It’s Doomben Cup Day in Queensland and big fields and competitive racing are on the cards for the nine-event program. Usually with healthy sized fields you tend to find value and that is definitely something we have come up with today, however, there are a few shorties we are keen on too.
Doomben is a Good 4 with the rail out 2 metres throughout.
QUADDIE PICKS ( 6-7-8-9):
1,7,8 – 1,3,5,13 – 2,3,4,7,12 – 2,4
How good was TAN TAT DIAMOND (NEXT BEST) when resuming? It was his first run since June 2016 and after settling back at the rear, came with a huge run down the outside of the track to overhaul his rivals to win running away. He has won second-up in the past and yes this is a harder assignment, however, but he gets the services of claiming apprentice Jag Guthmann-Chester and will carry 58kgs. Barrier one should see him settle far close to the speed and be hard to beat yet again.
1st: No2 TAN TAT DIAMOND 2nd: No1 Sony Legend; 3rd: No5 Grunderzeit; 4th: No3 Magstock
A SHIN ROOK was ultra impressive on debut in Australia and is worth having a punt on here. The former Japanese runner is now in the hands of Anthony Freedman and raced on a hot speed outside the leader at the Sunshine Coast on April 28. The four-year-old was simply a cut above his rivals, racing away over the concluding stages to win by three lengths in Class 4 company. He jumps up in class but drops 4.5kgs and retains the services of Jim Byrne. Stick with him.
1st: SCRATCHED - No8 A SHIN ROOK 2nd: No2 Savwell; 3rd: No11 Divine Unicorn; 4th: No5 Cornrow
We are gambling on a bit of speed in this one which will help FIT FOR PURPOSE who is eachway odds. The gelding zoomed home from the rear of the field at the Gold Coast on May 5, finishing just two lengths from the winner Divine Unicorn. That was his second run back from a spell so he should be peaking now. The big concern with him is that he has drawn barrier 20 so he is likely to settle at the back and requires a hectic pace up front in order to have a chance at storming home.
1st: SCRATCHED - No5 FIT FOR PURPOSE 2nd: No2 No Annamossity; 3rd: No6 Manaya; 4th: No10 Zamex
What is wrong with the form of GRANNY RED SHOES? She won last start at the Sunshine Coast as an odds-on favourite and prior to that was running around against some of the best juveniles in the country including Gongs, Outback Barbie and Quackerjack. The big turn off is gate 14 but at the price, currently $14 @ bet365, she is worth an eachway ticket.
1st: No4 GRANNY RED SHOES 2nd: No1 Sizzling Belle; 3rd: No2 Shamurt; 4th: No6 Eawase
The money is on TIYATROLANI. Most betting agencies have reported good early support for the daughter of Captain Sonador and going off her last start, it is easy to see why. She ran a cracking race out in front at the Gold Coast on May 5, giving a tonne of cheek before winding up third to Guard Of Honour and Snoopy. Those particular gallopers would start a short quote in this. Drawn gate five and with Jimmy Byrne aboard, she is our top pick. Where there’s smoke, there is fire!
1st: No9 TIYATROLANI 2nd: No4 Nieta; 3rd: No2 Savanna Amour; 4th: SCRATCHED - No1 Gun Case
CHAUFFEUR returns to racing in a new stable and is worth keeping an eye on in the first leg of the Quaddie. The talented colt is now in the hands of Brad Widdup who has a great strike rate. Four starts back he finished second to Pariah in the San Domenico Stakes before unplaced runs in the Run To The Rose, Golden Rose and Roman Consul. He is first-up for six months but does go good fresh. He warmed up for his return by finishing second To Excess in a trial at Wyong recently and that is a brilliant guide for this as that particular galloper won the Listed Ortensia Stakes at Scone last week!
1st: No 1 CHAUFFEUR 2nd: No7 Prom Queen; 3rd: SCRATCHED - No3 The Bostonian; 4th: No8 Fox Swift
So many chances in this one but we are leaning towards BASSETT for some value. The Victorian has put in two crackers of late and is definitely knocking on the door. He sat outside the leader and finished a close fourth to Sprightly Lass nearly a month ago before working hard in the Wangoom and placing to the smart Handsome Thief. Drawn barrier four, the Mick Price runner will get a good run in transit and will have every chance to fight out the finish.
1st: No5 BASSETT 2nd: No 3 Mr Sneaky; 3rd: No13 Test The World; 4th: No1 Ulmann
Another former Japanese runner we are keen on is AMBITIOUS. The stallion produced a big run two starts back against Almandin in the Group One Tancred at Rosehill but was then no match for champion mare Winx in the Queen Elizabeth. He did have excuses that day including losing three of his four shoes! Drawn seven and with top jockey Craig Williams aboard, he is a deserved favourite coming into this.
1st: No3 AMBITIOUS 2nd: No2 Comin’ Through; 3rd: No4 Tom Melbourne; 4th: No12 Oregon’s Day
One of the shortest priced favourites anywhere in Australia today is ANATOLA (BEST BET). The mare has come back to racing in brilliant style, defeating the talented Test The World at her two runs back from a spell. The Mark Newnham-trained runner led throughout to win the Silk Stocking at the Gold Coast last start and had nearly two lengths to spare at the finish. She is likely to lead from gate six here and give a big sight once again.
1st: No2 ANATOLA 2nd: No4 Swampland; 3rd: No10 Crystal Fountain; 4th: No1 Denmagic