Gibbo’s Tips2019-11-14T09:01:16+10:00

Gibbo’s Tips

Blair “Gibbo” Gibson – Qld’s favourite tipster teams up with Aquis Park. Gibbo will provide weekly reviews, sectionals and tips along with regular trial reviews for the GCTC. It pays to follow Gibbo at his home track – Aquis Park #Gibbostips”


Aquis Beaudesert Thursday 14 November 2019

*Tricky sort of day and expected to be very hot. Rail in True position and I’d expect the leaders to be able to run a bit of time so might be hard to catch.

*Reluctant to bet after unbelievably short odds offered for all 3 tips, but some for you to follow if interested.

Race 1 No.2 – HONOVI

Sticky sort of gate but has early speed, expecting them to be positive and lead out of the straight the first time. Once they are there Cormack can let one slip around or try to dictate from the front. HEATHROW looks the main danger but should be spotting HONOVI a decent start. Not taking any silly odds but could bet if $2.50+ was offered.

Race 2 No.1 – SPURIOUS

Missed the start hopelessly fresh before hitting the line very well in a decent maiden. Has been beaten a head in a metropolitan Saturday race and that form is outstanding for a race like this. Feel CRAIGLEA LIZZY will cross from the wide gate, SPURIOUS should be able to box seat and the leader will be the hardest to beat. Again I’d be wanting around $3+ to bet.


Another very even sort of race, just feel this horse can use the good gate to find a spot in the first few pairs. Although well held last start I really like the race (Dwarf won, Flatter 2nd). Was good through the line and this is simply an easier race. Like the fact Chau stays on too, would be chasing $6+.

Saturday 9 November 2019.

*A good week for the trial and blackbook horses to follow last week, unfortunately one of them actually beat our tip!

Race 1 No.9 – MALEEKA MISS

Trialed well leading into the debut run. Found one better on that occasion but the effort was good and should be better for the run. In a good stable and hard to beat here.

Race 4 No.8 – GALWAY GIRL

Beaten a long way into 2nd last start but the winner has won well again since. ALDERMAN is the horse who will lead and who she will have to run down. The gate can help here. Every chance of landing in the first few pairs and the blinkers first time are what I’m banking on turning her into a winner.


Even sort of race, just feel she is ready to win. Gate’s a little sticky so she’ll need a good steer early from Day. They let the leader walk last start which was against her, even though she was very good through the line. Looks easiest race she has contested for a while and hoping they get her back in the winners stall.

Horses running that we have blackbooked or who made the sectionals report:

THE DARK- (Race 4)


2 November 2019

Another good weekend last weekend with 2/3 best bets and both blackbook runners winning. Be sure to share this racing page with racing mates, the more the merrier


Joins the Edmonds camp off some decent form in Victoria. Has had two trials here, both very quiet trials and hasn’t been let go yet. They have found the perfect race to kick off in. I’d say they bounce on the bunny and hold the front. PAY WITH CASH might be the quinella horse.


Not as confident here but this is a good race for this horse if fit enough. That’s my query, does he just need this run to bring him on. He ran well in better races last prep and just got back too far on a couple of occasions. They should be able to land in front of a couple here and if they have to ride patient that’s fine as he does have a good sprint. Yet to win on Good ground so any rain would be a bonus.


Also accepted Brisbane but hoping they run here. Comes out of better races than this in town and the drop in grade is what she’s after. From the wide gate they could roll forward and likely to land outside leader. Looks well placed if they choose to run here.

BLACKBOOK/SECTIONALS horses we have mentioned that run today:

Race 5: CHARWAY (Sectionals)  +  SIMPLY SACRED (trials section)

Race 3: PAY WISH CASH (blackbook 2 runs back)

26 October 2019

Rail Position: +1.5 metres 1000m-400m; True remainder

Very tricky days racing, fine weather predicted and an eight race program. A very even card but there should be some decent value throughout the day and we will do our best to find it.

Race 2 No.4 – OWN SWEET WAY

Looks a very slow run race, OWN SWEET WAY and IVY’S COURT look the main players. IVY’S COURT comes out of the better races but I like OWN SWEET WAY getting out to the 1800m of this race. Good jock on top in Ryan Plumb, just needs to be aggressive early and make sure he is leading, they will slow it down mid-race and this horse is far better when leading. This is a happy hunting ground for trainer Natalie McCall with 6 of her last 12 Gold Coast starters getting the cash.


