RUTHLESS AGENT - Five starts back Ruthless Agent was well supported and beat the ultra-consistent Plucky Girl at the Gold Coast inflicting the mare’s only defeat in her past six starts. Since then Ruthless Agent has gone out at double figure odds in strong races at Canterbury, Kembla Grange and Muswellbrook and on each occasion has dropped out the back early and made some ground late. At his most recent outing at Gold Coast when ridden by Matt Palmer from a wide gate Ruthless Agent again got well back and was doing his best work late in a Benchmark 75 over 1200m. Ruthless Agent gets into the same class here, has been kept fresh by a four-week break and Kurt Goldman has engaged a top rider in Corey Brown. I am expecting some support and if Ruthless Agent shows his Plucky Girl form he can beat these and is currently at odds that entertain a small each-way ticket.
TIME LORD - Time Lord disappointed in the Grand Prix and wasn’t helped by biting his tongue in running but may have found the class and distance too much. At his previous start he beat the talented import Kay Kay Boy over 1600m who has since franked the form with another win. Trainer Richard Collett has put Jeff Lloyd on and this Benchmark 80 over 1666m looks a suitable race for a horse with middle distance Group form in New Zealand and a miler’s pedigree. From gate one, Time Lord can take up a handy position and might have too much class in the run home.
PARKO - Parko blitzed them at the Gold Coast in good time over 1200m and Scott Morrissey has had no hesitation in backing him up quickly. The win was no fluke as Parko had shown potential at his two earlier starts but greenness had cost him. By Smart Missile, his dam Certitude is a half-sister-to the group winner Bondeiger and herself was a smart two-year-old who won a city race on debut but had recurrent injuries during a short race career. With Ryan Wiggins staying aboard, Parko is improving, has the speed to be prominent over 1100m and should be too strong in the run home.
KAY KAY BOY - The Ben Currie stable looked like it was back in full swing at the midweek at Toowoomba and this French import Kay Kay Boy has always looked a horse that can work his way through the classes. His only Australian defeat came at the hands of Time Lord a horse with New Zealand Group form when they met in a class three at the Sunshine Coast over 1600m. Whilst Kay Kay Boy’s pedigree suggests a miler being by the sprinter Kodiac out of a German-bred Galileo mare who won her only start in a listed race over 1600m, Kay Kay Boy’s European form indicates 2000m would be his optimum trip and he franked that with a facile win in the Gatton Cup last start. The horse takes on some seasoned journeymen and a pair of promising three-year-olds in this Winter Provincial Stayers Final but with Bobby El-Issa to ride if Kay Kay Boy is what we think he is, he should deal with these with ease.
ENVY OF ALL - The Kris Lees -trained Envy for All has only won one race but has placed at seven of nine career starts and the worry is she may be becoming a professional placegetter. I tipped her last start at Sunshine Coast over 1000m but she had a bag full of excuses being slowly away and having to race wide before being baulked in the straight yet still ran on well for second behind Miss Exfactor. She meets her conqueror 4kg better, her only win was at this trip, winkers go back on to help with her greenness and with Jeff Lloyd retaining the mount Envy Of All gets a chance to make amends.