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Eagle Farm Tips August 17 - Best bets for Eagle Farm on Saturday

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 14 Aug 2019
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Looking for Eagle Farm race tips and best bets? Our QLD form expert previews Eagle Farm racing and gives his top selections for the Saturday meeting.

Eagle Farm Tips - August 17

Race 3 - 12:43PM FIRST ASSET MANAGEMENT Ratings Band 0 - 75 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Second-up here, the Tony Gollan-trained MACEWEN looks well-placed to win this one. The four-year-old enjoyed a great start to his last campaign, recording a hat-trick of wins before petering out prior to being spelled. Resuming from an 18-week spell, he was most impressive when finishing third, beaten a neck on the line, behind Six Sigma in a Class 3 over 1200m while conceding the weight to the first two past the post. This looks no harder and he drops 4kgs for this. Second-up he will strip fitter for that first-up hit-out and with a touch of luck in running he looks the one to beat here.

Race 5 - 1:53PM QLD BULK STORAGE Colts, Geldings and Entires Class 3 Plate (1400 METRES)
Three starts off a 10-week break and SAY I CEE YOU is looking in fine touch. After two runs on wet tracks, the four-year-old then found a dry track at the Sunshine Coast and comfortably won a Class 4 over 1400m, that being his first win over the trip in seven attempts. He drops back in grade here but does have an extra 5kgs to carry. Jim Byrne remains aboard after his success last start. Drawn nicely in gate five, if he can handle the weight, he will prove hard to hold out.

Odds correct as at 6:45AM (AEST) on 15/08/2019

Race 9 - 4:32PM ONE FIFTY ASCOT BAR Fillies and Mares Class 3 Plate (1400 METRES)
She’s been the bridesmaid at her past two starts, but SIENNA ROSE gets the opportunity to break the drought here. The ever-consistent mare enjoyed a super campaign last time in where she recorded five top-three finishes from her seven starts and didn’t finish worse than fifth at her other two runs. Back from a 21-week break this time, she grabbed third money when first-up in a Class 3 over 1200m on an unsuitable heavy track. She then found a good track here two starts back and beat all but Sparky Lad home over 1300m. Last start, it was a similar story where only Spending My Time beat her home at Doomben in the 1350m event. The four-year-old mare jumps from gate seven here which is the best gate she has drawn this preparation. Steph Thornton jumps aboard for the first time and her 2kg claim will be an advantage. In an open affair, she is fourth-up and fitter than ever and will be storming home again. This could be her day.

Odds correct as at 6:45AM (AEST) on 15/08/2019

Previous Tips:

July 27

Race 3 - 12:58PM NEVER FORGOTTEN Fillies and Mares Class 6 Plate (1200 METRES)
At her peak after five runs this time in, TARDIS looks ideally placed here. After winning a BM75 third-up at the Gold Coast on a heavy 8, she franked that form by making it two in a row at the Sunshine Coast in similar company. Last start, she covered more ground than Bourke and Wills. Trapped three-wide to the turn, she then tracked even wider and hitting the line hard, she still managed third prize, beaten less than half a length behind Tisani Magic in the Provincial Sprint Final (1200m) at the Sunshine Coast. Nicely drawn in gate four here, the Nicconi mare maps to be sitting right behind the early speed and with a trouble-free run home, she looks the testing material in this.
Result (3rd - $1.30 to Place)

Race 6 - 2:52PM THE BRISBANE BULLETS ALLEY-OOP CLUB QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1840 METRES)
John O’Shea has brought his colt SAVING north for a tilt at this and on his current form he can get the cash here. Nicely-bred, by Savabeel out of a Pins mare, the colt was a winner at Hawkesbury two starts back, putting almost two lengths on the Class 2 field over 1600m. Then last start, he beat home all but The Iron Maiden in a BM64 over 1900m, conceding 4kgs to the winner on the day. That form stands well here against his own age and he does drop 3kgs on that last run. Drawn the fence here, he looks the one they have to beat.
Result (unplaced)

Race 8 - 4:12PM JOBCOACH Colts, Geldings and Entires Class 6 Plate (1200 METRES)
After contesting Listed and Group 3 races at his past four starts, FREDDIE FOX TROT drops sharply in grade here and he looks up to this challenge. First-up from a five-month spell, he finished a close-up third behind Tyzone in the Listed Goldmarket Hcp (1200m) at the Gold Coast. His last start was just as impressive, finishing third again, this time in the Listed Ramornie Hcp (1200m) at Grafton, beaten less than half a length by Havasay. That is solid form coming into this event. He maps well here, sitting just behind the pace. A five-time winner at the trip, he will be there at the finish.
Result (1st - $4.80)