This horse made our blackbook a few weeks back after running the best last 400 and 200m of the day. Has run since and I didn’t like the ride on that occasion or the fact it was 1350m. Back to 1200m suits and should be able to roll forward and find the one out, one back spot. Not brimming with confidence here but having a small play e/w if the right odds are available.

Race 6 No.6-ARGYLE SOLITARE (Roughie)

Try to find a value runner where possible so thought I’d throw her in. It’s a race of many chances and she just looks one that wants this trip to me. She’s looked gone at the 200m her last couple and then run the 2nd best last 200m in both those races. I’d have loved a gear change to get rid of the flat spot but hopefully Kilner is positive, leads or sits close and goes for home early to make a race of it. No good thing but worth throwing in quaddies etc.

Race 8 No.1-BORN BAD

We got the cash in the last race last week and feel we can do the same here. BORN BAD is in the Meagher stable and has only had the one run in QLD. Got back at Ipswich, the race did set up for him to run home and he was very good running the 2nd best last 200m of the race. WHITTINGTON WAYS and LOVE STRUCK have both been in good form, just feel BORN BAD can improve from that fresh run and with some luck in running be very hard to hold out late.

I’ll finish with just mentioning horses who have made it into our review section recently that are racing Saturday.



19 October 2019

Rail goes back to the TRUE for the first time since August 3rd. Fine weather and expecting the track to play very fair for all. It looks a very even days racing and quite a hard day to nail a few best bets.

Race 2 No.2-MAKEUP

Trained on the track, nice trial before a very good debut run at Doomben. A very slow run race there and they were set up to sprint home, but sprint home she did. She ran the 2nd best last 400m and last 200m of the meeting. She should improve from the raceday experience and just needs a bit of luck or a good ride from the sticky gate. They don’t want to be landing last in this. If she is midfield before the corner they will know she’s there late. BEAUREGARD who we tipped last time and POWERING having first start for Edmonds look the main dangers but happy enough to have MAKEUP on top.

Race 6 No.1-BANTEUX

Waller runner who has been sent north to break through again. He’s shown enough down south to say he could win one or two up here. He was a pass mark at Benchmark 64 level last start, that was at the mile 2nd up. Sure to improve off that and out to 1800m is ideal 3rd run back. His only win was 3rd up last prep over 1900m. Has to lump the big weight but Colless can probably land in the third pair here and be ready to strike when the pace goes on before the corner. With the weight I’d rather be rolling before the corner and have momentum instead of missing the boat. Feel around $3.50+ would be a fair sort of price. WILLY BE LUCKY looks the main danger but has only won 1/24 so easy to lean the way of the Waller runner.

Race 7 No.2-ELIXIR

To be honest I tried to find anyway around tipping this horse and to try and find some value. He is just in so well under the plate conditions it’s hard to go past him. The little query is the apprentice from the outside gate but I’m assuming they come out positive and sit outside leader or simply push on to find the lead and try to slow them down. Back to 1300m suits, the 2kg off suits and this is a big drop in grade from what he’s been racing well against at metropolitan level. Respecting GALWAY GIRL and CABIN FEVER who are also locals and winning hopes.

12 October 2019

RAIL: 6m 1400-1000; 9.5m 1000-400; 8m 400-W/Post; 4m Remainder

*Rail stays out, last week a few loomed very wide on the track and didn’t really finish off. Think jockeys may stay near the fence this week but with rain predicted it may well be worth watching the first few races to see where the jocks go.

With rain around and scratchings likely it’s a hard meeting to find too many, but here are a few I have found.


Don’t want to be taking anything under $2.50 if it comes to that but he’s an on speed runner who should be able to lead these or sit outside leader. I’d prefer the latter, nurse him around the corner and let him be strong through the line. Good strong win last start beating Italia Bella.


Not a good habit backing horses with this win rate, however his two wins have come in his last five starts. Forget last start in better grade, this is much easier and the runs before that can measure up. Trialed well in blinkers in a hot trial including Victorem and Fierce Impact – blinkers on today. Not going overboard here, just a slight lean to him at the weights over the topweight.


Have had time for this horse since his first start. A real improving type who I feel will win better races than this. He has a beautiful action and the big positive last start was that even though he jumped slow again, he pushed forward and raced handy. He loomed to win a good Class 1 and should strip fitter. The wide gate allows Dittman time to slide forward and find a spot. If Soxagon scratches, as I predict, this horse just needs to handle the wet track if we get the rain and he’ll win.

