ATC Frank Underwood Cup (SR4)
- Up for his third starts in three weeks, Moriarty looks the best of the runners for this year’s renewal of the race after a second over 2000m behind Cantonese at Rosehill last Saturday. Corey Brown gets the ride this Saturday; when the Irish-bred gelding saluted all three starts in September and October prior to a short spell, Brown was on board for two of the wins. Fiumicino has been kept fresh coming in to this, after setting the pace before finishing third in the Bendigo Cup at the end of October, behind Puissance De Lune and the lightly-raced Practiced. Puissance De Lune won that race by eight lengths, but Fiumicino’s performance was no disgrace, given the way the former destroyed the field over 2500m in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the end of the Spring Carnival. Last start winner at Hawkesbury, Ward, also has to be respected. The Lee Freedman and Graeme Rogerson-trained runner has gun young Kiwi jockey James McDonald on board, and has a solid record of three wins and four seconds from just nine starts. Dreamworker was also unlucky at Rosehill last start, and was scratched from a race earlier this week to run in the ATC Cup.
Selections: Moriarty, Ward, Dreamworker, Fiumicino
Travel Associates Classic (BR5)
– There’s plenty of early speed in the race with Dream’n’Ignite, Funtantes and Bound To Blush expected to push to the front. The mare Funtantes will lug 58kg and hasn’t carried weight well in the past, but Bound To Blush has been running consistently in Sydney and won impressively first up at Rosehill a month ago. With Chris Munce on board, should be able to transfer that form to Brisbane if it can get across from a wide draw. With the early speed, backmarkers Risk Aversion and Gai’s Choice should be in it at the finish. Risk Aversion possesses an excellent finishing sprint and should have won the Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara when held up in the straight last run before a spell. The five-year-old has a win, second and third from three starts first up.
Selections: Risk Aversion, Bound To Blush, Gai’s Choice, Dream’n’Ignite
Recognition Stakes (BR6) **TattsBet $67,109 First Four Jackpot**
– race features a similar line-up to the Brisbane Quality a couple of weeks back. Jet Style won that easily in soft conditions and looks to be the class horse in this field. He should be able to get a good run on the speed despite his wide barrier, with Biggles and Mr Light Blue taking up the frontrunning. Biggles beat Jet Style two starts back, and gives the latter just a half-kilo in the weights this time, compared to 2kg in the Quality. Breedings suggests Jet Style is more likely to run the 1600m out, though. Mr Light Blue is a consistent runner while Sydneysider Triple Six gets her first start in Brisbane, but has won just two of 18 starts in the south.
Selections: Jet Style, Biggles, Mr Light Blue, Triple Six
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