Best Bet | Race 9 #10 Never No More

Absolutely love the booking of Nash Rawiller on this horse. Nash has a good affiliation with the stable and looks the perfect strong rider for Never No More. He has been running enormous races but has found trouble being first past the post, mostly due to his racing pattern. I’m tipping Nash can get the timing right and the tongue tie comes off which is another big positive.

Next Best | Race 1 #6 Shamaton

Ticks a lot of boxes here and importantly is in a race with plenty of speed on at a track which suits. He’s two from three here at Eagle Farm and the booking of Jamie Kah looks a plus. She is a great rider of backmarkers when the speed is on, and tipping she’ll get it right again here. Shamaton is fourth-up and absolutely ready to fire after three solid runs this prep. At his last run, jockey Jim Byrne lost the whip at an important stage, which arguably was the difference between winning and losing. Kah will get it right here.

Best Each Way | Race 5 #12 Count Da Beans

There’s a sense of timing about this 2yo prepared by shrewd trainer Michael Costa. He was backed off the map on debut at Grafton and bolted in, basically untouched in the run to the line. He gave the impression of an extremely talented horse, producing solid figures on the day despite being barely let off the bridle. The stable nominated for last week’s Ken Russell on the home track of the Gold Coast but instead elected to contest this very even event. The gate looks a touch tricky on paper, but Mallyon can push the button early and sit outside the lead or just behind the speed.