The first day of Doomben back to back Friday and Saturday meetings. The track has taken a pounding and with more rain about be careful. For a Friday there are some strong races and plenty of value for us.
QUADDIES (races 4,5,6,7)
Skinny Play: 2/10,11/9/3,5,10
Wide Play: 1,2,5,7/4,5,10,11/2,7,9,13/3,5,10,11.
BEST BET: R6 – 9. I AM IMPINGE
Next Best Bet: R4 – 2. DARKTOWN STRUTTER
Best Roughie: R5 – 10. CLASSY RUBY
No2 CORNFORTH We have just about given up on him as he has run 10 minor placings and a fourth from 11 starts. Surely he will win one day and we have to give him one more start - only one we promise.
No3 DOOM Two race starts have been good and only has to overcome a tricky barrier to be in the finish here.
No1 BISMARC First starter from a top stable but has had five trials in Victoria winning three of them. Barrier is no help at all but has to be respected.
No9 MR DUMONT Has trialled okay for comeback here and his best run last campaign was a second first-up this track.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 MR DUMONT
No7 METIS Has a big wrap on her after two very impressive trial wins. Has a poor barrier but might be too good for these on her trial form.
No8 ALANA'S PARTY Another who has trialled very well with the latest a win in a Gold Coast trial. Has a handy barrier and rates highly.
No11 PLAY THING Form before a spell included a second here behind a smart horse. Has won a Sunshine Coast trial and is well drawn.
No2 AMERICAN LOVE First starter but well drawn and we did like her recent third in a Doomben trial when not asked to do too much.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 PLAY THING
No2 TAKES TIME Strong winner at Gatton and then just missed when nose second at the Sunshine Coast last time. This is no harder.
No1 LIMESTONE COWBOY Has been okay in tougher races at two starts since a spell. This is easier and on best would win here.
No4 LIMBO STAR Has been racing well at the country tracks and stable never comes to Brisbane without a genuine each way chance at least. Respect from barrier one.
No3 TEVYE Good winner at Ballina two runs back and caught deep in a small field when fourth last time at the Sunshine Coast.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 LIMBO STAR
No2 DARKTOWN STRUTTER Easy winner at the Gold Coast first-up. Has a lot of pace and should beat these from the good barrier. Doesn't want it too wet.
No1 BOLD XAVVI Strong second in a better race this track two starts back and then good fourth on a bog track behind a top three year old last time this track. The obvious danger.
No5 BLACK MINK Showed some very good form as a two-year-old. Trialled okay for comeback run here and has won twice first-up.
No7 SISTA ACT Has been placed behind some good horses in her career. Hasn't had a trial or comeback here but usually goes well fresh.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 BLACK MINK
No11PILLARA Well bred and shows promise as followed Gold Cost win at 1800m with fourth in a similar race last start. This distance should suit and down in the weights.
No10 CLASSY RUBY (BEST ROUGHIE) Form doesn't look flash but she has run some nice runs in unsuitable events of late. Back in the right type of race with a handy weight and ready to win now.
No4 TOBACCO ROAD Has been very consistent and was rewarded finally with a win at the Sunshine Coast last start. Always an each-way hope.
No5 WAR FRONT Form at Toowoomba has been solid in races around the 1800m mark. No reason he shouldn't handle this distance and class.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 WAR FRONT
No9 I AM IMPINGE (BEST BET) Top class galloper who was second in a shock result first-up at the Sunshine Coast. Gave the winner a big start and will be closer to the pace here. Should handle this field with no problems.
No2 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Doesn't win too often but has been honest of late with three recent minor placings. Each-way again.
No7 ALL IMPORTANT Well bred and racing well with last start win at Ipswich. Getting better with racing and deserves plenty of respect here.
No13 FEMME FIREBALL Finished strongly to win at the Gold Coast at second race start. Shows plenty of promise.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 ALL IMPORTANT
No3 MR STRACHAN There are plenty of wraps on him and he lived up to it with last start win at the Sunshine Coast Just needs to overcome bad barrier.
No10 SNITZEL'S JOY Injury prone mare who is best when fresh as she is here. Resuming here without a trial and always a chance when fresh.
No5 WELL SIGHTED Never runs a bad race this type of event and placed in handy company in Toowoomba past two starts. Each-way again here from handy barrier.
No11 AQUAJEWEL We left out some handy horses to put her in our top four as she was racing well in the northern rivers and then no luck at Ballina last start. If it rains heavily she will nearly start favourite.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 WELL SIGHTED