The Queensland Rogues certainly celebrated the start of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival at last week’s launch party at Eagle Farm. This week the spotlight is on the Gold Coast with the two features the Hollindale Stakes and the Gold Coast Guineas. Gosford has a standalone meeting, while TRL trainers are in action also at Caulfield and Ascot.
PIKEY HEADS TO THE BEACH
WA legend William Pike is living life large on the Gold Coast for the start of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. “The Wizard of the West” has a strong book of rides including Macewen in the Goldmarket (Race 4) for Tony Gollan. The heavy track proved Macewen’s undoing last start and he’ll improve dramatically if the Southport surface is good. In the Group 2 – Hollindale Stakes, Pikey is onboard Fifty Stars trained by Lindsay Park. Fifty Stars’ form is much better than it reads, he was terrific last start when storming home in the All Age Stakes, stick with him.
BET: Macewen – Each Way
BET: Fifty Stars – Each Way
PLENTY OF PRIDE
NSW Tycoons trainer Joe Pride has a knack of coming up a winner at Gosford and with just one runner at Saturday’s standalone meeting in Brutality (Race 8) Pride is worth following. Brutality has already been well specked in the early markets firming from $19 into $14 with TAB. He got way too far out of his ground last start in a slow tempo race, he should be closer on Saturday and the wet weather has only improved his chances.
BET: Brutality – Each Way
The Freedman Brothers have won five Melbourne Cups and while the Gosford Cup doesn’t quite have the same profile Richard and Michael are worth following with Paths Of Glory in Saturday’s feature. The six year old gelding is coming off a tough last start win, is now rock hard fit and some give in the track is another tick in the plus column.
BET: PATHS OF GLORY – Each Way.
GO WIDE AT CAULFIELD
The rail is out a massive 12 metres at Caulfield there’s a chance they’ll come round the corner and knock a meat pie out of a punters hand. Up on the pace should be the place, the Vic Husslers training combo of Maher/Eustace should win Race 1 with Generation. He won on debut and gave every indication he’ll be better suited over the 1200m.
BET: Generation – WIN
ASCOT – MILLER TO WORK HIS MAGIC
There’s nothing better than walking on track and backing the winner of the first and I reckon we’ll make a confidence boosting start at Ascot on Saturday by sticking with Simon Miller. The WA Black Hearts trainer has No Apology in the first, he won three starts back and hasn’t had much luck his last couple. Happy to give him a big cheer in Race 1.
BET: No Apology – WIN