Thu, May 3, 5:50pm by Staff Writer
Brisbane racing is at the Gold Coast this Saturday with the G2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) the feature event. The rail is in the true and the track was good at acceptances.
It’s Somewhat ($5) won this race last year when edging out Single Gaze and Maurus after taking out the G1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and G2 Ajax (1500m) prior. This year he’s second-up after finishing mid-field in the G1 All Aged Stakes (1400m).
Chris Waller has five in the race with Comin’ Through ($2.90), Tom Melbourne ($5) and Egg Tart ($10) all dropping back from G1 runs at their past two starts. Comin’ Through – who’s opened favourite – was a winner three starts back, Tom Melbourne is consistent without winning while Egg Tart is struggling to find her form that saw her put together a string of wins this time last year. One Foot in Heaven ($17) was heavily supported when finishing sixth of 11 in the G3 Sellwood (2000m) at his first Australian run with Satano Rasen ($15) friendless at his first start in Oz when ninth of ten in the All Aged.
Oregan’s Day ($9) finished runner-up at her first three runs this campaign – and all in photo-finishes – and she’s off a last start fourth in the G1 Queen of the Turf (1600m). Bedford ($15) is having his second run in Brisbane, his most recent when fourth – beaten 0.9L – after making good ground late on a heavy-8. The four-year-old is a horse of promise with three wins from his past six starts.
Down in Sydney and racing is back at Rosehill Gardens as it holds court in between last week’s Hawkesbury and next week’s Scone standalone meetings.
In the feature race of the day – the Listed Lord Mayors Cup (2000m) – a field of 10 will line up.
Ecuador ($2.85) and Destiny’s Kiss ($18) shared top weight in the G3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) and they do the same this week, both set to carry 60kg – four kilos above their nearest rival and seven above the minimum. Ecuador was second in that race which followed a second in the G3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) before that while Destiny’s Kiss is second-up and will appreciate any rain were it to fall.
Our Century ($21) is having his second start for new trainer Kim Waugh and he’ll be better suited up at this distance. Alward ($3.90) – one of two runners for Chris Waller – went very close to winning at his first three runs this prep before finishing sixth in the G2 Chairman’s over 2600m while stable mate My Nordic Hero ($26) is yet to really fire a shot in his three starts in Australia.
Nettoyer ($2.50) only has the one win from nine career starts but she has been more than competitive during the Sydney autumn carnival while Maurus ($14) is a capable galloper on his day and he did run third in the G2 Hollindale (1800m) on this equivalent day on the Gold Coast last year.
Suggested Bet: The market suggests the Lord Mayors Cup is a race in three, and happy to side with Ecuador ($2.85, Syd r6, number 2) of that three. He’s a consistent horse with ten wins and 14 minors from his 42 career starts with six wins at the track. He’s been competitive in tougher grade and hopefully Adam Hyeronimus can dictate the speed of the race to make him too hard to run down. Alward is back at his pet distance and is a danger if he doesn’t get too far back while Our Century is a big watch.
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