Racing & Sports expert selections.
RACE 1 - HYPERCUBE (13) led them up here last Wednesday on a night when the wind seemed to make things harder for those racing on the rail. She hasn't done much wrong in three Tasmanian starts and looks suited rising to 1400m on the quick back-up. Conversely, ESPUR (7) led on a night where rails in the run was favoured but did finish alongside subsequent winner Kaboom Kaboom. SMART ARTIE (4) was solid resuming in a race that didn't receive a great form push last Wednesday. He'll likely strip fitter and maps favourably. CAPE ZORO (6) covered a stack of ground last start and was a big run to finish third. She's been up a while but draws for a much softer run here. ELLA DULCIE (12) was given a quiet time of things at the track and distance last time and could be an improver.
RACE 2 - Tricky looking maiden with three runners from the Mark Ganderton yard. The pick would appear to be ZUNI (10) who is far younger than her stablemates and gets blinkers for her debut. Market always provides a good guide from this camp though. GODDESS OF ROCK (7) was given little chance in betting on debut but ran an eye-catching third. Awkward draw, but she'll start much shorter here for an in-form stable. Some query on the strength of the maiden that both ROHZHAE (3) and NEED TO THINK (9) come through. The latter settled last there and couldn't get clear racing room late, while the former is consistent in a race full of question marks. BANKROLLBENNY (5) resumes and is in the mix with any luck from a wide draw but on what he showed in a debut prep run exclusively on the carpet.
RACE 3 - SWEET LUCIFER (2) showed good ability in three runs across a winter campaign run at home in Hobart. He won a recent trial, and while drawn awkwardly, there does look good speed here, which could enable Maskiell to slot in. VALIANT KHAN (3) is another runner resuming off a trial win. The form from his maiden win back in July reads well. POSITIVE PRESS (10) finished ahead of ANYWAYS ROXIE (8) when they met two starts back at the track and distance, and they've both won since then. Both seem likely to try and spear across from wide draws and inject speed into the race. BELPINE MISS (5) has had little luck in her racing career, and while she may find the 1100m a bit sharp, she can be strong late if Baker can blend into the race.
RACE 4 - LOVIN' BEV (5) had the margin flattered by the pattern that night but still brained them at the track and distance last start. She maps to be first to the fence again. FIGHTING FOR GOLD (3) was a very impressive debut winner, powering home late to suggest the jump to 1400m should suit. Tactics at his only start suggest he'll be well off the speed from barrier 13. LORDOSIS (1) landed some good bets, winning last start, given the run of the race from an inside draw. He's a horse on the up and another that looks ready for 1400m. ARAYA SUNSHINE (6) rounded them up from the back to win a slowly run maiden last start. Her better recent performances have come when ridden cold so tactics from barrier 1 will be interesting. KINGS ON QUEENS (7) is in the black book after both runs this campaign. Wide draw, but the winkers go on and her only career win came at the track and distance.
RACE 5 - BAO BUN (7) hasn't missed the quinella in three runs for Adam Trinder, the latest in a Hobart class 1 where she beat home the 3YO Cup winner, Island Warrior. Her maiden win at the start prior has also held up well. WHEELING (11) was only grabbed late after leading last time in the same grade and is racing much better than a horse with a career strike rate of 1/26. WANE'S QUEST (5) resumes without a public appearance but has won first-up and draws favourably. NEV'S BOY (12) and LADY JOKER (9) are two runners that will settle in the back half of the field and should be strong late. They're both better than their most recent performances indicate.
RACE 6 - QUEENBOROUGH FLYER (4) resumes here, a mare that generally runs very well fresh. She trialled stylishly behind Turk Warrior, who then ran fourth in the Newmarket. A horse that has been ridden both forward and back, it's a bit of a guess where Siggy Carr lands from the widest barrier. She rides her own horse, forgoing the ride on GEEGEES GEMSTONE (3) who she's ridden in every career start. He has a few quirks for Darmanin to work out, but there's little doubting his ability. There wasn't much between him and MUSCLE UP (1) when they met back in April, with Muscle Up tipped out straight after. He's been brought up to the mark with a pair of recent trials. PEACE BE UPON HIM (2) didn't beat a runner home in the Goodwood but was only beaten just over two lengths, and the Newmarket winner came from that race. OLE OLA (5) is a progressive mare who appears to be using this as a kick-off point for longer distances.
RACE 7 - A case can be made for all nine runners here. Both IMAGINE HOWE (1) and LADY VUITTON (5) are back in grade and look suited up in distance, particularly the latter, who has never won over a distance shorter than the mile. That pair map to settle in the front half behind the likely leader LONDIANI (4), who was lifted off the canvas after being headed close to home the last time he raced. Some query on whether that class 2 is the right form as the runner-up was plain on the quick back-up, but any track pattern will be known by this stage of the night. SWOOP THERE IT IS (7) is down in weight for the rise in grade, and the quinella gapped third last start. ROMANESCO FRESCO (6) draws for a similar run to last time, where the gap appeared at the right time in the home straight.
RACE 8 - COUP DE SPRY (1) was a tough watch over the Launceston staying trip last time, struggling to get clear air from a low draw. Connections stick with Sanderson, who will carry 2.5kg more than last start for the drop in grade. A WEE NIP (5) was plain as a well-supported favourite last week but was close to a month between runs and arrives here off a seven-day break. INDIGO GIRLS (8) ran very well in the same race at a big price and drops from a BM76 to a BM60, only carrying 1.5kg more. CAPTAIN MORGAN (2) is hard to catch but ran well last time to be beaten less than a length in a busy finish. KAY OH ELL (3) may need the hit-out with a month between runs stepping out to 2100m, but draws for an economical transit.