Break out the flippers and the snorkel it’s set to be a wet weekend in Sydney and the Gold Coast with only Caulfield racing on a good tack at this stage. For The Racing League, the Qld Rogues will have The Big Goodbye in action at the Gold Coast this Saturday. Penso A Lei will carry the NSW Tycoons colours on Wednesday at Warwick Farm while the Vic Husslers are back to back next weekend with Bellinger under lights on Friday at Moonee Valley, while Team Captain is looking to make it four straight wins in the Pakenham Cup.
ROB HEATHCOTE TO SWIM AT GOLD COAST
After a torrential week of rain and more predicted for Saturday, Qld Rogues trainer Rob Heathcote isn’t overly optimistic of racing going ahead at the Gold Coast. The good news is that The Big Goodbye (Race 9) gets through the going with one start on a heavy track for one win. He was desperately unlucky last start when third behind the impressive Salateen with the pair clashing again tomorrow. The Big Goodbye has been the best backed runner in the race, firming from $14 to $9 with Sportsbet.
BET: The Big Goodbye – Each Way (Gold Coast Race 9)
HOME GROUND ADVANTAGE FOR COSTA
Being on your home track is always an advantage for a two-year-old making it’s first race day visit. Michael Costa looks like he has a nice prospect on his hands with Perfect Mission (Race 1). It’s a mystery if any of the youngsters get through the ground, but money talks and Perfect Mission has been well supported on Sportsbet firming into $3.70. Morethannumberone (Race 6) has won on the soft and been placed twice on the heavy, he is clearly the one to beat.
BET: Perfect Mission – Each Way (Gold Coast Race 1)
BET: Morethannumberone – Win (Gold Coast Race 6)
MOODY ON A MISSION
The Zipping Classic meeting at Caulfield features nine Group or Listed races on a track expected to be rated Good. Moody has picked up Spanish Mission (Race 7) after his gallant third in the Melbourne Cup despite an injury cloud leading up to the big race. Spanish Mission is clearly the best horse in the field and should be better than this lot in Zipping Classic. The race experience plus a brilliant win down the straight at Flemington has me pretty comfortable with another Moody runner Brereton (Race 1). Moody also has Allegretta (Race 3) and while Decent Raine is clearly the pick, I’m keen on Allegretta to run a cheeky race.
BET: Brereton – Each Way (Caulfield Race 1)
BET: Allegretta – Each Way (Caulfield Race 3)
BET: Spanish Mission – Win (Caulfield Race 7)
MAHER & EUSTACE WITH A MASSIVE ASSAULT
A little TRL stable whisper during the week with Ciaron Maher revealing the team is extremely impressed by two-year-old Eureka Storm for the Vic Husslers team. The So You Think colt is now spelling but according to Maher there’s plenty for Husslers owners to look forward to. On Saturday, Enthaar (Race 4) is now second-up, on a track she likes after a great effort behind Profiteer last start. Steinman (Race 5) has been racing in much stronger company, he’ll appreciate the drop in grade and should power home late.
BET: Enthaar – Each Way (Caulfield Race 4)
BET: Steinman – Each Way (Caulfield Race 5)
MICK PRICE TO BEGIN A NEW ERA
After decades of training out of Caulfield, Mick Price has now moved permanently to his new base in Cranbourne with Michael Kent Junior. Our Playboy (Race 8) had no luck whatsoever in the Cranbourne Cup last start when he got a long way back, was forced wide before rattling home for second. With some luck from barrier one he should be winning.
Bet: Our Playboy – Win (Caulfield Race 8)
PRIDE ON THE MARK AT ROSEHILL
Trainer Joe Pride will have Penso A Lei in action on Wednesday at Warwick Farm for the NSW Tycoons. But first he’s keen on Brutality (Race 8) at Rosehill on Saturday. Brutality was a real eye catcher last start and the heavy track will be no hinderance.
BET: Brutality – Each Way (Rosehill Race 8)
BONE AND MUSCLE
If they race, it will be survival of the fitness at Rosehill and you always know horses from the Waterhouse/Bott stable will be fit. So United (Race 6) stands out, as a horse who’ll make its own luck out in front, get through the ground while many will be out the back with their wheels spinning. Too Much Caviar (Race 10) has been one of the best backed runners at Rosehill. He is now third-up, rock hard fit, gets through soft ground and should be okay on the heavy.
BET: So United – Each Way (Rosehill Race 6)
BET: Smooth Move (Rosehill Race 10)