Gold Coast (Race 7):
The first ever Group 1 at Gold Coast, happens to be the final Group 1 of the racing calendar.
And what a cracking affair it is.
Neutrals and racing purists will be hoping CATKINS can claim her first Group 1 after being so close many times before and gets her chance again. Who knows how many more chances she will get so the Waller team will be leaving nothing in the tank here. She deserves a Group 1, but they don't hand out Group 1s easily and as expected, would need to earn it.
SRIKANDI was dominant last time and on that run, is naturally hard to beat but this race runs deep. LUMOSTY we've always rated very highly and is good enough to win this. DUBLIN LASS is one of our faves and has been very good to dungeon followers in recent times, however the 1400m is the test, especially given the barrier draw of 19 which surely makes this very tough.
We actually think BEST VALUE is with HAZARD at $18+, meets CATKINS slightly worse at the weights for last start victory, however the odds difference is much greater than it should be, hence happy to play.
While, BEST LONGSHOT is DIADEME who we liked last time, got way too far back (unlike Blake Shinn to do so), before rattling home from a mile back. Obviously, much harder here but the price of $81+ is overs and worth a dabble.
BEST VALUE: HAZARD @ $18+
BEST LONGSHOT: DIADEME @ $81+
<< UPDATE @ 3:39PM AEST>>
DIADEME A LATE SCRATCHING, HENCE ON TOP OF HAZARD, SUGGEST PLAYS ON:
- PEGGY JEAN @ $21+
- BOUND FOR EARTH @ $51+