July 20

Race 2 - 12:18PM FUNCTIONS @TATTERSALL'S QTIS Two-Years-Old Handicap (1500 METRES)
The Toby Edmonds-trained ENSENADA has shown a lot of promise at his only two starts to date. On debut, he ploughed through a heavy 10 at the Gold Coast and finished best to beat home the small field of four that day. That was a Class 1 over 1100m (by-passing maiden class). Then last start, Edmonds stepped him up to 1400m in similar company and he was again impressive in beating home all but Mishani Romance, putting five lengths between himself and third placegetter Biggie in the run to the line. He continued to chase home the winner which indicates he should have no trouble running out the 1500m here, he just needs a touch of luck from the wide draw. 
Result (unplaced)

Already proven at the trip, AZURO looks a solid chance to take out this year’s QLD Cup. Two starts back, he wasn’t disgraced when finishing sixth (of 18) at Flemington in the Listed Andrew Ramsden over 2800m. He carried 58.5kgs that day and covered more ground than Bourke & Wills. Last start, he headed to Sydney, lining up in the Stayer’s Cup and enjoying a much better run, Glyn Schofield drove him to victory in the two-mile event on a heavy 9 that day. He drops in weight again and will carry just 54kgs here which is a 6kg advantage on topweight Yogi. This should be the telling difference in the end.
Result (1st - $3)

Three starts into this preparation, the Tony Gollan-trained SILVERA has come back with all guns blazing. Second-up, he spotted the leaders 10 lengths at one stage in a BM80 over the mile, only to finish like a train and beat all but Queen Of Kingston home (beaten a neck). Then last start, the High Chaparral gelding went one better and took out the Rockhampton Cup (1600m), beating home smart gallopers Savwell and Cool Chap comfortably in the end. Drawn to do no work early, Jim Byrne should enjoy a cosy run, mid-field on the fence and with a touch of luck, find clean air on the turn and go on with it from there. A three-time at the mile, he looks the benchmark here.
Result (1st - $2.60)

Race 9 - 4:43PM TRIPLE M'S GREG MARTIN QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1600 METRES)
Desleigh Forster’s three-year-old, RED CHASE looks ideally placed here to give this a real shake. Nicely bred, by Red Element out of an Al Maher mare, the gelding has hit the ground running since resuming from a 16-week spell. First-up he finished an unlucky second behind Paper Trade in a Class 3 over 1110m at Doomben, after protesting unsuccessfully. (A replay shows he had a strong case). Second-up, he made up for that, winning a BM65 over 1200m on this track. Then last start, bad luck returned when he suffered a lacerated fetlock but still managed to finish second behind Churning, beaten a head on the line. His performances this time in suggest he will get the 1600m and drawn ideally on gate two, he should enjoy a sit behind the pace and be doing his best work in the run home. 
Result (2nd  $2.30 to Place)

June 22

A solid test for the two-year-olds in a Listed event and the Godolphin camp have KORDIA engaged here who looks extremely well-placed and should prove hard to beat. Finishing second on debut at Canterbury, he followed that up with a close win at the same track two weeks later. He hasn’t raced since but did finish third in a trial at Rosehill on June 7, prior to making the journey north. It appears a race in three on paper, but from the one alley here, I can see Blake Shinn dropping in behind the pace for a nice trail, and then taking over in the run home.
Result (1st - $3.40)

Race 5 - 1:35PM STAV, ABBY AND MATT Class 6 Plate (1400 METRES)
Drawn badly but weighted to win, SWEET DEAL can get away with this if ridden patiently enough. Yet to win a race this year, the Casino Prince mare showed enough improvement last start to suggest she is right in the mix here. She was a long way back last start in the Group Two Dane Ripper Stakes but did run home well to grab fifth prize, beaten less than 1.5 lengths. Jason Collett will be aboard for the sixth time after riding the four-year-old to four top-three finishes from five rides so he will be out to break the duck here. 
Result (4th)

Race 7 - 2:55PM G.H. MUMM OPEN (1820 METRES)
The Tony McEvoy-trained VINLAND has won two of his past four and looks well-placed to make it three from five here. Four starts back, he saluted in a tight finish at Morphettville in BM70 company over 1400m. After two more runs in Adelaide, he arrived in Brisbane and lined up in the Listed Wayne Wilson Plate on this track where he finished to well for them, beating home Duca Valentinios, whom he meets 2kgs better here. The step up in distance should suit as the Sebring gelding is a back-marker and will be doing his work late.
Result (unplaced)

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