WESTON - Weston has been through a stable change to Matt Dunn at Murwillumbah. He had a chequered career with Peter Robl taking eight starts to win his maiden and then struggled at two outings after resuming. Weston has been off the scene for 22 weeks but has benefited from three trials and showed improvement at his most recent when ridden by Clayton Gallagher. The 3kg claimer takes the ride and with blinkers back on the trainer would not put Weston first-up over 1400m unless a forward showing was expected. From gate five Weston should have the speed to be prominent and be hard to pass in the straight.
APOLOBOOM - Apoloboom disappointed last start on a soft track at Toowoomba but has been given a four-week break and should be much fresher for this Benchmark 75 encounter. At his previous outing in this class he was run down over 1300m by a good city class horse in Bergerac and prior to that won first up at Doomben when resuming from a bleeding attack. With Jackson Murphy’s claim he carries 59.5kg but has proven himself in this class previously. From gate six, Apoloboom should get a good run throughout and be hard to run down.
DIVINE UNICORN - A lightly-raced four-year-old from the Matt Dunn stable, Divine Unicorn has always shown promise but was given time to mature and after plenty of trials, finally made his race debut a year ago winning a maiden at Ipswich. After rumours about him going to Hong Kong failed to eventuate he had another light preparation in November winning second-up at Gold Coast before taking on a Rosehill Highway class three at which he ran fourth when favourite. Divine Unicorn resumed this time at Gold Coast in a class six over 1400m and showed plenty of tenacity for Jeff Lloyd over the final stages to hold off Oink who looked to have his measure 100m out. He will be improved by that run and being by Lope De Vega out of a Barathea mare whose only win was at 1688m should have little trouble with the step up in trip. Whilst Lloyd has chosen to ride Savwell, Divine Unicorn will lose nothing with Glyn Schofield. He will be out of trouble from gate five and should be hard to run down.
LET’S PARTY MARTY - Let’s Party Marty has been costly at his past three outings and is developing a reputation as a non-winner but he wasn’t helped last start when victim of a poor ride from a wide gate and going down narrowly to Secret Mo at Sunshine Coast. He meets his conqueror 1.5kg better for a narrow defeat and should appreciate this track and the better gate. The horse has been consistent winning twice and only missing a place once in seven starts. He deserves one more chance, Jeff Lloyd stays on and if Let’s Get Marty jumps cleanly can control proceedings and should be hard to run down over 1350m.
SIZZLING BELLE - Sizzling Belle is proven at Group level during the autumn and had no luck in her first Queensland outing last week. From the wide gate she was forced to go back and whilst Kathy O’Hara saved ground into the straight, Sizzling Belle ran into a wall of horses at the 150m mark and went to the line untested. She should have taken little harm from that, backs up quickly here and gets the benefit of a good gate. Michael Walker takes the reins and can have the Sizzling filly on the speed throughout. If she handles the seven-day backup, Sizzling Belle should be too good.