The track was rated heavy earlier in the week but as of Friday morning was upgraded to a Soft 7. Punters should still look to those that can handle the wet conditions. It’s a great card at Doomben and there is plenty of value to be found even if you want to back a favourite or two.
Doomben is a Soft 7 with the rail in the true position throughout.
QUADDIE PICKS ( 6-7-8-9):
1,2,4,7,12,13 – 1,14 – 1,3,12 – 1,2,3,9
We feel it’s worth giving TANGO RAIN one more chance. The Gerald Ryan-trained runner has always had a rap on him which is why he is always in the market. Tango Rain has been racing in listed company and will find this much easier than that. Comes into this having finished fifth to the talented Glenall at Hawkesbury. The soft track won’t be a concern.
1st: No12 TANGO RAIN 2nd: No11 Exceedingly; 3rd: No10 Echo Effect; 4th: SCRATCHED - No4 Bonsho
MISS WONDERLAND is worth following here. The Claire Cunningham-trained runner will appreciate a slightly easier assignment plus the sting out of the track. The firmness of the Randwick surface was blamed for her sixth last start and if you go back four runs ago she knocked off Sprightly Lass on a Heavy surface at Sandown. That is good enough form to win this.
1st: No8 MISS WONDERLAND 2nd: No2 Order Again; 3rd: No4 Oink; 4th: No7 Eminent
A big field set to go around and we are looking for some value. AQUA VITE is set to get a good run from barrier two for Paul Hammersley. The five-year-old has been hitting the line hard of late and last week was no different, charging home but narrowly missing against Dreams Aplenty. Faces a few horses from that same race but is drawn better than them and is our top pick in a fairly wide open race.
1st: No10 AQUA VITE 2nd: No8 Emphasis; 3rd: No3 Payroll; 4th: No4 Spectroscope
RISING RED (BEST BET) was huge in defeat last time out and we are prepared to back him in this. The gelding ran around in the Group 3 Japan Plate during The Championships and after leading early, was forced to take a sit before hitting the front at the 200m but the early work told and he finished third to Tally and Nettoyer. That was his third run back from a spell and it was a race record. That form is good enough for us.
1st: No6 RISING RED 2nd: No2 Interlocuter; 3rd: No1 Megablast; 4th: No12 Goathland
It wouldn’t be a carnival if Chris Waller wasn’t going to win a feature race. We are tipping his stablt rep ZOUSAIN who has run into a few very handy types in his past two starts – Santos and Written By. He has been freshened since his last start in the Pago Pago and is worth an eachway bet in what should be a hotly contested race.
1st: No5 ZOUSAIN 2nd: No1 Mishani Hustler; 3rd: No4 Dynamited; 4th: No9 Sizzling Belle
Godolphin hold the key to the race with MARSUPIAL (NEXT BEST) looking to go back-to-back. The James Cummings runner had a good run just behind the speed at Doomben a fortnight ago and got out at the right time to score a comfortable win. Has come up with gate three and Jim Byrne sticks Is one-for-one on soft tracks too which is a big advantage.
1st: No4 MARSUPIAL 2nd: No1 Snitz; 3rd: No7 Bostonian; 4th: No12 Skate To Paris
We get to see the talented YOUNGSTAR face her toughest test to date. The Chris Waller filly has won her past two starts in great fashion, jumping from 1500m to 1800m without any concerns. The extra 200m won’t be an issue and she is drawn perfectly in gate four. Is a winner on soft already and that was last start at Newcastle where she gave them a big start and beating.
1st: No14 YOUNGSTAR 2nd: No1 Torvill; 3rd: No2 Banish; 4th: No4 Chilly Cha Cha
Defending champion REDZEL is the horse to beat again. The TAB Everest winner went to a new level last campaign and it all began with this race 12 months ago. He is drawn six but is likely to go forward and sit on the speed or even dictate terms out in front. He has won in the wet before and comes into the race with a second to Trapeze Artist in the TJ Smith Stakes. That formline is brilliant with Trapeze Artist then winning the All Aged Stakes.
1st: No1 REDZEL 2nd: No3 Le Romain; 3rd: No12 In Her Time; 4th: No9 Thronum
ASTORIA is a great eachway bet to round out the day. The James Cummings runner started favourite in the VRC St Leger at Flemington last start but was found to have the thumps. Totally forgiving last start, go on his second to Levendi in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes three runs ago. That run says he can win this.
1st: No1 ASTORIA 2nd: No2 Higher Ground; 3rd: No3 Salsamor; 4th: No9 Dark Dream