Racing & Sports expert selections.
RACE 1 - OSAKA MISS (8) has been racing in career best form with a win and three placings from her past four outings. Will be rock-hard fit for this staying contest and is sure to be in this for a long way. BIG HITTER (5) got the job done over this track and trip last time out and will have derived a stack of confidence from that victory. Drawn to get all the favours from the inside alley and Grisedale sticks. Looms as the main danger. DELANEY'S GIRL (6) just missed the placings at cricket score odds in town last start and will find this assignment much easier. Has to be included. FIOR THE TIGER (11) draws low and gets in well at the weights with the claim. One for the multiples. INTO THE BLUE (7) next best in a race with only a handful of chances.
RACE 2 - KING'S GOLD (1) is a very consistent conveyance who has hit the top four at his past eight outings. Boasts a win over this track and trip and gets plenty of weight relief with the 4kg claim. Looks the one they all have to run down. ABRAZEN LAUGH (2) has improved with each run this time in and should be at his peak now fourth-up from the break. Loves it here on his home circuit and will prove tough to hold out. HAYDEN'S REQUEST (5) looked good saluting at Casino on debut and will have taken a bunch of confidence from that victory. Hard to ignore. BLUE SKY MOON (4) next best while fresh.
RACE 3 - IN THE BLINK (2) is first-up here but showed enough when last in work to warrant serious consideration in a race like this. Gets 1.5kg off with Wadick's claim and should be prominent from gate four. Capable of playing a major role in the outcome. MISS SHEAF (7) shed the maiden tag last time out and will be ready to go right on with the job now. Draws the inside alley and should be right there when the whips are cracking. SCUD (8) has only missed the frame once in six career starts and is a must for the multiples. QUKES (1) rarely runs a bad race and should be thereabouts again.
RACE 4 - PROCYON MISS (14) was well in the betting on debut and wasn't disgraced beaten less than two lengths at the Sunny Coast. Will have come on with that race experience under the belt and looks open to further improvement. The one to beat. Former Waller galloper VERMEER (7) was disappointing at Kembla Grange when facing the starter for the first time but has since been given time to mature. Has shown some ability in two recent trials and any market confidence must be noted. The well-related CUISENAIRE (3) (full to multiple G3 winner Sweet Deal) has placed two from three over this distance range and gets 3kg weight relief. Can fill another top-three spot. ROSE BETWEEN THORN (12) put in a career-best performance when second over this track and trip last time out. In the mix. CODE OF SILENCE (1) best of the rest from the Lee barn.
RACE 5 - I'M PICTURESQUE (10) placed around this circuit two back before not being too far off them over this course and distance at the latest outing. Will be rock-hard fit for this and shapes as a leading contender. TEMPLE OF GOLD (11) has just missed the placings in both runs since joining the new stable and will be ready to peak third-up from the break. Can play a role in the finish. BILPA MOREA (12) placed at Doomben last start and will find this assignment much easier. Has to be considered. KEYLESS GO (1) hails from a handy family (half to 3xG1 winner Fawkner) and is one for the exotics players. TUDOR CATHEDRALS (7) gets 1.5kg off with the claim and may trouble the judge with any luck in running.
RACE 6 - DENMAN BLUE (9) placed three of his last four before the spell including one over this distance range. Again gets the services of Looker in the saddle and can run a very big race while fresh. TOSEN DREAMER (7) has placed five of seven overall and looks to be nearing a maiden victory. Good chance to break through against this lot. REGINA'S GIRL (6) was heavily supported when resuming at Coffs Harbour last time out and where there's smoke there's fire. Respect. DAZZLING ROBERT (1) just ran into one better when facing the starter for the first time and can improve with that race day experience in the locker. Sure to figure in the finish. GOLDEN COPPER (8) improved sharply to finish runner-up last time and gets in well at the weights with the 3kg claim. Top-three candidate on that effort.
RACE 7 - FLYING MIKKI (1) was an impressive winner at Doomben on debut before being given time to furnish. Can make it back-to-back to start the career. ENTERPRISE LUCIA (11) has a win and two placings from four starts here on her home surface and is yet to put in a poor performance. Has to be included. TRANSCELTIC (14) gets Rolls in the irons and will be better for that first-up hit-out. One of the likely contenders. DO IT FOR YOU (4) showed enough in his first preparation to warrant respect in this contest.