A 10-horse field of three-year-olds runs at the Gold Coast track in the first on AD Hollindale Stakes Day this Saturday, and below is our insider tips on the Gunsynd Classic 2015.
Running as Race 1 at 11:42am (AEST), this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Surfers Paradise RSL Gunsynd Classic (1800m) features plenty of 2015 Queensland Derby hopes and the Ladbrokes.com.au markets on the early winter showdown are led by market mover Inauguration ($3) backed in from $4.
Peter Moody’s Authorized gelding races second-up here following a black type debut in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) in the wet at Randwick on April 6 over the mile when third to Hi World.
It’s an open Gunsynd Classic betting market for 2015 with the main dangers according to the bookies being the rails-drawn Ulmann ($4.80) also prepared by Moody, last start Brisbane winner Worthy Cause ($5) and one of two in the mix for Rob Heathcote Gid Up Strop ($5).
So will the favourite prove the money trail correct or will the day kick off with an upset from a longer priced hope such as Sam Kavanagh’s nicely-bred Sydney raider Invinzabeel ($8) or even Heathcote’s other runner Fusina ($26) after his third win on the trot?
#1 Worthy Cause ($5)
John Zielke-trained Choisir colt from the Sunshine Coast, Worthy Cause is up in class after his big April 18 win over 1350m at Doomben by nearly four lengths. He has been in Group 3 company before however, and at this track too, when from barrier 12 (of 13) he ran just a half a length away third in the Vo Rogue Plate last December. Good value, barrier seven isn’t too wide and Justin Stanley stays on so think he can go back-to-back.
#4 Inauguration ($3)
The favourite is on the move and think he’ll come very close to saluting for the punters. Barrier six with Hugh Bowman riding, this Sydney-based galloper has won two from seven to date and is ready for his second Group 3 run after the Carbine Club Stakes third last time out, the form of which was franked by the winner Hi World who backed up for the Frank Packer victory as well one run later. Inauguration’s run in that was strong and should improve as he goes up in distance.
#9 Upham ($14)
Moody has three in the race and the longest-priced of the trio is Upham who looks nice value in gate four with Kerrin McEvoy riding. The New Zealand-bred Mastercraftsman grey has won two from five so far and comes off a Wyong win over the mile. It was a narrow success but this trip will suit and from the barrier he’ll be up front and looking to hold on, which he just might do.
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