*Be sure to check out the reviews and sectional stars from the last couple of weeks on the ‘Gibbo’s tips’ page while you’re here*

Gibbo’s Gold Coast selections 5th October 2019.

The rail has been gradually pushed out over the last half a dozen meetings. It hasn’t affected the pattern as the track raced beautifully last week and tempo was the what determined the winners.

Rail +6m 1400-1000, +9m 1000-W/P, +4m Remainder

Weather- Fine and track should be a Good 4.

*Here is a look at what I feel could be some of the better bets on the card. The only issue we have is the fact the bookies can go up very late on Gold Coast races compared to interstate markets. There might not be this many tips each week, I just particularly like the card this week and there is the extra race with the 3yr old maiden being split into two races.

(Best Bets/Plays have ** next to them)

Race 2 No.10- SNIT BALL

Handy little race, no doubt DWARF is the horse to beat and has trialled well. Costa and Heathcote both have debutantes who will win races also. Even though SNIT BALL was $61 on debut the run was very good. Got back in a slow run race which made it impossible, still ran the 5th best L200m of the meeting. Awkward gate is the issue, I could consider a little bet (1w x3p)

Race 3 No.3-READY TO PARTY * *

Have to admit I have a share in this boy. He’s always shown plenty at home but not much has gone right the last 12 months. Just seemed for one reason or another he’s been in the paddock. Feel he is a better horse than these and that he’ll be winning better races. My only little query is the 1200m fresh off the long break so needs a good ride from Dittman and to be nursed for as long as possible.

Race 4 No.7-BEAUREGARD * *

Trained locally by Heinrich this son of Brazen Beau showed good quality in a trial before making his debut on a bottomless track. He ran 4th there and although beaten a long way the run was full of merit and the form is good (Gem Of Scotland won that race). Comes here off a long break, 1100m should be suitable fresh.  Sits on the leaders backs and should be too good.

Race 5 No.4- MISS AMBER (ew if $5+ available)

She raced well last prep but kicked this prep off with a couple of shockers. Blinkers went on and she improved sharply. Dittman can come out neutral here to find a spot in the first few pairs. Expecting her to sprint as she did last start and then try to hold off the late challenge of MISS CAVALLO who looks the main danger. Depending on prices I could even back MISS AMBER straight and cover my stake with a win bet on MISS CAVALLO.

Race 6 No.1-GREGORY * *

Yet another one I’m tipping for Dittman here! He’s never been a horse I’m that keen on, however he is in career best form this prep and looks really well placed. He won a CL4 two runs back before a good run at CL6 level. The drop back to this benchmark looks ideal and he has to be the one to beat.

Gibbo will be reviewing each weeks racing with blackbookers and sectional stars from Aquis Park racing. Be sure to check in each week for you excusive content to help you find your weekend winners!


Tuesday 05/11/2019 and Saturday 09/11/2019

JET A ONE – Wide the entire trip, also took a little riding. Deep Field colt who should be winning more races off this win.

KING’S EXPRESS – Might not have been the strongest maiden and a small field but I did like the effort of this horse . Never clear and looked to resent being in tight racing room. Good through the line and keen to see if they can find the right race next start.

FLATTER – A very nice debut. Beaten by a better one on the day but this was a run of a horse who will be winning races shortly.

ROYAL PHOENIX – Wide and took off early, looked gone at the 300m but fought on. Would like to see him settle better in races but if he finds some tempo and can park behind the leaders, he’ll be well placed.

Thought it was worth noting two rides that caught me eye over the two meetings

Carly Frater – Loved the ride on CATCH ME LATAR. We tipped it on track, as much as $34 was bet, she settled back on this horse before creeping forward from the 800m and kept going to corner in front. The horse run around a little in the straight and may have cost itself the race. Loved the ride.

Allan Chau – The ride on HOLBROOK was a peach. Pushed forward to find the front and slowed them down. Had a horse circle and cross, didn’t panic and just waited until straightening where he was able to reel the leader in and hold the others at bay.

Saturday 02/11/2019

We have to start with PAY WITH CASH. I tipped HAUTCLERE in the race but PAY WITH CASH was one of our horses to follow and this win was something else! He bungled the start and was about 10 lengths off the leader mid race. No doubt it was helped by a tearaway leader, they went way to quick and that leader got a stitch, no surprise there. HAUTCLERE sat 2nd, had every possible to hold off the winner but PAY WITH CASH was simply too good. Both his wins have now come after missing the start, maybe he just has to be ridden quietly. HAUTCLERE was beaten but he will be winning a race soon.

