2019 Cairns Amateurs Day 1 Preview

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Race 1 - 1:22pm

QTIS 3yo Maiden Handicap (950m)

The on-course betting will be the best guide for the 3yo Maiden on the first day of the two day Cairns Amateurs Carnival. High profile visiting jockey Robert Thompson takes the ride on first starter Cupid’s Son and the Janel Ryan trained gelding has to be given plenty of respect. Past Ready and Regal Heart are both facing the starter for the first time with the blinkers going on both of them while Mount Costa has the benefit of two race starts..

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Race 2 - 1:57pm

Maiden Handicap (1250m)

The Grove has been knocking on the door with three placings from his last three starts but still needs plenty of luck here to breakthrough for his maiden win after drawing a wide gate. Robert Thompson rides Aritomo who wasn’t that far away last start even though finishing ninth and can do better here. King’s Knight hasn’t been far off the mark of late and the market will be a good guide for Buoyancy.   

2 Units The Grove

Race 3 - 2:38pm

Class 3 Handicap (1400m)

Lord Archer’s form has been okay of late and he will step out as one of the main chances on his latest third in a 1600m Cairns BenchMark 60 Handicap. Buxton celebrated an overdue win at Atherton last start, Indy Showgirl filled the runner’s up stall at Ingham and Ready For Love was a winner on the Cairns track two starts back.

2 Units Lord Archer

Race 4 - 3:13pm

BenchMark 69 Handicap (1600m)

Crocodile Shoes is mister consistency with three wins and four placings from his last seven starts and looks the one to beat again after claiming a last start win in a 1400m BenchMark 65 Handicap at Townsville. Via Balciano drops 2kg after finishing third to Crocodile Shoes at Townsville and gets his chance to figure amongst the prizemoney again. No Effort Needed is a last start Townsville winner and Zoffany Rocket is not the worst.   

2 Units Crocodile Shoes

Race 5 - 3:48pm

BenchMark 60 Handicap (950m)

Melbourne jockey Noel Callow takes the ride on General Short who will prove hard to beat from the inside gate. The lightly raced Mort Doyle is resuming and gets his chance to make amends after finishing third as favourite in a 1000m Sunshine Coast Class 1 back in April. Foxy Feline and Rose Clip have fair records over this course and distance.

2 Units General Short

Race 6 - 4:27pm

Open Handicap (950m)

Desert Cowboy has found winning form at the right time with a last start victory over the same course and distance as Friday’s contest. Hidden In Heaven has two wins from his last three starts, Concluder is a two times winner over this course and distance and Robert Thompson will help the chances of District.  

2 Units Desert Cowboy

Race 7 - 5:04pm

Class 1 Handicap (1250m)

Sfilza was back in the winner’s stall at Emerald last start and has a great chance to figure in the finish again if she brings that form to Cairns. Yalanji has been placed at his last two starts at Atherton and Mareeba, Sweet June is a last start Ingham Maiden winner and Speed Eight is a winner of two of his last three starts at Cairns and Mareeba.

2 Units Sfilza

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