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WINNO'S WINNERS: GOLD COAST, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021

By Darren Winningham | Friday, September 17, 2021

This weekend we are on the scenic Gold Coast at the Aquis Park track at Bundall. It is the massive annual PINK RIBBON CUP – where real men wear pink!

This weekend with the track rated “SOFT,” the rail is out 0.5 metres from the 1400 metres to the winning post and then 1.0 metres the rest of the track. There is forecast for warm weather so the track may get into the GOOD range come race day.

NB: As these selections were made prior to race-day please check for any changes to track conditions and for any scratchings on the day.

Race 1

A nice race to start off the day – over 1100 metres.

Local runner She Can Sing (11) has plenty of ability. Trained here by Michael Costa and Jag Guthmann-Chester will ride. Class 6 last time out, back in grade and a more suitable opposition looks a good way to start the day – hopefully on a winning note.

The Big Goodbye (5) has his second run for the Robert Heathcote stable. He was very good in his first run when narrowly beaten by Ingear at Eagle Farm – Leah Kilner rides here, and she has been in superb form. He has drawn wide in barrier 14 and that could obviously be some hinderance, but he could well “Goodbye” to his opposition here.

A River Somewhere (12) is a lightly raced mare from Gollan Racing. She won a midweek race at Doomben when resuming a month ago – Stephanie Thornton retains the ride here. Drawn barrier 1 and with a solid record on this track she could well upset the opposition.

Ruuca (4) – Edmonds Racing representative – I just can never catch him – maybe a change of fortune on his home track.

Selections:
11 – She Can Sing
5 – The Big Goodbye
12 – A River Somewhere
4 – Ruuca
Rough chance – (7) Deference

Race 2

The distance race over 2200 metres

There was some solid efforts last time out amongst several of these runners in the race that was won by the Kim Anderson trained Top Order (5). Taylor Marshall rides Top Order (5) again this week and looks for a hat trick of wins on him. He will be right in this race – and, seriously, is anyone riding better than Taylor presently?

I like the 2021 Grafton Cup winner Purrfect Deal (1), trained here by Michael Costa – despite the massive weight of 65 kilograms as he gets a 3-kilogram relief for apprentice Jaden Lloyd. His run on resuming at Doomben a fortnight ago was sensational, sprinting late over 2000 metres to nearly win the race. The extra distance should assist – just some concern with the weight late.

Honorable Spirit (2) destroyed his opposition last weekend at Doomben when ridden by Jaden Lloyd. This weekend John Smerdon has booked Andrew Mallyon to ride the gelding. He has a 3-win and 1 placing record from 6 starts on his home track – much respect must be placed on this runner.

Navy Cross (6) was heavily backed last time out – was disappointing. But now he has had more time to settle into the QLD stables maybe he can improve on that ordinary effort.

Selections:

1 – Purrfect Deal
2 – Honorable Spirit
5 – Top Order
6 – Navy Cross
Rough chance – (7) Sciconic

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