Word For Word will go around at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart

Eagle Farm Tips & Preview – Saturday 21st August

Eagle Farm will host Queensland’s major metro meeting this weekend and nine races are on the program.

As Brisbane’s biggest stables begin to ramp up their preparations for southern raids in spring, I’ve run the rule over every horse stepping out this weekend, and you can find my complete Eagle Farm tips below.

Mekka Races 26 September Class 6 Handicap (1835m) – 11:30am
No Bet

Champagne Aunty is seeking a third win in succession when she steps out in the first at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

I think she’ll get it, but the $1.50 that is available at publish is far too short for me, and I am happy to keep the cue in the rack until Race 2.

Racecourse Village BM72 Handicap (2206m) – 12:05pm
No. 1 Sciconic

The Freemans will float Sciconic to Brisbane on Saturday and I think he’ll take plenty of beating in this contest.

The Redoute’s Choice gelding ended his last prep with consecutive wins, and while he is yet to salute in three starts back this time, and he does tend to take a few to get going.

I like that he has been back to the trials since his last start miss and I am happy to give him another chance.

Mount Franklin Fillies & Mares Class 3 Plate (1200m) – 12:42pm
No. 4 Lasting Kiss

Lasting Kiss has continued to improve with each start and as the bar has been raised, and she can record another win at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

The Real Impact mare has recorded three wins and as many second placings from her six career starts so far, and she is chasing a hat-trick when she steps out this week.

Given that she has won at the grade in town previously, I’m more than happy to stick with her.

BRC Membership One Metro Win Handicap (1400m) – 1:18pm
No. 2 Rock Amore

Last-start winner Rock Amore can make it two in a row at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

The Fastnet Rock gelding needed the run when he failed to quicken and finished in the middle of the pack on the Sunshine Coast when returning from a freshen, but he couldn’t have been more impressive here last time.

I think he’ll be right back to his best this weekend and he gets some relief in the weights under Leah Kilner.

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Sky Racing Colts, Geldings & Entires Class 3 Plate (1200m) – 1:57pm
No. 6 Go Wandji

This is his sternest test to date, but Go Wandji puts an unbeaten record on the line at Eagle Farm on Saturday and we can have an each-way play at around the $9 mark.

The Wandjina gelding is three for three on the bush circuit, but it has been the manor of his wins that have been notable, and he has given his rivals windburn on every occasion.

The small field suits and with even luck, I think he can return the stable a big win.

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Country Music Weekend 10-11 September 3YO Handicap (1400m) – 2:37pm
No. 1 Release The Beans

I cannot find a reason why Release The Beans won’t be in the finish again this weekend.

The Spill The Beans gelding stripped fitter with a competitive effort for third here when fresh and he hasn’t looked back, winning each of his last two impressively.

He looks to be at peak fitness for this race, can go straight to the lead and he is my best bet on the program.

XXXX Dry BM78 Handicap (1600m) – 3:17pm
No. 4 Word For Word

This looks to be beautiful placement from Chris Waller and Word For Word will take beating third-up at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

The So You Think mare needed the run when she finished sixth here when fresh, but she charged home last time to finish second in Class 3 company and can go one better this week under Kyle Wilson-Taylor, launching from the good gate.

Venue Mode No Metro Wins Handicap (1000m) – 3:57pm
No. 11 So Clever

So Clever can return the John Moore stable another win when he steps out in the penultimate race in Brisbane on Saturday.

The Choisir gelding has recorded two wins and two second placings from his four career starts so far, and he has found form around some above-average gallopers.

He’s still learning his craft, but his class is obvious, and I am happy to have something on again this week.

Spring Carnival On Sale Now BM90 Handicap (1000m) – 4:33pm
No. 9 Le Palmier

The resuming Le Palmier has claims on winning the last at Eagle Farm.

Le Palmier absolutely flies fresh and he is yet to finish worse than second in four previous attempts at this point of his prep.

He’s had the benefit of a trial in the lead-up to his return, and he can hopefully send us home a winner.