Eagle Farm Tips January 18

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Eagle Farm Tips – January 18

Race 2 – 1:24PM CANADIAN CLUB Class 3 Plate (1000 METRES)
The Tony Gollan-trained PIZONIE has looked the goods in his four starts since resuming and looks well-placed to continue the good work here. Three starts back he proved too good for them here in similar company over the same trip with Baylee Nothdurft aboard. Last start he returned to this track and wasn’t disgraced when finishing third in Class 6 company behind Rock Beat who covered the 1000m trip in a nifty 56.3, just .04 outside Azzaland’s track record. That’s impressive form as the four-year-old drops back to Class 3 company in this. Nothdurft is two from two on this Eurozone gelding and is back in the saddle here. He maps well from gate five and will be at his peak after four runs this preparation.

Race 3 – 2:02PM CASCADE BENCHMARK 80 Handicap (2200 METRES)
Promising three-year-old TORRENS lines up here with solid bloodlines to support his unbeaten record. He traces back to the mighty Galileo through his sire and Cox Plate winner Adelaide. To date, the young colt is unbeaten after three starts and could really give this a shake. Resuming from a four-month break, he put paid to a BM58 field at Murwillumbah over 1530m carrying 59kgs. Then last start, he stepped to 2012m at Port Macquarie and repeated the effort in similar company with 60.5kgs on his back. The win was impressive as he travelled mid-field from a wide draw, and was under heavy pressure before the turn, but kept finding something to get up on the line. This is harder, but he is improving as he matures and shows a liking for more ground. If he can cross and settle quickly from his wide gate, he can upset the older horses here.

Race 9 – 5:54PM MOUNT FRANKLIN BENCHMARK 90 Handicap (1200 METRES)
When in doubt, back the topweight in the last. A cliché that fits the bill here with FREDDIE FOX TROT ticking enough boxes to warrant plenty of thought. The Les Kelly-trained five-year-old finished off his last campaign in style with three top-three finishes. After finishing a close-up third in the Listed Ramornie Hcp at Grafton, he returned here and beat home a Class 6 field over 1200m. He was then nosed out by River Racer in Open company at the Gold Coast before hitting the paddock for four months. He won a trial when back in work then lined-up the Listed Falvelon Quality here over 1200m where his condition gave out in the end and he finished down the track in a quality field. He is second-up here and has won twice previously from three second-up runs. After Lead Kilner’s claim, he looks well-placed in this BM90 field with just 56.5kgs to carry. With little early speed drawn inside him, the Foxwedge gelding should manage a sit near the fence and just off the pace. Second-up and fitter, he can give us a big sight at good odds.

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