Night one of the Summer Harness Season is upon us headlined by the AQWA Constructions Peak Of The Creek and the Garrard’s Be Good Johnny Sprint.
Some solid support races will also include the Propulsion Standing at Trump Bloodstock Trot, the Garrard’s Queen Of The Creek and QBRED For Life Finals for two-year-olds and also for three-year-old fillies.
This is an exciting race for the Band 2-4 performers and has a front line packed with speed which should generate a stack of tempo. Drawn wide off the second line ALTA REVELRY (10) was a winner from the second line last start when finishing best. There was not as much early heat in that race as what should be generated here, and he can look to descend on them once again. BIG SKEWY (6) looks likely to be better suited drawn wider on the track than last start where he was tucked away on the poles. He likes to power up and stride free and with some great form next to his name that included three successive victories prior to his latest outing, he looms large. CAPTAIN SHUFFLES (8) is a proven G1 winner that resumes from a spell and will be tucked away here from the inside second line. Last spotted when chasing home behind SPEAK THE TRUTH in the Triad Final, luck will need to be on his side. L L COOL J (1) is back in class but might lack the punch to get through, which likely puts him in the pocket trail. 3rd to TURN IT UP last week from that spot, he will not be far away.
ALTA REVELRY (10) each-way
NSW based Clayton Harmey brings the more than capable SAINT CRUSADER (12) North after a last start 3rd behind MY ULTIMATE RONNIE in the NSW Breeders Challenge 4YO Final. Beaten the barest possible margin in the semi-final of that Series, his three defeats prior to his last start 3rd have been by no more than a half-neck. TIGER BY THE TAIL (2) should appreciate two factors for this assignment, an improved gate after a wide alley last start and some added fitness following his first run in Qld where he was returning from a spell and a trip across the Nullarbor. Improvement looks likely. KADAR (3) is now with Premiership winning trainer Jack Butler after finishing 3rd last time out in similar company. From the gate, a forward showing can be expected. ARGYLE (9) looked the winner here last week until BLACKJACK BART arrived form the clouds. IN the money his past four, he should secure the right trip.
SAINT CRUSADER (12) to win
After a tilt at forcing his way into the Chariots of Fire field back in February, TEDDY DISCO (6) has not been sighted since, missing the majority of the season. After three trials on this deck, he is ready to resume and bring the moves first up. The last of his three trials was slick and despite the tricky gate, he finds the right type of contest first up. POCKET THE CASH (2) was never a factor last start as CLASSIE WASHINGTON controlled proceedings from the front. Luckless here three runs back when searching for openings, settling closer will be a plus for this contest. OBI ONE (1) loves a smother trip and from this gate should get the ideal trip and be ready to fire some closing bullets. GOTTA GO MILKING (3) was making good metres last start chasing LOUS DREAM. Back to the front line, he can be taking a good look to press forward to get into the battle.
TEDDY DISCO (6) to win
A great field of square gaiters has been assembled here at the mobile 2138m journey. An error was costly last start for ADELLE (13) and her chances were extinguished. With a history of gait issues, when she is on, she is brilliant, as evidenced two starts back when she blitzed her opposition with a 20m margin after overcoming a 30m handicap. Nathan Dawson reunites with the Inter Dominion bound mare. MAJESTIC LAVROS (1) was six weeks between runs last time out when peaking on his run, but able to rally and finish 5m from the winner. He has good arm hustle to put himself right in the firing line from this gate. With an early scratching of MY ULTIMATE EDDIE, it means that MAJESTIC HARRY (9) will now start from inside the second line. That will be a great spot to be if he can get to the passing lane with momentum and off the back of a smart first up victory, will be looking for gaps. SIR FAHRENHEIT (5) looks to be getting somewhere back near his best and last start was strong to the line in the closing stages behind MAJESTIC HARRY. Where he maps from the centre of the line might be the biggest test.
ADELLE (13) win
What an absolutely fascinating renewal of the Be Good Johnny Sprint where the superstar LEAP TO FAME (8) is drawn to start from inside the second line. What does this mean for the map and where will he actually position in the run. Come 8.20 tonight we will know the answer but before then, it looks a real head scratcher. He is without doubt the best horse in the race and has been monstrous in defeat in the Blacks A Fake, Victoria Cup and The Eureka. He was dazzling in the Sunshine Sprint, while there may be some questions on the map, there are none on his class. FUTURE ASSURED (1) has been brilliant in a different way at each of his past three starts which have been victories on each occasion. He is unlikely to have the punch to keep TURN IT UP from crossing, but if in the trail, he will be stalking, with a win giving Trent Dawson back-to-back driving wins in this race. HOT AND TREACHEROUS (4) might just have a little look in the early stages and see if the lead is on offer, while it likely will not be, the old adage, there is no harm in asking. Super right through the Constellations Carnival, a win would both be deserved and no surprise. TURN IT UP (6) is arguably the quickest horse in Queensland out of the machine and likely finds the front for fun. The first half is his kryptonite.
