The third of three meetings in a week at poor old over-worked Doomben. Another off carnival Doomben meeting and there has again been virtually no rain for two months and the track is rock hard. But as always with early pace all horses can win with several coming from well back to score again last week.
QUADDIES (races 6,7,8, 9)
Skinny Play: 3,6,8/6/3,7/4,5,10
Wide Play: 3,6,8,11/3,6,11,13/3,7,10/4,5,10,15
BEST BET: R1 – 1. STRATURBO
Next Best Bet: R7 – 6. LIFESAVER
Best Roughie: R5 – 5. COLOSIMO
No1 STRATURBO (BEST BET) Sydney sprinter resuming here but has had two trials and the latest was a good win at Rosehill. Has always raced well this track and last time here beaten by a star mare. Has a 3kgs claim here which brings him right into the race.
No6 ANOTER WHISKEY Recent from isn't all that flash but down in the weights here and drawn the inside barrier. Gets a chance to improve sharply.
No3 WITH A PROMISE Smart mare who is a stakes winner. Resuming here and usually better second-up but has the form to win this.
No2 HARD STRIDE Has been a while since he won but good recent second this track gives him a strong hope here. Best if it rained but no chance of that. Still a hope.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 ANOTHER WHISKEY
No6 MISS ARABELLA Has been racing very well with wins past three starts. Grinding last-start win at Ipswich indicates she is ready to get a staying trip. She has the best of weights.
No2 INGEEGOODBE Improved gelding who has won his past three starts at staying trips. Up in the weights here but has a big finish and suited in this.
No3 STANLEY Has won three times recently and then no luck last start when caught deep for most of the early part of the race. Did a good job to finish as close as he did.
No5 ROCK ON IVY Beaten in a close photo finish in a similar race to this last start. Has a 3kgs claim again and usually holds her form when well into her campaign.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 STANLEY
No8 THE AMBASSADORE Resuming here but has trialled nicely recently. Well drawn, has a top jockey and placed both first-up runs. Should prove hard to beat.
No9 SNITZEL'S JOY Injury prone galloper who has plenty of ability. Resuming here but another trial solidly recently. A win would not surprise.
No1 SUPER SUAVE Resuming but didn't do much in recent trial. But then again horses from his stable rarely trial in impressive fashion. On his day he is a smart horse and would beat these at his best.
No4 POLSKIE PRINCE This is harder than last-start country win. But has a 3kgs claim and stable never comes to Brisbane unless their horses are at least an each-way hope.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 POLSKIE PRINCE
No4 MANIAS Looks a future top line horse who has won his past three starts in most impressive fashion. Starting to rise in weight but has a good barrier and this isn't overly hard.
No14 SHIPWRECKED Didn't have much luck when just behind the placegetters here last start. Has a claim and looks well placed at the weights and this distance.
No6 LOTHARIO Honest type who broke through for an overdue win at the Gold Coast last start. This is harder but there should be plenty of pace which will suit him.
No9 GOOD JOB BRO Showed plenty of pace but well beaten in open company last start. Down in class here and has a good barrier. Fitter now and can bob up at big odds on occasions in this type of race.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 LOTHARIO
No1 MISHANI BULLITT Quality galloper who has had to hump big weights of late. Better drawn here than last start fourth in a similar race. Strong win at previous start against older horses. Hard to beat here.
No2 SNITZ Finally drew a good barrier and scored an impressive win this track last start. Has not run a bad race in any of his starts and no reason he won't be in the finish again.
No6 FREDDIE FOX TROT Has won his past two starts at the provincial tracks but both have been in solid races. Facing a big task here but stable is in form and he is promising.
No5 COLOSIMO (BEST ROUGHIE) Very good run behind some high quality three-year-olds when fourth at the Gold Coast last start. Looks to be on the improve and rates an each-way hope.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 FREDDIE FOX TROT
No8 APOLOBOOM Giant horse who failed to take the corner when second at Ballina last start but it was a good effort. Toowoomba form is very strong and this should suit at the weights.
No3 DENARIUS Has had nothing but bad luck this campaign including a solid fourth at Randwick three runs back. The day he has some luck he will win.
No9 DYLAN'S LUCK Broke through for an overdue win at Coffs Harbour last start. Rarely runs up to his name but with luck can win.
No11 IMPREGNABLE Beaten at odds on two starts back when hit his head in the barriers before the start. Since won well here and chance again.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 APOLOBOOM
No6 LIFESAVER (NEXT BEST BET) Recent form has been in Sydney where has been placed in two Highway races of late. This distance suits a lot better and looks to be very hard to beat.
No11 PLUCKY GIRL She is engaged in two races but likely to start here. Never runs a bad race but always finds one better and second again last time. Drawn to get a perfect run.
No3 SPRING TYCOON Has run second at his past two starts and looked to be going to win easily last time when run down at the Sunshine Coast. Winner is very promising so might pay to forgive this distance and track.
No13 WINDY SANDS Shock Sunshine Coast winner two starts and then a handy fourth next start. Has a 3kgs claim here and a good barrier. Don't dismiss as a winning chance.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 SPRING TYCOON
No4 PUNTA NORTE Loomed up to win last start in a similar race and just peaked to finish third. Should be at top fitness now and this isn't very strong. Hope to break winning drought.
No7 LORDAG Hit the rail in the straight when second in the Ballina Cup last start. Been a while between wins but always tries hard and will win one of these eventually.
No10 YABA DABL DOYA Won a similar race to this at big odds two starts back and then a handy fourth next start when had no luck. Again has a light weight which is a help.
No3 DREAMS APLENTY Quality horse who was run down in the final 100m in 1350m race last week. Backing up here but has definite claims again as he should lead.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 LORDAG
No10 BERGERAC Badly drawn here but is a most promising horse who is well suited at 1600m. Stormed home to win at the Sunshine Coast last start to win well. Only worry is this smaller track.
No4 JETINTOIT Winner two of past three starts and has more than a few things in his favour here. One of the better hopes.
No5 ONE GOLDEN DAY Has been racing very well at the provincials and just run down on the line at the Gold Coast last start. Good barrier draw gives him a strong hope here.
No15 WALWA Another racing well at the provincial tracks with seconds his past two starts at the Gold Coast. Has the minimum weight and an ideal draw for his racing pattern.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 ONE GOLDEN DAY