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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