With four meetings set to take place on Tuesday wet ground is the order of the day with two meets on soft and two on heavy including the sole provincial card at Kilcoy.
Kilcoy plays host to the sole provincial meeting and in the fifth Hodgson is expected to jump as a short priced favourite for a Benchmark 62 affair over 1200m.
Adam Campton trains the gelding and he was the winner of a Class 2 event on a soft 7 track over 1100m at Beaudesert on his penultimate outing. Has the services of promising claimer Jake Molloy here but it’s not all positive with regards the son of Hinchinbrook’s chances.
While drawing the rail is helpful for this frontrunner it’s of note that an easy lead isn’t guaranteed with both Bobby Axelrod drawn alongside him and Flick who is drawn out wide both likely to want to go forward from the start.
Dream Entity is selected to upset the favourite here having finished fourth when beaten less than two lengths in a similar event to this over 1100m at Gold Coast earlier this month.
Usually races from off the pace and may have the race set up for her while the step up in distance is no issue having won over this trip at Beaudesert at the end of April.
The daughter of Dream Ahead boasts a solid record on heavy tracks and with regular pilot Jasmine Cornish up is selected to overcome a wide barrier draw.
In the second at Bairnsdale there’s plenty to like about the likely favourite Red Fox who delivered a solid close up second place finish in a 1200m contest at Donald when making his debut earlier this month.
Delivered a victory in a barrier trial on a heavy track at Cranbourne a week earlier and with that in mind the softer going forecast here should prove no issue with regards his chances.
Trainer Matt Laurie has been in great form in the last week with four winner from as many runners from Wednesday to Saturday while his three runners on Sunday yielded two second place finishes and a down the field effort.
With that in mind his representative here, Viking Rebel who has shown solid form in maiden company this spell is taken to get off the mark at the ninth time of asking. The experienced performer recorded a second place finish over 1113m at Sale on a good 4 track earlier this month and having performed well on heavy tracks in the past he looks capable of continuing his trainers excellent run of form with a barrier draw in five a further positive.
The fourth race at Taree, a Benchmark 58 event set to be held over 1614m on a heavy 9 track looks a competitive affair with the Paul Perry-trained Yorikiri set to jump as favourite under Ashley Morgan,
The Mikki Isle gelding has shown good form this spell including at this venue where he won a course and distance Class One event back in May. Runner-up on both subsequent starts he is a worthy favourite having drawn the rail.
Drawn next to Yorikiri is the Hallowed Crown gelding Trogan Prince who showed that heavy tracks suit him when delivering a victory in a 1512m maiden event at Port Macquarie at the start of this month.
Raced from off the pace prior to leading in the straight under his jockey here Shayleigh Ingelse and while the selection lacks the experience of the favourite he is open to improvement and is selected to complete a double.