Racing & Sports expert selections.
RACE 1 - ROSOVO (2) has switched barns and has been racing in stronger southern company. Was only beaten 1.6L a month ago in a Sunshine Coast CL2 over a mile and Wiggins is a key jockey booking. Gets a key gear switch and will be hard to beat. DOOM DIVA (9) has been narrowly beaten here this distance at her last two starts. Has been freshened and draws for the run of the race. Will get her chance if the fitness has been retained. LEICA BITA FUN (7) was better again comfortably winning over 1800m. Races forward and will get every chance to repeat. FROM THIS MOMENT (8) improved placing behind the above and can't be ruled out.
RACE 2 - FRESH PRINCE (2) found his best first-up beaten a nose over 1400m. Performs second-up and the extra metres suit. Keeps Butler and with weight relief and extra fitness rates to go one better. AWE (4) has had one blip in a string of solid efforts over sprints. Has won and placed his two starts this distance Has the rail and Stanley is a key jockey booking. The threat. VITESSE FRANCAIS (5) is capable at best but is hard to catch. Might be the one to fill out the t rifecta.
RACE 3 - Competitive. KNOWITALL JACK (2) resumed at Mudgee narrowly beaten over a mile and has switched yards on a 33-day return. Will come off an inside gate and has some key gear changes. Should take beating with Wiggins a key gear jockey booking. APRIL LOVE (4) has been narrowly beaten here in her last two over 1300m. Has to see out the longer trip but peaks and deserves the chance. MURRAJONG ROAD (1) was well supported at Rockhampton 9 days ago beaten 2.8L. Vet clear. Had improved there prior and can make the finish drawn to get every chance. RED FLASH (7) is still a Maiden but has ability and will be better for the two runs this preparation. Stanley's booking is a lead and he has to be considered.
RACE 4 - HE'S THE ONE (4) was narrowly beaten twice before his spell and was beaten less than 1L on resumption. Has placed 2/2 second-up and fitter can go one better. LUTINE BELLE (14) resumes and has switched from a former Sydney barn. Has been away 327 days but has shown enough in much superior Maidens to say this is winnable if she's presented in good order. Has a wide gate but Stanley's booking is a positive lead. FANCIFUL MR FOX (1) peaks and Wiggins goes on. Has a handy gate and it going well enough to get some of the money. JUST LIKE ROSIE (8) has the blinkers on the first time and the 2kg claimer can use the rail. She won't be far away.
RACE 5 - THE HAIRDRESSER (10) trialled well and was an easy Maiden winner here on debut starting even money. Fitter and it's hard to risk the lethal Stanley-Taylor linkage. Uses the rail and the promising filly can take the next step. RIDEAU (3) resumed at Cairns belting the Maidens by 3.5L and then improved again missing a nose in a CL1 at the Sunshine Coast. That reads well and he's been freshened. Butler goes on and will use the low gate. ALEACO (6) resumes and is good enough to be competitive if presented ready this time around. That's the query. LUCIA MARIA (5) didn't miss the hat-trick by much in the CL1 and is in the mix keeping the 2kg claim.
RACE 6 - THE BLONDE GODDESS (7) was a big trial winner at Rockhampton and then led winning easily there on debut. Has a handy gate and has been briefly freshened. Fitter and can take the next step on what we've seen. SHEZAPEARLER (9) resumes and has trialled well also at Rockhampton. Didn't come up in 2 stronger races last preparation but took out the Maiden in good style prior on debut. Has the blinkers on the first time and Stanley's booking suggests she's pleasing. HARCH ROAD (2) resumes for a top barn with a small claim. Has trialled well and was last seen leading and winning a Rockhampton Maiden by 4L. Has to be considered. TAHKIAN BUBBLES (3) resumes from a low barrier with Wiggins aboard. Raced well at the back of the last campaign in stronger and brings a sharp Rockhampton trial. Is likely to have come on and can feature.
RACE 7 - Tricky. MISHANI MAVERICK (4) won here and then just missed at Townsville both in Open 3s. Will go forward and ride the speed and can bounce back. DISONEY (5) resumes and has switched from a Sydney barn. Was just beaten in a Goulburn 66 two-back over 1300m so has the ability. This may be a touch short but he's a chance with some of the better ones scratched. HARVESTA (3) is busting to win and will race forward. He's a winning chance. SPELLCATCHER (1) has been racing well in Open grade without winning. Suited but has to lug 62.5kgs. Consider all the same.