KATGULLY RED - It is worth remembering the last start placing for the Jenelle Butler-trained Katgully Red at Scone on May 11 had metropolitan status when assessing the horse for the Entrance Leagues Club Class 1 Handicap (1200m). After defeating a subsequent winner at Scone on debut, Katgully Red finished his race off well when third beaten three-quarters of a length by the Bjorn Baker-trained Connemara, which is unbeaten after two starts. Katgully Red will find plenty of opposition from the short-priced early favourite Oxford Angel however at $8.50 in early betting markets is better value than the favourite.
NOTONYA NELLY - I have been waiting for this Lawrie Mayfield-Smith filly to get onto a bigger track. At her first preparation Notonya Nelly had two starts and both occasions ran on from well back at Gold Coast and Ipswich respectively. She resumed over 1200m at Gold Coast, had some support and with Luke Rolls up took up a handy position and fought on well for second behind the dominant Captivator. She drops 1.5kg, Taylor Marshall gets on and 1400m at Sunshine Coast looks the ideal journey for this daughter of Dane Shadow. She has a good turn of foot and if ridden with cover midfield should be too strong in the run home.
CREIDNE - Toby Edmonds took over the preparation of Creidne from Brad Herne at the beginning on her last preparation, gave her two trials and then won first-up with the Pluck mare at the Gold Coast over 1200m. After failing at her next two outings she was spelled and is now resuming on the back of a similar programme having had two sharp trials. Jeff Lloyd gets on and from gate one over 1000m she should be on the speed throughout. The trainer has had success with the progeny of Pluck and whilst this one is no Plucky Girl she could be too smart for this class one field.
LANGOUSTINE - Counting on a roughie softening up the odds-on favourite early in the Clipsal Iconic Class 2 Handicap (900m). The Kris Lees-trained Rebel Cry is the $1.85 favourite and deservedly so after an impressive four-length maiden win at the track and distance resuming last start, however the daughter of Street Cry is likely to have some company on speed from the $21 shot Go Joyce Go from the Gregory McFarlane stable. Parked right behind the pair launching from barrier one will be the Godolphin filly Langoustine, a Kembla winner three runs back, she looks a solid chance of overhauling the favourite late.
KING - It would be unfair to call a horse a “speedy squib” after only four career starts but at this stage of his career it is an apt description for the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained King who chases back to back wins at the track and distance in the Panduit 2YO Handicap (900m). After showing plenty of speed winning a trial at Randwick on October 17, King was sent out favourite for the Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) on debut but compounded over the latter stages after leading. It was a similar pattern in his next two career starts in 1000m races at Gosford before finding his mark in a 900m scamper at Newcastle last start. The barrier draw (7) isn’t flash but with even luck in running it may well be a repeat of King’s last run when the son of Written Tycoon sat outside the leader before taking over at the 250m and racing away.