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Even though Brisbane was called off, we were treated to a great days racing in Sydney and Melbourne. We were even treated to a day where Caulfield was a dead 4, rail in correct spot, no wind and no bias!! Lucky us..

There were a lot of Blackbookers and I’m very keen to follow them up.

PRAECIDO- Yes he is known as a ‘non-winner’ but I do think he has come back better and they don’t seem to be aiming so high this time in. He had 59kg and not much luck in the straight. In a similar field he can trouble them next time we see him.

SECRET ADMIRER- She is simply a star. Great with the big weight in a race where tempo didn’t suit her.

OFCOURSEICAN- I love this horse but gee she can be frustrating. She always gets way out of her ground, but she is very honest and will improve off the run.

SHOPAHOLIC- I did like Soft Sand in her race but the price she got to was stupid as she had knocked off Mosheen the week before and I think that horse will probably win the Guineas on the weekend. A real improver and one to follow.

TWILIGHTING- Very good late and a step up in distance would suit next time out.

PINKER PINKER- Simply could not have done any more than she did. Was a muddling tempo and I thought her effort was exceptional. She improves each run into a prep which is a great sign for the future.

LUCAS CRANACH- Now he is 100% fit he can dominate the staying events. He has a sprint that very few will be able to match over 2000m+

HI BELLE- Others ran on, but she put them to bed very easily and early in the straight. I do think she is a touch better with more sting out of the ground and over further, so that points to sticking with her.

*We only had the two blackbook runners on Saturday for a 1st and a 2nd which is nice to continue their hot run.

*With the sales on in Melbourne I haven’t felt like bothering a lot of the trainers, but we will have more articles up leading into the weekend so be sure to check in before ‘The Punt’ preview section on Friday.

**Interesting to see there will be another large prizemoney injection into Victorian racing. That is fantastic, but when will QLD racing decide to do something to help the owners and trainers in our state? Trevor Bailey has left and rumpours are there are plenty more thinking about it. Melbourne will be racing for $80-100,000 each Saturday race, while Sydney (if they win the court case ) will be $100,000 a race. QLD will just stay stagnant, as it has been for a very long time. If that’s the case ther will be traffic jams of a Thursday on the Pacific Highway heading south as owners and trainers chase the decent prizemoney interstate. That is just the simple fact. Hawkes, Freedman, Waterhouse all had stables in QLD 10 years ago and it’s no surprise at all that the main Southern trainers now avoid stables here where we seem to be happy with mediocrity.

Don’t get me wrong, people may think i’m taking the mickey out of Racing QLD, but that’s not the case, I just want us to bridge the gap between us and NSW and Victoria, and give our trainers and owners a better chance of success as they are the backbone of the industry!