Trainers seem to take it in turns at Flamingo Park as far as having winners and after a few relatively dry weeks Bill Human could have a better day today with Queen Rachel in Race 5 possibly the pick of his runners on the day.
This Great Britain mare quickened up nicely when trying the sand just two weeks beating Meet The Logans by 1.75 lengths over 1300m.
Queen Rachel overcame a wide draw to win that race and she will need to do that again as the draw has not been kind to her, as has the fact that she picked up a five-point penalty.
Apprentice Nathan Klink is not riding today and his place on Queen Rachel will be taken by Mathew Thackeray.
Her last run was Queen Rachel’s first for Human and a lot of horses improve on their first run on this surface
The Stephanie Miller-trained Captains Wings was a well-beaten third on her debut last week but is still learning about racing and was doing her best work at the finish.
Captains Wings is sure to be smarter this time and the step up in distance to 1200m in Race 1 should suit her.
Trainer Gert Theron has his horses in good form and his improving Lady Bluff in Race 2 could break the ice.
This Philanthropist filly ran well enough when runner-up behind very easy winner Turkish Lira last week and should like the step up in distance to 1800m.
Bankers for the exotics look tough at this meeting but it may be worth taking a chance and banking Double Deluxe in the Place Accumulator in the last leg.
This Twice Over gelding is clearly at home over the course and distance and jockey Muzi Yeni knows how to get the best out of him.