Another dominant winner was SIMPLY SACRED who was one of our horses to follow out of the trial reviews. She got a lovely ride and put them to the sword early in the straight to run away and win by 2.75 lengths. She also ran quick time, about 9 lengths quicker than Desert Knight in the boys division.  She will go through the grades for the Edmonds team.

*Although these three were either tipped or already horses to follow I’m more than happy to stick with them!


Saturday 26/10/2019

This week again proved how valuable the reviews can be as have had some very good results already with horses to follow and sectional stars. Last week LUANA paid $12 while both blackbook horses LOVE STRUCK and GIVEMEAMINUTE both won on Saturday.

This week was a good days racing and nice to get 2/3 with OWN SWEET WAY $4 and GIVEMEAMINUTE $2.90 winning as Best Bets.

I’m going to start with the 3yr old maiden race. Take nothing away from the winner Hail Manhattan or the other placegetters. I just feel MISS WHITTINGTON can be winning a race if they throw a senior jock on and draw a gate. She looked as though she’d run into the race but was very green in the straight. I’d love a senior to jump on and teach her a few things, Stephen Lee uses Jake Bayliss a bit and I’d love to see him ride. The horse should learn a lot from the raceday experience.

In the 900m benchmark 65 PAPER TRADE had the big weight so they opted for the 2kg claim. The gelding got further back then they’d have expected but to be honest the 900m was just too short. Did race best around 1000m last prep but 1100m-1200m more than suitable also. Will strip fitter for the run and keen to see what race the Hulbert stable picks out next.

SHOOTING LOVE simply blew them away, in a different league and it’s a win of a horse who will win more races.

Summary of horses to follow:




Saturday 19/10/2019

Hopefully punters have been checking the reviews and sectionals on this page and noticed LUANA which won Race 2 on Saturday (paid $12), was mentioned in both segments a fortnight ago. The reviews are every bit as important as the tips later in the week.

We were able to get the monkey off the back with ELIXIR winning the last race on Saturday. As much as $4.40 was bet, he touched odds on before getting out to black figures late.

I am going to focus on the first and last races of the day in the review.

Race 1: Looks a decent sort of form race and a few on debut ran very well. Solid tempo for this grade throughout and it was enough to give them all a chance. ALEXANDRA ROAD was up on that speed, was still in the firing line with 100m to go and just tired late, still a good effort and I’d like to see it ridden the same way over 1000m. ENTERTAINER was behind the speed getting a nice run, yes he was a beaten fav but there was merit to the run and sure to improve from the day at the races. THE DARK won this fair and square, probably started over the odds off a decent trial and really attacked the line to win well. SHE’S CROWNED was a 5yr old mare having her first run, she was run off her legs but got to the outside and was excellent late. Should be a few winners come out of this race.

FOLLOW: THE ENTERTAINER (in similar). ALEXANDRA ROAD (back to 1000m) and THE DARK can win again this prep.

Race 7: As much as $4.40 was bet about ELIXIR but the support come for him and GALWAY GIRL. The market had it as a two-horse race before they jumped. ELIXIR was able to get the perfect run in transit and on the corner the leader rolled off to present him with the perfect run along the fence. He sprinted quickly and it was race over at the 200m mark. He was able to win by 4.5L and he might get some confidence from that and should be able to win again soon in the right race. GALWAY GIRL is going well and she was good through the line. A similar race like this on her home track would be suitable.


Saturday 05/10/2019

Big card of racing but a strip out for our first week of selections unfortunately. Wouldn’t say there was a leader bias by any means but it did seem a lot of horses were looming and looking the winner right down the outside but they seemed to struggle the last 100m. Early in the day a few were choosing to leave the fence alone but there was no need to be doing that and as the day went on they actually stayed to the fence.

As a whole I don’t think the meeting was as strong as the week before – not a heck of a lot we can follow with a lot of confidence but still a few good runs throughout the day.

Here are the horses to follow:

HEARTS DENIED – Had every possible chance on debut by leading as he liked. He did do a lot wrong, stewards noted he hung most of the race and every chance Heathcote will tinker with gear or maybe add a senior to ride. Feel he will take massive improvement from the experience at the track and won’t be a maiden for long.

LUANA – Got back a long way in a race dominated by those up on speed. First four around the corner were the first four home. She made good ground and will be a lot better suited in a race with speed. She can be hard to catch but has a win in her this prep if things pan out.

