Racing returns to Doomben this Saturday for a brilliant nine race card, highlighted by the Group l Queensland Oaks (2200m). The weather is fine, the track is good (4) and the rail is out 4.5 metres for the entire circuit.
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Race 1. (11:10) The Phoenix 1630m
You can always rely on David Payne to produce a handy two year old who looks a Derby prospect and 8 Fasano (Bet Now: $8.00) firs that criteria. He debuted last Wednesday at Canterbury and I thought he was very good in defeat when third behind a couple of quality youngsters. Stable is no stranger to stepping them up in distance this time of year and this race isn’t strong depth wise.
7 Shadow Hero (Bet Now: $4.40) is a son of Pierro for Mark Newnham who was somewhat unwanted in betting when debuting over 1400m at Newcastle but I thought his run was full of merit, getting back off the pace and closing off rather nicely when second to the well performed Autocratic. Prince Fawaz ran third and he’s won since and is now the ruling JJ Atkins fav so that has to be good form.
6 Brocky (Bet Now: $26.00) is a Liam Birchley trained youngster who has had four career outings to date, getting the maiden win out of the way last time out at Ipswich over 1350m when taking off on the turn to be near the lead before putting them away and holding a safe margin to the line. 1600m off that win should be fine for him and is one of a number of winning chances.
Race 2. (11:45) Oxlade Stakes 1200m
10 California Zimbol (Bet Now: $2.20) for me. She was very confidently supported to win the Bill Carter two weeks ago off the back of an impressive debut win at Canterbury and it was a case of the barrier beating her, sitting three and four wide for the trip and just feeling the pinch at the end when fifth to Perudo, who had the suck run nearer the inside. Hopefully that run brings her on for this.
7 Longbottom (Bet Now: $10.00) interests me. Talented filly that was formerly with Brett Cavanough but is now with Kris Lees. Won her first two races, including a win at Eagle Farm, before contesting the Inglis 2YO race during the Scone Carnival when second to Spilt. Now with Kris Lees, she draws to park off a good speed and the Blinkers are on first time. Likeable.
1 Ready To Roam (Bet Now: $18.00) is a Tony Gollan trained youngster who really has had some good form around him since day one, with The Odyssey in there a couple of times along with Garibaldi. Got the maiden win out of the way last time out at the Sunny Coast. Despite not really handling the wet track, class got him home, just. He’ll love a firmer surface and is a knockout chance at odds.
Race 3. (12:20) TAB Plate (Class 6) 1200m
I think a good play here, hopefully each way, is 11 Splitter (Bet Now: $15.00) for the Gollan/J Mac combo. This mare is three weeks between runs since racing at this track/distance where J Mac was on. She was well supported that day and got into a good spot from the draw. Just couldn’t quite finish it off when fourth to Cruze, who won last weekend to frank the form. Gets gate one and the way the map reads, she should get the cold sit on Meet Mr Taylor and ambush late.
It was an ugly watch if you were on 1 Meet Mr Taylor (Bet Now: $1.65) in the Chief De Beers. Just couldn’t quite get in from the gate and was forced to sit wide throughout and that burn told late when down the track behind Isaurian. Was down to run in the Lightning but drew wide there so opts to run here in the Class 6 and with the gate plus claim for Corey Bayliss, he’s hard to beat. Just too short.
18 Taillevent (Bet Now: $41.00) isn’t far away in these kind of races and can easily win this without surprising. He comes through the Ef Troop race from three weeks ago where he didn’t really take advantage of gate one and from there was never really in the hunt but stuck on okay in defeat. He was second up there, so hoping third up, he’ll be ready to go fitness wise.
Race 4. (12:55) Moreton Cup 1200m
4 Brave Song (Bet Now: $4.20) for me. The Snowden camp love to target a race third up and this bloke is third up here after two excellent runs in NSW to start the prep, both behind Trekking in the Hall Mark and Luskin Star, with that horse running well last week in the Kingsford Smith. If this was at Eagle Farm, I’d almost declare him, but even at Doomben, still the one to beat.
1 Viridine (Bet Now: $2.50) had been teasing to win a race for a while and it finally came to fruition during the Scone Carnival when sprouting wings out wide to win most impressively in the Ortensia, beating Victorem, who didn’t have much luck in the Stradbroke. Now he has a win under the belt, his confidence should be up and he might go on with it now. Definite threat.
5 Handsome Thief (Bet Now: $51.00) is a really interesting runner. He’s had a couple of homes during his career but is now with Chris Meagher at Eagle Farm and interesting he resumes in a race of this quality. Was with Darren Weir this time last year and performed admirably, including finishing three lengths off Santa Ana Lane in the Goodwood. Resumes without a public trial but I reckon he goes in all multiples just in case.
Race 5. (13:35) Lightning Handicap 1050m
I think one of the safer options here is the Matty Dale trained 17 Sei Stella (Bet Now: $13.00) because you know what you’ll get with her. She’ll jump, land on speed and give her all. Hasn’t raced since Australia Day on the course proper here when just pipped late by Junglized. That was 1100m and I reckon further than 1000m at this level sees her out, so like her at 1000m fresh, and speaking to Dale last week, he told me the mare has had two jumpouts, been in work a couple of months and is going very well, looking for blacktype instead of running in the 78 at Randwick last week.
I’m hoping last start wasn’t a one off for 11 In Good Time (Bet Now: $7.00). She was liked by some in the Chief De Beers and although Isaurian won, you could easily make a case that In Good Time should have won, getting badly held up when building the revs. That was 1100m and I think that run confirmed that she’s a pure sprinter, so 1000/1100 looks her go. That being the case, hard to beat.
