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We are racing in Queensland today to kick off the early Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival action at the Gold Coast Racecourse for AD Hollindale Stakes Day 2015.
It is sunny skies in the ‘Sunshine State’ this Anzac Day with a top of 27 degrees and zero chance of rain making for a perfect day trackside.
At 7:45am (AEST) this morning the Gold Coast course was rated a Good (4) and the continued clear weather makes for a firm track that a number of the horses who struggled in the rain-affected Sydney ground over the past few weeks will relish.
Gold Coast Track Report – 25/04/2015
- Rail Position: True Entire Course
- Penetrometer: 4.7
- Weather: Fine
- Track Rating: Good (4)
- Track Type: Turf
- Rainfall: Nil last 24hrs, 28.5mm last 7 days
A bumper nine-race program on the Gold Coast starts at 11:42am (AEST) goes through until 4:28pm (AEST) with three-year-old races opening and closing the AD Hollindale Stakes Day card.
All the best horse racing odds and offers on the Gold Coast races today can be found online at Ladbrokes.com.au who are offering punters a Bonus Bet if your horse runs 2nd or 3rd in the Hollidnale Stakes today!
Gold Coast Race Scratchings – 25/04/2015
Total Scratchings: 18
Race 1 (11:42am) – $125,000 Group 3 Surfers Paradise RSL Gunsynd Classic (1800m)
No current scratchings
The three-year-olds stayers heading towards the Queensland Derby on Stradbroke Day in Brisbane face off here with the 10-horse field and markets at Ladbrokes.com.au led by the firming $3.10 favourite Inauguration backed in from $4 and coming off a first-up third in Sydney’s Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) in the wet.
Race 2 (12:17pm) – $125,000 Listed Border Security Services Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m)
#11 Flarendi (4), #16e Win’s Grey Rose (15)
A capacity field of 14 faces off including the Sam Kavanagh-trained first emergency Empress Zhao who got a call up in the thee-year-old fillies clash for the Queensland Oaks types. The markets are tight with the undefeated Sheishwatsheis in barrier 12 for jockey Tegan Harrison current $4.50 favourite (out from $3.80) narrowly ahead of Gai Waterhouse’s Sydney visitor Bohemian Lily ($4.60).
Race 3 (12:52pm) – $125,000 Group 3 Goldcoastwebsites.com.au Chairman’s Handicap (2200m)
#9 Anton En Avant (7), #10 Monaco Doll (8)
A diminutive field of just eight starters faces off in the third, the genuine stayers running under handicap conditions here including two battling for top spot in the odds with market movers Index Linked ($3.40) carrying the 59kg top weight for trainer Chris Waller and Sir John Hawkwood ($3.40) for Peter Moody who ran second in the Group 2 ATC Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) last time out in the mud.
Race 4 (1:27pm) – $150,000 Listed Better Than Ready Silk Stocking (1200m)
No current scratchings
It is a full field of 16 fillies and mares in the Stocking field this year with I’ve Got The Looks drawn a treat in barrier two with Glen Boss riding on the 54.5kg minimum for her first run of the season, for which she’s the clear $2.60 favourite and market mover.
Race 5 (2:02pm) – $100,000 Listed Carlton Draught Prime Minister’s Cup (1400m)
No current scratchings
Another handicap showdown on the card, in the fifth it is The Peak ($3.20) leading betting after some consistent lead-up form from the Bart & James Cummings-trained six-year-old including a second over this distance at Caulfield behind Watermans Bay in the Victorian Handicap last time out.
Race 6 (2:42pm) – $125,000 Group 3 Moreton Hire Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m)
#1 Wicked Intent (8), #2 Sampeah (1), #8 Arrogant Boy (17), #16 Typing (15)
Four come out of the Ken Russell field with now just the 14 two-year-olds in the mix. The big name withdrawals are the John O’Shea-trained Sampeah (racing in Sydney) and Chris Munce’s Wicked Intent who was to have raced for the first time since a sixth in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic. The markets have had a shake-up then and the Gai Waterhouse-trained favourite Regatta Rebel is now even money at $2 (in from $2.50) as she has just her second career start after a brave second in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes on debut in Sydney.
Race 7 (3:17pm) – $200,000 Group 2 Smeg Victory Stakes (1200m)
#8 Cape Kidnappers (12), #10 Whittington (11)
Two widely-drawn hopefuls in the day’s feature sprint are out of contention including the Kelly Schweida-trained Brisbane veteran Cape Kidnappers who was coming off a second in the Listed Chief De Beers Handicap. Leading Victory Stakes betting at $4.40 narrowly is now Ciaron Maher’s returning mare Srikandi on the rails for her first run since a Stradbroke Handicap third last winter. Hot on her heels are then the ultra-consistent Ball Of Muscle ($4.80) after his fourth second-up win from as many attempts and Knoydart ($4.80) in gate two with Hugh Bowman riding.
Race 8 (3:52pm) – $358,000 Group 2 Sky Thoroughbred Central A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m)
#6 Banca Mo (5), #16e Wish Come True (7), #17e Pornichet (18), #18e Hopfgarten (17)
Mornington Cup winner Banca Mo comes out of the day’s feature race giving the first emergency Leebaz, the Team Hawkes-trained galloper coming off a second in last Saturday’s Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) at Randwick, a run from a gun barrier four draw. The three other emergencies are now officially scratched meaning Gai Waterhouse’s Group 3 Neville Sellwood winner Pornichet misses out. Race favourites at $5 each are the two classy mares Arabian Gold and Silent Achiever.
Race 9 (4:28pm) – $125,000 Group 3 Attwood Marshall Lawyers Gold Coast Guineas (1200m)
#6 Sarajevo (17), #10 Miss Cover Girl (14), #14 Palazzo Pubblico (3), #20e Real Gene (20)
The day finishes with the Guineas where the big name scratching is the Kelly Schweida-trained Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes winner Miss Cover Girl. Favourite in the last currently at $4.20 is Traveston Girl, backed right in from $7.50. Tegan Harrison rides the returning filly who was last seen finishing second in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne during the spring.
*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change
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