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Steve Tregea’s Toowoomba-trained youngster Command’N’Conquer is narrow favourite to continue his nice career record with a Group 3 win in the 2020 Gold Coast Guineas this weekend.
A quality race card takes place on the Queensland’s Glitter Strip on Saturday headlined by the three-year-old sprinters doing battle in the Group 3 $125,000 Brandons Gold Coast Guineas (1200m).
The set weights feature has attracted a capacity field this season with the sole emergency Final Declaration (3) already gaining a start after the early withdrawal of the Tony Gollan-trained Niedorp (9).
Current Gold Coast Guineas betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is led by Tregea’s consistent son of Warhead Command’N’Conquer at $4 and firming.
Drawn barrier 10 with regular rider James Orman retaining the mount, the up-and-comer has won three of his four starts to date including back-to-back 1350m victories at Doomben in March.
He suffered his first loss on May 8 at the Gold Coast track over 900m when a length back second in a Benchmark 78 as the beaten odds-on favourite.
Keen to atone this weekend, Command’N’Conquer will relish the step-up to 1200m and looks the deserving favourite in a fairly open market.
Occupying the second line of betting at Gold Coast Guineas odds of $5.50 is the class Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Black-Type winner Hightail.
Drawn gate eight with Ryan Maloney coming aboard, the son of Written Tycoon has been in outstanding form since last summer including his Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m) win back in December.
He also ran a solid fourth behind superstar Alligator Blood in the Gold Coast’s $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) in January before returning off a freshen-up on May 2 for a 1250m win at Randwick’s Kensington track.
Following closely at $6 is the Gold Coast Guineas third elect and early market mover Exhilarates donning the famous Godolphin blue silks.
Widely drawn out in gate 15 (into 14), the James Cummings-trained Snitzel filly is one of the best performed of the field having already won close to $1.8 million in prize money.
As a two-year-old she won the Gold Coast’s Magic Millions Classic in 2019 and has won two subsequent Black-Type races in Melbourne.
Fifth in the Gosford Guineas and third in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas over the summer, she races for the first time since January but has been brought on fitness-wise with two nice Hawkesbury trials in April.
Boasting a great Gold Coast track record (3:2-1-0), Exhilarates presents as a danger even with the notable break between runs and wide barrier to overcome.
A further two three-year-olds are under double-figures for the win with Bellevue Hill ($7) for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott and the Kelly Schweida-trained The Odyssey ($7.50) drawn at opposite ends of the field in barriers two and 14 respectively.
Bellevue Hill has Michael Cahill aboard from the favourable gate in the Gold Coast Guineas, the well-bred Pierro colt looking to return to his Group 3 TL Baillieu Handicap (1400m) winning form from 2019.
Unplaced in two subsequent runs that campaign, the untapped youngster returns off a lengthy break racing for the first time since September and has looked the goods with two excellent Randwick trials during April.
The Odyssey meanwhile presents as the fit and in-form horse in the race, the Brisbane-trained Better Than Ready colt chasing a fourth win on the trot.
His latest victory on May 2 was over the 1200m at Doomben as the odds-on favourite in a three-years-old set weights race, the Gold Coast Guineas a notable class rise for the eight-time winner.
2020 Gold Coast Guineas Field & Barriers
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||4631348111||THE ODYSSEY||Kelly Schweida||Ms Stephanie Thornton (a)||14||57kg||93|
|2||2x28x214x1||HIGHTAIL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Ryan Maloney||8||57kg||89.5|
|3||12×0132314||STAMPE||Chris Munce||Sean Cormack||1||57kg||83|
|4||1217x8x||BELLEVUE HILL||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Michael Cahill||2||57kg||84|
|5||6430x50x22||GARIBALDI||Tony Gollan||Jim Byrne||4||57kg||75|
|6||1x310x42||RUUCA||Toby & Trent Edmonds||Brad Stewart||7||57kg||70|
|7||12223×11||SCATHING||Chris Munce||Justin Huxtable (a)||6||57kg||74|
|8||1112||COMMAND’N’CONQUER||Steve Tregea||James Orman||10||57kg||74.5|
|9||03x113x124||FISTICUFFS||Toby & Trent Edmonds||Matthew McGillivray||11||57kg||73|
|10||0x1127x53x||EXHILARATES||James Cummings||Robbie Fradd||15||55kg||96|
|12||6x3111x31||BARODA||Toby & Trent Edmonds||Andrew Mallyon||13||55kg||77.5|
|13||1x91170x15||ZAC ATTACK||Toby & Trent Edmonds||Baylee Nothdurft (a)||5||55kg||76.5|
|14||337×592161||SWAN ISLAND||Beau Gorman||TBA||16||55kg||61|
|15||1×12||READY BABE||Mark Currie||TBA||17||55kg||66|
|16||34×241||ELEGANT GRACE||Kris Lees||Larry Cassidy||12||55kg||61|
|17e||1||FINAL DECLARATION||Kacy Fogden||Jag Guthmann-Chester||3||57kg||63|
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