GIVEMEAMINUTE – Lightly raced mare who might have had a few issues throughout her career. Only 2nd run back from a long break and was very good late here. Beauregard went straight past her but this mare found and was able to steal third position back.

SCILAGO – He took a while to break maiden status but is now looking at a hat trick. Got the gun run but put them away very easily. Can win a Class 2 soon.

Saturday 28/09/2019

Some of these Class 1 races at the Gold Coast have been strong recently and one of them from Saturday is the race I want to focus on in the blackbook section this week.

The market in race 7 was dominated by three-four horses. LOVE STRUCK, PAY WITH CASH and ROYAL FACTOR were all respected but STAY SMART for Costa was the best backed runner. STAY SMART pushed on to lead and looked to be travelling sweetly on the corner. Not long after straightening LOVE STRUCK and PAY WITH CASH loomed large and in the drive to the line it was LOVE STRUCK who proved too strong. The form from this race should hold up over the next month or two and I think we can make some money following it, I’s be very surprised if there aren’t multiple winners come out of it.

HORSES TO FOLLOW from the meeting:

PAY WITH CASH Not sure why he’s accepted and scratched in a couple of races he’d have won recently but the effort here was good. Jumped well for the first time and given every opportunity off the back of a good Dittman ride. He’s got a nice action and sure to win a couple of races this prep.

STAY SMART– A few punters might have been a bit upset with him being rolled as fav but as mentioned this was a hot class 1. He’s in a good stable and likely to be better for the first run with the new stable.

LOVE STRUCK– He’d been competitive in decent metropolitan races so no surprise to see him win here. The drop in grade was the key and if they just want to go through the grades he can be winning again.

ZOULOU DANCER I’ll admit she is a frustrating horse but she does have ability and is in very good form at present. Two double figure gates have ruined her chances at both her last two runs. She got a long way back but strong through the line again.


Tuesday 05/11/2019 & Saturday 09/11/2019

Just a couple from the week of racing at the Gold Coast this week for our sectional stars.

FLATTER – Loved the run of this filly on debut. Love to back horses having their 2nd career run and that’s what I’ll be doing here. Off a slow tempo she was able to run the fastest last 800-600-400-200m of the meeting. Very tidy effort at her first start and in a very astute stable who will place her to win.

LUANA – This is a horse that made the blackbook after her fresh run this prep. She has since won at double figure odds and has run enormous again here at $31. They did go fast, so she had every right to finish off, but finish off she did! She ran the fastest last 600m (34.26), 400m (23.16), 200m (11.60) splits of the race. She is in great form and 1400m around the Gold Coast is perfect.

Saturday 02/11/2019 

*Just the two that really stood out this week.

PAY WITH CASH – Highlighted in the review section on two occasions now and Saturday’s performance obviously supported in sectionals. Missed the start and was a long way off the main pack. Ran a 10.12 split between the 800m – 600m mark. That is flying and was still able to keep going and be the only horse in the race to break 12sec for the last 200m.

SIMPLY SACRED – A dominant win. She ran the best last three splits of the race. 34.52 for her last 600m (only one to break 35sec), 23.72 for her last 400m (only one to break 24sec) and last 200m in 11.88 (only one to break 12sec).

Saturday 26/10/2019

GIVEMEAMINUTE – This mare was in the blackbook and made the sectional stars section a few weeks back. She got the job done on Saturday and was again a sectional star. She led and did get it good up front with Kilner dictating to them. The impressive part was the last two splits. She ran the fastest last 400m (23.96). Also ran 11.88 last 200m and was the only horse to break 12sec in the race.

PRINCESS ARABELLA – She was very tough up on speed here. She led in a time 6.3L quicker than the avg for this class to the 600m. The winner come from last off that hot tempo. PRINCESS ARABELLA still ran the 3rd best last 400m and 200m of the race. She can be winning a similar race soon.

SHOOTING LOVE – Some sort of win this. Led at 3.9L quicker than avg but was still able to run the fastest last 400m (24.12) and last 200 (12.00) of the race. The next best last 200m of the race was 0.38 slower than this horse who’d gone at a fast tempo all race.

*Have a great week and be sure to check in for the weeks Trial report up soon*

Saturday 19/10/2019.

Just the seven race card but a few good runs throughout the day.

(Sectionals from

SHE’S CROWNED – 5yr old mare on debut. She got back in an average run race and let rip the last 200m. She ran 11.66 and that was the fastest last 200m of the day, fair effort on debut.

