Kerrin McEvoy will look to cap off a fantastic Brisbane Winter Carnival with Peter Moody’s Office Bearer in the Tattersall’s Stakes, the final event at the Group 1 Gold Coast meeting this Saturday. McEvoy claimed the Stradbroke Handicap on Srikandi, piloted Fresponal to victory in the Spear Chief Stakes and combined with Moody to see Upham take out the G3 Grand Prix Stakes. Office Bearer has had two runs back from a spell and looks primed for this race where a good speed up front should allow the 5yo stallion to produce a big finish. Also out to put an exclamation point on the Brisbane Carnival are the guys from Triple Crown. Hot Snitzel landed them a Group 1 win in the BTC Cup whilst Charlie Boy took out the G3 BRC Sprint before going within a head of delivery a second Group 1 of the carnival for the syndicators, when shaded by Boban in the Doomben 10,000.
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1. EXCELLANTES – M Cahill (10)
Produced a typically tough effort to score a neck win in the Listed Hinkler Handicap last start, defeating Kaepernick and Into The Red.
That continued his run of strong performance in Listed race but top-weight and what shapes up as a potentially tricky gate for a runner who likes to settle close to the speed, the 7yo may need to find something more again.
2. TARGET IN SIGHT – Z Purton (3)
Had to make a weaving run close to the fence from well back in the field when second (0.8 lengths) behind That’s A Good Idea in the Listed Ortensia Stakes before closing well late again in the Listed June Stakes at his following and most recent start. Racing in good style this campaign and may be able to settle a touch closer than in recent starts here from gate three. Will be right in the mix again.
3. DOTHRAKI – D Browne (11)
Dealt no favours when drawing the widest gate in a field of sixteen for his return race in the Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at Scone last month. He pushed forward to settle fifth in the run but with the speed on from the jump, no surprise to see him knock up a little late and finished eighth (3.1 lengths). Been kept fresh since and recorded an impressive barrier trail win at Rosehill just over a week ago. Handles wet and cannot be dismissed.
4. ROCKET TO GLORY – T Harrison (12)
As always, the Shovog 6yo shot to front when contesting the Listed Ascot Handicap at his most recent start and set about establishing a solid tempo. He stuck on better than expected given the swoopers dominated the placings, and finished fifth (3.6 lengths) behind Into The Red. Will fire to the front again but hard to see him holding out the challengers late given he’ll be kept honest in front with a capacity field.
5. DANCES ON STARS – B Avdulla (13)
Loves the Gold Coast and hasn’t missed a place here in four starts – the most recent of which saw him run third to Srikandi in the G2 Victory Stakes. Since then the Gerald Ryan trained galloper finished fifth in the Glasshouse Handicap, not bad given he had top weight and barrier sixteen to contend with, and sixth of eight in the QTC Cup when chasing home a handy trio of Ball Of Muscle, That’s A Good Idea and Kuro. Draw is an awkward one and will see him giving most of the field a head-start however, he’s recent form and record here earns home some hope.
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6. TERRITORY – T Angland (1)
The son Lonhro was flying along last campaign, registering third placings in both the G2 Expressway Stakes and G3 Southern Cross behind Weary and Heart Testa respectively, so it came as a bit of a surprise to see him in the new stable of Steve Lee for this preparation. He settled three back on the fence in his first run for his new trainer when lining up in the Listed Lightning Handicap and was just about to wind up through a gap when it closed. He couldn’t pick up again after that interference with 59kgs and finished seventh (3.4 lengths) behind Whittington. The 7yo gelding should’ve finished much closer for mine last start, fitter and drops in weight. Might be a sneaky chance at odds.
7. WHITTINGTON – R McMahon (15)
The John Thompson trained galloper secured a dream run home along the fence last start to win the Listed Lightning Handicap at Doomben by two lengths – and with something to spare. He may not get the same charmed run as he did last time from gate fifteen here though and combined with this record on softer ground, which isn’t anywhere near as strong as that to dry surfaces, maybe be best to shop around him here.
