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.



5-Benchmark 78 (2400m)

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.

Numbers: 4,7,9,8.

6-Benchmark 70 (1600m)

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.

Numbers: 4,2,3.10.

7- Benchmark 70 (1600m)

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.

Numbers: 5,1,3,7.

8-Benchmark 70 (1400m)

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.

Numbers: 4,2,8,5.



4-Benchmark 70 (1100m)

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.

Numbers: 9,5,2.

5-Benchmark 70 (1550m)

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.

6-Benchmark 70 (1400m)

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.

Numbers: 8,9,1.

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.

Numbers: 12,9,16,5.


(Soft 5)

6-Class 1 (1350m)

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.

Numbers: 9,6,5.

7-Benchmark 68 (1650m)

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.

Numbers: 11,1,9,13.

8-Class 3 (1350m)

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.

Numbers: 3,11,5.

9-Benchmark 68 (1200m)

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.

Numbers: 12,1,6,18.



What do you think?