This promises to be a fantastic day on the punt with nine fantastic races to bet on at Doomben. Yes, there are a few ‘good things’ going around which are likely to be short, however, we advise punters to use them as an anchor for their multi bets.
Doomben is a Good 4 with the rail out 4.5m the entire course.
QUADDIE PICKS ( 6-7-8-9):
1,2,3,8,11 – 1,2,9,11 – 1,2,3,5 – 1,2,3,11
ECHO EFFECT is worth following in this race going on his gutsy second to Havasay a fortnight ago at this track. The Kristen Buchanan-trained runner was wide and at the rear for most of the trip, before issuing a challenge rounding the home turn. While looking a winning chance midway down the straight, the gelding had given the perfect cart up for the winner who proved too strong. Although meeting Havasay 2kgs worse off, we liked his effort when luckless and is our top pick.
1st: No8 ECHO EFFECT 2nd: No3 Havasay; 3rd: No9 Sony Legend; 4th: No7 Tyzone
The value runner in this race is INTERLOCUTER. The Godolphin rep was stranded three-wide the trip in the Chairman’s Quality over 2000m last start but was still throwing punches at the business end of proceedings. Was entitled to tire, which he did, to finish fifth to Anton En Avant beaten just over two lengths. Interlocuter has been racing well without luck, drops to 56.5kgs, and is drawn perfectly in gate two. Some corporates are offering double figures – that is good enough for us!
1st: No2 INTERLOCUTER 2nd: No3 Kiwia; 3rd: No10 Rising Red; 4th: No7 Sedanzer
IT’S SOMEWHAT is ready to return to the winner’s circle. Trained by James Cummings, the gelding hasn’t saluted since winning the Hollindale 12 months ago and prior to that he led throughout to win the Doncaster Handicap beating a very good horse in Happy Clapper. It may pay to forget his last start when forced to do a stack of work behind Oregon’s Day. Drawn gate two and with Tim Clark aboard, the WFA conditions suit and he is very good over the distance too. Top pick.
1st: No1 IT’S SOMEWHAT 2nd: No3 Duca Valentinois; 3rd: No6 SCRATCHED - New Tipperary; 4th: No14 Nurse Kitchen
We are leaning towards LEAN MEAN MACHINE to beat stablemate Zousain. The colt was favourite in the Ken Russell a fortnight ago and his effort in finishing third had to be seen to be believed. Stranded at the rear after beginning from a wide gate, Lean Mean Machine flew home and made up a stack of ground to run third to Sesar. Although he has come up with gate 13 again, he is a classy customer as evidenced by his third to Pacquirri at just his second race start in the Kindergarten Stakes. The son of Zoustar only needs a touch of luck to figure in the finish.
1st: No7 LEAN MEAN MACHINE 2nd: No3 Zousain; 3rd: No5 Sesar; 4th: No9 Sizzling Belle
What a tough race this is with a number of chances in the mares feature. We are going with INVINCIBELLA who has had two runs back from a spell and looks to be at her peak for this. She caught the eye with a fast-finishing fourth to Quilista in the Group 2 Sapphire before rattling home to finish third to Pecans in the Godolphin Crown. Her latest effort was particularly good as she was one of the few runners to make ground from the back. James McDonald takes over from Brenton Avdulla and gate f vie is definitely suitable. Looks hard to beat.
1st: No11 INVINCIBELLA 2nd: No2 Shillelagh; 3rd: No3 Ghisoni; 4th: No1 Foxplay
LE ROMAIN (NEXT BEST) is looking good for his third Group One win. The Kris Lees-trained runner has been working up to a win since resuming and could very well get it here. He was great two starts back when running outstanding galloper Trapeze Artist to a short margin in the All Aged Stakes before backing that up in the Doomben 10,000 last start. The five-year-old was stranded three-wide the trip but still looked the winner for most of the straight before English and Impeding, who enjoyed far better runs, got the better of him in the shadows of the post. The good track will suit, as does barrier five, and he only needs a touch of luck to take this out.
1st: No2 LE ROMAIN 2nd: No1 Impending; 3rd: No9 English; 4th: No11 Champagne Cuddles
She is short enough but YOUNGSTAR does look a good thing in this race. The Chris Waller-trained runner was brilliant in coming from a rearward position last time out to win The Roses and she meets many of her rivals once again here. Coming into this race with a hat-trick of wins, Youngstar appears to have got better as she has stepped up in distance. An extra 200m won’t worry here in this. She has a devastating turn of foot and looks too strong.
1st: No3 YOUNGSTAR 2nd: No2 Sheezdashing; 3rd: No1 Aloisia; 4th: No5 Another Dollar
PERAST led throughout to win at this course and distance a fortnight ago and there is no reason why can’t do it again. The talented son of Snitzel set the pace and dashed clear in the straight, easily beating his rivals by 1.25 lengths with Marsupial, who goes around here, unable to peg him back. Drawn gate four, Perast is likely to either lead or take a sit just off the speed and will be extremely hard to beat once more.
1st: No3 PERAST 2nd: No2 Whypeeo; 3rd: No1 The Mission; 4th: No11 SCRATCHED - The Bostonian
How can you not back DARK DREAM (BEST BET) following its last start performance? The gelding was brilliant, putting four lengths on his rivals in the Rough Habit at this track two weeks ago. He was ridden out of gate 15 that day to land a great spot third in the run – he is more than likely going to be ridden in the same manner by Tim Clark here from gate nine. The extra 200m won’t be an issue and we cannot see his rivals turning the tables in this.
1st: No2 DARK DREAM 2nd: No4 California Turbo; 3rd: No10 Time Lord; 4th: No11 Heavenly Thought