MADAME GISELLE - Madame Giselle was formerly with Anthony and Edward Cummings and whilst she has placed three times in ten starts has been unable to break through and has been moved on to Toowoomba trainer Lindsay Hatch. The trainer has opted to bring the now five-year-old mare to Rockhampton to help her find a Maiden win and has put apprentice Baylee Nothdurft on reducing the impost to 56kg. Madame Giselle is by Charge Forward out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Belle Gisele whose progeny include the top racehorse Messene and Listed winner Cordero who has won his last four straight. Whilst Madame Giselle is unlikely to replicate her relatives she can get a score on the board in this moderate maiden.
BOLD SENSATION - I always pay attention when Garnett Taylor brings an unraced one to Rockhampton and this filly by Spirit of Boom is out of a Shovhog mare with the grand-dam by Bletchingly. You don’t have to be a breeding buff to know that means speed and the dam has already thrown a useful one in the seven-time winner Bold Gypsy. Bold Sensation has had one trial at the Sunshine Coast, gets winkers and Anthony Allen has come up to ride. The market may be a guide but in a moderate two-year-old maiden from gate five over 1100m if she lives up to her pedigree, Bold Sensation could be hard to run down.
DRAYMAN - Another Garnett Taylor runner, Drayman’s two wins in his five career starts have been at this course and distance. He is resuming after a ten-week break but last won here when fresh. Anthony Allen rides and despite gate nine has the speed to go forward and on his favourite course should be hard to run down.
MR MARKOU - Mr Markou is an enigmatic performer who undoubtedly has frustrated Ben Currie greatly since his arrival from Tony McEvoy. There is no doubting he has the ability to demolish a class two field but his fractiousness brings him undone. The trainer has opted for a barrier blanket and ear muffs to keep him calm as well as a tongue-tie to prevent him getting the tongue over the bit. Skye Bogenhuber rode him last start and whilst he was beaten a long way the winner was the highly promising Spurcraft who has won again since. His previous trial was strong and if Skye can keep Mr Markou’s mind on the job he will be too good.
GREYWOL - Ben Currie has shown that he can improve these southern discards lengths when they join his stable. Greywolf was far from a slowcoach when trained by Mick Price winning at Terang in a Benchmark 64 and placing at Cranbourne and Kilmore at three of his past four starts before spelling. He gets back in running and might like longer but will have done plenty of work for his first assignment for the stable and winkers will sharpen him up. If Skye Bogenhuber can keep Greywolf in touch he will be too strong over the final stages.