Doomben was drenched by rain during the week but can dry out quickly. The racing surface was perfect last week and should be much the same this time. We know it sounds like a broken record but the race pattern is set with those on the pace suited early and backmarkers coming into their own late. Some big fields and nine races so expect some upsets.
QUADDIES (races 6-7-8-9)
Skinny Play: 2,14/4,5/1,7/11
Wide Play: 1,2,6,8,9,14/1,4,5,11/1,3,7,12/3,8,11,13
BEST BET: R4 – 1. TORGERSEN
Next Best Bet: R9 – 11. OINK
Best Roughie: R8 – 7. TYZONE
No3 ONLY WANNA SING Probably should have beaten star two year old Ef Troop when second at his first start and then didn't handle the wet track before a spell. He has won a trial and very smart.
No1 PINCH MEMORY Very good at only start when won this track. Was an extra good effort because probably wasn't at home on the wet track. Up in weights but hard to beat.
No2 SHE'S CHOOSIE Unbeaten in three starts in the northern rivers. Has struck an above average field here and this much tougher. Has some pace which is a help this track.
No6 GLOBAL CHOICE First starter who won a trial in nice fashion last week. Tough race to start but reportedly smart.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 GLOBAL CHOICE
No11 PRUE'S ANGEL Racing well without much luck and this is far easier than last start when fifth at the Sunshine Coast in a strong Saturday race.
No6 YARRAPOWER Had little luck when fourth in a stronger race at the Sunshine Coast last time. Ready to win now.
No2 SILIQUA You know what you will get with him. He will get back and flash home late. Should have won last start at Ipswich when second.
No1 LIFE'S LIKE THAT Never far away in short course races at the provincial tracks. This is tough but looks a value hope.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 SILIQUA
No3 SHE'S OUR STAR There has always been a big wrap on her and she scored an impressive win this track before going for a spell. Has trialled strongly and just has to overcome the barrier to win this.
No8 SETOGA Showed ability last campaign with a win and a third. Has won a trial for comeback here and we liked the look of the way she did it.
No4 SKATE TO PARIS Resuming here and raced well in good company in previous campaigns. Has had an easy trial and can surprise fresh.
No1 SISTA ACT Starting to live up to the early wraps on her with wins past two starts including last time when showed brilliant speed. Weight and barrier no help.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 SETOGA
No1 TORGERSEN (BEST BET) Has been racing well since September when moved north from Sydney. Won a metropolitan standard race at Ipswich last time and although getting up in weight this is a very ordinary open handicap.
No3 BRAZEN MOSS Has to be a chance here on unlucky fourth in a far stronger race at the Sunshine Coast last start. This distance suits.
No6 GLENDARA Been a while between wins but usually tries hard and might be ridden closer to the pace in this smaller field. Give an each-way chance.
No4 CHIVADAHLII Won the Townsville and Cairns Cups last campaign. Has had two runs back from a spell and ready to show something now.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 GLENDARA
No13 RANCHO MONTOYA Also engaged at the Sunshine Coast on Friday night. Smart galloper who is much better than terrible first up run when last on a bog track. Go better in the dry here.
No1 DIAMONDS ARE Has been a strong winner at past two starts at the Gold Coast. Improving galloper who will be hard to beat this distance.
No8 ARAZONA Has found top form of late when ridden up on the pace with two wins and a second. Hard to beat again from this good barrier draw.
No11 RHYMING Hard to catch but would be one of the better chances if reproduces last-start second in a similar race to this.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 ARAZONA
No6 PUBLISHING POWER Back to his best with a runaway win at Toowoomba last time. Has yet to win this track but should be at peak now and stable is in great form.
No2 BEAUDRAGON Racing very honestly and was a strong winner at the Sunshine Coast last time. Not sure about him on this smaller track but has good form.
No14 CRIQUETTE Gold Coast winner in fast time back in December and has had an easy trial since. Very smart on her day but has had a few problems.
No17 I'VE GOTTA NEL An emergency here but will get a run. Drawn the rails and should get the run of the race here. Excellent second last time at the Sunshine Coast when beaten in a blanket finish.
VALUE RUNNER: No17 I'VE GOT A NEL
No4 PERILOUS LOVE Did the right thing by us last start when winning this track and distance. Probably better in the wet but will get a softish track here. Hard to beat.
No5 KIRINI Was racing very well before last start failure when got too far back on a day dominated by leaders. Has to be chance here again.
No1 DOUBT DEFYING Having his first run at this distance but has always indicated he would be able to stay. Good win at 1600m last start beating a horse who has won since.
No11 MAYBE EVEN YOU Has been a strong winner at past two starts this track. Out to 2000m now but should have no problems with it.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 DOUBT DEFYING
No12 RAIDO Was just about to be sacked from stable before excellent Gold Coast win and franked that form with a second at his next start that track. Barrier no help but gets back anyway and can finish very fast in a race where there is a lot of early pace.
No3 STELLA OMBRA Starting to get costly and was disappointing when loomed to win at the 200m when tired to be third this track last time. Give one more chance as on best form would win this.
No1 SUPREME EFFORT Wyong visitor who has raced well this area on occasions and looks ideally placed in this. Forget last-start failure when track was too hard.
No7 TYZONE (BEST ROUGHIE) Prolific north Queensland winner who is back for another southern campaign. Has won this track and while this is very tough should be a hope.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 TYZONE
No11 OINK (NEXT BEST BET BET) Has run home strongly for seconds at his past two starts and suited now he is at 1350m. Also suited at the weights and should nearly win this.
No13 CLOCKWORK ORANGE Promising mare who has won her past two starts in easier races than this. But she is on the up and hard to beat here.
No3 FORTENSKY Has outstanding form in Sydney for a race like this with two wins and a second past three starts. Will need some luck from the barrier the way he races.
No8 BERGERAC Overcame a lot of trouble to win in the last stride at the Sunshine Coast. Very promising horse but this small track is the major worry.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 FOTENSKY