3 Badajoz (Bet Now: $10.00) should get the run of the race from the draw. James Cummings trains this gelding, who resumed in the Gold Rush at Hawkesbury and was good late when third to stablemate Intuition. Been freshened up since that resumption and did trial up quite well a couple of weeks back at Warwick Farm. Draws to park off the hot speed and have last look.
Race 6. (14:15) Spear Chief Handicap 1350m
2 Niccanova (Bet Now: $9.50) is a ripper for Steve Tregea and he looks one of the hardest to beat here. He resumed in the BRC Sprint from two weeks back at this track/distance and he was one of several unlucky runners in the race. He had just no room in the straight to let down and pretty much went around like it was a barrier trial. Excellent second up record and does love racing here.
I think up to 1350m will suit the Kevin Kemp trained 5 Mr Marbellouz (Bet Now: $5.50). He resumed in the Chief De Beers where he was ridden with cover and was okay late behind impressive Isaurian. The last couple of runs have showed that he isn’t a one trick pony in the sense he doesn’t have to lead. I think with cover here, he could well be effective and run a positive race.
11 Silvera (Bet Now: $21.00) is a really interesting runner. Former Tony McEvoy galloper having his first run for Tony Gollan. His form was somewhat mixed last prep in the Spring across South Australia/Victoria, ending the campaign with a decent midfield effort in the Ballarat Cup. 1350m is clearly short of his best, but has a great first up record and does have a touch of class when right.
Race 7. (14:55) Helen Coughlan Stakes 1200m
The trial said no, but the odds on offer and the potential lack of depth leaves me with backing 2 Pedrena (Bet Now: $14.00) each way. She’s heading towards the Tatts Tiara and that looked to be the case based on her trial at Doomben last week. Bit sluggish given it was her first public hitout this prep, but she did attack the line late and was good. Good fresh horse and does seem to be very effective when getting the sweet run off the pace and has won a couple of races, including the Glenlogan Park last year, when drawing gate one. Massive price.
Hoping 3 Multaja (Bet Now: $4.00) can sit a tad closer in the run. She just got way too far back in the Queensland Day at Doomben last time whereas the eventual winner Vega One had the suck run behind the speed and stole a winning break. Multaja did a good job to run second but was never a winning factor. Did run well against the older mares the start prior, so she can bounce back here.
I’m a big fan of 19 Snow Valley (Bet Now: $27.00). Not sure this is her race but don’t want her going around without me. Had trialled up really well for Matty Dunn prior to resuming in the Denise’s Joy during the Scone Carnival where she just got too far back in the run and was never a winning hope but did make up a significant amount of ground and was good in defeat behind Ready To Prophet. If it was 1300-1400m on a big track, would be all over her.
Race 8. (15:35) Queensland Oaks 2200m
Been a huge fan of 16 Duchess Of Lennox (Bet Now: $13.00) since she first trialled and great to see her here in the Oaks. Far from disgraced two back on the Kenso track behind the Derby fav in Nobu before racing over 2000m here two weeks ago against the older horses where she was back in the run in a race suited to those near the speed and I loved the way she found the line late. She’ll eat up 2200m and has had the look around Doomben, so she’ll be better for the experience and I think she’s worth the gamble.
What to do with 1 Princess Jenni (Bet Now: $2.60). SA Oaks winner who has the runs on the board and though that race produced the SA Derby winner in Qafila, I just question how strong that Oaks was. But, to the eye, she was impressive, helped by a peach from Olly, and she was a leading chance in the ATC Oaks before being scratched minutes before the Adrian Knox. Stable is very good on the road, she’s the class of the field and has to be respected.
Tony Pike has had a brilliant Winter Carnival so far and it could well continue the right way via 15 Our Intrigue (Bet Now: $11.00), a promising filly who gave them a galloping lesson at the Sunshine Coast midweeks under Leith Innes. Don’t think she was 100% happy on the bog track but she was in a different class to her rivals and was hardly asked to extend. Has the good NZ form next to her name and have to respect the way the stable is going at the moment.
Race 9. (16:15) PJ O'Shea Stakes 2200m
8 Shillelagh (Bet Now: $4.60) is a massive query at 2200m, but she’s got the class and I think 2200m at Doomben will be okay, just. If it was 2200m at Eagle Farm, I’d say no. I thought her Doomben Cup Unfortunately she couldn’t take advantage of the inside gate and just got too far back but loved the way she found the line behind Kenedna. If she runs to her best, hard to beat.
6 Sixties Groove (Bet Now: $4.00) does look the one with timing about him. Very good resumption in the Hawkesbury Cup before going to the Doomben Cup where he got back and was held up at times before getting clear and was very good late behind Kenedna. Has the most upside of any runner in this race, he draws a soft gate and the big tick is that Olly takes over.
Taking on the tough seasoned campaigners is no easy task but 12 Re Edit (Bet Now: $15.00) certainly wouldn’t have looked out of place in the Oaks had she got a run but unfortunately she was fifth emergency. She was one of the better runs in the Roses, working home strongly from near last to finish under two lengths away from Etana. Clearly inferior to the Doomben Cup form but the 2200m should be good for her and does get the weight pull.
Best Bets & Quaddie Tips
BEST BET: Race Race Four Number 4 Brave Song
NEXT BEST: Race One Number 8 Fasano
LONG SHOT: Race Eight Number 16 Duchess Of Lennox
Quaddie Tips (Races Six Through To Nine):
Leg One: 2, 4, 5, 6, 11
Leg Two: 2, 3, 5, 9, 19
Leg Three: 1, 3, 15, 16
Leg Four: 6, 8, 9, 12
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