CHARWAY – A little surprising this, she’s a very hard horse to catch but the sectionals were very good. Worth noting, they went slow to make it a bit of a sprint home. She’s run the fastest last 800m, 600m and 400m of the day as well as the 2nd best last 200m of the day. (last 400m = 22.82 and only one to break 23sec for the meeting)

ELIXIR – Sat behind leaders on an average tempo and was able to give a very good kick to run the best last 400m and 200m of the race. 3rd best last 200m of the meeting. (23.02 and 11.84).

TOO HOT TO HOLD – Doesn’t look good on paper but went back to a long last. Was used to run best splits of the race from the 800-600 and 600-400. After doing that work she still ran the 2nd best last 200m of the race behind Elixir so the run was better than it looked.

Saturday 05/10/2019

Probably not as strong of a meeting as we have witnessed at Aquis Park over the last month. I still think there were a few hoses that have run well on the sectionals. Here are a few worth noting.

*A couple of the sectional stars back up our review/blackbookers this week.

LUANA – A long way back in a walking race up front. Clearly the fastest last 600m of the race (was one of the better races of the day). She ran 33.49 for the last 600m and was only one of two horses that broke 34 in the race.

WIRNPA – Not a lot has gone right for this bloke all prep. He was just ok out and was then used up to sit outside the leader in a fast run race. Wasn’t able to hold them off but the 11.53 was still the 4th best in the race and was strong through the line. Can find the right race soon.

SCILAGO – It was only a class 1 but this horse has turned a corner. I had him pegged as one that might promise to win a race and just kept finding one better. He’s just kept improving, the maiden win was good, the trial after that was good and this win was good enough to say he can win a class 2 shortly. Sat behind the slow tempo here so he did get the favours, he still ran the best last 400 and last 200m of the race (23.74 / 11.92)

Saturday 28/09/2019

REZABELLE – Yes it was only a 900m race but it was also just a maiden and this mare improved sharply. She is in a good stable and might be able to win again soon after running the 3rd best L400m (22.32) and 3rd best L200m (11.40) of the meeting. Only two horses in this race broke 12 sec for the L200m.

FULL NELSON He has shown plenty of ability and although he is still improving, I feel there is still a bit to go. His effort here was very good. He led at 6.3L faster than the benchmark for the class to the 600m and was still the 3rd best L200m of the race (12.26). He was beaten fair and square but can be winning a similar race soon.

ZOULOU DANCER She has been plagued by bad gates her last couple and it may well have cost her the race here. She got back in a race they went 6.6L slower than the benchmark for the class and her task was impossible from back there. She ran the 2nd fastest L400m of the race and the best L200m (11.44) to say she can be winning soon.


Trials Review – Aquis Park 11/11/2019

Really like this set of trials and I’m sure there are a handful of runners we will be able to profit from in the near future.

Trial 1 – 2yr old 1000m (1:00:34)

Decent enough time for the two year olds. ALL GOOD MILLO was able to lead, gave a kick and was a nice trial. That was on the back of trialing behind Saturday’s metrop winner Lady Banff. In saying that, THE DRINKS CART is the horse I want to follow. I liked the dam Snipzu and this colt by Unencumbered was never really asked for an effort. Loved what I witnessed.

Trial 3 – OPEN 1000m (1:00:02)

Well, they all trialed well. SNOW VALLEY and WHYPEEO were our leaders, they were clear into the straight and they went head to head down the running without any real pressure, very nice trials. REMOVAL and CRACK ME UP were just as good in behind the first two. REMOVAL is going well and this trial will just have him right next time he hits the track. CRACK ME UP was a nice return, he’s a dry / big track horse so I can’t wait to see him at Eagle Farm.

Trial 4 – OPEN 1000m (1:00:70)

Not as impressive as the trial before this but the first three over the line in this are all Class 3 horses so they should be able to all win soon if they are placed in suitable races. PHOBETOR is a very progressive type. He went through the grades nicely last prep, can race on speed and has plenty of upside. He led in the trial, was pressured a little early in the straight but responded and it was soft late. CATALINA MISS and CHURNING both pass marks and did all they were asked to do.

Trial 5 – 3yr old 1000m (1:00:32)

VANNA GIRL was the leader here, was put under pressure in the straight to kick away but was reeled in late by ALIGNMENT. I have a bit of time for the filly ALIGNMENT and she is still a Class 1 horse so I’d expect her to go through the grades this time in work and be a city horse next time in work. Liked the way she picked up late and this would have just been a little hit out to keep her up to the mark as she’s been racing well.

