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BM 85 Handicap (BR5)
– Tax Evader ran the race of his life to finish fourth in the Glasshouse Handicap at the Sunshine Coast last week and a repeat of that performance would see him go very close to winning this. This field is much weaker than that which he faced last week and he gets conditions to suit. Cash ‘N’ Style could well set the pace here and be hard to run down, while Sydney visitors Loaded and Tamanu Park come out of the same race at Canterbury last month and warrant respect.
Selections: Tax Evader, Cash ‘N’ Style, Loaded, Tamanu Park
Queensland Cup (BR6)
– With the scratching of Peal of Bells, Ibicenco will be very hard to beat in this race having already proven his liking for this marathon trip by winning the Sandown Cup over two miles at the end of last year’s Spring Carnival. Fellow Victorian Turner Bayou will make him work for the $96,000 winner’s cheque having run well with a big weight at Sandown last time out. The Patrick Payne trained stayer gave a whopping 8kg to the winner of that contest in being beaten less than half a length and gives every indication he will stay the distance. Lightly raced stayer Clonmacnoise has won three of his past five starts, while Verdant will find this much easier than his most recent assignments.
Selections: Ibicenco, Turner Bayou, Clonmacnoise, Verdant
Ascot Handicap (BR7)
– There appears to be good speed engaged in this contest, with the race likely to be run a good pace setting it up for the backmarkers. Griffon flopped in the Healy Stakes last time out but pulled up lame and can be forgiven for that run. If he can return to the form that saw him finish close up in the Group 2 QTC Cup two starts back he is the one to beat. Delago Bolt is another that will appreciate good speed, while Alcancia is racing well and should be considered alongside Benny’s Buttons.
Selections: Griffon, Alcancia, Delago Bolt, Benny’s Buttons
3YO Handicap (BR8)
– Former West Australian galloper Luke’s Luck has been racing consistently well this preparation without winning. He is the best horse in the race but will have to be at his best to win with 59.5kg from the widest gate. Former Lloyd Williams owned galloper Seen made a pleasing debut at Sandown last month and looks to be one of the leading chances, while Ferment and My Shabella have recent form in much better races that this.
Selections: Seen, Luke’s Luck, My Shabella, Ferment
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