Racing & Sports expert selections.
RACE 1 - DELARENTA (1) improved at Warwick and then improved again sharply beaten 1L at Doomben up to this trip. Has a 3kg claim and can use the rails gate. Suited and is ready to win. IMPENDING ROSE (6) wasn't beaten far in the same contest. Thompson is a key jockey booking and can secure the run of the race. Peaks and is also suited. THE GARF (3) was good on debut in Victoria but hasn't got warm his two runs up here over a sprint and a middle distance. Settles back to the mile today on the turf and a senior rider is on for the apprentice. Quick improvement is likely. PELE PRINCESS (2) has been slow off both race starts. Cahill goes on today and she should be better over the mile.
RACE 2 - NOW AND BEN (2) led beaten 1.5L at Gatton on debut. One of the State's best rides today and will use the low barrier. Fitter and will go close. THE LUCKY ALIEN (4) resumes and is right up to this on song. Has placed 2/2 fresh and has the gate speed to skip over and position forward. Has tuned up with a Deagon trial win. ENUFF STOP IT (7) is a former Victorian resuming for the Gentle yard. Is up to this and has trialled well. Has the rails gate and Thompson is a key jockey booking. MILEY'S MEMORY (14) resumes and goes on the fresh side. Has the blinkers on again and a senior hoop goes on. Has shown enough to feature at a price.
RACE 3 - LA VITTORIA (7) placed here this trip before the nose defeat at the Sunshine Coast in a 55. Can secure the run of the race and can break through. A DIME APPROACH (5) was good here three back and has found Eagle Farm too tough since. Is ready for the middle distance and may be ridden more quietly today. WHEN DOVES FLY (12) raced favourite at Kilcoy beaten 2L from the pace. She should be around the mark at a price. CRIMSON REWARD (1) has been running off his peaks and comes back to the turf, Gets a key gear switch and Orman's booking suggests he can improve. Worth keeping safe.
RACE 4 - WHY WE DRINK (5) has been around the mark over sprints in comparable races and is ready for the longer trip. Won his only start at the mile and the visors come off. Gets the nod in a competitive race. MOTION LEGEND (2) won the 65 this trip with Orman aboard and then lacked a finishing burst at Eagle Farm under the apprentice. Orman is back on and the winkers are applied the first time. Will secure the run of the race and is a serious player. PATMOS ISLAND (6) deserved the Gatton win and then flopped in a bush Open. Has trialled well since with the in-form Stanley aboard and he sticks. Uses the rail and is in the mix. OLYMPIC LEGEND (1) has been close-up his last three in stronger and has a handy 2kg claim. Has to be considered.
RACE 5 - Competitive. RAINEWATER (3) switched back to the turf and found his best easily winning a Gatton Maiden over 1400m. Was heavily bet and doubt this is much harder and drawn for a cosy run he's a chance to repeat. ZATTASTAR (10) has come back to racing much improved and followed the win with a near miss in a Gatton 55. Will be close to peaking but draws a bit wide gate today and that will need managing. BETTER STRINGS (11) has the ability but gives away big starts. The blinkers come off and she'd be a hope if she put her best foot forward. BRING THE STARS (8) resumes with a 3kg claim and jumps from an inside barrier. May need one but rates well and keep onside.
RACE 6 - FIRSTLUV (2) resumed with an easy CL1 win at Ballina as expected but has disappointed the two starts since. Had to cope with an awkward gate at the Sunshine Coast the latest and had excuses as an even-money favourite prior. Peaks and has the handy 2kg claim. No surprise to see her bounce back into the finish. PENDING (3) is a former Sydney galloper who has gone close both starts this preparation in 58s with the latest here. Will give away a start but Orman is a key jockey booking. He's ready to hit his straps for the Healy yard. MILLIFFE (9) draws for the run of the race and is back to the turf. Was beaten 1L here two-back and is a chance. BASIL'S BOW (1) led and was an easy winner this grade at Gatton. Fitter again and is sure to give a sight. WHITE RIBBON (10) needs to fins a bit more but is in the premier barn and a bold effort wouldn't totally surprise.
RACE 7 - A good contest. RUBAAHY (11) brings strong Open 2 form to resumption and owns a trial win. Won a Toowoomba Maiden by 5.3L at her only fresh outing and can come back further improved. Draws an inside gate and has the handy 2kg claim. LAST CHANCE SALOON (4) resumes for a sharp barn with 33% stable striker Maloney booked. Impressed last campaign in stronger and has had a soft trial. Just has to be tuned up to go close. JUMP'N FLY (6) is an improver from the premier stable and brings a near miss in an Eagle Farm CL1 where she rode the speed. Hits this at top and should be right in it. OCEAN ENDEAVOUR (12) is third-up and ready to find her best. She has to be kept safe.
RACE 8 - Competitive. PARACHUTER (11) switched from a Sydney barn to the sharp Edmonds camp. Resumed on the Gold Coast poly and needed the outing. Improved sharply after narrowly beaten at Doomben from the front. Draws low and a top hoop stays aboard. Has weight relief and can find her Sydney peaks today. Hard to beat. KUDU (6) is ready to win and the form stacks right up. Can secure a soft run and Thompson staying aboard is a positive. Is sharpt this course and distance. BOOM COURT (7) resumes and has switched stables. Has obviously had issues but looked the goods early doors and trialled well recently. Worth plenty of consideration. AIN'T SHE LOVELY (5) led at Doomben and missed the hat-trick. This suits much better and she will run along and give a sight.
RACE 9 - DEMON DARB (3) resumes for Robbie Heathcote and has switched from a top Melbourne barn. Flies fresh and no issues this distance. Owns an Eagle Farm trial win and is good enough. BULLION BOY (2) has race fitness and was narrowly beaten at Doomben third-up. Was even better in a strong form race at Eagle Farm prior and is ready to win. SACRED MISSION (1) will race over further but no surprise to see him feature first up. Won his Maiden here over this trip on debut and bounced off that. Has trialled well and Maloney's booking is a decent push. EASY COMPANY (8) needed the first-up outing. He has more to give and can secure a soft run in transit.