LEAP TO FAME (8) to win
The third Peak Of The Creek Final and this race has quickly become a prized event on the calendar. After four heats were held here on Tuesday and then the selections of the barriers, it has set up into a cracking final. All four heat-winners were 3YO’s that were fresh up and it was a pair of married couples winning the four with Grant and Trista Dixon each driving a heat winner and Pete McMullen and Chantal Turpin each driving the other two heat winners. ARODA (8) for Grant Dixon was three back on the inside in his heat and worked to the outside in the stretch to arrive for a smart victory. He receives the mapping favours for another soft trip and will look to make full use of the stalking spot. WISPER A SECRET (9) sat in the trail in his heat and had the speed to zip past the leader in the stretch to claim victory. Runner-up in the Queensland Derby to THE LOST STORM, he is a horse that flies under the radar and if he can get to the outside with some momentum, he will take some stopping. AARDIES FLASH (1) was the fastest of the heat winners, zipping past them after settling in the 1×1 trail after a neat piece of driving to get across from gate 7. He led all bar the stride that mattered in the Redcliffe Derby and #LeaderPeter will be trying to fight them off. ILLAVABUBBLES (5) was parked in the fastest heat claimed by AARDIES FLASH in a brave effort in holding on for 3rd. The middle of the line makes it a tough ask when the fence is likely the best place to be for this up-tempo contest.
ARODA (8) to win
This QBRED For Life Fillies Final shapes as a tricky one to dissect, made even tougher with five of the ten runners resuming from a spell. BETTOR CULLECT (3) is one of those that is first up, sent for a break following her last start in the Triad Final when finishing midfield. Claiming victory in the Redcliffe Sales Final when leading throughout, if she can touch down in front with limited burn, that will go a long way to her seeing it out. GLENEAGLE VEE CEE (6) boasts the race fitness but is afforded no favours from the wide alley. Last start he charged hard when finding space to defeat older horses and also claimed an August victory in the Triad Consolation. COSMIC FLYER (9) had won three of five heading into the colts and geldings Triad Final. Sent for a break after striking trouble, he has shown that he boasts some crazy change up speed, he can unleash it if finding the right position. BRONSKI ZULU (7) is another runner fresh up and gate 7 makes that task just that little bit harder. With a trial top open the pipes in readiness for the return, the gate just makes it so tough.
BETTOR CULLECT (3) to win
UPTOWN BEACHGIRL (7) is undoubtedly the class mare of the field but has been dealt a stinger with the outside front line as she resumes from a spell. Last seen in the Constellations Carnival, she was not that far from AMORE VITA on that occasion, while two starts back defeated some classy types. What is on her side is that her past two first up starts have been victories and her three main dangers in this battle are drawn off the second lin. HOLI STARZZZ (9) sat parked last week from a wide gate and fought hard all the way when not far away from the winner. Her previous three in succession were victories and will only need the right cart through in the early stages to issue a threatening challenge. MIGHT AS WELL (8) arrived here last week and pulled away after descending on them to take a 4m margin. The inside second line this week, does not look to hold many positives. WILD IMAGINATION (4) has early hustle and from this gate will be pressing forward to stake her claim and might just be first to the poles and take the trail to optimise her chances.
UPTOWN BEACHGIRL (7) to win
It has only been a short career thus far, but the royally bred JESEEKA (4) has shown that she has some ability to match her bloodlines. Winning at her past two starts, she has had spaced runs but was given a searching hit out in a trial session here on Tuesday. There does not look to be any real standout in the line up which gives her the chance to cash in. CHEER LEADER (6) does have some class, but her 3YO season has been a bit of a mixed bag, some nice performances with some head scratchers thrown in. Rattling late for the silver in the Queensland Oaks, she faded at her last start before being given a let up. An inconclusive trial makes it hard to get a read- at her best she wins. BRONSKI DELIGHT (5) was midfield in the Triad Final behind JEWEL MELODY and will be resuming here. Finding position cheaply will be her best hope of cashing in. FRAYA (1) maps for the soft trip and will strip fitter following her latest start when first up. Soft trips are always a bonus in stronger company.
JESEEKA (4) to win
Patience is a virtue and as the last race on the card, one of the best chances on the card lines up in this contest. SOEXTRA (2) looks ideally placed in this contest with the concession claim for driver Alanah Richardson seeing him drop back into this grade. Placed his past two starts behind a couple of handy ones in ALTA REVLERY and CLASSIE WASHINGTON, he has arm hustle and there looks limited pressure with the early scratching. ULTIMATE HUGHEY (9) displayed a performance with plenty of starch here two starts back when rolling the sleeves and fighting hard to score. The 2138 did not look to suit last start and he has the gate to follow through early into the running line and it sets up for a Jack Butler training quinella. CONGO LINE (8) is at his best-off speed and from this alley maps to be tucked away and ready to dart through. A last start 3rd, he will be chasing another podium return. MADAMOISELLE JUJON (1) is up in grade for this battle, but the map is in her favour, and she has been effective off tempo previously. That makes her a place player.
SOEXTRA (2) to win