KING TOMLOLA - The Gerald Ryan-trained King Tomlola looked impressive to the eye winning his first start for the stable at Newcastle on May 5 and the subsequent form of those that chased him home confirmed the merit of the performance. Better Than Elle who finished third went on to win a maiden at Kembla whilst the runner-up and fourth horse, Impatience and Muse finished first and second in a Kembla maiden at their next start. Originally trained by Stephen Theodore, King Tomlola was placed in three of his six starts in Victoria and South Australia before changing stables. With confirmed form emanating from his maiden win, King Tomlola looks set for back to back wins in the Clarendon Tavern CG&E Class 1 Handicap (1400m).
FUTURE EVENT - The majority of these are unproven at the journey yet this Dream Ahead gelding trained by John Zielke has won twice with both wins at this track. He's coming off a win at Murwillumbah and whilst deep into his campaign is fit. Like most of the sire’s stock he is as tough as teak, thrives on racing and likes nothing better than to roll along and make them chase him down. For that piloting role there are none better than Tegan Harrison and on his home track Future Event will prove hard to pass.
FIT FOR PURPOSE - Liam Birchley has got his training license back at least temporarily and can get a welcome result with Fit For Purpose in this class six over 1400m. Fit For Purpose has shown promise during his career with four wins and three placings from 12 starts with the trainer showing sufficient faith in his ability to nominate him for the Stradbroke. He is now having his third start since a break and last outing came from a wide gate to run on for third behind Divine Unicorn and Oink in a Saturday class six here. He gets back in running but Matt McGillivray knows him well and with a positive ride from gate two Fit For Purpose should be too strong for these.
DAMN FINE - Damn Fine showed some early promise when trained by Rob Heathcote winning a race at each of his first two preparations but struggled subsequently and was moved on to Matt Dunn at Murwillumbah. He has now had three outings for the stable and showed improvement last start to place at Ipswich over 1350m in a class three where he was caught wide with nowhere to go in the middle stages of the race. He will find this 0-65 Handicap easier and from a good gate should be handy throughout. Damn Fine should now be reaching peak fitness and in this moderate company gets the chance to break through for the new stable.
MANDALONG NICKO - Adrian Layt will ride Mandalong Nicko for Gary Nickson in the Doylo Maiden Plate (1000m) with the three-year-old son of Great Hall ready to win after finishing in the placings at his first two career starts. A debut third at Newcastle in a field of six beaten 4-1/2 lengths doesn’t look flash on paper but it is worth noting the winner Rebel Cry won by over four-lengths and came out and won again at Newcastle on May 19, so the form is better than it looks. Nickson took Mandalong Nicko to Canberra last start with the colt fighting on tenaciously after taking up the running before being run down on the line in a race that produced some of the best speed ratings for the day. It looks a case of first out first home with Mandalong Nicko having the luxury of barrier two at Wyong on Tuesday.