Shane Ciurleo’s preview & best for Gold Coast

Gold Coast 26 – 8 -17


Rail Position: +1m 1000m-400m; True Remainder

Track Condition: Good 4

Weather: Fine


BEST WIN: R7 N1 SHOGUN SON  $3.2 bet now

BEST EACH WAY: R8 N5 ALASSAK  $5 bet now

BEST VALUE: R4 N9 TAP THIS  $11 bet now



Race 1


9 FINAL ZERO chased a hot speed last start when just touched off late by 8 OF THE DAY.  Expecting 9 FINAL ZERO to find the fence first here, and be the hardest to beat. 8 OF THE DAY is again her biggest rival, who is in good form. 13 ALL THAT IS was hitting the line well in the same race as the above 2 last time and is a place chance at big odds.


Numbers: 9 – 8 -13 – 4


Suggested Bet: WIN 9 FINAL ZERO  $3.1 bet now


Race 2


1 HARD STRIDE comes here second up off a good first up run behind the inform Stella Ombra. He strips fitter here and is the leading chance. The query is the 350 days since he last won; hopefully, it’s an anniversary as such. Hardest to beat is 4 SONY LEGEND who can get home off a solid tempo.


Numbers: 1 – 4 – 9 – 2


Suggested Bet: 1 HARD STRIDE WIN  $4 bet now


Race 3


A typically very competitive Saturday Metro status Casas 3, with a number of chances engaged.  There looks to be a good amount of early speed and pressure to ensure a truly run race. I’m happy to have a small play on 13 GATLINBURG at around $30.  Though he may have turned the corner last time, settling back with the blinkers off and charging home to win. He has a wide gate here, so expect him to drift back, but with a good tempo and a trail into the race, ha can unleash down the middle late.


Numbers: 13 – 6 – 3 – 5


Suggested Bet: Each Way 13 GATLINBURG  $26 bet now


Race 4


I think the 9 TAP THIS is ready to run a big race today.  With 3 runs back from a spell, and a nice sneaky jump out this week to take the edge off her, she will race well. I expect this horse to be ridden right on speed here and giving a great sight.  4 OUTRAGED is hardest to beat, I can entertain a win bet on it also.


Numbers: 9 – 4 – 1 – 7


Suggested Bet: Each Way 9 TAP THIS  $11 bet now


Race 5


18 GREGORY looks a good hope, with plenty of good reasons. His first up run was sound, in slick time, and maps to get a nice run from the inside alley here second up, and is a second up winner previously. Last time at 1400m here at the Gold Coast, he was victorious in beating DENBERN, a recent city Saturday winner. All points top good showing at a good price, around double figure odds.


Numbers: 18 – 1 – 11 – 19


Suggested Bet: Each Way 18 GREGORY  $10 bet now


Race 6


Plenty of key scratching’s here that have dramatically changed the profile of the race. 3 MARKSFIELD is a horse I’ve been following all preparation, and he looks well suited here.  Forget his last effort, he was on the 7 days back up, up in trip with blinkers off. He raced flat which wasn’t a surprise, 2 starts back he was really good when wide on the speed and toughed it out through the line. The winners go on here, which will sharpen him up, and I can see him getting to the rail and taking a trail behind 14 BRIGADOON LEGEND and 5 TYCOON ACE, and being in the finish.  5 TYCOON ACE was a good win last start, and hard to beat here.


Numbers: 3 – 5 – 9 – 13


Suggested Bet: Each Way 3 MARKSFIELD  $19 bet now


Race 7


BEST BET OF THE DAY here, very keen on 1 SHOGUN SUN.  He went to Sydney the last start and toweled up a couple of “spruik” horses in good fashion. The start before he was really good behind BRING IT HOME POP.  I think he will finish over the top of these.


Numbers: 1 – 6 – 3 – 7




Race 8


5 ALASSAK gets his chance to make it back-to-back wins, by virtue of drawing well and being able to use his high cruising speed to run these into the ground. In his first 4 runs this prep, he chased high-class horses WITH A PROMISE, PRIORITISE, EAT MY TRUST & CARE TO THINK. Last start in similar grade, he was able to lead them a merry dance, and that’s the likely scenario again here.


NUMBERS:  5 – 8 – 3 – 11


SUGGESTED BET: Each Way 5 ALASSAK  $5 bet now


Race 9


Extremely difficult race to dissect here, with the horse I thought where leading hopes, all drawn poorly.  Settled with 6 ANOTHER LARGA who is a winner over this distance at Hawkesbury 2 start back, before a close up fourth at Canterbury last start. From the good draw, he will be able to race on speed, settling in the first four, and giving a sight at double figure odds.


Numbers: 6 – 2 – 11 – 5


Suggested Bet: Each Way 6 ANOTHER LARGA  $10 bet now

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