This Weekend in Racing: The Queensland Charge

Sep 2, 2021

Massive weekend in the short history of The Racing League with the Queensland Rogues having their first runner at the track in the shape of The Big Goodbye at Eagle Farm. We wish trainer Rob Heathcote and all the owners the very best of luck, let the beer and champagne flow at Tatts Day in Brisbane. In Melbourne, it’s Feehan Stakes Day at Moonee Valley with the rail in the true position. While at Randwick the speedsters line-up in the Concorde Stakes headed by Nature Strip.

Let’s try and find some winners from our TRL trainers.



 Couldn’t be a better man in Queensland to make history with the first runner for the Queensland Rogues than trainer Rob Heathcote. A long time champion of the micro-ownership movement, Heathcote has The Big Goodbye ready to rip in Race 7 at Eagle Farm. “The Big Goodbye has worked well and if he runs up to his Adelaide form will be hard to beat” said Heathcote. Rob has the miRunners owned Dusty Tycoon (Race 9) on a seven day back-up after a terrific second to Miami Fleiss last Saturday. “Dusty pulled up well and the 1400 metres should suit” said Heathcote.

Aswaat (Race 1) could get the day off to a winning start for the Heathcote yard, she’s coming off a strong win at the Sunshine Coast and with Leah Kilner’s claim can win again. While Warp Speed (Race 4) pulled up lame last start so had excuses, he’s set to go forward here and be strong late.

BET: Aswaat – Win (Race 1)

BET: The Big Goodbye – Each Way (Race 7)

BET: Dusty Tycoon – Each Way (Race 9)




 Eight time premiership winning trainer Tony Gollan is a regular in the winners stall and there’s no reason he won’t be back there at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Seeingisbelieving (Race 3) finished a distant third last start but is a tough warrior and should strip much fitter for that effort Le Palmier (Race 5) was just nosed out last start and will take great benefit from the run. Royal Hale (Race 6) makes his own luck and is coming off a good win last start, Tony thinks there’s no reason why he can’t go back to back.

BET: Seeingisbelieving  – Each Way (Eagle Farm Race 3)

BET: Le Palmier – Win  (Eagle Farm Race 4)

BET: Royal Hale – Win (Eagle Farm Race 6)




Hip Hip Hooray…it’s quite remarkable that training partners Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott actually share the same birthday September 2, which just happened to be last Thursday. And they could be celebrating with a couple of winners this Saturday. High class fillies line-up in the Furious Stakes (Race 6) with the Waterhouse trained Silent Witness still the one to beat in my eyes after a big win first-up at good odds. Shout The Bar (Race 7) is an outside chance in Tramway but to be honest Zaaki just looks like a good thing. Gai and Adrian have taken Huesca (Race 3) to Moonee Valley and it could prove a winning move. Huesca has the perfect record, one start for one win and after knocking over Construct last start can win again.

 Bet: Silent Witness  – Each Way (Syd Race 6)

Bet: Huesca – Each Way (Melb Race 3)



NSW Tycoons country trainer Brett Cavanough is looking at another lightning raid to the big smoke with Patino Ruby (Race 2) at Royal Randwick. The big fella (that’s Cav) has given her a nice spell after a brilliant win at Rosehill eight weeks ago. She’s already been specked in the markets, has a great fresh record and Brett is confident.

BET: Patino Ruby – Each Way  (Syd Race 2)




 We are looking for the good form of the Busuttin/Young stable to continue at Moonee Valley on Saturday. Forgot You (Race 1) was a good thing beaten last start when it loomed into the race only for the gap to close and it finished third. With a bit more luck Forgot You will atone for that defeat. Sierra Sue (Race 8) surprised plenty last start when she went from winning at Mildura to taking out the WFA Lawrence Stakes. I don’t think that was any fluke and the old saying goes “mares in form stay in form” we will stick solid around that $6 mark.

BET: Forgot You – Each Way (Melb Race 1)

BET: Sierra Sue – Each Way (Melb Race 3)



 Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace won five of the six races at Ballarat last Sunday and they didn’t have a runner in the sixth race. Not too sure there’ll have five winners at Moonee Valley on Saturday but they have a strong book. Nikau Spur (Race 2) has won three of five this campaign and at $8 is an each way play. Dr Drill (Race 4) has been disappointing for mine this campaign while Heart of Puissance (Race 4) has never won first up. Biscayne Bay (Race 6) is worth keeping a close eye on, she’s resuming after winning the SA Sires and is currently a $20 chance, watch the markets for her to firm. Really hard to split the stable’s two runners Away Game and Bella Nipotina in Race 7. The inside barrier for Bella Nipotina should give it the advantage over Away Game (barrier 19).

BET: Nikau Spur – Each Way (Melb Race 2)

BET: Biscayne Bay – Each Way (Melb Race 6)

BET: Bella Nipotina – Each Way (Melb Race 7)