Saturday at Aquis Park Gold Coast

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Looks a good day of racing on what is usually a very fair track when dry. Big fields and an even day but let’s see what we can find.

Not as ‘in depth’ as some previews but haven’t had as much time. Have a great weekend and the preview will be final at 9am Saturday as usual.

**At first look I felt it might have been a good day on the punt but at the prices they have thrown up some races are simply a write off and prohibitive odds**

RACE 1:

Avg race. Waller has half the field and might just be best to watch the market the last 15mins to be honest.

If i’m betting it will be MAKDANIFE. Have liked recent efforts and should have won a few starts ago when bowman couldn’t get clear. Can box seat here and I’d be surprised if he doesn’t measure right up to these.

MISS SHANTI going well, this is her third run in 21 days so rock hard fit, just likes to find one better these days.

On Top: 6-MAKDANIFE $3.20

Hardest To beat: 4-MISS SHANTI

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RACE 2:

Good race this one and expecting a handful of these to win races in the near future (if placed right).

SCATHING should be able to cross them from gate 9 but once he finds the front he should get it good. ASTRO TOY BOY is the horse I have on top, feel he is a nice one in the making and I’d be surprised if he doesn’t go forward and find the box seat behind the main danger SCATHING. They should be able to have it between them in the straight of this tempo and just a lean to ASTRO TOY BOY but expecting SCATHING to lead for a long way.

They backed EPICURIOUS for plenty last start and did their dough cold after missing the start. Bookies won’t be as generous here after seeing her strong through the line and she does meet SCATCHING 3.5kg better off.

STAR CENTRE and DEFACTOR also handy enough types.

$1.80 ASTRO BOY TOY? Bugger that. Happy just to watch on now.

On Top: 2-ASTRO TOY BOY

Next Best: 1-SCATHING, 9-EPICURIOUS

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RACE 3:

What a shocking open handicap.

NOPE.

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RACE 4:

BOOM CHICKA BOOM should hold the fence and back to 900m suits. Meets most of these 4kg worse off but well suited. STELLAR POWER is going as well as it possibly can and liked the last run on a hot speed.

Reckon they are the main two but not sure I can bet here.

On Top: 1-BOOM CHICKA COOM ++++ 7-STELLAR POWER

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RACE 5:

Sort of hoped LANGHRO would have run here.

DREAM MASTER and MASTERATI the likely leaders and feel both are more than up to a race like this, all depends on how many of those drawn poorly want to take them on. ALL PLUCK $19 will land midfield and although might need some luck can be strong late and one of the swoopers if they over cook it up front.

*Will be easier to assess when fields are final Saturday.

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RACE 6:

HOLLABACK GIRL is the one who could blow them away without surprising. She had a few issues early in her career but is full of potential. Wasn’t a dominant win fresh but feel she will bounce out of that and just needs a good ride to get some cover early, that’s the little issue.

I had a love/hate relationship with LANGHRO last prep, I loved him and he seemingly hated me! To be fair his first run was good, his 2nd full of merit leading at a stupid tempo but the last run poor. I’d have run him in race 5 where they’d have gone hard and he wouldn’t have had a chance to over race. Still looks placed well here and does get his chance from the gate.

VERANES, well she’s VERANES. Plenty of ability but just a horrible pattern, likely to walk out of the gates and be last the fence. With splits she can win, no doubt. Fradd just has to ride for luck and nurse as long as he can. Just hate backing horses who need that much luck. Also feel MAIL ESCORT could win and not surprise. Should have been closer to winner last start and will measure up with the right run from the good gate.

On Top: 3-LANGHRO $9

Hardest To Beat: 13-HOLLABACK GIRL, 4-MAIL ESCORT, 16-VERANES

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RACE 7:

They just got the price wrong with GALTERO after all was going to pan out for him last start. This week he is up in weight, has a wide gate from a sticky starting point and you’ll be asked to take a lot shorter price. Still the one to beat but nowhere near as good of a bet as last start. I’d also have rathered Nothdurft on and claim 2kg instead of Keal and getting 3kg. Both riding well but like winning jocks staying on.

POLEMIC was 2nd to GALTERO last start so a repeat effort would have him in the race obviously.

DREAM BIG will push forward and is going for a hat trick. Obviously watch the market with this stable as they aren’t afraid to back them in. Only a poor field he beat last time but was dominant and drops in weight.

On top: 1-GALTERO $3

Next Best: 10-DREAM BIG, 6-POLEMIC

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RACE 8:

Another poor race. Maybe TARDIS, PONYTALES and ALBERT’S NO PUSSY can run well but I can’t bet into this.

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RACE 9:

Nightmare to finish. Can’t wait to watch the race but I won’t be having hard earned on it.

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GIBBOS BEST:

Race 7 No.1- GALTERO

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‘THE PROPHETS’ BEST:

*Been on fire the last month!

Race 6 No.10-HERITAGE SASH

Race 9 No.8-FREDDIE FOX TROT