Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Darren Winningham
James McDonald produced one of his best rides to win on Dubious at Doomben

Jockey James McDonald produced one of his best rides to win on Dubious before declaring the colt was ready to tackle the remaining big-name two-year-old races during the Brisbane winter carnival.

After being in a pocket in the straight, McDonald got Dubious ($2.80) into the clear and he was far too good for the dead-heaters Czarson ($5) and Strasbourg ($6) scoring by 1-1/4 lengths in the Group Two Champagne Classic (1200m).

Dubious has been in work since last year and has raced in the Magic Millions carnival, where he was second in the 2YO Classic, in January and was then 10th in Sydney’s Golden Slipper in March.

The colt was having his first start since the Slipper and both McDonald and co-trainer Ciaron Maher believe there is improvement in Dubious.

The first thing Maher did when McDonald retu ned to scale was to check with the champion jockey about whether Dubious should continue on into the rest of the winter.

“I was willing to roll the dice and run Dubious in races like the BRC Sires (over 1400m) and the JJ Atkins (over 1600m) but I wanted to check with James first,” Maher said.

“He is a big horse who likes racing. I know he has been racing for a while but we came for the winter because it is a long time between the autumn and the spring.”

McDonald said he felt Dubious had improvement in him and could race in the longer races.

“He is a beautiful colt to ride. Once we got in the clear he really accelerated,” McDonald said.

Kerrin McEvoy said his mount Strasbourg had finished well and was looking for further.

Czarson hit the lead at the 200m but was no match for Dubious in the final 100m.

The Champagne Classic has proved a good guide to the JJ Atkins Stakes in the past decade with Pressday (2010) and Sizzling (2012) completing the double while several other winners have been placed in it.

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Victorian horses banned from NSW

Racing NSW has banned horses trained in Victoria from taking part in races in the northern state for an indefinite...

Te Akau Shark suffering from post surgery complications

Star New Zealand galloper Te Akau Shark remains in an equine hospital in Sydney after undergoing eye surgery. Te Akau...

Watch: Riderless horse claims run of the week

I’ve just watched all the replays from the weekend’s racing and well, I have to say this. Probably the best...

Black Caviar’s latest foal gets a name

Black Caviar’s latest foal has already been named by connections. The son of Black Caviar by leading stallion I Am...

Multiple G1 winner onto his sixth trainer

In a move that has angered some racing fans Group One winner Humidor will again be on the move to...

Watch: Punters in uproar over upheld protest

There was quite the hue and cry out of Hawkesbury yesterday when the stewards upheld a protest. The favourite at...

Watch: First starter at $101 wins like an odds on shot

Connections of a first starter at Donald on Saturday either don’t bet or they were unaware of the ability that...

Top Sydney trainer charged after G2 winner tests positive to ice

Top Sydney trainer John O’Shea has been charged by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission after one of his horses tested...

Jockey in trouble over whip rule tweet

A tongue in cheek tweet about current whip rules has landed a Victorian jockey in trouble. Jockey Jamie Mott has...

Kiwi star suffering from rare eye condition

A rare eye condition that needs surgery will delay the return to training of two-time Group One winner Te Akau...

NZ jockey banned for life

A New Zealand jockey has been banned for life over charges relating to a conspiracy to harm another jockey during...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2020 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.