VICTOREM - This bloke is a horse going places and I’m expecting a win here en route to Brisbane for the winter carnival. He has only raced six times and should be unbeaten winning his last five after throwing his debut race away when putting on a bucking exhibition soon after the start. In the Country Championships Final Victorem was explosive overcoming traffic issues before powering away from Don’t Give A Damn. It’s worth noting Danny Williams had aspiration of getting to the Doncaster with the runner-up and Victorem beat him hands down. He may be short but I’m loading up, after all he's a $5.50 favourite for the Stradbroke!
LEODORO - Leodoro is racing in ultra-consistent form and shapes as a good value bet. He won well at Sale three runs back beating Stellar Collision before a solid fourth to the same horse when beaten less than a length in the Hareeba Stakes at Mornington. His last run was outstanding when beaten 2¼ lengths into second place by Land Of Plenty in a Bm90 at Bendigo over 1400m and that horse was heavily backed when an unlucky third at Caulfield last Saturday. On that occasion Leodoro was forced to race deep for the entire trip before Ethan Brown took off at the 700m to get into the race. Considering the run he’d had it would have been no surprise to see him weaken out of it but the Michael Kent-trained galloper battled on right to the line. Drawn wide and will get back so hoping they are running on.
GRAFF - Hard not to have been impressed with the debut win by this son of Star Witness. He was well fancied prior to his first start and ran right up to expectations. Graff was not the best away before being crowded up and spat out the back. He travelled back towards the tail of the field, closing in behind the leaders in the straight before charging through an opening inside the 200m, recording 11.58 seconds for his last sectional, which was significantly faster than his opponents. To the eye, the way he put them away indicates he’s a smart horse and he looked good again closing off in a recent trial. He’s going places and I expect him to win again.
GAULOIS - They don’t trial much better than this son of Street Cry has leading up to his return. He’s been gelded since we last saw him, finishing second in a Listed race in the West over the summer carnival. The stable have fitted him up for the return with two trials. Firstly over 730m at Randwick when fifth and then he was fourth in an 807m trial at Warwick Farm. In the first trial he was under a throttle hold and climbing all over them, I love the way he ran through the line late and he got back and ran on without any pressure in his latest trial. From my experience, when horses trial in a similar vein, they run well and with no weight I’m expecting him to take plenty of holding out on Saturday.
KINGS OF LEON - Here’s another one that’s grabbed my attention at the trials and I love the fact he’s resuming in Brisbane where he’s likely to get the race run to suit. Been off the scene since August last year but has been to the trials three times to prepare for his return and on each occasion he’s trialled well with plenty to offer. The race he finds himself in on Saturday is significantly easier than the races King’s Of Leon has contested throughout his career. If he runs up to his form last prep and his trials indicate he will, he could blow these away.