|Eagle Farm Races
|Eagle Farm Racecourse – 230 Lancaster Rd, Ascot QLD 4007
|Saturday, December 9, 2023
Racing will return to Eagle Farm this Saturday afternoon, with the $300,000 Gateway set to headline a massive 10-race card. There is no rain on the forecast, so the track is expected to stay in the Good 4 range for the whole day. The rail will be in the true position, with the opening race set to jump at 12:03pm AEST.
The Gateway Tip: Freedom Rally
Freedom Rally kicked off this preparation with a runner-up finish at the Sunshine Coast on November 18, where he ran home nicely from the back of the field. The Tony Gollan-trained galloper will return to Eagle Farm second-up as he seeks to keep his unbeaten record at his home track intact (3:3-0-0). This son of Rubick would have taken a lot of benefit out of his fresh start and should be able to settle closer to the speed, as most of the speed influences are drawn outside of him. James Orman has retained the ride, and with even luck in the straight, Freedom Rally should return to winning ways.
Race 8 –
4yo Gelding | T: Tony Gollan | J: James Orman (57kg)
Just Now Tip: Better Get Set
Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted-trained Better Get Set ran into a good one first-up in the Listed Eureka Stud Classic, finishing second behind a fit and firing Comrade Rosa. This daughter of Better Than Ready settled behind the speed and was slightly inconvenienced in the straight before moving outside to run home strong. With her closest rival in betting expected to be the sole leader, Ben Thompson should settle in the one-one position to make sure he is within range on the home turn. With a similar finishing burst to last start, Better Get Set can record another win.
Race 7 –
6yo Mare | T: Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted | J: Ben Thompson (54.5kg)
Bribie Handicap Tip: Ef Troop
Ef Troop will take on several rivals that he faced first-up in the Swiss Ace Plate over 1000m at the Sunshine Coast, where the Tony Gollan-trained gelding was ridden along from the 600m mark but still managed to run third. After jumping slowly, Damien Thornton was forced to push along the son of Spirit Of Boom to keep up with the rest of the field before making a wide run on the turn to challenge late. Thorton has retained the ride, and with a lot of speed expected in this race, Ef Troop should be able to settle off the rail just worse than midfield and let down with a strong finish to stake his claim.
Race 6 –
8yo Gelding | T: Tony Gollan | J: Damien Thornton (53.5kg)
Best Bet at Eagle Farm: Kureder
James Orman and Chris Waller will combine with Kureder in the opening race, with the four-year-old gelding staying in the same grade that he won in last start. This son of Ocean Park will step up to 2400m for the second time this preparation as he seeks a hat-trick of wins. Orman gave this up-and-coming stayer a great ride in his most recent win, settling close to the speed and keeping him out of trouble. If he can replicate that effort, Kureder should complete the treble without much worry.
Race 1 –
4yo Gelding | T: Chris Waller | J: James Orman (56.5kg)
Next Best at Eagle Farm: Go Wandji
Go Wandji returned from a 63-week spell at this track and trip on November 4, finishing second behind Nashira after running up the inside rail in the home straight. The Tom Dougall-trained sprinter is yet to miss the placings from 13 career starts, while his record at the track and trip (4:2-1-1) is far superior to any of his rivals in this. With Jake Molloy’s 3kg claim, this gelding will have to carry 60.5kg, so as an 87-rated runner in a Benchmark 80, he gets in very well at the weights. If Go Wandji gets a similar ride to last start and gets clear air in the home straight, he should go very close.
Race 9 –
6yo Gelding | T: Tom Dougall | J: Jake Molloy (a3) (63.5kg)
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Saturday, December 9, 2023