Trial 10 – MAIDEN 1000m (1:01:16)

Slow trial here. We have blackbooked SNAZZ ‘N’ CHARM off his last trial and again off this one. He sat 2nd, wasn’t asked for an effort and I feel he is a very good horse in the making. Happy to see where they place him.

Trial 12 – MAIDEN 1000m (1:00:38)

Decent time for the maidens and the first two over the line put a gap on the rest. KEEN POWER led easily, wasn’t asked for much in the straight and was a very nice trial. SUPERGIANT sat a few lengths off the leader, saved ground on the corner and really liked the way he got to work late to narrow the margin. Both nice trials.

Horses To Follow:


Trial review – AQUIS Park 28/10/2019

Trial 1 – 2yr Old 1000m (59.56)

Think we’ve found a smart one here for the Edmonds camp. WISDOM OF WATER showed good speed, led as he liked, Fradd was trying to slow him down 100m out and he couldn’t stop him. He won by 7L but it could have been 15L if he wanted. Time was good and although the siblings haven’t been great horses this guy looks handy.

Trial 2 – 3yr Old 1000m (59.60)

Another good trial early in the day and a decent time. DEVINE FACTOR was disappointing last prep and just wasn’t the horse we know. She bounced out to lead here, BARODA moved up before the corner and they quickly put a gap on the rest of them. Both trials were very good, not a lot between them and will be nice to see them step out soon.

Trial 3 – 3yr Old 1000m (1.00.00)

Another very strong trial. Not many of these were asked for too much of an effort but still trialed well. SUKWHINDER led the entire and looked good doing so. BATTLE STRIKE is a promising type who went to the line untouched. ZIGALLENE is a filly who can go through the grades this prep, keen to see her get to 1400m – 1600m this time in as she was good through the line.

Trial 7 – 3yr Old 1000m (58.85)

Fast trial here thanks mostly to GEMELLI who didn’t really settle and went hard to lead by a big space mid trial. CHURNING had a soft sort of trial and was good through the line to run third. SNOW VALLEY was the eye-catcher for mine and she’s a filly I’ve always had a lot of time for. She’s not big but this is a good time of year for her to return and she’ll be winning races.

Trial 8 – Class 2 1000 (59.60)

Most of these in this trial are good enough to be winning a Class 2 this prep. USMANOV is mush better than Class 2 grade and he was a dominant winner without being asked for an effort. MULWALA CANAL, BUCEPHALUS, PAY WITH CASH, HEZA GOOD BOY and THE KINGDOM all pass marks.

Trial 13 – Maiden 1000m (1.00.34)

Only a small field and a maiden trial but SNAZZ’N’CHARM is far better than maiden grade. Only a narrow victory in this trail where Byrne never asked for an effort. He’ll go through the grades and will end up a Listed/group type horse in my opinion.








TRIALS REVIEW- AQUIS Beaudesert 15/10/2019.

TRIAL 1: OPEN 1050m (1:02:89)

As expected KEEN ARRAY was able to win the trial. He jumped to the front and when given a little squeeze at the top of the straight held the margin to COMIC STORY in 2nd who also trialed well. KEEN ARRAY had trialed well before this and he looks ready to go to the track and be hard to beat. COMIC STORY was very good at the end of last prep, might trial again, not sure but looks to have come back well.

TRIAL 2: OPEN 1050m (1:03:59)

Bit of a speed battle up front in this heat, FANX and MISHANI HONCHO led by 4-6L midway through. TUMULTUOUS is the horse with the best record and you had to like the way he let down in the straight to win the trial. He is a 2000m+ horse when he’s up and about but was very impressive here.

TRIAL 4: TWO YR OLD 1050m (1:04:44)

Most trialed well here. They only went slow and was a bit of a sprint home. HANCORA FIELD led and wasn’t pushed out at all to run 2nd. The Edmonds trained PERNELL cruised past late but wasn’t really asked for an effort either. TESTABELLO for the Dunn camp was eased early, saved ground on the corner and a pass mark to run 3rd. Hard to get a real guide off this tempo and would like to see them step out again.

TRIAL 5: THREE YR OLD 1050m (1:05:03)

The Edmonds three ran 1,2,3 in this. SALINA was given a decent trial she ran along in front and was pushed out to win. Still liked the trial and she’s a Redoute’s Choice filly who might be able to go through the grades up here in the new stable. FALLOW and BARODA probably trialed as good as the winner and wouldn’t mind seeing them again.

