2019 Grand Prix Stakes Day Preview
Race 1 - 12:23pm
QTIS 2yo Plate (1000m)
Gotta Kiss has a win and a second from two race starts and will get all of the favours from the inside gate from this starting point. Lady Banff is the winner of her only two starts at Doomben after leading all of the way on both occasions and the Matt Dunn trained filly should have enough early pace to overcome a wide gate from this tricky start. Anders finished fourth at Randwick at her only start and has won a recent Kembla Grange barrier trial and The Drinks Cart comes to town following his debut win at the Gold Coast.
2 Units Gotta Kiss
Race 2 - 12:58pm
Class 6 Handicap (1000m)
Invincible Al has plenty of weight on his back but is dropping back from Listed class and is certain to be given every chance with Jim Byrne in the saddle. The Tony Gollan trained stablemate Just Orm is resuming and has handy first up form and has won a recent Doomben barrier trial. Rock Beat is a winner over this course and distance and Pizonie has an Eagle Farm win and a Sunshine Coast fourth at his last two starts.
2 Units Invincible Al
Race 3 - 1:33pm
QTIS 3yo Plate (1600m)
Guntantes is racing in top form with wins
from his last two starts at Doomben over 1350m and 1615m and is the one to beat
again. Cellarmaid was a winner over this course and distance two starts back
and then wasn’t far off the pace last start when a close up fifth and suited
here. Rothenburg has been placed at his last two starts and is stepping up to
the 1600m for the first time and Kim Alicia has finished just out of the
placings at her two latest outings.
5 Units Guntantes
Race 4 - 2:12pm
BenchMark 80 Handicap (2206m)
Drumadoir is a winner over 2200m at the Sunshine Coast three starts back and was third in a three way photo over 2200m at Doomben last start and gets her chance to find the winner’s stall again. Equipped is chasing a hat trick after wins at the Gold Coast over 2400m and Doomben over 2200m but has to overcome a wide gate this week. Art Attack looks suited here after a third at Rosehill and a fifth at Warwick Farm and Magstock has claims.
2 Units Drumadoir
Race 5 - 2:52pm
Grand Prix Stakes (2206m)
Smart Meteor is on the improve and is chasing
a hat trick after wins at Toowoomba and Doomben and he ran out a strong 2000m
last start and will strip as one of the main chances. Don’t Waiver has been
placed at his last three starts at Eagle Farm and Doomben and chased home Smart
Meteor last start. Chains Of Honour steps up to 2206m following his handy win
at Hawkesbury over 1800m and Mission Phoenix is a last start winner over 2000m
at Kembla Grange.
2 Units Smart Meteor
Race 6 - 3:32pm
Class 3 Plate (1200m)
Gold Coast trainer Michael Costa has two good
chances here with Malahide and Phobetor who are both resuming. Malahide was
sent for a spell after finishing second at Eagle Farm in July and has won a
recent Ballina barrier trial while Phobetor has won both his barrier trials at
the Gold Coast and Ballina in preparation for his return. Invigorating is
resuming from a long break but has won first up in the past and the betting will
be the best guide for Sydneysider Mandela.
2 Units Malahide
Race 7 - 4:12pm
Class 6 Handicap (1400m)
Mewstone Rock was a winner over 1400m at the
Sunshine Coast before finishing third in a Listed race at Doomben over 1350m
and looks well placed here. Bellaria is fitter for two runs back from a spell
and showed plenty of improvement second up when runner up over 1350m at
Doomben. Cruze is a winner over this course and distance and Mahis Angel has
had a freshen up after a fifth over 2040m at The Valley a month ago.
2 Units Mewstone Rock
Race 8 - 4:52pm
Falvelon Quality (1200m)
Spurcraft scored a commanding first up win over 1050m at Doomben and is in the right form to record his first win over 1200m. Badajoz had handy Melbourne form during the Spring Carnival and chased home Spurcraft last start and is also looking for his initial win over 1200m. Isaurian finished second in a recent Randwick barrier trial in preparation for his return and Scallopini has a win and two placings from his last three starts and is a winner over the Eagle Farm 1200m course.
3 Units Spurcraft
Race 9 - 5:32pm
Provincial Series Final Handicap (1300m)
Mr Strachan was back in the winner’s stall
last start at the Sunshine Coast and can be in the mix again. Love You Lucy is the
winner of four of her last five starts and is chasing a hat trick after two wins
at Toowoomba. Born Bad heads back to town after a win at the Gold Coast and
Metson was a last start winner at the Sunshine Coast.
2 Units Each Way Mr Strachan
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