Doomben is standing up very well considering the work load it has already had this season. To give you an idea, Flemington and Randwick race 20 to 30 times a year but Doomben is being asked to have 60 meetings in the coming year. At least we know how it plays on a dry to soft track with those on the pace suited early and back-markers coming into their own late.
QUADDIES (races 6-7-8-9)
Skinny Play: 5,8/3/2,7/5,12
Wide Play: 5,7,8,9/1,2,3,9/2,3,7,9/2,5,9,12
BEST BET: R3 – 1. EF TROOP
Next Best Bet: R1 – 3. EMINENT
Best Roughie: R5 – 8. RICHARD OF YORKE
No3 EMINENT (NEXT BEST BET) Promising young horse who raced in top company as a two-year-old. Two runs from a spell strong and good winner at Ipswich last time. Has since won a Sunshine Coast trial in handy fashion. Very hard to beat with a claim here.
No1 DOUBT DEFYING Very good run when last-start winner this track. Has a big weight in a large field but has a class edge here.
No2 I’M A RIPPA Showed a heap of pace and just caught on the line when second here last time. Has a 3kgs claim and hard to run down.
No16 CABIN FEVER This is easier than recent races in good three year-old-company and he hasn’t been far away of late. One of the few better chances well drawn.
VALUE RUNNER: No16 CABIN FEVER
No2 LAUTERBRUNNEN Has been racing in open company when not that far away at the finish and has a 3kgs claim here. Drawn poorly but with any luck will be in the finish.
No4 NO ANNAMOSSITY Has won two races very well and then no luck when last-start third. Another poorly drawn but an obvious chance with luck.
No9 SLYDINI Best known as a wet tracker but racing well on all surfaces. Placed last three starts and each-way again here.
No1 BELFLYER Won two and a third at past three starts in similar company to this and while has a big weight here is in good form.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 SLYDINI
No1 EF TROOP (BEST BET) Good winner this track at only start and then won a trial by 20 lengths last week. The trial field was weak but provided he settles here he should be too good for this field.
No4 COMMISSIONER First starter from the powerful; Sydney Snowden stable who have great success in Queensland. Won a Wyong trial and is reportedly very smart.
No2 CROCKETT Won his only start in Adelaide and looked above average. Has had an easy trial to prepare for this and looks one of the main chances in a small field.
No3 RAINS APLENTY Has always had a bit of a wrap on him and has run third at all three race starts. Hasn't had much luck in his races and a win would not be a total surprise.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 CROCKETT
No9 WITHERSPOON Started favourite in the Gimcrack Stakes in Sydney at first start and struck trouble before being well beaten. Has since had a solid trial and has a nice barrier here which is a very big help from this start.
No12 OUTBACK BARBIE First starter who caught the eye with close second in a Gold Coast barrier trial in smart time. Has a handy barrier and has plenty of pace. Respect.
No1 SINGULAR SENSATION Has been very good with two wins from two starts and the latest this track. Like many in this big field has a bad barrier. With luck can win.
No6 GRANNY RED SHOES Two runs in Sydney have resulted in a fourth and a second both at Canterbury. One of the few chances with a good barrier.
VALUE RUNNER: No12 OUTBACK BARBIE
No2 LONG TIME AGO From a top Sydney yard and won at Sandown in Melbourne last time before a good third that track last time. Never won beyond 1500m but this distance should suit now.
No1 RUDY Honest old galloper who has to give the rest of the field 6.5kgs in weight. Has won a Tattersalls Cup and been third in a Doomben Cup this track so might be wise to ignore last-start defeat in a 1600m race here last Saturday when plain at the finish.
No8 RICHARD OF YORKE (BEST ROUGHIE) Former Sydney stayer who caught the eye at first start this track when just behind the place getters in an unsuitable race. Far better placed here and looks good value.
No4 KAISER FRANZ Take no notice of three ordinary runs since a spell. Out to the right distance now and has won a stakes race this distance range. Looks one of the better hopes at odds.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 RICHARD OF YORKE
No7 ALL OVER BOSANOVA Very promising mare who raced well in the winter winning in good company on this track. Went down to Ballina for a recent trial where was most impressive.
No5 HAVASAY Won four races in a row last campaign including the latest this track and distance. Has won a Gold Coast trial in preparation for his comeback and has won first-up previously.
No8 KHALAMA Another very promising mare who flashed home to win this track last start. This is the toughest race of the day but provided she has luck from back in the field she will be in the finish.
No9 TARZAN Has been on his best behaviour of late running a track record to win at the Sunshine Coast and then a winner this track and distance. Very hard race but a value chance here.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 TARZAN
No3 PIERATA Sydney colt who ran well in Brisbane during the winter and then returned to win a feature race last start. Owners have knocked back huge offers for him and he looks very promising.
No2 BRING IT HOME POP Never runs a bad race and winner this track two runs back and was an honest second last time. If it rains it would be an even bigger help.
No1 GOODFELLA Not disgraced in Melbourne in a Group One race last time and won twice in Sydney before that. Has raced well this track as a two year old and will be running home hard.
No9 CELLARGIRL Arguably the best three-year-old filly in Queensland and placed in Group One company last start before a break. Has to be hard to beat here.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 GOODFELLA
No7 SNOOPY At first run in Brisbane for a new stable looked most unlucky when held up for a run and ran third in the George Moore Stakes. Probably should have won and still down on the minimum weight.
No2 MONSIEUR GUSTAVE Tough gelding who has won stakes races at his past four starts. His latest was a win in the George Moore Stakes. Will lead here and always hard to run down.
No3 MOST IMPORTANT Won this race last year and getting back to his best with a fourth in the George Moore last time. Each-way here again.
No9 PRIVLAKA Back in form with wins past two starts in easier races with the latest this track and distance. Will be up on the pace and loves the Doomben 1350m. The value runner and especially if rain comes.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 PRIVLAKA
No9 RINGO'S A ROCKSTAR Has had nothing but bad luck from wide barriers this campaign. Flew home again last start when fourth in an unsuitable race. This is his chance to win again as he has drawn well.
No2 CHARLIE CAT Can be a handful on and off the track but in a new stable has won two races before a break. Has had two trials for this including win at the Gold Coast. Respect.
No12 CARE TO THINK Smart horse who won at Doomben and Randwick past two starts before a spell. Has won two trials in preparation for his comeback here and rates highly.
No5 COURTZA KING Form since a spell has been solid and did win three runs back. One of the few chances in this race who has a good barrier. Each-way.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 COURTZA KING