Alligator Blood will return in the Goldmarket. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

2019 Gold Edition Plate Day Tips & Preview

The Listed Gold Edition Plate is the feature event of the day at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

We’ve taken a look at all nine races on the card and offered our thoughts and betting suggestions here.  

Race 1: No Metro Wins Handicap (1000m) 12:45pm
#3 Dream Master

I think Dream Master is a good way to start the day at Eagle Farm this afternoon. The six year old has been a very consistent performer over his career and he has been impressive without winning so far this prep. If he gets a bit of luck in running from barrier 9, he is every chance.  

Race 2: Benchmark 70 Handicap (1600m) 1:19pm
#6 Last Light

I’ve found this a really difficult race to try and line up from a form perspective however this seems the right race for Last Light. She was only narrowly beaten by one at a huge price in a very similar race three weeks back at Doomben and she again draws well for this contest. She has never raced at Eagle Farm and I think the track will suit her better than Doomben. 

Race 3: Class 6 Handicap (1600m) 1:53pm
#6 Trevelyan

Trevelyan looks the obvious choice in race three this afternoon. He won a benchmark 80 first up over the 1600m and he drops in weight for what seems a race of similar class. He should get the gun run in transit from the inside draw with Ron Stewart on top and will be tough to beat.  

Race 4: Class 3 Plate (1400m) 2:32pm
#12 Jeweliana

Jeweliana was no match for Sugar Boom at listed level last time out at Doomben however the filly was doing her best work late. She will appreciate not only the step up in distance but the drop in grade and if she can overcome the tricky gate, she really looks a good thing. 

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Race 5: Quality Handicap (1800m) 3:12pm
#1 The Candy Man

The popular grey returned to a semblance of his best form when he won impressively at the Sunshine Coast two back. He did not get it all his own way at Doomben last start at Listed level behind Niccanova however he again looks well placed for this assignment. This looks an easier race than last weekend and Brad Stewart jumps on board from barrier eight. My best of the day.    

Race 6: Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m) 3:52pm
TRIFECTA #1 Alligator Blood, #2 The Odyssey, #9 Karaja

The Caulfield Guineas runner up returns to the track here and simply has too much class for these. The Odyssey is absolutely flying right now and he won a recent trial by eight lengths. He can run second. I have a fair amount of time for the filly Karaja who ran well behind Sugar Boom last weekend. Chuck her in for third. 

Race 7: The Gateway (1400m) 4:32pm
#8 Outback Barbie

I think the George Moore formline is the one to follow into this race and it’s hard to ignore just how well Outback Barbie is going this time in. She found is a little difficult to pick up the best mares over the Winter carnival however she has appreciated the step back in grade. The 1400m is a slight query for me however she will be storming home late. 

Race 8: Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1300m) 5:08pm
#7 Miss Fabulass

Miss Fabulass has been scratched from the race previous as she has drawn better for this race.  Her last start win in The Spirit Of Boom Classic was impressive as she showed her quick turn of foot to run right over her rivals. I think the top two in the weights are her biggest dangers if you are playing multiples. 

Race 9: Class 6 Handicap (1200m) 5:46pm
#9 Boomtown Lass

I’ve got a pretty high opinion of this Spirit Of Boom filly and I think she will keep progressing into open class racing after a win here. She did not disappoint with a nice win first up at Doomben and she will appreciate the step up to 1200m here. She can help us finish the day on a high!