TRIAL 7: THREE YR OLD 1050m (1:04:25)

A couple of nice colts here again for the Edmonds camp. GLOBAL CITIZEN made good improvement from his first trial, he led here. Stablemate TACTICAL MOVE loomed alongside and they raced each other in this trial. GLOBAL CITIZEN did everything right while TACTICAL MOVE was a little green and asked for a little more. They went over the line together and both look like horses who can win early in their career.

TRIAL 8: CL2 1050m (1:03:34)

Good CL2 trial this. WILLO TITTO has joined the Costa camp, saved ground and got through under ROTHENBURG to win. Both those horses trialed well. SIMPLY SACRED might have been the best trial here, she might be a stayer but both her recent trials have been very good and might be able to sprint well fresh. USMANOV is a promising type, he was given a very soft trial late and more than a pass mark.

TRIAL 13: CL1-CL5 900m (54.27)

Handy sort of trial this. PAPER TRADE found some good form at the end of last prep, he found the front here and liked the way he held them all off. Should be able to win more races this time in work. Best trial here was BLUE COMET, he’s a still a CL3 horse and was placed out of his grades last prep (understandable as he looks handy). If Noel Doyle wants, he can find a couple of nice races to go through the grades now.

TRIAL 14: MAIDEN 900m (53.35)

All about OH FIVE GLORY in this trial. As expected she dominated the rest of these. She’s well above average and off this trial the Hulbert team will be able to find a few suitable races, likely to stick to the sprint trips this time in work I would suspect.






Gold Coast Trials – 30/09/19

*A massive 18 trials at Aquis Park today on a Good 4 surface. Fourteen trials over 1000m and four over the 900m. Here are some comments of the best trials and trailers from the morning.

TRIAL 2- 1000m. OPEN (59.35)

The second quickest of the 1000m trials and you’d expect so being the open race. KEEN ARRAY was able to hold the fence and slide up before the corner to lead. Really liked what we witnessed here. He did race well for the Edmonds stable at his first prep for them but he is 17 runs without a win. CELLARMAN was the other eye catcher but he is also a long time between wins and that’s the query.

TRIAL 5- 1000m. 3YR OLD (1.01.56)

A slow trial here but liked the way most of them went. Focusing on the first four over the line, KALLIE was the winner and COMPLIANCE the runner up. Both weren’t asked for a lot. KALLIE was just pushed out a little more to win the trial. Loved the run of INDIAN DREAMER who is yet to make a debut, he is a son of Sepoy and come from last to be the strongest through the line and could have won if pushed out. The other Edmonds runner BEFANA had a very easy time of it but again very good and keen to see if they trial again or go straight to the races.

TRIAL 10- CLASS 2 (1.00.54)

Another trial most of them went well. SIMPLY SACRED has had a stable change and now with the Edmonds. Showed a bit last prep, may have just trained off or it all just come a bit soon for her. She won the trial but thought the sneaky trial of the stablemate HAUTCLERE was every bit as good. He is an ex-Victorian who has only won the one race but placed on six other occasions and looks well placed with the new stable to work his way through the grades. ROCK DANCER was good through the line, CHINA PLATE led them up before having an easy time late and BULLET SHOT also a pass mark.

TRIAL 17- CLASS 1-6.  900m (54.55)

Easily the quickest of the 900m trials and very confident multiple winners will come out of this trial. BULLET SPEED was four wide the trip but still showed a good turn of foot and was then as good as anything through the line. He’s a Snitzel gelding who won his only race start last prep and will be going through the grades this prep. The Dunn stablemate ROTHENBURG ran 2nd here, he was another who ran well last prep and should be able to get to CL3 level through this prep. SHEZANDI AS joins the Bruce Hill stable from Victoria, she brings a record of (8:1:3:2) and she can build on that off this trial.


TESTABELLO was in the 2yr old (Trial 15). He’s a big beautiful colt but still a bit raw so I’d say we will see him at the trials again before he hits the track. Looks to have a stack of ability and keen to see where he can get to this prep.

RIDERSHILL is a Bryan and Daniel Guy 3yr old who won Trial 16. He didn’t show great speed early, was just behind the leaders on the corner and when asked he found a couple of lengths like good horses do. He may take a run or two but he’s another I’m sure can run well throughout his first racing prep.

DIVINE ELEVEN, a Redoute’s Choice colt who had a very quiet first trial at Murwillumbah in May was able to win Trial 18. The runner up ALL STYLE also trialled well, I was just taken with DIVINE ELEVEN when he let down. A nice big action and looks to cover ground really well.