Gotta love a Quaddie, but gee it’s hard to bag one.
I’m up for the challenge and will be having a crack each Wednesday and Saturday.
Here’s a look at the last four races in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Good luck if you’re having a play and my philosophy is that any percentage is good.
Best: Fanciful Toff – had total forget run in Sydney, wide throughout and was tougher grade. Winner this trip and also handles the heavy.
Meteor Light – third-up, will race on speed and heavy track winner. Poy’s 1.5kg claim is a plus.
Cernan – rock hard fit, heavy track winner honest.
Big Sur – recent form solid, downside is no heavy form.
Best: Quantum Mechanic – down in class and fought on hard in Adelaide Guineas after working early. No wet track form, but sire Deep Field has produced wet trackers.
Vivid Art – bolted in Ballarat Mdn on Heavy9 will race on speed.
Oriental Lily – outside draw is a plus as she resented being bottled away latest run and has won in heavy.
Grand De Flora – former Kiwi that blew them away in Aussie debut.
Best: Connery – third-up here and previous run this track (B78) was good. Got too far and closed off strongly. Down in grade and nicely weighted with 3kg claim.
Main Stage – two seconds this track and grade before midfield in tougher company. Had a tough run latest, another that will benefit from a claim and placed in heavy.
Taksu – led and was headed, but fought back to win this track (1500m). Super fit and also wet tracker.
Brilliant Concept – 3kg claim a plus, latest start won in heavy, just needs luck from wide gate.
Best: Hidden Legend – super consistent and ploughed through the heavy9 here to win last start. Up in grade, but really well weighted after the 3kg claim and will race in the bunny.
Hapaira – won last two and she is a mare in form. Likely to box-seat.
Sukoot – came from well back to win when resuming (heavy8). Likely to get back so if pattern suits run ons, his chances improve.
Maximak – in the money six of eight and had plenty in hand winning at Cranbourne. No heavy, but has won in soft going.
Best: Lost And Running – short but deserved after brilliant win in Scone Maiden. No wet form but won a trial in soft and he’s by Kiwi sire Per Canto and breed handle the wet.
Snowzone – drops in grade, overraced last start. In-form 3kg apprentice, L. Day goes on and expect her to let this gelding run along.
Accelerato – resumes from a spell and has trialled twice. J-Mac had plenty in hand when rode in recent Warwick Farm trial and he sticks here. Heavy track winner.
Best: Donandkim – no pass mark for the jock last start. Went back then took off on a wide run. Never a threat, but finished off well.
Reformist – Hughie jumps off, but this Waller trained three-year-old can improve. Beaten under 2lens, in this grade, last start and extra distance a positive.
Madam Legend – won two in a row and then didn’t get a lot of luck latest. Since trialled well in heavy.
Numbers: 2, 3, 8.
Best: Maggie Miss – beautifully weighted on 55.5kgs after the 3kg claim. She lumped 60.5kgs last start and went out hard, but showed a lot of fight.
Big Bad Bruce – found the mile too far latest, good alley and capable of improvement.
Convinced – resuming and ran some nice races in Saturday city grade before a spell. Had plenty in the tank in 1040m Randwick trial.
7-Benchmark 70 (1100m)
Best: Miss Spiteful – she did a good job first-up, three wide, no cover, throughout and fought on strongly behind Hulk. Fitter for the run, two alley a bonus, but no heavy form.
Private Thoughts – was big betting drifter when resumed and not knocked about. Gets blinkers for this, which could help this filly improve.
Estrado – was third to Brazen Gem last start and was going as well on the line and meets that horses 2.5kgs better. Both handle soft okay.
Best: Expert Eye – jumps from last start Maiden win this track and distance. Enjoyed the run of the race and was strong at the end and should get a cushy run again.
Musicmaker – beaten favourite last two. Went back from a wide gate and ran on okay latest. Could lead these and be hard to run down.
Spartan – did best work late, coming from last in same race as Musicmaker. Should switch on with the addition of winkers.
Best: The Black Tide – not far away this track and distance last start. Should box-seat from her rails draw.
No Doubt A Cracker – big weight, but massive drop in grade after game fifth in BM80 last start, off a wide run.
Merlin’s Magic – won then latest drifted in betting. Got a long way back, but closed off strongly, third-up now.
Rerun – took off at the 600m in Twba last start and blew them away over 1625m, Drop back in distance shouldn’t trouble.
Best: Tunero – first-up for Chris Waller and has had two 1000m trials, latest brakes not released. Has raced well in tougher company in Sydney and should be hitting the line hard.
Great Keppell – non-winner, but prolific placegetter, two wins and 13 placings from 17 starts. Goes in because the day you leave him out he’ll get up.
Prinny’s Success – was worse than midfield in the run, but finished hard to win this track and distance. No knock on winning form.
Best: Socialising – had first run for Gollan and powered home to win a Cl1 at the Sunshine Coast. Sure to be improved and good draw from a tough start.
Desert Knight – doing well this prep, followed Ipswich win with fourth, but was locked in a speed battle. Sure to be ridden quieter here.
Lotsa Spirit – honest and most recent run closed off strongly over 1000m, extra distance will suit.
Yeahnah – battled in heavy going latest and had a tough run. Won previous start and rails draw is huge.