Rockhampton races preview St Pat’s Day

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THE Rockhampton Jockey Club’s Darryn Nufer found 4 of the 7 winners including Don’t We Love It ($10.70) with his on-top selections at the last meeting. He has a look at today’s card here:

Race 1 – Small field to kick off the day.  If there is an upset horse it could be Ruffy Road who benefits from the apprentice claim of Lachlan Dodds and while the horse is hard to catch he can roll forward and if allowed to dictate in the small field could prove the one to run down. Tang Dynasty is the obvious – a last start winner this track and distance, has drawn the inside, and gets in well after the claim for Elly Smith. All Pickled has been racing well but is untried at the trip and that’s some query. Kalangadoo Chrome may be an improver.

SELECTIONS: Ruffy Road; Tang Dynasty; All Pickled; Kalangadoo Chrome.

Race 2 – Keptinthedark ran a nice third here last start and got home quicker than Flying Crackerjak who is also engaged here. That duo look the most likely on what we’ve seen of these two-year-olds to date. Legal Asset and All For Harry may improve having been to the races once. Have to be wary of the Fred Smith trained debutant Sir Skywalker with his daughter riding.

SELECTIONS: Keptinthedark; Flying Crackerjak; Legal Asset; All For Harry.

Race 3 – Bantu Bay’s second was a good effort last start and should have taken benefit from that run. Not a race that fills me with confidence in terms of strength and on that basis would think Not Liable could pull out a run on debut. Market should be a guide. Malvagio hasn’t been seen at the races since finishing second on debut back in November but he was beaten by a handy one that day in Master Jamie. Hasn’t been seen at recent trials or jump-outs so query on how wound up he is. Pound For Pound went under as favourite on debut and might just find one or two of these better.

SELECTIONS: Bantu Bay; Not Liable; Malvagio; Pound For Pound.

Race 4 – Whitty Girl is probably going to start favourite here on the back of a recent 7.5 length trial win and the booking of Justin Stanley. I wouldn’t be rushing in to take short odds however as the 5 horses she beat in the trial were all unraced two-year-olds. La Reminista ran third on debut behind Red Satin and just has to contend with a wide alley. There’s not much of Bonny’s Treasure but if she can repeat her run from the other day when finishing second she’ll figure in the finish (3kg claim will help). Boom Or Bust could be an improver on her first look here.

SELECTIONS: Whitty Girl; La Reminista; Bonny’s Treasure; Boom Or Bust.

Race 5 – A maiden event that might not excite too many outside of the connections involved. Top Evie has been disappointing since venturing up here but prepared to give her one last chance in what is an average race. Ladyada is a well bred filly by Manhattan Rain out of a Flying Spur mare and might be just about ready to show up. Note her trial form was good against a couple that go okay. The debutant Advance Command is an interesting runner coming off a Yeppoon trial win but is a four-year-old so there’s obviously a back story there. Heygeronimo next in for the sake of having a fourth pick.

SELECTIONS: Top Evie; Ladyada; Advance Command; Heygeronimo.

Race 6 – French Hussler resumes here, does go well fresh and expect him to be hitting the line hard. Can win in this field. Gypsy Secret is competitive in whatever she runs in and has to be the main danger. Media Vita trialled up well the other day in front of Gypsy Secret but may just benefit from the hit-out. Jay Jay has been flying and seems to find a way to sneak under your guard. Watch for French Hussler swooping late.

SELECTIONS: French Hussler; Gypsy Secret; Media Vita; Jay Jay.

Race 7 – Guissola will do your head in if you follow him as a punter but perhaps fresh is his go coming off a good trial win. Jayaqua gets in well after the claim and does have fresh form. Fidereus has been running well but just finding it hard to win. Annie’s Our Hero is capable.

SELECTIONS: Guissola; Jayaqua; Fidereus; Annie’s Our Hero.

Race 8 – Tough race to end the day. Lady Mirabella might get a good run from the draw and could be a danger down in the weights. Going from Maiden grade to a Class 1 is never easy but don’t see why Quidni couldn’t go back-to-back. Nadeem Esprit only has to overcome an awkward alley to be in the finish. Double Em could be the improver.

SELECTIONS: Lady Mirabella; Quidni; Nadeem Esprit; Double Em.


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