Tue, Feb 12, 11:37am by Kevin Pitstock
We took a look through the eight race program at Queanbeyan on Tuesday, February 12
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R1: Geoff Henry Electrical Handicap (900m)
On a currently rated Dead 4 track, the opening race sees an open maiden, with mainly three-year-olds lining up. Putting the top weight No 1. Calais Grey on top here as the Street Sense gelding is first up here, and his best run to date from three starts was first up last campaign when finishing third. No 9. Strangers is a rough chance here and is being included after a recent ok performance in a barrier trial behind the unbeaten Golden Sunshine, while going with No 10. Teeitip for third as the now six-year-od should be cherry rip at his third start in. No 7. Autumn Royal from the Scott Wade yard is capable of running a cheeky race at odds after not having race since New Year’s Day at Gundagai.
R2: Safety Logisitcs Handicap (1600m)
Another maiden here, this time over the 1600m with the Warwick Farm-trained No 2. Two Piece going on top. Disappointing as favourite first time out, the Bernardini filly should appreciate the mile and after a recent barrier trial hit out, should be primed for a good performance. No 5. Cobbers Lass, a five-year-old Nothin’ Leica Dane mare having her 24 start – well what can we say – let’s hope she runs into the money for second! Going with No 6. Dominico for third here – A Rest gelding with five placed efforts to date, he should race fit and with an apprentice claim, should be in the money. To round out the top four – No 11. Waterviews who has to step up to be competitive, but may appreciate the wet track.
R3: Alan Rummery Bookmaker (1600m)
Having won her past two starts in a row, four-year-old Zariz mare No 2. Youiz Jane should be able to continue on with her winning ways. Stepping up to the trip for the first time, the mare will have to settle when she goes forward is she is to run the trip right out. No 5. Zariziboy could lead home a one-two result for the Kooringal Stud-based Zariz. He has been working home quite well at his last few starts and the step up to the mile is really going to suit. No 1. Tommisparkle performed below par last time out, and if you go on his runs prior to that he should be a top chance here. To fill the first four putting in No 10. Rhythmic Chimes who has been running on over the shorter trips and could prove a cheeky chance at good odds.
R4: Russell Herbert Bookmaker (1460m)
One of the smallest fields of the day will head to the barrier over the 1460m, with the top selection going slightly against the norm and putting No 7. Carefree from the Scott Wade stable on top. A placegetter last time out at Orange, there is more class here, hut the Husson filly looks capable. No 10. La Charge is from the Randwick stable of John O’Shea and on that alone should be included here, while No 9. I’m A Genee makes her debut for David Vandyke and the King Cugat filly quite good when winning a recent barrier trial at Warwick Farm where she won by two lengths. No 8. Filomena from the Kerry Parker stable finished fourth last time out, not too far from the winner and is a chance here.
R5: John Cramp Bookmaker (1460m)
The first leg of the Quaddie and we have a field of 11 to contest the 1460m trip. Going with No 6. Charism a four-year-old Danzero mare from the Keith Dryden stable who is second up. Finished mid-field first up this campaign behind the Guy Walter-trained Jesmond at Canberra, the mare should be ready second up. Putting in No 1. Knocka Norris for second. Up to a more suitable trip and fitter for his first up effort, the Tuscanos gelding should be in this for a long way. Putting in No 8. Old Mystique at odds for third. A full brother to a Melbourne Cup winner – the 12-year-old has been around forever and will have his 105th start today. No 2. Sheazali needs to improve a little to be competitive, but does have some nice form on rain affected going.
R6: Peter Turner Bookmaker (2000m)
The sixth race of the day is the middle distance event of th day with a field of nine to face the starter. Six-year-old Street Cry mare No 2. Street Spirit is the winner of five starts from 31 trips to the races, with a further 11 placed efforts and the mare goes on top here, over race favourite No 1. Above All who should be ready to win after two second place efforts at his last two starts. No 5. Awi Acting, a Dubawi gelding who finished 4th being Street Spirit last time out must be included in the multiples, as should No 8. Ashwahgandha who was a very good winner last time out at Kembla Grange on a wet track.
R7: Dairy Farmers Handicap (1100m)
A field of 11 runners to contest the 1100m sprint here with the top weight, No 1. Better Man going on top. Ignoring his latest effort where he weakened to finish 6th, if you go on his to prior runs, including a win at this track and distance he should be ready to win again. The race favourite No 4. Anything You Touch was a last start winner first up and after three runs she has produced a 1st, 2nd and third, and should not be discounted here. No 2. Audacious Star produced a very good win last time out when winning by four lengths over 1100m at Mudgee, while No 3. Steel Bullet, a Bite The Bullet gelding has finished second at his past three starts and any improvement should see him very capable of running into the money.
R8: Queanbeyan Bowling Club (1100m)
The final event on the eight race card, and the nine runners see a very even race after the scratching of the favourite. Putting No 8. Fountains from the Scott Wade stable on the top here and although she will be odds, the Exceed And Excel mare is having her first start for a new stable and worth including. No 6. Gypsy Jack is in current good form and does have some impressive performances over the track and distance, while No 1. Dab Touch needs to lift to be competitive, but with a 3kg apprentice claim drops right down in weight and could be a sneaky and odds, as could No 4. Tallow Beach from the Canberra stable of Nick Olive.
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