A very even, open handicap with the pace of the race probably going to decide the result. A couple of the better chances have drawn very poorly but these races are run at a frantic pace to the first corner and luck can play a major role.
LAUTERBRUNNEN won the Rockhampton Newmarket at 1300m at his last start and does not look badly handicapped here. He has won twice at the Doomben over 1600m and from his barrier should get the run of the race just off the pace.
RULING FORCE has been very honest since coming to Queensland from West Australia. He scored a deserved win in the Rockhampton Cup last start and is another who doesn't look badly off at the weights. He does, however, have a bad barrier and will need some luck here.
LORDAG has raced well most of this campaign without any luck at all. He gets in here with a 2kgs claim, which should be a great help. Just needs a true pace so he can get to the line hard.
BEWHATYOUWANNABE has been terrible his past two runs at Eagle Farm but he is back on his favourite track here and has the rails. On the downside, he will have to carry his full weight.
AKAVOROUN has been ordinary in open stakes races and is back to an open company race here. He has won in much better company than this and any glimpse of his old form would win this. The track won't be wet but Doomben is generally softer, which will also suit him.
SELECTIONS: NO6 LAUTERBRUNNEN
, NO5 RULING FORCE, NO3 LORDAG, NO2 BEWHATYUOUWANNABE