anna’s Joy is facing a huge class drop from Group 3 company to a BenchMark 70 Handicap but is yet to win beyond 1000m. Fifth emergency Setoga has gained a spot in the run on field and has to be considered among the main contenders on his last start win over 1050m on a heavy track at Doomben. Prue’s Angel is on the improve and is one for the exotics.
3 Units I’ve Gotta Nel
Race 4 - 12:47pm
QTIS 2yo Handicap (1200m)
Only Wanna Sing is a last start winner over 1110m at Doomben on a heavy track and will be hard to beat again from the inside gate with Damian Browne in the saddle again. Toowoomba youngster Plumaro is the obvious one to beat and will have gained a lot of experience from her last start second as favourite over 1200m at Doomben at her first trip down the range. The Chris Munce trained Boomara got the job done at his first race start at the Gold Coast and comes to town with a great chance.
2 Units Only Wanna Sing
Race 5 - 1:22pm
F&M BenchMark 80 Handicap (1350m)
Jadentom has only missed a place once from eight starts with four wins and three seconds and she gets her chance to find the winner’s stall again after being runner up last start over the same course and distance as Saturday’s contest. Brad Stewart will have no trouble finding an on pace spot from barrier two. The top weight Don’t Tell Mama is also a model of consistency and is overdue for a win after three placings from her last three starts, the latest a third over 1630m at Doomben on January 20. Apprentice Emma Ljung’s 2kg claim will give the Tony Sears trained mare some relief from her allocated 59kg. Clockwork Orange and Brigadoon Rise are also two mares that are consistently around the placings.
2 Units Each Way Don’t Tell Mama
Race 6 - 2:02pm
Tattersall’s Members’ Cup (1640m)
Brazen Moss is up sharply in the weights following his last start win over the same course and similar distance as the Members’ Cup. Honey Toast has to lump the 59kg top weight but will be fitter for one run back from a spell and has a good second up record. The Barry Baldwin trained Glendara was back amongst the prizemoney last start with a second to Brazen Moss and meets that galloper a lot better at the weights. Capetown Hussey is another on the minimum with solid claims following her latest fourth over 1350m at Doomben, is a winner over the same course and distance as Saturday’s contest.
2 Units Glendara
Race 7 - 2:42pm
0MW Handicap (1200m)
An open betting race with five runners under the $10 mark at Ladbrokes.com.au. Second emergency Dream Master has gained a spot in the main field following three early scratchings and has been installed as the early favourite but still has to overcome a wide barrier. Break Time, Tversky, Zendaye and Amenzel are all hovering around the $5 mark and a win by any of them would not surprise. Break Time is the winner of his last five starts, Amenzel the winner of his last three, Tversky has two wins from last three outings and Zendaye has been knocking on the door with placings from his last three starts.
2 Units Amenzel
Race 8 - 3:22pm
Class 6 Plate (1200m)
Toowoomba four year old Mr Marbellouz blew his opposition away last start at Doomben with a seven lengths victory in a 1050m Class 3 and has been installed as the odds on favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au. Mr Marbellouz is yet to win beyond 1100m and was beaten as the odds on favourite over 1200m at Ipswich last August and if he is found wanting over the last 100m, horses like Oink and Final Zero might get their chance to run down the Kevin Kemp trained speed machine.
Race 9 - 4:02pm
Tattersall’s Club Young Members Open Handicap (1200m)
Ladbrokes.com.au has this down to a race in three and it will be hard to separate last start Doomben winners Fortensky, Malvern Estate and Hanwritten. The Chris Waller trained Fortensky drops 1.5kg for his win over 1350m, Malvern Estate is going for his fifth win in a row and is up 0.5kg for his win over 1110m while Hanwritten drops from 57.5kg to 53kg for his step up to open class following his win in a 1200m Class 6 Plate. Jumbo Prince is better known as a miler plus horse but has won first up in the past over the Doomben 1200m and can’t be completely left out.
2 Units Hanwritten
Race 10 - 4:37pm
C,G & E BenchMark 80 Handicap (1350m)
All Summer Long comes to Queensland with strong New South Wales form which includes a last start win at Newcastle in a 1500m Class 4 Handicap. Apprentice Jean Van Overmeire was aboard that day and gets to use his 2kg claim again on the Kris Lees trained gelding. Courtza King has been around the mark of late and was beaten a nose two starts back when second over the same course and distance as Saturday’s BenchMark 80 Handicap. Bergerac has won his two runs back from a spell at the Sunshine Coast and Larry Cassidy will give him every chance to be in the mix again.
2 Units All Summer Long
Race 11 - 5:15pm
QTIS 3yo Handicap (1110m)
Setoga was a brilliant winner over 1050m at Doomben last start and the step up to 1110m shouldn’t be a problem. Paul Hammersley again will ride the Steven O’Dea trained three year who is the winner of two of his three race starts. Excelebrazione made up good ground from the back to run second to Setoga and should get a nice run from an inside gate. Johnny Whitesox was brave in defeat last start when runner up and will get every chance again dropping back from the 1350m.
4 Units Setoga