8. INTO THE RED – R Wiggins (4)
He found himself in a seemingly awkward spot turning for home in the Listed Ascot Handicap, buried back in the field on the fence in bunching field but as if by divine intervention, the Not A Single Doubt gelding found a dream run home along the fence and registered what turned out to be a soft win on the line. He then settled much closer to the speed in the Hinkler Handicap and went down fighting, running third (0.5 length) to Excellantes. Impossible to fault either of his starts this campaign and has drawn a gate that should see him continue his excellent form in this race.
9. BARBED – SCRATCHED
10. OFFICE BEARER – K McEvoy (2)
Flashed home first up from a spell to run third (0.8 lengths) behind Falino in the Listed Bribie Handicap before doing his best work late when fourth (1.7 lengths) to Ball Of Muscle in the QTC Cup, a race dominated by those on speed. This race maps well for the back-maker and he should get his chance to finish strongly here. Ran third when third run into his last campaign behind Reparations (Target In Sight fourth) and recent runs suggest he can at least match that effort here.
11. TIME TO PLUNDER – J Lloyd (8)
Not much to get excited about in his two runs back from a spell.
He finished third to last in a field of fifteen when contesting the Listed Bribie Handicap won by Falino and never improved his position of last in the run, when finishing eight lengths behind Ball Of Muscle in the QTC Cup. On those efforts, hard to see him worrying most of these.
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12. ENQUARE – D Griffins (7)
The Stratum mare, who is G2 placed, was expected to do more than her eleventh (6 lengths) placing first up from a spell in the Listed Glasshouse Handicap before drawing wide in the Bright Shadow Stakes (1200m) and never threatening in the run, finishing twelfth. Didn’t have a great run in transit last time out and his two from four on rain-effected tracks but she does have a lot of improvement to make if she’s to turn it around.
13. FINAL CRESCENDO – P Hammersley (5)
Surprisingly took up the running in the Listed Prime Minister’s Cup (1400m) before wilting late and finishing seventh, before running eighth (4 lengths) in the G3 BRC Sprint (1350m) at his most recent start, six weeks ago. Form out of that race has stood up reasonably well and he travelled well within himself when second in Gold Coast trial last week. Drawn to get the right run and has produced some runs in the past that would suggest he may be some kind of place chance.
14. KAEPERNICK – T Berry (9)
Looked to have the race shot to bits when launching his run inside the 200m at Rosehill in a BM 79 (1200m) but laying in cost him dearly and allowed Savoureux the opportunity to nose him out. It was a similar story at his following and most recent start, the Listed Hinkler Handicap, when finishing a neck second to Excellantes. Has good ability and although he can be a bit of a “thinker” when it comes to the crunch, find it hard to leave him out of selections.
15. LESLEY’S CHOICE – (6)
Continued the prosperous relationship Toby Edmonds has established with Segenhoe Stud by winning a Class 3 at Ipswich first up from a spell by six lengths. The former Sydney based mare could not have been more impressive and although this is a significant step up in class on that run, and when compared to most of her previous efforts, have to respect the stable’s current form and decision to have a crack at this race.
16. STAR LADY – (16)
Ran better than her 100/1 quote suggested she would when sixth (4.1 lengths) in the Gold Coast Silk Stocking three runs back but her efforts subsequently, in a Class 3 and RST 70 graded race, will see her struggle here – especially when drawing the widest gate in a big field.
RACE OVERVIEW –
A tricky race to finish the day with an open market and plenty of chances. Target In Sight gets his chance to break through here. From his draw and with the likes of Rocket To Glory and Lesley’s Choice setting a solid tempo, he should’ve have to get as far back as he has at his previous outings. Into The Red cannot be going any better and drawn perfectly here in four and Kaepernick will be charging late. For those in trouble coming into the last and looking to get out of it, Final Crescendo and Territory appear the best hopes for a big return.