FIERY EMINENCE - The former Anthony and Edward Cummings-trained Fiery Eminence is another drawn to advantage over the 1100m launching from barrier one in the McDonalds Glen Innes Maiden Plate (1100m). Fiery Eminence was placed in five of his nine runs for the Cummings stable with each of the placings coming in provincial grade. Fiery Eminence has now had two runs for Tamworth trainer Mark Mason finishing less than a length from the winner when third at Scone on October 27 before finishing a close second at Tamworth last start on the back of a 38-day break between races. Fiery Eminence should be right at his peak third-up and won’t get a better chance to win a race getting all the favours from the inside gate.
THE OUTCAST - A last start placing at Newcastle looks a strong form reference for the Paul Perry-trained The Outcast in the XXXX Gold Maiden Handicap (1400m). A three-year-old son of Dream Ballad, The Outcast appreciated getting to 1400m for the first time in his career and must be the horse to beat back to a country maiden over the same journey.
ELEGIES - Punters should ignore each of the runs away from Armidale for the Rod Hilton-trained Elegies when assessing the form for the Iron Jack Crisp Australian Lager Open Handicap 1900m. Elegies just loves the 1900m at Armidale with the four winnings coming in class 3 company on August 31, 2015 winning by two-lengths followed by a benchmark 60 win on November 21, by close to three lengths. Elegies didn’t race at Armidale during 2016 but returned to the track on January 24, 2017 to win a benchmark 69 by over three-lengths before winning an open handicap by another big space on March 4. Elegies was run down late at Armidale on November 12 when second in a benchmark 60 handicap shouldering 59kg. It is worth noting each of the five Armidale runs were proceeded by defeats totalling 24-lengths at the start prior.
ALLEZ BIEN - Allez Bien from the Bjorn Baker stable looks well placed in the JSJ Roofing F&M Benchmark 67 Handicap after having no luck at Mudgee resuming. Allez Bien settled back in the field over an unsuitable 1100m but was making good ground in the straight before running out of room over the last 100m in what was a forgive run. A Wyong winner over 1600m last preparation, Allez Bien will appreciate stepping up to 1400m second-up and looks genuine value at each-way odds in early betting with Corey Brown in the saddle.
NINES ENOUGH - The Gabrielle Englebrecht-trained Nines Enough hasn’t been seen at the races for close to a year but if the daughter of Tickets is anywhere near the form she displayed at her only start she will be winning the McGraths Hill Florist Class 2 Handicap (1100m). Nines Enough was an impressive Beaumont Newcastle maiden on Boxing Day 2016 running substantially quicker time than Your Way who won a benchmark 70 handicap on the day. Your Way went on to win three of her next four starts on metropolitan tracks. Nines Enough defeated Memes by over two-lengths with a 5-1/2 length gap to third and Memes confirmed the merit of the form going on to win five races in her next preparation including three at Randwick. Kathy O’Hara rides Nines Enough after being on the mare when third in a Rosehill trial on December 8. O’Hara is the regular rider for the Jason Coyle stable and with the stable represented by Lady Moochi in the race the fact O’Hara will be riding Nines Enough suggests the mare is primed for a first-up win.