Rockhampton races preview October 11
October 10, 2018
SEVEN races on the card at Callaghan Park on Thursday and the Rockhampton Jockey Club’s Darryn Nufer takes a look at them.
Race 1 – Mackay visitor Stone Philospher has the right form (Annie’s Our Hero/Cyclone Fugitive form) to be winning this under plate conditions. Can’t see why Rosinca can’t make the step up to be competitive and premier jockey sticks from last start win. A Littlebittamagic has been racing consistently. Jabrook is hard to catch but improved showing would not surprise.
SELECTIONS: Stone Philospher; Rosinca; A Littlebittamagic; Jabrook.
Race 2 – Paradis Imperial looks really well in here with 55kg and is the horse to beat. Hard to knock winning form and that’s what Colosseum King has. Mystic Forces has been racing well and can’t rule out. The old marvel Court Clown has to lump 60.5kg here first-up but never say never with him and leave him out at your own peril.
SELECTIONS: Paradis Imperial; Colosseum King; Mystic Forces; Court Clown.
Race 3 – Impossible to tip against The Tax Accountant who is looking for four straight wins here. The impressive thing about his last start victory was that he clocked 1:09.80 over the 1200m which was noticeably quicker than the time they ran in the Class 6 Plate that day over the same trip (1:10.22). That’s a fair rap. Stablemate Attique is one I’ve been following through the trials but does have an awkward draw to contend with. The other Button runner Ruby Georgie will be better for the run first-up. Marway and Welcome Nugget can’t be ruled out on their last start efforts.
SELECTIONS: The Tax Accountant; Attique; Ruby Georgie; Marway.
Race 4 – Style Line put the writing on the wall running second last start (followed a nice trial vs The Tax Accountant) and from the good draw gets her chance. One to watch at odds is Sujani who has been running some okay races but bad draw is against. That’s Anna clearly gets promoted from a better gate but what sort of a run does she get from there? Whoosh is a bit of a “gunna” but they usually all get their day eventually.
SELECTIONS: Style Line; Sujani; That’s Anna; Whoosh.
Race 5 – Not a race to get too enthused about. That said, defaulting back to the strike rate king Garnett Taylor with Bold Centurion on the basis that he won’t find anything easier than this back home and if he can’t win there probably isn’t much scope for him. From the inside alley Ana’s Idol should get a good run and can figure. Madra Rua has been ticking along okay. Onemore Emotion has in-form trainer/jockey combo so can’t ignore.
SELECTIONS: Bold Centurion; Ana’s Idol; Madra Rua; Onemore Emotion.
Race 6 – Plain ‘n’ Simple has been in good form of late and you know he will run the mile out strong. Little Hunter probably has the best form in the race and with leading trainer. Ruffy Road could be a blowout horse. Swingahinch may not be the worst at odds. Personally the less said about the likes of Rusty Scooter and Margo Maree the better (but don’t let me stop you).
SELECTIONS: Plain ‘n’ Simple; Little Hunter; Ruffy Road; Swingahinch.
Race 7 – Great race to finish the day with the exciting prospect Now Ask Me trying to make it four in a row. I’m still having nightmares about Rise To Fame’s last run (admittedly over an unsuitable trip) and out to 1400m here is a real plus. Actually think the outside barrier won’t be a disadvantage as he’ll be going back anyway and the key to him is saving him up for one run at them. He could be the value and each-way all day for mine. Now Ask Me is the horse to beat, she’s been flying and will get through to Open grade and possibly onto bigger things. Have to respect Garnett Taylor anytime he brings them here and Bold Shot’s southern form reads well. Magmellou is capable of improving second-up.
SELECTIONS: Rise To Fame; Now Ask Me; Bold Shot; Magmellou.