Doomben again for a midweek meeting and once again there is rain about. The false rail is out a long way so front runners will be suited. At best the track will be soft.
QUADDIES (races 5-6-7-8)
Skinny Play: 3,5/1,6/4,14/2,3
Wide Play: 3,5,6,9/1,2,6,7/14,10,8,4/2,3,5,9
BEST BET: R1 – 2. CABEIRIAN
Next Best Bet: R2 – 4. JEST EXCEL
Best Roughie: R4 – 4. GREY NADA
No2 CABEIRIAN (BEST BET) Smart galloper resuming here and won two on end before excellent run in much better company in Sydney. Scratched last week because of the wet track.
No4 PRIDE OF DESTINY Gold Coast winner three runs back and not far from the money at next two starts. The obvious danger here.
No5 RETURN ON EQUITY Has been racing well and only needs to improve slightly on last-start second at the Sunshine Coast to be in the finish.
No3 COLLINS CREEK Hard to follow as well beaten last time at Ipswich but has trialled well recently and can improve sharply here.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 COLLINS CREEK
No4 JEST EXCEL (NEXT BEST BET) Very good Gold Coast winner last start and looks well placed here. Scratched Saturday to run here.
No5 MIA'S GOT CLASS Didn't have much luck when fourth last time at Ballina and good winner this track previous start.
No1 HIRTSHALS Creeping up in the weights but a good winner at Ipswich last time which means she is a hope here.
No2 MYSTIC MOON Solid second last start at Doomben in a far tougher race. Only down side is she might be wanting further now.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 MYSTIC MOON
No1 RAINS APLENTY One of the stars of pre-season trials who has been placed three of four starts and was handy in a good Saturday race the other. Resuming here with a 3kgs claim and looks hard to beat from barrier one.
No7 ALLE VONGOLE First starter who caught the eye with good recent Doomben trial win. Well drawn here.
No8 FISH ‘N’ SNITZ Has been placed third in two most recent starts in far harder races but yet again is drawn poorly. Each-way here.
No2 SESAR Well-bred first starter who won a Doomben barrier trial recently. Keep very safe as is from a noted first-up stable.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 SESAR
No7 MISS POWDER KEG Has been placed all three runs in similar races to this. Gets in well at the weights and has the top jockey here.
No4 GREY NADA (BEST ROUGHIE) Resuming here but has had a solid trial to get ready. Placed this class a few times late last year and can go well fresh here.
No8 OUR NETBANK Recent form only fair but there have been excuses and has been placed a couple of times this class. Good recent trial winner.
No1 ABSTAIN Has been placed seven times but always seems to find one better. Had a soft recent trial and rates respect here.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 GREY NADA
No3 MASTER MAGIC AL Placed past two starts in similar company to this. He is no star but this is his best chance to win a maiden to date.
No6 CHIEF HAVOC Ran on well for second at the Gold Coast last start. Probably wants 1600m or further but a chance here.
No5 BOOM BOY Good second at the Gold Coast last start. Has had his share of chances but this isn't very strong.
No9 HIGH CHIEF Trialled very well and then first-up second on a bog track at Ipswich. Back on the drier track here.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 BOOM BOY
No2 ZIN ZAN EDDIE Good fourth in open company this track last start. Has raced in far better company than this and suited here.
No6 TIVOLI STREET Winner past two starts at the Gold Coast and Ipswich. This is harder but a horse on the up.
No1 LUCKY BLACK Two runs from a long spell have been okay and has trialled since last run. Fitter now.
No9 OLD HABITS At second start for a new stable was a strong winner at the Sunshine Coast last time. Go well again.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 LUCKY BLACK
No14 RIVER RACER This is a nightmare race to tip in because many of the better hopes and pace horses are drawn wide. But River Racer has been very good in stakes races last campaign and gets in very well here fresh under the Plate scale.
No10 BALEARIC Good win at Ipswich in a maiden last time. But has shown plenty of promise and has a handy barrier here.
No8 ONENESS Best form is at the Gold Coast with a win and a second past two starts. If can reproduce those runs will be hard to beat.
No4 SONIC SWISH Has some handy form in previous campaigns in harder races in NSW. First-up fifth at the Gold Coast was a lot better than it looks on paper.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 ONENESS
No2 QUEEN OF HEIGHTS Form in NSW Has been solid and first start this area no luck when fourth in a tougher race this track.
No5 SHINNECOCK Never far away in these type of races and good winner last time at the Sunshine Coast. Each-way here.
No9 ROMAN DOLL Honest and winner at the Sunshine Coast two runs back before good Ipswich second last time. Always an each-way hope.
No3 HEAT SHIELD Not a bad run at the Sunshine Coast when fourth last time and this track suits better.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 ROMAN DOLL