We’ve five meetings to get involved with this Monday with Fannie Bay set to host a metro meeting while there is a provincial card at Rockhampton and three country fixtures.
The final race on the Fannie Bay, the feature 2050m Darwin Cup looks to be a highly competitive affair with Playoffs likely to prove popular for trainer Gary Clarke following a victory in the 1600m Asian Chief Minister’s cup over 1600m at this venue when racing first up.
The extra distance here is no issue having performed well over further in Victoria last spell but the wide draw in 14 may prove more of an issue with jockey Jarrod Todd likely to have to race wide.
With the above in mind preference here is for top weight Living The Dream who has the services of in form hoop Brad Rawiller, a rare visitor to this venue on this occasion.
Robert Gulberti’s charge delivered an impressive victory when taking the Tab Metric Mile over 1600m at this venue when racing first up on 23rd July. That effort marked Rawiller’s first start on the gelding since the pair teamed up for a third place finish over 1420m at Bunbury in January last year.
The extra distance here is no issue having delivered a victory over 2200m at Kalgoorlie last spell and the seven-year-old looks up to delivering a big effort.
Martini Special was a winner in a Restricted 58 event over this course and distance when racing first up and is sure to attract support ahead of the seventh race on the Pakenham card.
The daughter of Super One has the services of the useful claimer Matthew Chadwick here and looks to hold solid claims having been drawn three off the rail for handler Jerome Hunter.
Preference however is for Video, the mount of Ethan Brown. Video showed solid form last spell winning on debut in a 1200m maiden on a good 4 track at Horsham in October.
Tackled stronger races subsequently including when sixth of seven in a Benchmark 64 contest over this trip at Caulfield in January.
Tactically a rail draw here is a positive with Crafty Effort and Exceedingly Magic expected to make the running and Video looks up to providing the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace training partnership with a winner.
With pace likely to be supplied by fancied runners Kick On Command, Highground and Top Ceedee in the 1300m Class 1 that is the fifth race on the Rockhampton card the race may well be set up for a closer.
Preference in that regard is for Motherlode who delivered a solid effort at big odds when finishing third in a 1050m Class 1 contest on a soft 5 track at this venue on 9th July.
That effort marked an improvement on previous efforts with the break appearing to have done the five-year-old good.
Claiming rider Melea Castle, on board on that occasion is again in the saddle here and having drawn barrier six the pair look likely to be back to tuck in behind the early speed with the step up to 1300m no issue with the selection having won over this trip at Mackay in March last year.