FUTURE EVENT - The majority of these are unproven at the journey yet this Dream Ahead gelding trained by John Zielke has won twice with both wins at this track. He's coming off a win at Murwillumbah and whilst deep into his campaign is fit. Like most of the sire’s stock he is as tough as teak, thrives on racing and likes nothing better than to roll along and make them chase him down. For that piloting role there are none better than Tegan Harrison and on his home track Future Event will prove hard to pass.
FIT FOR PURPOSE - Liam Birchley has got his training license back at least temporarily and can get a welcome result with Fit For Purpose in this class six over 1400m. Fit For Purpose has shown promise during his career with four wins and three placings from 12 starts with the trainer showing sufficient faith in his ability to nominate him for the Stradbroke. He is now having his third start since a break and last outing came from a wide gate to run on for third behind Divine Unicorn and Oink in a Saturday class six here. He gets back in running but Matt McGillivray knows him well and with a positive ride from gate two Fit For Purpose should be too strong for these.
DAMN FINE - Damn Fine showed some early promise when trained by Rob Heathcote winning a race at each of his first two preparations but struggled subsequently and was moved on to Matt Dunn at Murwillumbah. He has now had three outings for the stable and showed improvement last start to place at Ipswich over 1350m in a class three where he was caught wide with nowhere to go in the middle stages of the race. He will find this 0-65 Handicap easier and from a good gate should be handy throughout. Damn Fine should now be reaching peak fitness and in this moderate company gets the chance to break through for the new stable.
ROYAL TAZ - This looks a race where the pegs runners may dominate. The leader looks to be My Ajaye off the pole with the main danger drawn right in his back. Driver of Royal Taz, Danielle McMullen should duck back to the pegs early and get the position three-back. In races like this there are two scenarios, no moves and the leader stacks them up resulting in a fast last half and the outside horses find it very hard to get into the race, or attacks come and the field breaks up at the top of the triangle. Either way, at huge odds Royal Taz look s a great place bet.
BIG BEAT - There doesn’t appear to be a stack of speed off the front line, Fui Fui can hold the lead if he wants and from there, Big Beat should get the perfect run over the longer trip. Forget he ever went around last start when he was badly held-up behind the states best three-year-old, he showed a good turn-of-foot here previously winning over this trip. If the leader can get him to the sprint lane and he is still in that position to strik and will be too fast up the lane.