Back to Doomben after almost a month away, apart from a midweek meeting. Unfortunately, the track cut up at that meeting meaning the best going on Saturday will be on the inside and should suit leaders. It is a usual off season Saturday meetings which means there will be upsets in big fields.
QUADDIES (races 6,7,8,9)
Skinny Play: 1,10/1,3/1,5/9,10,11
Wide Play: 1,7,9,10/1,2,3,6/1,3,4,5/5,9,10,11, 14, 15
BEST BET: R1 – 1. HOPES ETERNAL
Next Best Bet: R2 – 1. MISHANI BULLITT
Best Roughie: R8 – 3. SOMEDAY
No1 HOPES ETERNAL (BEST BET) Ran a record when won his first start at Toowoomba in a good field. Has trained on well and stable is in great form. The one to beat.
No4 SOARING HEART Bred to want further but has won a trial and the softer track should suit here at first start.
No8 MISS ESTER Trialled very well and then no luck at all at first race start at the Gold Coast. Suited here.
No2 MISHANI PHANTOM First starter who has not trialled officially but reported to have some ability. Bred for speed.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 SOARING HEART
No1 MISHANI BULLITT (NEXT BEST BET) Has been racing well but hampered by big weights last few when placed. The stable has elected to claim 3kgs here and that means he should win.
No4 ZOFONIC DANCER Unbeaten in two starts at the Sunshine Coast and gives every indication 1600m will suit very well.
No6 NIVO Has run third at her past two starts and with any luck would have won both. The 1600m suits and has a light weight. Strong each-way hope.
No2 MARSEILLE EN FLEUR Not a bad run last time at the Sunshine Coast in a similar race when third. Loves this track and if rains will be even harder to beat.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 NIVO
No8 TAKARAKKA Has been consistent of late and might have gone a bit early when fourth at the Sunshine Coast last time. This track and distance suit better.
No4 NO ANNAMOSSITY Returned to best form when too strong at the Sunshine Coast last time. Has failed a couple of times this track but this looks very suitable.
No5 PUNKENSTEIN Has been racing very well at the provincial racks with two wins and a second past three starts. This is no harder but has a tricky barrier.
No1 ANZIO Winner this track and distance three runs back and two runs since handy. Has a good barrier and a 3kgs claim here.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 ANZIO
No10 GIRL IN A MILLION Came from a wide barrier to win this track two starts back and then good effort for second at the Sunshine Coast. Ideally drawn and looks hard to beat.
No11 RISEN Handy Sydney galloper who has trialled well at Rosehill and has a bit of a wrap on him. Has won first-up.
No7 STAR STILETTO Provincial and country form good with a second at Ballina last time in a good field. Well drawn here to get run of the race.
No4 SILIQUA Gets back in his races and is always flashing home. Bad barrier won't hurt as he needs to get to the outside in the straight to run home.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 RISEN
No10 NILETTE Never runs bad race this track and winner here two starts back. Solid third at the Sunshine Coast last time. Ready to win again.
No4 VOLTAIRE LUMIERE Had no luck at all when second at Ipswich in a Saturday race last start. Never far away and should be in the finish from inside barrier.
No7 SCRABBLE Looked winner at the 200m last start at the Sunshine Coast but run over late. Better this trip and has handy form this track.
No2 JETSONIC Has run home strongly for minor placings past three starts. The pace should be on here and that will suit him. Ready to win.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 JETSONIC
No9 MUSTARRID Set a cracking pace and kept going when second at the Sunshine Coast last start. Good winner previous two starts and can win this.
No1 BRACTEATE Scored an overdue win last time at Beaudesert and is out to a distance which should now suit. Each-way hopes are strong.
No10 SNAPPER Has been around the place of late and this distance looks ideal. Looks the value runner here.
No7 KARAKABEEL Surprise winner this track three runs back and then two runs since have been handy. Ran a good third only try this distance.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 KARAKABEEL
No1 MAN OF HIS WORD Has come back well from a spell and good second first-up at the Sunshine Coast two weeks. He is the quality runner of the field and will be very hard to beat. A stakes winner at this trip.
No3 LORDAG Strong winner this track and distance two starts back and then close up when fifth at 1800m at the Sunshine Coast. Always an each-way hope.
No2 EMPHASIS Just a run first-up at the Sunshine Coast two weeks ago but always goes better second-up and loves this track and distance.
No6 MYSTIC OPAL Good effort first-up but that may have taken the edge of her as two run since have been handy but not great. But out to the right distance now and rates a hope.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 EMPHASIS
No4 SUPREME EFFORT Classy Wyong galloper who was a very strong winner at the Sunshine Coast last start. Suited here again but this is a bit tougher.
No1 HOPFGARTEN Multiple stakes winner who has had a jump out in preparation for comeback run. Usually races well fresh and has 3kgs claim here. Demands plenty of respect.
No3 SOMEDAY (BEST ROUGHIE) Very strong winner here two starts back and then the track was too hard when fourth at Ipswich last time. Back to Doomben suits.
No5 TOO GOOD TO REFUSE Stakes horse who races well fresh and has had a strong work out on the course proper in preparation for this. Watch for him late.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 SOMEDAY
No5 MISHANI SLEUTH Honest galloper who won this track two starts back before striking trouble when well beaten at Ipswich last start. Looks well placed with 3kgs claim.
No10 ARENA SALON Has been racing with a new lease of life lately with two wins and two placings past four starts. Has strong hopes again here and should be on the pace from the start.
No11 TIME TO TORQUE Caught the eye when first-up and midfield at the Sunshine Coast two weeks ago. Has good second-up form and any rain would be a boost.
No9 ZAHSPEED Trialled okay before comeback run when good second at the Sunshine Coast after being caught deep. This looks to suit even better.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 ARENA SALON