THE MUNCE REPORT - SAT MAR 2

Mar 01, 2019

A busy day of racing across three race meetings in south east Queensland for Munce Racing tomorrow, headlined by Grafton Cup winner FIRST CRUSH in the Sky Racing Tattersall's Members' Cup (1615m) at Doomben.

FIRST CRUSH heads into the race third-up off the back of two unplaced runs over 1200m and 1600m and is reunited with Grafton Cup winning jockey Mark Du Plessis for the first time this preparation.

Recent winners SNOOPY and HELFUCHI also line-up on the Doomben program, with SNOOPY stepping back up to the 1200m after  a last-start fifth over 1100m, while HELFUCHI steps up to 1350m coming off a last-start win over 1200m at the Sunshine Coast .

Promising two-year-old THE CARPENTER contests the 2YO Colts & Geldings Plate (1200m) second-up from a spell after an encouraging second when resuming at the Sunshine Coast a fortnight ago.

MONACO PLAYBOY steps up to the 1110m in the BenchMark 75 Hcp after an unplaced run first-up over a less suitable 1000m.


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At the Gold Coast tomorrow, GRAN DE LUKE returns to the races after a six month break in the Colts, Geldings and Entires Maiden Handicap (1200m).

The stable also has two runners at Toowoomba on Saturday night, in DAM LOVABLE and SATYRICON.

Both horses will be ridden by Munce Racing apprentice Montanna Savva, who takes her first provincial rides at the meeting.

Trainer Chris Munce previews the stable's runners below:

Doomben: Tattersall's Racing Club Saturday 02, March 2019 | View race field

Race 3 - 1:37PM IPG MARKETING SOLUTIONS THE EMERALD JEWEL PRELUDE 2-Y-O Colts & Geldings Plate (1200 METRES)
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeight
4. The Carpenter (7)Mark Du Plessis   56.5kg

TRAINER COMMENTS: "I'm very happy with the way he's trained on since his first-up effort, where he was underdone and was just beaten by a horse that was genuinely race fit on the day. With natural improvement in what looks to be a pretty tough race, I'd expect him to be more than competitive."


Race 6 - 3:32PM SKY RACING TATTERSALL'S MEMBERS' CUP (1615 METRES)
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeight
2. First Crush (5)Mark Du Plessis     59kg

TRAINER COMMENTS: "I'd like to see him finish his race off a bit better tomorrow even thought he's probably looking for further than this tomorrow as he heads towards the Toowoomba Cup. His work has been good and he's quite bright and well in himself, so there's no reason he shouldn't run a competitive race tomorrow."


Race 7 - 4:12PM STELLA ARTOIS BenchMark 75 Handicap (1110 METRES)
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeight
8. Monaco Playboy (8)Michael Murphy     57kg

TRAINER COMMENTS: "He's improved since his first-up effort and he's a lot fitter now. Even though the 1100m is well short of his best, I would like to think he'll be getting home strongly at the end of this race."


Race 8 - 4:47PM WEDDINGS AT TATTERSALL'S CLUB OPEN Handicap (1200 METRES)
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeight
2. Snoopy (5)Michael Murphy     59kg

TRAINER COMMENTS: "It looks to be a nice race for him although it is a pretty even sort of race. He should be able to roll along in a positive spot and he seems to like the 1200m, so with the allowance I'd expect him to be more than competitive in a race like this."


Race 9 - 5:27PM HIT105 No Metro Wins Handicap (1350 METRES)
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeightStatus
12. Helfuchi (15)Mark Du Plessis54kgRacing

TRAINER COMMENTS: We are getting into unchartered territory at the 1350m but I just felt while she's in this good vain of form we may as well give her a try. She's drawn wide but the 1350m is probably one barrier shoot that you can get away with it. Her work has been good, I rode her on the course proper at Eagle Farm on Tuesday and I'm very happy with her."


Toowoomba: Toowoomba Turf Club Saturday 02, March 2019 | View race field

Race 1 - 4:56PM RAY BUNCH MACHINERY Maiden Plate (1000 METRES)
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeight
8. Dam Lovable (8)Ms Montanna Savva    55.5kg

TRAINER COMMENTS: "Montanna knows her very well and has ridden her in the trials. Having the 3kg off her back with help her and her work has been good enough for a race like this so I'd expect her to be competitive and race well."


Race 5 - 7:25PM HAPPY 65TH BIRTHDAY SUTTO Class 1 Handicap (1200 METRES)
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeight
5. Satyricon (2)Ms Montanna Savva     54kg

TRAINER COMMENTS: "It looks a nice race for her and if she can get the right sort of run and race the way she did at the Gold Cost the other day, there's no doubt she'll figure in the finish. Her work has been good, she had a nice gallop on Tuesday morning and she's very fit for an event like this."


Aquis Park Gold Coast: Gold Coast Turf Club Saturday 02, March 2019 | View race field

Race 2 - 1:18PM HAIRY HANNAFORD Colts, Geldings and Entires Maiden Handicap (1200 METRES)
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeight
6. Gran De Luke (11)Scott Galloway    57.5kg

TRAINER COMMENTS: "It looks a nice race to kick him off in having had two nice trials leading into this. Although 1200m is probably a bit short of his best, I'd like to see him finish his race off strongly and be hitting the line nicely."