Last night when I was doing the ring around of the trainers for the 12 Days of Christmas quiz I doubled up by asking the horsemen about their chances for today.

This is what they came up with.

Dead set.

Please don’t hold it against me – it was all this damn hot weather’s fault!

Tony Gollan

Race 1 – Red Phantom

Will be trying hard but only a rough show.

Race 2 – Raido

Tony says this one is going well on the training track but is up in class and needs to find a little bit more. He thinks that ridden quietly it might, and gives it a rough each-way chance at odds with Jimmy Byrne aboard.

(Editor’s note – Aaaggghh! It won at $24.20 while I was snoring in the air con)

Race 5 – Plan Red/Prues Angel

Both a chance but Prue’s Angel the better winning possibility of the two. If you back it each way it will give you a great sight with Jimmy Byrne aboard.

Race 6 – Rock ‘n’ Summer

Trialed well, a good each way chance.

Race 8 – Pillara

Former top Kiwi apprentice Vanessa Johnson, a talented rider who has struggled to get a foothold in Queensland, is aboard but is unlikely to improve her winning strike rate here today.

Race 9 – Hi I’m Back

Mr Gollan gives this one a real chance from the good barrier with his promising young stable apprentice Zoe White from RockVegas aboard. Have a nibble each way.

Ben Currie

The Tornado advises that it’s a hard day at the Coast and so he’s given us 2 at Toowoomba instead.

Race 2 – The Captain’s Lady

Named after the genius Steve Smith’s missus Dani Willis, this one will be ridden by the wonder kid Baylee Northdurft who is looking to back up from his amazing 6 winners last week  – do you know he’s the first apprentice in Queensland history top achieve such a feat, yet the mainstream media have hardly mentioned his feats at all? – and ride a whole lot more to the post first.

Benjamin is confident that this will be one of them, and with each way odds are available early you’d be mad to ignore the sharp young judge.

Race 8 – Maitre De Jeu

Another winner for the wonder kid says Tornado, and only a mug would disagree with him. This one’s a bit shorter at 7-4 but there are plenty of Xmas stocking fillers to be picked up with a soft win here.

Liam Birchley

Race 3 – Awesome Mo

Has been gelded but I reckon it would need a lot more than the ultimate gear change to feature in this. Leaping Liam gives it a rough show, but I say he’s an optimist.

Race 4 – Peppi La Few

I reckon this 2-year-old colt by Pierro out of a half sister to Criterion is the best named horse running around all day, but Leaping’s not so keen on the name. Only an outside each way chance.

Race 10 – Reckless Abandon

Needs it wet but not going to see raindrops on this stinking hot summer’s day unless the heavens open up late, so keep your money in your pocket unless it starts getting drenched.

Rob Heathcoate

Robert was busy shouting his staff a night at the Brekky Creek to thank them for all their hard work throughout the year and wasn’t in a position to share his thoughts with us on his runners today.

More’s the pity too, because Femme Fireball just won the 6th at the Coast in slashing style at good odds.

Chris Munce

Race 1 – Sir Cass

Poor old Muncie must have run over a black cat during the week because two of his three runners have drawn the car park, with this horse the only one to draw a gate. Unfortunately it’s also probably the lesser chance of his three today but Christopher gives it a rough each way chance if the track’s dry.

Race 6 – Dazzling Red

Chris says this one’s a huge chance if it can overcome the wide barrier. A bit unlucky the other day at Doomben, but had two good wins before that. I personally don’t like them from wide barriers in sprints, but if you’re prepared to roll the dice about it getting over easily then you can be assured that it’s fit and firing.

Race 8 – Son of a Brut 

Another one drawn the car park. The Cup winning jock turned trainer says this one would be a real chance in the wet, but barring a freak storm it’s not going to get that today so would need everything to fall its way to come into contention.