Recognition Stakes Day at Gold Coast Tips, Best Bets and Race Previews – 2021

The Gold Coast hosts Queensland’s major metropolitan card this weekend, and the Recognition Stakes headlines the nine-race program.

There are nine winners to be found, and I am confident that I’ve found plenty of them in my Recognition Stakes Day Tips below.

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Coastal Tipper Hire 2YO Plate (1100m) – 1:03pm AEDT

Tip: No. 6 Lady Laguna

Lady Laguna is a duel acceptor here and in Sydney, but I think she’d be extremely difficult to beat on the Gold Coast, should Annabel Neasham make that decision.

The Overshare filly has made just the one appearance at the races so far, but she should have been more impressive on her way to victory at Eagle Farm.

She’ll only improve for that effort and can strike again.


Tattersall’s Life Members BM80 Handicap (2200m) – 1:38pm AEDT

Tip: No. 1 Youngblood

The consistent Youngblood steps out in Race 2 on Recognition Stakes Day and looms as the runner to beat again.

Youngblood recorded consecutive victories at Toowoomba and Eagle Farm in September and October, and he has only just missed in his two subsequent starts.

He has been charged with carrying topweight, but Jimmy Orman should be able to find a lovely spot in running from barrier 7.


Tattersall’s Members BM75 Handicap (1800m) – 2:13pm AEDT

Tip: No. 5 Indernile

This is one of the more open contests on Recognition Stakes Day and at publish, we’re faced with $6 the field.

Indernile doesn’t win out of turn, but he has been racing consistently since arriving in Queensland, and he rates as a genuine each-way chance again, at a price ($26 at publish).

Indernile was a good horse for the Moloney camp in Victoria earlier in his career, and he takes his place on Saturday following a credible fourth behind the likes of Kubrick and Rule The World at Doomben.


The Tattler QTIS 3YO Handicap (1300m) – 2:48pm AEDT

Tip: No. 6 Wardaddy

Wardaddy is unlucky not to have already recorded a win this prep, but he gets another chance on Recognition Stakes Day.

The Panzer Division gelding won on debut at Taree in June and was immediately put away, and he has been denied by a nose at each of Port Macquarie and Doomben since resuming.

Fitter third-up and under the conditions of this, he is my best bet on the program.


Tattersall’s Functions Class 3 Plate (1200m) – 3:28pm AEDT

Tip: No. 10 Lady Banff

A lot of the leading contenders in Race 5 are resuming from breaks, including Lady Banff, who looks the value in my opinion at around the $13 mark.

Lady Banff did mix her form a little last time, but her best performances in town would have certainly been good enough to see her win a race of this quality.

She has recorded two wins from four previous fresh attempts and we can have an each-way play at the price.


Tattersall’s Weddings Class 6 Plate (1400m) – 4:08pm AEDT

Tip: No. 6 Kubrick

Kubrick is chasing a hat-trick of wins when he steps out in Race 6 on Recognition Stakes Day, and it looks the perfect opportunity for him to pull it off.

He’s returned some bold efforts and results throughout his career, highlighted by a three-year-old prep that included a credible fifth in the Golden Rose and win in the Bondi Stakes.

He hasn’t returned to those heights, but his last two efforts, both in competitive company at Doomben have suggested that he’s back to a very good position, and I am more than happy to stick with him.


Listed Recognition Stakes (1400m) – 4:48pm AEDT

Tip: No. 2 Niccanova

This is an outstanding edition of the Recognition Stakes and there is a case to be made for several gallopers, including Niccanova.

Niccanova is unlucky not to have recorded a Group 1 victory during his impressive career, but he has picked off plenty of black type races.

He resumed for a credible fourth placing in the Keith Noud Quality at Doomben a fortnight ago, his second-up record is outstanding and the $7 about him at publish is overs, in my opinion.


Listed Eureka Stud Classic Fillies & Mares (1200m) – 5:28pm AEDT

Tip: No. 2 Kisukano

There is also a case to be made for many of the fillies and mares engaged in this Listed race, but I’m pretty keen on Kisukano at a price ($11 at publish).

Kisukano was the only horse to knock off Rothfire during his two-year-old season and interestingly, it was here on the Gold Coast.

The Bel Esprit mare obviously hasn’t hit the heights of that horse, but she has etched out a lovely career of her own, and recorded seven wins and a further six minors from her eighteen starts.

She strips fitter for a commendable effort for third over 1000m at Eagle Farm when resuming, and she is another whom we can have something on each-way.


Tattersall’s Arcade BM80 Handicap (1200m) – 6:10pm AEDT

Tip: No. 16 Salateen

Certainly not the easiest way to end a program from a betting perspective, and we’re looking at just under $6 the field at publish.

Salateen has drawn awkwardly, but she takes winning form into the contest, and she does looks capable of making it two in a row.

The I Am Invincible mare hasn’t missed placing in four starts back this time, and her two wins have been dominant.

She strikes this in peak order and just requires a bit of luck.

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