BAREFOOT TYCOON - Barefoot Tycoon has been an honest performer during his career with three wins and two placings from ten starts whilst with Shea Eden in Victoria. He has now transferred to David Fletcher and at his first Queensland start put in a solid effort from a wide gate in a class three at Ipswich over 1200m running second to Super Suave. That was his first outing for eight weeks and he should strip fitter for this 1400m engagement, a distance over which he has previously won. Barefoot Tycoon gets a 2kg claim here for Jackson Murphy and with a more positive ride can put away this moderate class three field.
BRONZED VENOM - The Dunn-trained Bronzed Venom tackles the Casino RSM Club Beef Week Cup (1400m) and is ready to win second-up returning to a dry racing surface. A winner of four races from his 15 career starts including a Highway Handicap win at Randwick third-up last preparation, Bronzed Venom is at his best on top of the ground and the career statistics back up the assertion with each of the four wins coming on dry ground. Bronzed Venom didn’t fire at the Gold Coast resuming last start striking a heavy (8) racing surface but was a significant firmer in betting ($6-$4.80) suggesting the gelding had been showing the stable something. With a good (4) track posted for racing at Casino on Friday, Bronzed Venom gets his preferred track conditions and will take a power of beating in the feature race with the first-up run under his belt.
RISPETTA - The Bellamy-trained Rispetta is another that will appreciate getting back on top of the ground after striking soft tracks at her first two runs this time in. A four-year-old daughter of Lope De Vega has won two of her 15 starts with both the wins coming on good ground with the mare’s good track record reading two wins from nine starts on top of the ground however is yet to return to the winner’s stall from six runs on soft or heavy ground. There are a couple of other statistics that suggest today is the day for Rispetta.
LADY OF CREBILLY - Phillip Stokes trained three-year-old filly that displayed plenty of promise when last in work. After producing two impressive local wins, this earnt her the right to be travelled to Melbourne, Sydney and finally up to the Gold Coast with the clear highlight being a Listed placing at Sandown. Appears to have again come back at least as well, firstly when impressing in a soft trial win before resuming a fortnight back with an outstanding second. Produced some sizzling final sectionals on that occasion after conceding leaders an impossible break early. Expect the widish draw to be a true blessing with Dom Tourneur able to keep her out of trouble and the rise to 1300m should suit her down to the ground. A good indication of my confidence about this filly’s ability is I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see this as a stepping stone for some richer spoils up in Brisbane over the coming weeks.
CHAVO - Chavo has a history of being a barrier rogue and was sent back to the trials after getting cast in the gates and being a late scratching at his most recent visit to the races. Stephen Lee was considering moving him on but he passed a recent trial at the Gold Coast and they are having another go with him in this Class 1 over 1350m. Chavo has had two outings for the Gold Coast trainer who inherited him from Jason Coyle after he lost patience with the Lope De Vega gelding's barrier antics. Both runs have been respectable the most recent a solid fourth in this company. Ryan Plumb takes the ride and he is not only a strong rider but a skilled horseman who can help Chavo though the gate experience. Prior to coming north he put in good efforts in much stronger class two company at Hawkesbury and if he gets in the gates and jumps will be hard to hold off in this field.