The Brisbane Winter Carnival is now in full swing and we have free expert tips for the midweek meeting at Gold Coast this Wednesday.
There’s plenty of good racing, including the Pernod Handicap, which sees some talented sprinters line up.
Gold Coast free tips & form
Race 1. (11:50) Tab Maiden Handicap (1100m)
#1 – Netherlands – Bet Now
Punters will need to show some faith with Netherlands but he showed enough in 2017 to suggest he could make a winning return here.
The five-year-old didn’t race very well last year in two runs but he has a placing at Newcastle and Canterbury to boast as a early-season four-year-old.
Blake Shinn takes the ride from the inside draw and he should pay a nice price.
Race 2. (12:25) The Great Northern Maiden (1400m)
#9 – Lotus Leaf – Bet Now
The four-year-old has placed four times from eight starts and although winless, she has enough ability to break through here.
Her last two efforts haven’t been overly impressive but it’s good to see Jeff Lloyd stick with her and that should give punters plenty of confidence.
Drawing barrier three is ideal and carrying 55.5kg brings her right into contention.
Race 3. (13:02) McWilliams Hazy Days Maiden (1200m)
#1 – Accessory – BET NOW
Accessory has run two solid third placings to date and he comes into this with a handy trial win under his belt.
The two-year-old son of Equalette scored a two-length trial win on this track to prepare for this and he could be looking for softer track conditions.
Should get things to suit here and having race day experience is a positive.
Race 4. (13:37) Canadian Club Maiden (1200m)
#7 – Purroni – Bet Now
Drawing barrier 20 is an immediate turn off but if she gets some luck, she’s right in the thick of the action.
The two-year-old filly by Pierro finished second on debut at Ipswich when carrying each-way support and Blake Shinn rides here.
Tony Gollan-trained runners are typically well-backed but punters should get value for this runner.
Race 5. (14:12) The Hahn Ultra Crisp BM65 (900m)
#9 – Wookiee – Bet Now
Wookiee was very average when well-favoured last start, but his debut win was good enough to warrant attention.
Trainer Liam Birchley gave the three-year-old a break following that run last start and although poor in a recent trial, he wasn’t asked to do much.
He gets in nicely on the weights and he could score an upset win at odds.
Race 6. (14:47) Mountain Goat C3 Plate (1800m)
#6 – Mr Dumont – Bet Now
Mr Dumont is knocking on the door after three consecutive second placings. Those are good form guides for this and Jeff Lloyd retains the ride.
He rode the five-year-old gelding last start when running second at Ipswich and he’s a past winner on this track from three starts.
Drawing barrier 10 is a touch concerning but Lloyd will get stuck in well before the turn and come with a sustained run.
Race 7. (15:27) Pernod Handicap (1200m)
#4 – Boomwaa – Bet Now
Boomwaa is a former Victorian which showed plenty of speed early on in his career. He’s a seven-year-old now but he returned to winning form last start.
That win came on a heavy track and he should get similar conditions on Wednesday. That bodes well for this and getting an inside draw should allow him to stride freely and kick strongly.
Punters should get good odds.
Race 8. (16:07) Patron Tequila Handicap (1300m)
#5 – Cruz De Vega – Bet Now
Fresh up here after a campaign which included one win from six starts. She was a little disappointing in her other starts but her best form comes fresh.
She’s a past fresh up winner and despite not having any form on this track, she could handle the wet conditions and run well.
Dropping in class will also help her cause.