Sky Racing and Brisbane Racing Club’s turf expert Nathan Exelby runs his eye over Saturday’s Eagle Farm meeting.
Montez, R6 No.2 – $3.90
Wren’s Day, R7 No.2 – $3.10
Slow Hands, R8 No.7 – $5
Race 1: Vetta Velocita $5.50 ($2000 @ $5.50)
Race 4: East Asia $8-$3.90
Race 5: Gotta Kiss $3.90-$3.70
Race 7: Wren’s Day $3.30-$3
Race 4: Krone $4.60-$3
Race 6: Personal $8-$7, Princess Rhaenys $26-$16
Race 7: Sir Dragonet $6-$5, Angel Of Truth $8.50-$7.50, Mirage Dancer $11-$10
Race 8: Rock $6-$4.40, Subedar $8-$6.50
Stephanie Thornton rides Slow Hands in the eighth race. Picture: Darren WinninghamSource:News Regional Media
Race 6: Class 3 Plate (1400m)
This race has been rocked by scratchings, in particular Safado, which looked a suspect favourite. That means Montez and Alpendurada come up a lot shorter, but thinking one of them should win. Alpendurada ran on by Montez at the end last time, but Montez was only second up and now gets a 4kg weight swing in his favour thanks to Leah Kilner’s 3kg claim. Still has another level he can get to this time around based on what we saw last prep and this looks a very suitable target. Alpendurada has found form in recent weeks and getting back to 1400m looks a plus after running on at 1300m last time. The Dark doesn’t win too many, but no doubting he goes good at Eagle Farm and can see him running another tidy race here.
Selections: 2 Montez, 1 Alpendurada
Race 7: Benchmark 90 Handicap (1400m)
Wren’s Day ($3) has had 28 days since he ran down the middle of the track and put his rivals to the sword over this same Eagle Farm 1400m course. He ran phenomenal sectionals to win that race and he just looks a horse that’s going to keep charging through the grades in Queensland. Leah Kilner’s claim brings him in just fine at the weights and no reason he won’t win again. She Za Boss ($2.60) shades him for early favouritism with her unblemished record over the Eagle Farm 1400m. She’s going great guns this prep, but just feel Wren’s Day is in a different league to Baileys and Enterprise Prince, which she beat last time. Love Struck ($9) and Jay Jay D’Ar ($13) can be included at odds in multiples.
Selections: 2 Wren’s Day, 6 She Za Boss
Race 8: Class 6 Handicap (1600m)
We managed to find Slow Hands ($5) last time (to be truthful, I’ve been trying to find him for two years, so eventually patience paid off!) and to the eye, it was a terrific win. He box seated and when Brad Stewart let him down, he put his rivals away. Can the big grey now make it two on end? The barrier isn’t as kind this time around, so it’s not likely to be as pretty in the run, but in only a small field, he won’t be giving away too much ground. Plus, he meets Word For Word 4kg better for giving her a caning last time. Walking Flying ($4.20) lost all form down south, but Team Edmonds have straightened her out. Different story here on top of the ground, but at least the last start win shows she’s in good shape now. Dreamtimer ($5) is the other hope. Produced strong time ratings last start and gets in with no weight.
Selections: 7 Slow Hands, 4 Walking Flying, 9 Dreamtimer
Pizonie is top pick in a tough end to the quaddie. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Race 9: BRC TV Class 6 Handicap (1000m)
These 1000m sprints can be difficult to sort out. Pizonie is the one horse here that looks certain to race well. He split Racecourse Road and The Odyssey in his latest trial, races well fresh and has a terrific record over the Eagle Farm 1000m. Tough race if it’s not him. Kalik broke through again last time, running slick time (for the day) over 1200m. Now reverts back to the short course and has a sticky draw to overcome. If he has any luck, he’s going well enough to figure again. Kylease can be forgiven for the Gold Coast flop. Previous form was good, but she’s up where it hurts in the weights now. Le Palmier trialled in the same heat as Pizonie. Didn’t go as well to the eye, but he’s drawn to get his chance.
Selections: 2 Pizonie, 4 Kalik, 7 Le Palmier
AWAY FROM HOME
HUNGRY HEART (Rosehill, R6 No.3 – $6) has raced like a middle distance filly for a good while now and the 2000m looks right in her wheelhouse here after bouncing back to winning form last time. She looks terrific value at the current quote.
AGREEABLE (Caulfield, R2 No.4 – $2.90) was just below the top ones in the spring without a lot of luck. First-up run was a ripper and with Jamie Kah to ride, she’s found a very suitable race here.
Originally published asEagle Farm tips: Slow Hands ready for rapid response
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