KANERUPT - Country-trained horse out of an unfashionable stable competing at a city meeting equals value and here’s another example of it. He was safely held in his first two runs back from a spell over 1000m then third-up stepped up to 1200m and ran a credible second in the Wagga Town Plate Prelude before coming to town last start. After being backed from $26 into $12 he had no luck, posted three wide throughout at Canterbury before attacking the line to be beaten a half-length, with a 2-1/4 length gap to third, in the same grade as this. Rises half a kilo here and steps up to what appears will be a more suitable 1400m trip and he’s drawn a soft gate this time. I concede this is a deeper race but he’s still over the odds.
EVOLO - Toby Edmonds hasn’t wasted any time in stepping Evolo up in trip. The son of All Too Hard out of the Encosta De Lago mare Asset Rain has a classic pedigree and this 2200m class one could be a step in the direction of richer three-year-old races during the winter. If he is to be up to that grade, Evolo needs to be able to put these away though does meet another equally promising three-year-old in the filly Protest. At his last start at Toowoomba he was slowly away and showed greenness in the straight but was not beaten far by Sweet Adaline over 1625m. This extra distance may suit and with a more positive ride from Jeff Lloyd should be hard to hold out.
SURPRISE BULLET - Surprise Bullet was run down by Cabierro last start in this class over 1600m but should be improved by that outing and this extra distance should suit. He meets the filly 1.5 kg better and in a race with no speed Brad Pengelly can take him forward and set the tempo to suit himself. A number of these horses are on Derby and Oaks paths and whilst Surprise Bullet doesn’t have the profile he has the pedigree being by Frankel’s half-brother Bullet Train out of an Encosta De Lago mare. This is a strong field but with a good run in transit Surprise Bullet will be hard to get past.
JETSONIC - Jetsonic can find it hard to win as his record of three victories from 20 starts attests but he rarely runs poorly and his past 13 outings have all been in Saturday city class for seven placings. His most recent provincial outing was 17 months ago when he won a class two at Ipswich. Jetsonic’s most recent outing was a good second to Yarrapower in a Saturday Benchmark 75 and Tony Gollan has clearly bought him to the Sunshine Coast to try and get a confidence boosting win. He has found a strong class three with the likes of I Am Impinge in the field but Jetsonic has been kept fresh since his last outing, is fit and the 1200m on a big track should suit. With there likely to be plenty of speed in the race, Matt McGillivray can sit off the tempo, unleash Jetsonic on straightening and he can run over the top of them.
TIME LORD - I am always wary of these unheralded Kiwi horses that arrive in Brisbane during the winter carnival. History shows that once they get a bit of Queensland winter sun on their back they can more than make their presence felt in strong company. Often their trainers like to start them off in provincial company for a soft kill and Time Lord could be an example. Trained by Richard Collett, Time Lord has only had eight career starts but has the highest official rating in the race and has placed in Group company at two of his past four starts over longer trips of 2000m and 2100m. Two starts back he was beaten narrowly in a Benchmark 75 over 1600m at Pukekohe and with 55.5kg and Michael Cahill to ride on a big track that form is good enough for this class three.