R1: After a disappointing Golden Slipper, Barber is worth one last chance here with the combination of Bowman and Cummings. Libertad was impressive in his debut and should handle the rise in grade well, drawn perfectly. Zulfiqar is also a chance at odds, returning back to 1100m should suit here definitely worth including in exotics.
Tip – #5 Libertad – $5.70
R3: Close your eyes and pick a number in this race, extremely wide open. Gin Martini is third-up today and has won previously when third-up. Impressed in last start with a win and a bonus with Damien Lane on board. High Emocean has finished close up both runs this prep and should be in the finish. Benaud should also be around the mark with J-Mac on board.
Tip – #3 High Emocean -$11.00
R4: The James Cummings trained Sequestered is absolutely flying at the moment and should make it 3 wins from her past 3 starts here. Rise in distance should suit with J-Mac having the ride. Money has come in for Eau De Vie late after her impressive 3 length win last start at Kembla Grange.
Tip – #3 Sequestered – $2.20
R6: Plenty of talent here. Loved the look of Veight in both of his starts, if he’s midfield or closer expect him to be charging late. Cylinder is going to be hard to beat, showed why he was the favourite for the Golden Slipper despite just missing, drawn well and is the class horse. Don Corleone just keeps putting in consistent performances against quality opposition, put in exotics.
Tip – #4 Veight – $6.00
R7: The star 3-year-old Giga Kick is chasing the title of the world’s best sprinter and will should prove hard to beat. Can the champion Nature Strip win this 4 years in a row? Hard to write off such a champion. The Godolphin owned In Secret has won 3 of her past 4 races and hard to see her not in the top 3 again here.
Tip – #1 Nature Strip – $5.50
R8: Plenty of quality again here in this race. Mr Brightside should head into the race as favourite having been drawn well and fresh off a win at the All-Star Mile. Alligator Blood drops in weight and is always a chance in any race. Really like Fangirl here, with the ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira on board, her form stacks up to be a winner here.
Tip – #5 Fangirl – $8.50
Mystery Tipster – Doomben Selections
R1: 4, 3, 1
R2: 3, 6, 5
R3: 3, 4, 7
R4: 11, 7, 14
R5: 10, 7, 4
R6: 4, 8, 12
R7: 2, 11, 6
R8: 12, 6, 10
R9: 12, 9, 4
Roughie of the day
Rockhampton – R6 – #12 Hussey Empress – $81/10