Rockhampton races preview January 10

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SEVEN races on the TAB card at Rockhampton tomorrow and the Rockhampton Jockey Club’s Darryn Nufer previews the meeting.

Race 1 – All eyes will be on the Fred Smith-trained debutant Tycoon Flyer here. He looked very good winning his only trial at Yeppoon back at the start of December and he’s reportedly been working well in the lead-up to this. Market should tell the story. Arnwood has the right southern form to be competitive and by sire of the moment Better Than Ready. Taking a lead that the Justin Stanley booking for debutant Poetic Pete means it goes okay. Craiglea Lizzy has exposed form which is something to go off.

SELECTIONS: Tycoon Flyer; Arnwood; Poetic Pete; Craiglea Lizzy.

Race 2 – Kunga George Munga flew home last start and a repeat of that performance sees him figuring in the finish again. With the track likely to be rain affected perhaps it won’t be such a disadvantage to be drawn wide and Going To Vegas can take up a prominent position and is a chance to go one better after a last start second. Just not sure about Dream Danza on the affected ground but if she handles it then can turn her form around. Former Victorian Tridacna is an unknown and throwing him in on spec more than anything.

SELECTIONS: Kunga George Munga; Going To Vegas; Dream Danza; Tridacna.

Race 3 – Shenron just missed behind Legal Ties here last time and the sting out of the ground is a plus as is the weight advantage. Always have to respect Garnett Taylor when he brings them north so have to think Myola Milly will be right in this and will handle the conditions. Last Chance has not been out of a place in nine career starts and has run seconds to some good ones in Cyclone Topgirl, Gypsy Toff, Marway etc before finishing third behind Legal Ties here last time out. If Legal Ties is vulnerable second-up (never won 2nd up) then he’s a danger. Legal Ties is also honest as the day is long having only been unplaced in one of her 12 career runs and you know what you get with her.

SELECTIONS: Shenron; Myola Milly; Last Chance; Legal Ties.

Race 4 – Ragazzo Del Corsa has been knocking on the door and will be better suited if there’s some sting out of the track. He maps well here with Justin Stanley steering. Might pay to overlook Dam Wonderful’s last start failure at the Sunny Coast as she’s better than that and can bounce back (loves this track and sting out no disadvantage for her either). Can forgive Colosseum King’s last run and go on form prior. Fidereus hasn’t been far away of late.

SELECTIONS: Ragazzo Del Corsa; Dam Wonderful; Colosseum King; Fidereus.

Race 5 – Tough race. Following the Justin Stanley lead here with Red Heavy and on breeding, affected ground should not be an issue. Have to include Bebado on the strength of recent runs. Hidden Goddess will get back from the wide gate but should be doing her best work late. Astral Odyssey is arguably the most interesting runner in the race. Showed untapped ability in short career to date but has been off the scene for a fair while.

SELECTIONS: Red Heavy; Bebado; Hidden Goddess; Astral Odyssey.

Race 6 – On the same note as stablemate Ragazzo Del Corsa I’ve been waiting for Don’t We Love it to bounce back into the winner’s circle and this could be the day that he does, down in the weights. Affected ground no issue. Paradis Imperial has not yet won beyond 1200m but reckon she has been trained to get out in trip and wouldn’t be surprised to see her bring her A-game. Sting out would do her chances no harm. The other grey in the race Barachiel is Mr Consistent, racing in great heart and he’ll be in the finish as he invariably runs top three. Just Call Me Louie has been going super without winning.

SELECTIONS: Don’t We Love It; Paradis Imperial; Barachiel; Just Call Me Louie.

Race 7 – With race fitness on his side prepared to think Jack Lancaster could run a cheeky race here despite the weight. Form around the likes of Miss Anna (x2); Durif and Four Excel looks good. Winning form is good form and see no reason why Spring Creek can’t repeat but I wouldn’t want to be taking short odds on a potentially sticky track to find out that’s all. If you’re playing from in front coming to the last then the Darryl Gardiner pair down in the weights could be worth a spec in Monaco Dream and Legal Stature – it’s that sort of race. Watch market with Tom Button’s newcomer, the former Victorian Rhyola.

SELECTIONS: Jack Lancaster; Spring Creek; Monaco Dream; Legal Stature.


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